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Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University (CSU) has been running for over 50 years, and has a reputation for providing a hands-on approach to learning throughout all of their degree programmes, meaning students graduate feeling ready for the world of work.

In fact, the Brookings Institution rated CSU 18th in the USA among public universities that not only conduct vital research, but also provide a platform for the upward mobility of its students.

With more than 200 degree programmes over both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, there is plenty for students to choose from if they are unsure of what to study. A 17:1 student to faculty ratio means that students will get lots of personal attention from their tutors, who are experts in their chosen field.

There are over 200 student clubs and organisations to join, including three different student newspapers and a student-run radio station.

CSU prides itself on giving its students the best possible chance of obtaining a job once they have finished studying. It has the potential to offer more than 3,000 internships to eligible students each year, across a whole host of companies local to the Cleveland area – including NASA.

Athletics teams at CSU (The Vikings) play at the highest level of American University sport, in NCAA Division 1. The men’s basketball team play at the Wolstein Center, which can hold up to 13,600 people and is a spectacular arena for students to watch their classmates face up against their rivals.

With more than 17,000 students at the institution, including over 1,400 international students, there is plenty of opportunity to meet lots of new people and make CSU a home away from home.

What's new

What's new

Two of Cleveland State University’s faculty members have been selected to receive one of the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious honours. Engineering professors Eric Schearer and Chris Wirth have both been named winners of the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Programme Award, the highest recognition National Science Foundation (NSF) gives to early-career faculty. The awards include a multi-year grant to be used to advance innovative research, while also providing mentoring and training to assist in developing the next generation of higher education leaders.

“The NSF CAREER programme is highly competitive and only awarded to the top early-career researchers in the nation,” says Dr. Ronald M. Berkman, president of Cleveland State University. “This announcement exemplifies the excellence and dedication of our faculty, and I would like to personally congratulate Professors Schearer and Wirth for this tremendous accomplishment.”

“This recognition from NSF also highlights the growth and increased national prominence of CSU’s overall research enterprise,” added Dr. Jerzy Sawicki, Vice President for research at Cleveland State. “Drs. Schearer and Wirth are both conducting novel research that will have significant positive impacts for our region and society as a whole, and these awards will greatly expand their efforts.”

The CAREER Programme was created by the National Science Foundation in 1994. It honours individuals who are working on cutting–edge scholarship with significant societal impact, who also have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education in their institutions and nationally.

Why study here

Why study here

According to U.S. News & World Report, Cleveland State University is one of America’s Best Colleges. It offers over 175 academic programmes in 10 colleges and schools, and boasts of an ever-expanding campus that makes up the largest footprint in Cleveland.

The University is part of a vibrant downtown Cleveland, where something exciting is always happening. It has one of the lowest tuition rates in Ohio — rates that are now guaranteed for four years — and a value that exceeds expectations.

Brookings researchers assessed the strengths of four-year public universities across the United States. Some improved opportunities for students from underprivileged backgrounds, while the others expanded the boundaries of knowledge via impactful research. Only 20 percent of the 342 universities in the study successfully did both, including CSU.

Cleveland State University students graduate fully prepared to thrive in rewarding careers. With a powerful combination of higher education and real-world experience, students can explore more than 3,000 co-ops and internships – more than any other public university in Ohio – at nearly every major employer in the Cleveland area, including Progressive and NASA. CSU connects students with unparalleled, hands-on opportunities in technology, manufacturing, health care, finance, education, the arts and other industries throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond.

In the latest U.S. News & World Report national rankings, CSU’s Washkewicz College of Engineering is No. 170 on the list of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programmes and CSU’s Monte Ahuja College of Business is No. 283 on the list of Best Undergraduate Business Programmes.

Schools and colleges

Schools and colleges

The University’s Schools and Colleges include:

  • Monte Ahuja College of Business - As a trusted partner to successful businesses all over the region—the College gives students practical, applied, effective education.
  • College of Education and Human Services - The College of Education and Human Services values a collaborative culture within it that fosters communities of learner-scholars relationships with diverse populations, and partnerships with the urban community.
  • Washkewicz College of Engineering - The College provides a world-class, engaged engineering education, graduating Ready-to-Go-Engineers prepared to solve real world engineering problems. It values excellence in education, research and innovation, and student diversity.
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) - Studies in the CLASS will prepare individuals for a lifetime of challenges. By completing course work in a major field of interest, students acquire essential skills in analysis and communication as well as values and outlooks conducive to a meaningful life.
  • School of Nursing – The School’s MSN programme is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The faculty conducts cutting-edge research across a range of areas, from chronic pain management to the effective use of technology for educating future nurses.
  • College of Sciences and Health Professions - The largest of CSU's colleges, the College of Sciences and Health Professions has more than 110 full-time faculty and 2,600 students in Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences Chemistry Mathematics Physics Psychology and Health Science.
  • Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs - Levin College is ranked among the top schools of Public Affairs and ranked highly in the specialisations of Local Government Management and Urban Policy by U.S. News and World Report.

Student life

Student life

Campus recreation is more than just exercise. CSU Campus Recreation Services is dedicated to providing an inclusive and comprehensive collection of programmes and services that promote health, wellness, and leisure. Everyone can participate, regardless of skill, ability, age or any other factor.

Some of the main programme areas include:

  • Adventure Rec - The Adventure Recreation programme - part of the programming offered by Cleveland State Campus Recreation Services - is designed to take participants outside the walls of the Rec Centre to experience recreation opportunities available in Northeast Ohio and the neighbouring cities and states.
  • CSU RecAquatic and Safety programmes - The CSU Swim School provides swimming instruction in a group environment with a low student-to-instructor ratio. The goal is to promote water safety while teaching proper stroke technique for all ages. Its experienced swim instructors follow specific lesson plans designed to focus on the fundamentals.
  • CSU RecFitness - In addition to a facility full of state-of-the-art exercise equipment, it also offers tons of exciting group fitness classes, fitness programmes, healthy lifestyle programmes and fitness services - everything students need to be their best!
  • CSU RecCompetitive Sports - CSU has a variety of different sports as well as many different leagues. Intramural Sports provide friendly competition in a variety of leagues, special events and tournaments throughout the year. Sport clubs are student-run organisations that compete in a variety of women's, men's and co-ed sports.
  • CSU RecWellness Services - Like fitness, wellness is an active process of becoming aware of, and making choices toward, a healthy and fulfilling life. With various personal training, massage therapy, and nutrition advising services, CSU has all the primary bases covered to help students achieve their health and wellness goals.



CSU provides various accommodation options for the students, including:

Euclid Commons

Euclid Commons is CSU’s state-of-the-art community especially designed for the students of today and tomorrow. The community houses over 600 students. Euclid Commons provides the privacy and lifestyle students deserve that is conducive to achieving academic success.

Professionally managed by American Campus Communities, Euclid Commons provides students a variety of living-learning opportunities. Students find themselves in the centre of campus activities and also enjoy close proximity to a parking garage. Within the community, students have the option of shared bedrooms or private bedrooms with modern furnishings designed to serve as your CSU home.

Fenn Tower

Historic Fenn Tower has been restored to a state-of-the-art residence complex. The building houses up to 438 students. With a great location, fully furnished units, individual leases and much more, Fenn Tower provides students with favourable conditions to help them achieve the academic success they strive.

Fenn Tower is managed by American Campus Communities, the nation's premier manager of luxurious, academically-oriented student housing communities. The professional, on-site staff are dedicated to serving their needs.

Read more about the housing options here…

Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

Cleveland State University’s career services centre has the responsibility to prepare students for life after graduation, for the world of work and empower them to contribute to the region’s economic success.

Career services provides the following for current undergraduate and postgraduate students and alumni:

  • One-on-one career advising
  • Professional presence coaching
  • Networking and cultivating professional relationships
  • Assistance with CV and cover letter writing
  • Interview techniques
  • Guidance on internship and job search strategies
  • Direct contact with employers
  • Life-long access to services to assist in career transitions
  • Access to CSU Hire A Vike, a comprehensive online job board offering listings of opportunities including internships, campus employment, Federal Work Study jobs, and full-time career positions.

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