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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
About Cleveland State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Horizon League
Address
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
From Cleveland State University

Join the more than 17,000 students who live and learn at Cleveland State University, home of engaged learning — where students and ideas connect in the classroom, the real world and beyond. We offer 175-plus academic programs in 10 colleges and schools, including the brand-new School of Film and Media Arts, more than 200 student organizations and one of Ohio’s lowest tuition rates.

Cleveland State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
August 15
Acceptance Rate
87%
SAT Range
890-1160
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$15,555/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,899/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,835/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,954/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,020/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,890/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.134 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.152 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.149 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,221Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
17%
Pell Grant
46%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 73 responses
Report
  • Laid back
    42%
  • Cool
    26%
  • Diverse
    21%
  • Dull
    5%
  • Broken spirited
    1%
  • Confused
    1%
  • Diverse
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
43%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.156 responses
Poll
43%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.168 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 88 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    51%
  • Up-and-coming
    18%
  • Good for the cost
    9%
  • Average
    8%
  • Interesting
    7%
  • Great professors
    2%
  • Boring
    1%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $39,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    41%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    89%
    National
    83%
    79%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.85 responses
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    Cleveland State University Reviews

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    Cleveland State is amazing college if you are looking for diversity in all aspects. It is located close to the center of downtown Cleveland, where it only takes one trolley ride to get to the Playhouse theatre, Progressive Field, and Public Square! If there was something I would like to see change around Cleveland State, it would be to add more study areas/seating around campus. It’s common for us students to sit on the stairs or lay out in the grass, but once summer is over and the snow begins to fall, we start to run out of seating inside. While looking for a place to sit to eat or study, we run out of time and have to continue on to our next class.
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    I love the class sizes because you're able to build more personal relationships with your professors and get one on one attention if needed. The professors actually care about their jobs and their students. Cleveland State is located in downtown Cleveland so there are many different attractions including restaurants, stores , museums, bars , parks you name it! Another thing I really love about CSU is the advisory services as a first generation freshman I felt very supported as far as preparation as well as financial help. The party scene is not really great but otherwise all around great school .
    I'm thrilled more and more every day at how much I find myself loving this school. Cleveland State is outstanding where it counts. Professors are considerate and emphasize the importance of life application in education. You'll find a large range of levels of student motivation at every school, but, from what I've seen, the people who are here and who stick around are the ones who are working their way for school and who really want to be here. Students who care get involved and get involved a lot. There's ALWAYS some kind of campus activity going on- everyone talks about the fact. And that's to say nothing of the city surrounding the school. Originally, I planned on being a commuter student, but I love going here so much that I'm working to save enough to live on campus next year. I highly recommend Cleveland State to those who want to be surrounded by high-quality professors, high energy people and events, and peers who are working hard for what they want. You'll love it here.