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Cleveland State University Overview

Cleveland State University is a public institution located in Cleveland, Ohio. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Cleveland State University Known For?

2,879 Undergraduate Awards
$26,420 Avg Cost After Aid
90% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Cleveland State University.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 49% of the faculty were full-time.

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Cleveland State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Cleveland State University has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#179 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#193 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Cleveland State University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Educational Administration Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Urban Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Value Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Value Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Value International Relations & National Security Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Value Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Value Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#88 Most Popular Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#113 Most Popular Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Cleveland State University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Highest Paid Educational Administration Graduates College Factual
#13 Best Social Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#14 Best Social Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#14 Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#115 Best General Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#119 Best Business Administration & Management Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Cleveland State University?

Location of Cleveland State University

Contact details for Cleveland State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216-687-2000
Website: www.csuohio.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clevelandstateuniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CLE_State

How Do I Get Into Cleveland State University?

You can apply to Cleveland State University online at: www.csuohio.edu/engagecsu/

Admission Requirements for Cleveland State University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Cleveland State University?

90% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
15% Submit SAT Scores
Since Cleveland State University has an acceptance rate of 90%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 89%, and the acceptance rate for women is 91%.

Average Test Scores

About 15% of students accepted to Cleveland State University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 600. Math scores were between 490 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Cleveland State University  ( 500 to 600 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Cleveland State University  ( 490 to 610 )
200
800
Cleveland State University received ACT scores from 90% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 25. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Cleveland State University  ( 17 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Cleveland State University  ( 18 to 25 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Cleveland State University  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford Cleveland State University?

$26,420 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
7.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Cleveland State University is $26,420. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Cleveland State University, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $6,197 a year. That adds up to $24,788 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cleveland State University is 7.6%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Cleveland State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

9,097 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,564 undergraduate students at Cleveland State University, with 9,097 being full-time and 2,467 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Cleveland State University

There are also 3,869 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 9,097 full-time undergraduates at Cleveland State University, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Cleveland State University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Cleveland State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Cleveland State University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 316
Black or African American 1,170
Hispanic or Latino 680
White 5,908
International Students 519
Other Races/Ethnicities 504

Geographic Diversity

Ohio students aren't the only ones who study at Cleveland State University. At this time, 30 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 89 countries are represented at Cleveland State University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.

Online Learning at Cleveland State University

1,073 Took All Classes Online
5,684 Took At Least One Class Online
9.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 8 master’s degree programs available online at Cleveland State University. In 2017-2018, 5,684 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Cleveland State University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 19th most popular in Ohio for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Cleveland State University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Cleveland State University was 9.5%. This is the #1,367 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Cleveland State University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Cleveland State University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 1%
Business, Management & Marketing 2%
Communication & Journalism 8%
Educational Assessment 75%
Health Professions 9%
Mental & Social Health Services 8%
Nursing 9%
Public Relations & Advertising 16%
Special Education 10%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Cleveland State University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Cleveland State University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Health Professions #19
Public Relations & Advertising #22
Mental & Social Health Services #36
Instructional Media Design #75
Curriculum & Instruction #77
Communication & Journalism #83
Special Education #106
Teacher Education Grade Specific #151
Nursing #291
Education #373
Business Administration & Management #457
Health Professions #483

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Cleveland State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 90 0 227 5 322
General Psychology 265 0 42 0 307
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 210 0 51 0 261
Nursing 185 0 13 0 198
Mechanical Engineering 135 0 22 0 157
Social Work 80 0 77 0 157
Public Relations & Advertising 142 0 0 0 142
Accounting 96 0 39 0 135
Teacher Education Grade Specific 63 0 43 0 106
General Biology 91 0 5 8 104
Criminology 95 0 0 0 95
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 8 0 47 38 93
Information Science 33 0 57 0 90
Law 0 0 0 90 90
Electrical Engineering 41 0 42 0 83
Finance & Financial Management 82 0 0 0 82
Civil Engineering 52 0 30 0 82
Marketing 79 0 0 0 79
Student Counseling 0 0 76 0 76
Communication & Media Studies 65 0 6 0 71
Chemical Engineering 55 0 15 0 70
Health/Medical Prep Programs 69 0 0 0 69
General English Literature 60 0 7 0 67
Human Resource Management 48 0 14 0 62
Communication Sciences 23 0 38 0 61
Urban Studies 54 0 3 4 61
Educational Administration 18 0 38 0 56
Chemistry 35 0 9 12 56
Computer Information Systems 24 0 31 0 55
Teacher Education Subject Specific 8 0 41 0 49
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 49 0 0 0 49
Political Science & Government 48 0 0 0 48
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 44 0 0 0 44
Sociology 44 0 0 0 44
Mathematics 30 0 11 0 41
Special Education 0 0 40 0 40
Public Administration 11 0 29 0 40
Natural Resources Conservation 31 0 8 0 39
Allied Health Professions 35 0 0 0 35
Economics 28 0 6 0 34
Health & Physical Education 9 0 24 0 33
Computer Science 31 0 0 0 31
International Relations & National Security 24 0 7 0 31
Music 17 0 11 0 28
Design & Applied Arts 26 0 0 0 26
History 21 0 4 0 25
Mechanical Engineering Technology 24 0 0 0 24
Computer Engineering 20 0 3 0 23
Romance Languages 19 0 4 0 23
International Business 21 0 0 0 21
Drama & Theater Arts 19 0 0 0 19
Fine & Studio Arts 19 0 0 0 19
Electronics Engineering Technology 18 0 0 0 18
Public Health 0 0 15 0 15
Anthropology 15 0 0 0 15
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 14 0 14
Legal Research 0 3 10 0 13
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 12 0 12
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 12 0 12
General Social Sciences 12 0 0 0 12
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 11 0 0 0 11
Applied Mathematics 0 0 11 0 11
Human Services 0 0 11 0 11
Physics 8 0 2 0 10
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 10 0 0 10
Business/Managerial Economics 8 0 0 0 8
General Education 0 0 0 8 8
General Engineering 0 0 0 8 8
Biology & Biotech Lab Technician 7 0 0 0 7
Instructional Media Design 0 0 6 0 6
Writing Studies 0 0 6 0 6
Philosophy 5 0 1 0 6
Museum Studies 0 0 5 0 5
Educational Assessment 0 0 4 0 4
Ethnic Studies 4 0 0 0 4
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 4 0 0 0 4
Dance 4 0 0 0 4
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 3 0 0 0 3
Liberal Arts General Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 2 0 2
Teaching English or French 0 0 2 0 2
Environmental Engineering 0 0 2 0 2
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 0 2 2
Religious Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering Mechanics 0 0 0 0 0
Industrial Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,879 13 1,235 175 4,302

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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