Academic Advising at Cleveland State University is designed to provide on-going support to all undergraduate students, and to help ensure academic success and graduation.  Academic advising is a critical component of the educational experience through which Cleveland State empowers and assists students to develop and implement sound educational plans that are consistent with each student’s personal and academic interests, goals, and career plans. 


The First Year Advising (FYA) Office is the first stop for the majority of first year students who enter the University having earned between 0-29 credit hours. Through FYA advising, students are provided with on-going support and assistance during the critical freshman year.  By working closely with our freshman students, the First Year Advisors engage regularly with students to help provide a smooth assimilation into the University, to help build a strong foundation of support and success during the first year, and to ensure a smooth transition for students to their appropriate college or program advising office after completing 30 credit hours.

For more information, go to the First Year Advising Office 


The Exploratory Advising Office provides academic advising and support services for all students over 30 credit hours who enter the University undecided about their academic major, become undecided about their academic major after enrolling at the University, or who do not meet the academic requirements for direct admission into the academic college or major of their choice.

Through the Exploratory Advising Office, students are provided with ongoing support and assistance designed to build and promote academic success, including  developing an exploration plan to research and decide on an academic major aligned with their interests and skills and ensuring completion of the appropriate course work for admission into the student’s college of choice, among others.

For more information, go to the Exploratory Advising Office 


The TRiO/Student Support Services Program is a federally funded grant program designed for students who are either first-generation and/or low income (based on federal guidelines) students.  The TRIO/SSS Program provides students with a foundation of ongoing support and assistance designed specifically to enhance the engagement of the students, connect and provide them with the academic support resources, programming, and resources to help them persist, succeed, and graduate.  Among those resources of support provided through TRIO/SSS are academic advising, programming, success coaching, and peer mentoring.

For more information, go to the TRiO/SSS Program 


Ohio’s new College Credit Plus can help qualified students in grades 7-12 earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students. Taking a college course from a public college or university College Credit Plus is free. That means no cost for tuition, books or fees.

Cleveland State University’s College Credit Plus program provides motivated and dedicated high school students who participate the opportunity to interact with college students, faculty and staff, and experience first-hand the benefits and advantages of a metropolitan university.

For more information, go College Credit Plus 



The Transfer Center at Cleveland State University is designed to provide prospective transfer students and college advisor/counselors with resources to promote a smooth transistion to CSU!  

For more informtion, go Transfer Center