Meet CSU!

We are one of America’s Best Colleges (according to U.S. News & World Report). We are 175+ academic programs in 10 colleges and schools. We are an ever-expanding campus that makes up the largest footprint in Cleveland. We are more than 3,000 internships and co-ops each year. We cheer on the Vikings in 18 NCAA Division I sports. We are more than 200 student organizations on a dynamic campus. We are part of vibrant downtown Cleveland, where something exciting is always happening. We have one of the lowest tuition rates in Ohio — rates that are now guaranteed for four years — and a value that exceeds expectations. We are home to engaged learning, where students and ideas connect in the classroom, the real world and beyond. We are Cleveland State University.

Onward & Upward

Improving lives. Expanding knowledge. The best universities excel at one or the other, and a very select few deliver outstanding results on both counts.

According to a report from the Brookings Institution, CSU is No. 18 in the entire nation among public universities that provide upward mobility and conduct vital research. CSU is the only Ohio university on this list.

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

This elite group includes CSU. We offer access to higher education to many low-income students — nearly 11 percent of our total enrollment. At the same time, our cutting-edge research enterprise encompasses a broad range of fields, from gene regulation to human motion and control to population dynamics.

When it comes to improving lives and expanding knowledge, CSU is proud to be a leader among public universities.

Tuition Perks

To stay on track for graduation, students are encouraged to complete 30 credit hours per academic year. Cleveland State University’s adjusted tuition band allows you to take up to 18 credit hours at the same cost as 12 credit hours. In other words: Take four courses and get two free, every semester.

We’re committed to helping students save time and save money while earning their degrees. The average CSU graduate’s debt is nearly $2,000 below the state average for public and private institutions, and CSU’s average student debt per borrower is the second lowest among Ohio public universities, according to

Real-World Ready

Cleveland State University students graduate fully prepared to thrive in rewarding careers. The secret of their success? We call it Engaged Learning. This powerful combination of higher education and real-world experience delivers 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, Swagelok, Sherwin-Williams, Lincoln Electric, Parker Hannifin, NASA and many others. 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.

Return On Investment

Cleveland State University graduates enjoy an outstanding return on their investment in higher education.

According to a report from the highly respected Brookings Institution, CSU ranks in the top three among Ohio’s four-year public universities in categories related to mid-career earnings, occupational earnings power and loan repayment rates.

A highlight of the report is that CSU graduates have mid-career salaries that are more than $10,000 higher than predicted for demographically similar graduates from other universities. This is the third-highest boost among Ohio’s public universities.

Nationally Ranked

Year after year, Cleveland State University is consistently listed among the best colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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

Multiple CSU graduate programs also are featured in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Grad Schools.

In these national rankings, CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs is No. 7 for the specialty of City Management and Urban Policy and No. 17 for Nonprofit Management. The Levin College is ranked No. 45 overall among public affairs graduate schools.

Additional degree programs included in the rankings are Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Speech-Language Pathology. The Cleveland Marshall College of Law, College of Education, School of Nursing and School of Social Work were also listed among the best graduate schools in their respective fields.

In the U.S. News & World Report online program rankings, CSU was selected as the best online MBA program in the state of Ohio.

Get to Know CSU:

Established: 1964
Nickname: Vikings
Mascot: Magnus
Colors: green and white
More than 120,000 graduates
17,000 current students
Student to faculty ratio: 17 to 1
Athletics: NCAA Division I Horizon League — 18 varsity sports
More than 200 student organizations
Faculty and students collaborate in world class research
1,000+ students living on campus in residence halls
1,000+ students living off campus in downtown Cleveland
President: Ronald M. Berkman, Ph.D.