Cleveland State University's Viking sports teams compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. The University sponsors programs for 17 intercollegiate sports -- nine for women and eight for men. The Vikings are members of both the Horizon League and Eastern Wrestling League, which gives Cleveland State's student athletes the chance to regularly compete against some of the best athletes in the country. Cleveland State University student athletes represent the university community at local, regional, national and international competitions, including the NCAA Championships and the Olympics. More than 40 Viking student athletes have been selected as All-Americans in their respective sports.
Viking student athletes learn some of life's most valuable lessons -- sacrifice, preparation, teamwork, competition and resiliency -- while representing Cleveland State in the classroom and the community. In the classroom, the cumulative GPA for Cleveland State's more than 250 student athletes is consistently near 3.0. University teams regularly rank among the nation's academic best, with many having been named Academic All-Americans. Cleveland State's Athletic Academic Advising Office coordinates an extensive support system, including study halls and tutoring.
Community service is a cornerstone of Cleveland State University athletics. Viking student athletes, led by the university's Student-Athlete Advisory Council, participate in a variety of volunteer activities ranging from tutoring to adopt-a-school programs.