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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 0-24 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 24 credit hours.

For more information, go to the First Year Advising Office 


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