President's Office Welcome

It is an incredible privilege and honor to serve as president of Cleveland State University.

Our best-in-brand, nationally recognized urban research university has a rich history in student success, academic excellence, diversity of thought, innovation and community engagement. As we work together to build on this strong foundation, I truly believe the best is yet to come.

Universities are about people, opportunity and place, where experiences in formative years shape our lives forever. At CSU, the Office of the President is dedicated to enhancing our learning environment to best serve students, faculty and staff alike, as well as the broader community.

With 17,000-plus students, 10 colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU is listed year after year among America’s best universities by U.S. News & World Report. We have been ranked No. 18 in the nation among public universities that deliver social mobility and impactful research, and we are among the Top 3 public universities in Ohio whose graduates enjoy the greatest mid-career earnings boost.

Founded in 1964, CSU has proudly served as one of Cleveland’s anchor institutions for more than 50 years. With dedicated partners spanning the private, public and nonprofit sectors, we continue to share knowledge, research and resources – for the benefit of all – as we redefine the urban university for the 21st century.

Welcome to Cleveland State University!

Harlan M. Sands
Harlan M. Sands, J.D., M.B.A.
Cleveland State University