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Cleveland State University


Cleveland State University

Rhodes Tower

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Wolstein Center, Cleveland Ohio

Wolstein Center

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Cleveland State University, located just east of downtown Cleveland, offers 117 courses of undergraduate and graduate study. CSU is home to approximately 16,000 students, two-thirds of them undergraduate students. Founded in 1964, the 85-acre campus is a more culturally diverse and more affordable alternative to other area colleges, such as CWRU and John Carroll University.

The Campus:

Cleveland State University consists of 85 acres, the largest footprint in downtown Cleveland. The campus has 40 buildings, including teaching, research, housing, and administration structures. Among the highlights are the 19-story Rhodes Tower, a fixture in the downtown Cleveland skyline, and the 15,000-seat Wolstein Center, home of the CSU Vikings basketball team and a popular area concert venue. The university also has suburban campuses in Solon and in Westlake, Ohio.

The Courses:

Cleveland State University offers 70 academic majors, 27 master's degrees, two post-master's degrees, six doctoral degrees, and two law degrees. The university also has a research agreement with the nearby NASA Glenn Research Center. CSU is particularly noted for its Urban Affairs undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Cleveland State University is organized into eight academic colleges: Fenn College of Engineering, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences,the College of Science, the James J. Nance College of Business Administration, College of Education, the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, and Graduate Studies.

The Students:

The Cleveland State University student body is diverse mixture of around 16,000, virtually all -- 98 percent -- from Ohio and 80 percent from Cuyahoga County. Roughly equally divided between men and women, two-thirds of students at CSU are pursuing an undergraduate degree and one-third at graduate and law students. More than half of the students attend classes part time. Only 500 students live on campus -- in Viking Hall and the newly-renovated Fenn Tower.


Cleveland State University is a NCAA Division I school and competes in Men's baseball, basketball, fencing, golf, soccer, swimming, wrestling, and tennis as well as women's basketball, tennis soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and golf. The teams are called Vikings and sport forest green and white colors.


Cleveland State University boasts more than 90,000 alumni, most of whom still live in Northeast Ohio. Alumni include numerous area CEOs, judges, and business and civic leaders. One of the most recognizable alumni is Tim Russert, former NBC Washington Bureau Chief, author, and the former moderator of NBC's Meet the Press.

Continuing Education:

Cleveland State University offers a diverse continuing education program at its main campus as well as its satellite campuses in Westlake and Solon. Programs range from English as a Second Language courses, test preparation, arts and literature classes, and computer and technical training to certification programs for a variety of fields.

CSU also gives residents over the age of 60 the opportunity to attend up to four classes each semester tuition free, as part of its Project 60 program. "Students" in this program get a student ID card and may use all of the facilities of the university, but do not receive credit towards a degree. Project 60 students are responsible for their own books and supplies.

Contact Information:

Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115
216 687-5121

(last updated 1-15-08)

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