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Cleveland State University

Cleveland, Ohio

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Cleveland State University

Public 4 Year

About Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University (also known as Cleveland State or CSU) is a public university in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It was established in 1964, and opened for classes in 1965 after acquiring the buildings, property, and students of Fenn College, a private school that had been in operation since 1923. CSU absorbed the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1969. Today it is part of the University System of Ohio, has more than 120,000 alumni, and offers over 200 academic programs. Its mission is to "encourage excellence, diversity, and engaged learning by providing a contemporary and accessible education in the arts, sciences, humanities and professions, and by conducting research, scholarship, and creative activity across these branches of knowledge."


Located in Cleveland, Ohio.

2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44115-2214, Cuyahoga County

Cleveland State University Rankings

Prepler rankings are based on rigorous and in-depth analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education.

2024 Best Colleges in America

#290 of 6828

2024 Best Colleges in Ohio

#10 of 313

2024 Best Public Colleges in Ohio

#8 of 110

Most Popular Majors

The most popular major at Cleveland State University is Business Management followed by Medical, Engineering, Education and Social Sciences.

Graduation Rate

Graduation rate of college is a strong indicator of success of the college’s students in attaining their educational goals. Prepler defines graduation rate as the percentage of first-time, full-time students who graduated from Cleveland State University within four or six years.

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Notable Alumni