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Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH

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  1. Our urban campus is home to Cleveland State’s engaged learning trademark
  2. We place students in 3000+ internships and co-ops per year
  3. Cleveland has the 2nd largest performing arts center in USA @Playhouse Square

About This Campus

We are one of America’s Best Colleges (according to U.S. News & World Report) with over 175+ academic programs in seven colleges. We are an ever-expanding campus that makes up the largest footprint in Cleveland with 88 acres. We cheer on our Cleveland State Vikings in 18 NCAA Division I sports. We offer more than 175 official student organizations on our dynamic urban campus. We are part of a vibrant downtown Cleveland, where something exciting is always happening. We are home to engaged learning, where students and ideas connect in the classroom, the real world and beyond. 16,000+ current students Student to faculty ratio is 16 to 1 Home to the School of Film & Media Arts, Ohio's only stand-alone film school 110,000-square-foot Rec Center offers a wide variety of fitness classes, an Olympic-sized pool, the latest weight and cardio equipment, an indoor track, basketball courts, and more 1,100 students live on campus in residence halls 1,000+ students live near-by in off campus

Location Information

We are an urban campus located in downtown Cleveland. Students at Cleveland State University have opportunities to experience big city excitement just steps from campus. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is home to great arts, history and sports. The second largest performing arts center in the US is our partner and neighbor, Playhouse Square.

Helpful Information

We are in downtown Cleveland in an urban setting.

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

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Fast Facts

Location | Cleveland
Population | 478,000
Enrollment | 16,500
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/29-12/17
Spring | 01/17-05/12

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 4%
Black | 16%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 5%
Two or more | 3%
White | 63%
Other | 9%
International | 0%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: After campus students
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs

Music- auditions required; Business school is AACSB accredited so students from non-AACSB schools may have difficulty in getting pre-req override approval if upper division BUS courses are desired; ABET engineering classes pre-reqs may also be hard to meet

Notable Academic Programs

  • Music - Access to Cleveland Orchestra members and many campus-based ensembles and groups
  • Urban Studies - Nationally ranked programs with access to many area internships (no car needed)
  • Theater Arts/Drama - Partnership with oldest regional theatre company in the US, the Cleveland Playhouse. Classes and performances take place in and around the 2nd largest performing arts district outside of NYC, Playhouse Square at the Allen Theatre
  • Film and Media Arts School - Begun in Fall 2018 we are the only Film School in Ohio- BFA

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, African American Studies, Anthropology... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, 197.00 computer or 78.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Home Pay
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/15/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 18 ($417.75 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Parking Pass Fee $362 Semester Home Optional
Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Fee $2255 Year Home Optional

Important Notes: if electing to live on campus, housing and meal plan fees must be fully paid prior to the move-in date or student must enroll in a budget payment plan through the Office of Treasury Services' via their CSU student account.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/15/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 3% living on campus
  • Apartment: $6935 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $900
  • Proximity to campus: .01
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Euclid Commons and Fenn Tower are our two on-campus dormitories. Placements are limited and require an early housing application. Comparable off-campus housing in private apartment buildings adjacent to campus are plentiful.

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
On campus residents living in a suite with a kitchen can elect smaller and cheaper meal plans but a meal plan is still required if living on campus


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/15/21

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $2200 Year Home Pay Optional

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Insurance required for on-campus living. Waivers for personal/ family insurance policy is possible.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $2,200 per semester.


  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance

Other Health Related Comments
students moving into the on-campus dorms must sign an Emergency Form upon arrival stating that they have insurance and are up to date on all shots. students also have medical insurance in order to live on campus

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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