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Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH

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  1. Urban setting only blocks from Lake Erie and a thriving downtown
  2. NCAA Division I Athletics in the Horizon League and Eastern Wrestling League
  3. Student placements in 3000+ area internships and co-ops per year

About This Campus

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution with nearly 16,000 students, 5 colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs. According to the Brookings Institution, CSU is No. 18 in the U.S. among public universities that fulfill a critical dual mission: providing upward mobility and conducting impactful research. CSU recently was ranked No. 1 in the nation for increases in research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation and is #1 in Ohio for upward mobility. Our dynamic campus in the heart of downtown Cleveland continues to evolve. CSU President Dr. Laura Bloomberg, who took office on April 26, 2022, is the eighth president of the University.

Location Information

We are an urban university located in the heart of beautiful downtown Cleveland. Students at Cleveland State University have opportunities to experience big city excitement just steps from campus. We are embedded in Playhouse Square, the largest theatre district outside NYC. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is home to great arts, history and sports. Easy access around town is available with an RTA U-Pass. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is a quick 20 minute train ride away.

Helpful Information

CSU's state of the art Recreation Center is a free, favorite spot for students outside of class. Nearby attractions include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (.5 miles), Playhouse Square (.1 mile), the Cleveland Orchestra (.8 miles), Cuyahoga Valley National Park (5 miles), the home stadiums of our professional sports teams the Browns, the Guardians and the Cavaliers as well as world-famous Cedar Point Amusement Park (60 miles) home to 18 roller coasters.

2023/2024 Placement

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Fast Facts

Location | Cleveland
Population | 478,000
Enrollment | 15,464
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/28-12/16
Spring | 01/16-05/10

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 | 15%


RegistrationClosed Programs

Music- auditions required

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 first Film School in Ohio- BFA
  • Africana Studies - Housed in the Howard A Mims African-American Cultural Center

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
  • "None"
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
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 06/24/22

  • 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 for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your 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 their CSU student account.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/24/22

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 06/24/22

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $2500 Year Home Optional

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Insurance is required for on-campus living. Student health insurance available.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health 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

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