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F A S T   F A C T S
Location | Cleveland
Population | 478,000
Enrollment | 14,579
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment

Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/14
Spring | 01/13-05/09

Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH

Urban setting only blocks from Lake Erie and a thriving downtown
NCAA Division I Athletics; internship and co-op placements topping 3000 annually
Campus chapters of Greek organizations from the IFC, NPHC Divine Nine and PHC

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. Adjacent to us is Playhouse Square, the largest theatre district outside NYC. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is home to great arts, parks, 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. We are halfway between Chicago and New York on I-90.

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.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Home Payment |Open
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Home Payment |Open
Understand Chances of Placement


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 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 - learn more
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/12/23

Finances Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 18 ($506 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
Athletic Fee $3 Credit Hour Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $362 Semester Home Optional
Transportation Fee $55 Semester Home Mandatory
Career Services Fee $4 Credit Hour Home Mandatory
Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Fee $2255 Year Home Optional
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

Important Notes: Students may have additional course specific or service fees, college-specific fees (Engineering), program fees, etc or may incur charges such as late fees for library materials or non-payment of these miscellaneous fees.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/12/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1200
  • Proximity to campus: .01
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
In 2023,Cleveland State acquired two nearby apartment complexes doubling our on-campus residence hall offerings. Students can now choose from Fenn Tower, Euclid Commons, the Langston or the Edge on Euclid for on-campus housing. Comparable off-campus housing in private apartment buildings adjacent to campus is also an option. Many local students commute to campus.

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
See Housing website for up- to- date details on meal plans.


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/12/23

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.


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