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Cleveland State University (CSU)

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Description of Cleveland State University (CSU)

Cleveland State University (abbreviated as CSU) is the highest public educational institution of the United States of America, which has been active in scientific activities since the distant 1923. The institution of higher education has its small urban-type campus, which is located in Cleveland.

The institution is in the TOP-5 percent of the best of the best in the international ranking.

Faculties and colleges

Specialized colleges within CSU:

  • Arts, sciences,
  • Business
  • Pedagogy, public relations,
  • Engineering
  • Postgraduate education,
  • Health, medicine,
  • Jurisprudence.

Scientific achievements

The research activity of the university is the study of several areas in cooperation with many institutions, for example:

  • Cleveland Clinic, Lerner Research Institute,
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History,
  • Ohio Supercomputer Center,
  • International Space University.

For about 50 years, CSU and the Lerner Research Institute have been collaborating to raise the level of medical and scientific education. This partnership provides graduate students with a unique learning experience in practice under the mentorship of the best scientists.

The Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease at Cleveland State University is a center for advanced biomedical research that aims to understand the underlying causes of many human diseases and develop treatments based on the discovered molecular mechanisms. This research has significant potential to improve our understanding of the mechanisms and specific molecules that control reproductive health, the aging process, and the treatment of the most common diseases found worldwide, including heart disease, neurological diseases, infectious diseases, and cancer.

Things to know about

  • The CSU 2.0 project is an institution development program aimed at increasing the campus. The goal of the university is to recruit an additional 4500 students, 200 new teachers by 2025.
  • Among the students - 55% women, 27% minorities.
  • The average age of students is 27 years.
  • According to statistics, only 9.3% of the US adult population has a master's degree, while it is required for 20% of jobs.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Cleveland State University (CSU)

Program name
All year round
from 10746.00 $ / year
from 10746.00 $ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 14062.00 $ / year
from 14062.00 $ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 18570.00 $ / year
from 18570.00 $ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 11191.00 $ / semester
from 11191.00 $ / semester
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

The apartments located on campus are fully furnished single, double and quadruple rooms with bathrooms, some with kitchens. You can live in them not only during the year, but also during the winter and summer holidays. The cost of accommodation for the semester will be from 4545 to 5874 $, in the summer - $ 3328. This price includes utility bills and Internet fees.

Fenn Tower offers its residents common areas:

  • Games room with billiards,
  • Free laundry service.

Euclid Commons has the following services:

  • Games room with billiards,
  • Laundry
  • Theatre Studio,
  • Fitness center,
  • Mail
  • Computer lab,
  • Conference hall.

Graduate students are encouraged to find off-campus housing options, as most places in the university's residential buildings can be occupied.

On the territory of the university there is a Viking Marketplace - a restaurant that provides a variety of meals: brunch, sushi on Saturdays, barbecue and much more. For students with special dietary needs, a menu without gluten, dairy products, nuts and other allergens has been prepared.

Meal plans include a certain number of meals, dollars to spend on campus, meals for guests. Some of them with a price per semester:

  • Ultimate Viking: $600 per semester for on-campus spending, unlimited access to dining room meals, five guest lunches for $2560.
  • Green Plan: $ 400 for lunches per semester, unlimited access to the dining room, five dishes for guests for $ 2380.
  • White Plan: $ 200 per semester for spending on campus, unlimited access to meals in the dining room, five lunches for guests for $ 2200.
  • 15 lunches a week, $150 for spending, five meals for guests for $1836.
  • 7 lunches a week, $700 for spending, five meals for guests for $1591.

The summer plan includes 25 meals, $50 for $275.

Activities Cleveland State University (CSU)

The institution presents more than 18 sports: basketball, swimming, football, wrestling, tennis and golf, volleyball and much more. A women's and men's team called the Vikings participate in the NCAA Division I.

CSU is home to nine nationally recognized fraternities and six women's clubs. These organizations offer learning and life experience through community service, workshops, extracurricular general activities. Also on campus there are more than 200 student organizations of various subjects: sports, creativity and music, religion, ecology, volunteering and much more.

Each student can become a member of the Viking Crew and join the Engineers Without Borders group, which cooperates with the UN in Cleveland.

The School of Film and Media Arts is located on 36,000 square feet and offers two sound stages for theatrical productions and events, most often organized by students.

The CSU Galleries, housed in the historic building, provide students with venues for art exhibitions, handicrafts and literary performances.

The institution actively opposes environmental pollution, so all students participate in the program of exchanging clothes, recycling batteries, separating garbage.


  • The ratio of students to teachers is 17:1.
  • Annual internships.
  • Free summer program, as well as classes for the elderly.
  • More than 1400 foreign students.
  • Partnerships with more than 250 organizations, including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, metropolitan School District, NASA and others.

Facilities and equipment at Cleveland State University (CSU)

The institution is considered to be a large-scale institution where at the same time a course of about 24,000 students takes place. The university accepts both local and visiting citizens. The teaching staff includes about 1600 professional teachers. CSU invites students and teachers to participate in exchange programs at the international level. You can learn more about the life of a university on its official web site or on pages in social networks (Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr).

The infrastructure includes a large library, a hostel and everything you need to maintain an active sports lifestyle.

Admission dates and extra charges

The academic year includes three semesters:

  • Autumn: August 21-December 3,
  • Spring: January 15-May 6,
  • Summer: May 21-August 12.

Each semester is followed by a session, the longest of which takes place in the summer and ranges from two to 12 weeks.

Holidays for students are organized in winter and summer, as well as on national, international holidays.

Additional costs:

  • Accommodation, meals on campus or off – from $ 15,000 
  • Transport – 1770$
  • Books, consumables – 800$
  • Loan fee – 78$
  • Personal expenses – 1800$.

On average, students spend about $30,000 a year.

Enrolment process

The admission process includes the following steps:

  • Filling out the application on the official website,
  • Payment of the registration fee = 40$,
  • Obtaining official transcripts,
  • Provision of official results of entrance examinations,
  • Provision of additional materials: letters of recommendation, formulation of the purpose, etc.

Enrolment statistics

According to statistics, in recent years, about 60% of applications for admission are approved by the admission committee.


CSU and Cleveland Clinic offer joint doctorates in regulatory biology, bioanalytic chemistry, applied biomedical engineering, molecular medicine. Graduates of these programs can be found in key scientific and administrative positions in the world's most prestigious medical centers.

Throughout its history, teachers of the Center for Gene Regulation have trained more than 150 graduate students. Many students have continued their careers at some of the nation's leading universities and institutes, including Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia universities, as well as the National Institutes of Health, scripps Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Lerner Research Institute, and many others.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

The CSU Admissions Office makes decisions about enrollment to a higher educational institution based on the data on students' past performance, the results of previous exams. Statistics show that, as a result of the admission campaign, as a rule, about 60 percent of applications receive a positive response. However, this indicator may vary depending on the specific faculty and the direction of the training program. In fact, the academic year of the university is formed by two semesters. The cost of education here for a bachelor’s or master’s degree is about $ 6,500 per semester. Also, the university provides the opportunity to receive a scholarship and choose a more convenient form of education (internally, permanently, remotely).

Scholarships Cleveland State University (CSU)

Grants provided at CSU:

  • Federal Pell Grant,
  • Federal grant for additional education,
  • Grant of Opportunities from Ohio College,
  • Grant for teacher training for colleges and universities,
  • Last Mile Grant (PNG).

Also, all students have the opportunity to take federal subsidized / unsubsidized loans and credits.

The institution's scholarship programs encourage academic, athletic abilities, and social activities, and cover the cost of the program, accommodation for those who cannot afford to pay for their studies themselves.

Scholarships are provided to first-year students, transferable students, foreign students, as well as continuing education. Payments are made from the university itself, from the colleges in its composition or partner organizations.

The Federal Work-Study program allows students to work while studying, thereby covering their expenses.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

Review about Cleveland State University (CSU)

A small and very cozy university. Good transport accessibility, since the university is located in the city center, there are a lot of places and opportunities to spend your free time. Teachers, student life and sports are at their best. I like that teachers care about students and their subject. If you have any difficulties and questions, you can always write to the teacher by email. Usually, everyone responds pretty quickly and really tries to help.
This is my second year at CSU. They acted on the recommendation of the Smaps agency, which helped with the selection of the program and enrollment in the university. Most of all in CSU, I like the number of people from different countries of the world, there is an opportunity to meet completely different people and broaden my horizons. The teachers are mostly excellent and are interested in getting students really engaged in the subject. In general, there is a feeling that you are getting a quality education at this university.
Very beautiful campus near the university. The university is located in the city center, the city itself is not very large, and it cannot be said that there is much entertainment for students. However, the university itself offers a large selection of activities and sports. Another advantage of the location of the university in the center is the opportunity to find a part-time job in the city very close to the campus or on the campus itself. I work in the student support department, and it is quite possible to earn a small amount for small expenses here.
She graduated from the Faculty of Psychology of CSU in 2018. I chose the university purely on the recommendation of acquaintances, because at the time of my admission very little was known about this university, and there were practically no sources in Russian language at all. And, as it turned out, this was a big plus, as it allowed, as they say, to completely immerse yourself in the environment. I practically did not meet Russian-speaking students on campus, at most 2.3 people for all the time. In the last year of my studies, many more international students began to appear, as the university began to actively work on student diversity and attract foreigners. But most of my classmates were local students. It was always easy to talk and interact with the teachers. The Faculty of Psychology here was really good and gave me a lot in terms of training. I hope that now everything has remained at the same level.
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