Cleveland State University was established in 1964 as a state-assisted university and held its first class in 1965. The institute is a sought-after name in the US Education System that currently enrolls approximately 17,730 students in about 1,000 courses that support 200 major fields of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The university also provides a number of professional certificates and continuing education programs, as well as an Honors program to academically outstanding students. Some of the salient features of the institute are as follows:
The trends reflect that over 90% of institute’s graduates find employment within 6 month of completing their degrees and thus, the university is one of the favored choices for international students to study in the USA.
|Type of University||Public|
|Faculty Members||542 full-time; 612 part-time|
|Number of Undergraduate Seats||11,999|
|Number of Postgraduate Seats||4,070|
|Percentage of International Students||5%|
|Annual Acceptance Rate||88%|
|Intake Season||Fall and Spring|
|Application Fee||40 USD|
|Test Scores Accepted||SAT/ ACT, TOEFL/ IELTS/ PTE, GRE/GMAT/ MAT|
The university offers an array of courses for international students which consists of more than 1,000 programs and 200 majors at undergraduate and graduate levels. The vast repertoire of degrees that students can choose from includes 70 undergraduate programs, 40+ master's degrees, 2 law degree programs, 3 specialist degrees (two in education and one in school psychology), 8 doctoral programs, several joint programs including law-business, law-public administration, and law-environmental studies apart from professional certificates and continuing education programs. The courses and programs are delivered through 10 academic schools and colleges which are mentioned as follows:
Some of the favored courses of the institute popular with students include Computer Science, Business Administration, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Economics, Psychology, et al.
Located in downtown Cleveland, the university campus stretches up to 85 acres in an urban setting. The campus consists of 40 buildings, in both old and modern architectural styles, that are used for teaching, research, housing, administration, and recreation. Strategic location of the CSU campus amidst a host of businesses and institutions provides ample internship and other professional opportunities to the students.
The nineteen-story state-of-the-art Rhodes Tower that houses the University Library and teaching facilities is a striking campus feature alongside the historic landmark Mather Mansion. Other important features of the institute’s campus are the 13,000-seat Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center, Washkewicz College of Engineering’s 100,000-square-foot annex housing research labs, teaching labs and simulation labs, etc.
The institute also lays extra emphasis on sports and recreational activities and has teams in round 17 sports that compete in the Horizon League every year. Some of the popular and fac=vored sports at the institute are football and basketball, among others.
Students willing to live on-campus at the institute can choose from 2 residence hall options: Euclid Commons and Fenn Tower. The campus residence facilities can accommodate a little above 1,000 students in modern, state-of-the-art, fully furnished units with kitchenettes and paid utilities. Available room types include single and sharing (double and quad).
Room rates for the academic year 2019 – 2020 is in the range of 8,790 USD to 9,670 USD for Euclid Commons and 7,484 USD to 8,640 USD for Fenn Tower. All campus residents are required to subscribe to a residential meal plan at the campus dining facilities. The basic meal plan costs 1,507 USD per semester.
Students should bear in mind that campus housing facilities are limited and priority is given in order of acceptance. Applicants are required to submit the housing application along with a non-refundable fee of 25 USD at the earliest for a favorable outcome.
Applicants can also opt to lease off-campus apartments adjacent to the campus. However, please, note that such residential facilities are not owned, operated or endorsed by the university in any way.
Application Portal: Application is through the Cleveland State University website.
Application fee: nonrefundable 40 USD.
|Test Name||Acceptable score|
|TOEFL||iBT - 78 (at least 17 sectional score)|
PBT – 550
|IELTS||6.0 with at least 5.0 in each section|
|SAT (New)||Reading Test 26|
All application materials can be sent to Cleveland State University, Office of International Admissions, 2121 Euclid Avenue, UN 443, Cleveland, Ohio 44115, USA. International students must include their CSU ID number with all application materials.
Wile deadlines for some courses might vary, the common application deadlines observed at the institute are as mentioned below:
|Season of Intake||Last Date|
|Summer (IELP only)||April 14|
An estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US for the upcoming season has been compiled as follows. If you are a prospective student of the institute, it is highly recommended that you take a note of the below mentioned expenses and plan your stay in advance.
|Cost Heads||Bachelor (in USD)||Master (in USD)||JD/ Law (in USD)|
|Tuition & Fees||15,626||20,336||27,309|
|Books & Supplies||800||800||1,500|
Note that in addition to the above estimate, all International students need to pay a one-time and non-refundable Orientation Fee of 100 USD and a Services Fee of 30 USD per semester.
While overseas applicants are not eligible for Federal financial aid, the institute, however, does offer various scholarships for international students to study in the USA which are as mentioned below.
Honors Program Scholarships: Incoming freshmen enrolled at the Mandel Honors College are considered for an award that covers full tuition at the domestic tuition rate and associated fees. The award is renewable for a maximum of 8-semesters on the condition that the awardee maintains a CGPA of at least 3.5.
Lincoln Electric Scholars Award: Annual award of up to 5,000 USD is awarded to Chemical, Electrical, and Mechanical majors to students in their sophomore year and with a CGPA of 3.0. The applicant is required to have an inclination towards manufacturing and must be open to accepting a co-op assignment. Renewal of the award will be on the basis of student evaluation during the co-op assignment. and will be invited to reapply for the scholarship based on performance during the co-op experience.
Graduate students can apply for Graduate Assistantships or Teaching Assistantships.Such positions are limited, highly competitive and are available with respective academic departments only. Teaching Assistants help departments in the delivery of undergraduate instructional programs. Graduate or Teaching Assistants may be compensated for their work by way of a tuition scholarship and/or housing waiver.
Research assistantships are an excellent route to gain research experience as well as professional development by being in an assisting role to a faculty or staff member in their research.
Other departmental scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students may be available based on their academic major.
International students do not qualify for the Federal Work-Study award, however, they are eligible to seek on-campus employment under CSU’s Non-Work Study Program. Such students are required to obtain permission to work through the Center for International Services and Programs (CISP). International students should be enrolled full-time at the university, obtain Social Security Number and complete payroll tax forms in order to work on-campus. Students are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week during the regular academic semesters (not more than 40 hours a week during school breaks). Please note that students are never permitted to work over 40 hours a week.
Students can take up more than one job on-campus, provided the total number of hours worked never exceeds the work-hour limits.The various on-campus job options available to students include positions in the CSU Bookstore, Dining Services, Residence Life, Recreation Center, and the CSU Call Center, Academic Internships, among others.
|Average Cost of Attendance||$22,382 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||4 : 1|
|Cleveland State University Enrollment||8590|
|Average Graduation Rate||29.3%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$16,993 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$22,382 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$1,222 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$10,490 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$2,500 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$10,791 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$2,500 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$2,500 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$2,500 / Year|
|Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Dentistry Programs||American Dental Association|
|Music Programs||National Association of Schools of Music|
|Nursing Programs||Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
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I chose to attend Cleveland State University because it was very affordable for me and it is close to where I live. I wanted to commute from home and CSU has a very high rate of commuter students. Along with all of that, CSU has a good Business school.
I think the course curriculum for Cleveland State University is fair and the classes that they have required, I don't mind taking. The classes I am taking currently are helping me decide what I would like to do further on in the future.
Cleveland State is inexpensive and close to home for me. I have the option to commute which would save me money, but I opted to stay on campus for the college experience. I also love downtown Cleveland. Finally, the main reason I chose CSU was its music therapy program and the music therapy opportunities the city has to offer.
The music therapy curriculum is very diverse. In a way, I enjoy taking a lot of different classes, but at the same time, my course load is always very heavy to achieve my requirements. I also am required to take the same music classes as any education or composition major. I hate taking classical lessons because I feel like it does not apply to music therapy.
I chose this college because it is known to have a good science program. CSU also is in partnership with NEOMED (Northeastern Ohio Medical School) and offers students along the pre-pharmacy track an opportunity to achieve Their pharmacy degree in 6 years. 3 years at CSU and 3 years at NEOMED (considering you provide the proper grades and test scores to pass).
I like the course curriculum at CSU. They offer enough time for students to understand and grasp a concept before moving onto another topic. I do not like however how the science classes are strictly graded off mainly tests and quizzes. I have been in multiple science courses that do not receive homework, projects, or participation credit so it makes it extremely difficult to raise your to grade.
It was close to home and affordable. Cleveland State also accepted my previous college credits from high school college classes and community college. Cleveland State also helps me with classroom observations.
The course curriculum could be more flexible. Many classes could be placed online and cut down money. For example, I understand that I need to come to class for lectures but math classes or classes that are from the textbook would be better to take online.
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