Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Cleveland State University Ranked?

2023 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Cleveland State University was awarded 130 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is clinical/medical laboratory science.

Overall Quality

Cleveland State University landed the #1,046 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Cleveland State University held the #1,718 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Cleveland State University also holds the #39 spot on the Best Colleges in Ohio ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Cleveland State University?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 94%, Cleveland State University has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

About 35% of students accepted to Cleveland State University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 470 and 590. Math scores were between 470 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Cleveland State University  ( 470 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Cleveland State University  ( 470 to 580 )
Cleveland State University received ACT scores from 92% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Cleveland State University  ( 18 to 25 )

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Cleveland State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Cleveland State University is about average at 15 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Cleveland State University is 49%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  49 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Cleveland State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 76% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Cleveland State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  76 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 24% for first-time, full-time students at Cleveland State University, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  24 out of 100

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Cleveland State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 11,166 undergraduates at Cleveland State University with 8,803 being full-time and 2,363 being part-time.

How Much Does Cleveland State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Cleveland State University is $16,943. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Cleveland State University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,272 $14,813 $18,468 $21,036 $20,621

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Cleveland State University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Cleveland State University, approximately 60% of students took out student loans averaging $6,691 a year. That adds up to $26,764 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cleveland State University is 5.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Cleveland State University Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Cleveland State University make about $46,422 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Cleveland State University students since it is 9% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Cleveland State University make the most money.

Location of Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University is a public institution situated in Cleveland, Ohio. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for Cleveland State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216-687-2000

Cleveland State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 89 majors graduated from Cleveland State University. Of these students, 2,817 received undergraduate degrees and 1,322 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 254 $56,520
General Psychology 224 $26,208
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 194 $31,821
Public Relations & Advertising 121 $35,505
Business Administration & Management 97 $41,471
Mechanical Engineering 97 $60,104
Criminology 97 $34,543
General Biology 95 $29,683
Accounting 93 $44,473
Marketing 89 $39,814

Learn more about the majors offered at Cleveland State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Cleveland State University

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 14,527 students took at least one online class at Cleveland State University. This is an increase from the 5,674 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 14,527 7,221
2018-2019 5,674 1,107
2017-2018 5,684 1,073
2016-2017 5,319 978
2015-2016 5,167 932

Learn more about online learning at Cleveland State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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