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Cleveland State University Data & Information Overview

224 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
91% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Cleveland State University Ranked?

#1,006 Best Colleges in Nation
#34 Best Colleges in OH
Urban Studies Highest Ranked Major

2024 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 224 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is urban studies.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Cleveland State University is ranked #1,006 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Cleveland State University held the #1,046 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Cleveland State University is also ranked #34 out of 96 schools in Ohio.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Cleveland State University?

91% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
23% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Cleveland State University has an acceptance rate of 91%, so it is easier to gain admission to this school than some others. Still, the admissions staff will examine your application closely to make sure you're a good fit for Cleveland State University.

Average Test Scores

About 23% 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 450 and 590. Math scores were between 450 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Cleveland State University  ( 450 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Cleveland State University  ( 450 to 580 )
Cleveland State University received ACT scores from 50% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Cleveland State University  ( 18 to 28 )

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Cleveland State University Faculty

16 to 1 Student to Faculty
49% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, Cleveland State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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

70% Freshmen Retention
27% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Cleveland State University is 70%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  70 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 27% for first-time, full-time students at Cleveland State University, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  27 out of 100

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Cleveland State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,803 Full-Time Undergraduates
28.9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
55.4% Percent Women

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?

$16,943 Net Price
49% Take Out Loans
$24,164 Total Student Loans
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 49% of students took out student loans averaging $6,041 a year. That adds up to $24,164 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?

$46,422 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
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.


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Location of Cleveland State University

Ohio State
8,803 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
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

89 Majors With Completions
2,810 Undergraduate Degrees
1,343 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 89 majors graduated from Cleveland State University. Of these students, 2,810 received undergraduate degrees and 1,343 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

44% Take At Least One Class Online
10% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 6,705 students took at least one online class at Cleveland State University. This is a decrease from the 14,527 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 6,705 1,518
2019-2020 14,527 7,221
2018-2019 5,674 1,107
2017-2018 5,684 1,073
2016-2017 5,319 978

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.


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