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Cleveland State University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Cleveland State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Cleveland State University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Cleveland State University was awarded 38 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is social sciences.

Overall Quality

Cleveland State University is ranked #1,080 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Cleveland State University also holds the #49 spot on the Best Colleges in Ohio ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Cleveland State University?

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 90%, some consider Cleveland State University to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

Average Test Scores

About 15% 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 500 and 600. Math scores were between 490 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Cleveland State University  ( 500 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Cleveland State University  ( 490 to 610 )
Cleveland State University received ACT scores from 90% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Cleveland State University  ( 19 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 17 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

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

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 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 16% for first-time, full-time students at Cleveland State University, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  16 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Cleveland State University

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 12,078 undergraduates at Cleveland State University with 9,268 being full-time and 2,810 being part-time.

Cleveland State University Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Cleveland State University is 76.40 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  76.40 out of 100
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How Much Does Cleveland State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Cleveland State University is $15,124. 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 +
$11,050 $13,019 $16,469 $19,127 $19,382

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Cleveland State University, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $6,197 a year. That adds up to $24,788 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cleveland State University is 7.6%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Cleveland State University Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Cleveland State University with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $41,300 in their early years. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


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

Location of Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University is a public institution located in Cleveland, Ohio. The location of Cleveland State University is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of Cleveland State University

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 95 majors graduated from Cleveland State University. Of these students, 2,879 received undergraduate degrees and 1,410 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
General Psychology 265 $26,700
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 210 NA
Nursing 185 $54,400
Public Relations & Advertising 142 $30,600
Mechanical Engineering 135 $55,700
Accounting 96 $44,200
Criminology 95 $31,700
General Biology 91 $23,900
Business Administration & Management 90 $40,900
Finance & Financial Management 82 $38,100

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 learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 5,684 students took at least one online class at Cleveland State University. This is an increase from the 5,319 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 5,684 1,073
2016-2017 5,319 978
2015-2016 5,167 932
2014-2015 4,994 906
2013-2014 4,558 751

Learn more about online learning at Cleveland State University.

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