Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH 44115
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Cleveland State University is a public institution in Cleveland, Ohio. It was established in 1964 after purchasing the buildings of Fenn College. It also acquired the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1969. It is now part of the University System of Ohio. Over 70 majors are available at the university, along with 27 master’s degree programs. These programs are offered through the nine colleges and five specialty-schools operated by the university, including the School of Nursing. The campus is the downtown Cleveland area. There is also a satellite campus in Westlake, which is part of the greater Cleveland area.

Students may enroll in undergrad or graduate nursing programs at CSU. These options include traditional BSN, RN to BSN, accelerated BSN, and MSN programs. All four options are accredited by the CCNE. The university has partnerships with several major healthcare centers in the area, including University Hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic, and MetroHealth. The university also has a high NCLEX-RN exam pass rate, with over 90% of students passing the first time they take the exam. Students who are interested in the traditional BSN program must complete prerequisite coursework, which includes anatomy, chemistry, microbiology, psychology, physiology, and several other required courses.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students16,371
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate70%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 14 66
Master's degree 1 14
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 88.5%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1940 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/29/2005 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/20/2002 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT990 to 1210
ACT19 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $40
Graduates $40

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$402/credit
In State Students$402/credit
Out of State Students$570/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$531/credit
In State Students$531/credit
Out of State Students$905/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $18,090 $18,090 $25,650
ADN 70 $28,140 $28,140 $39,900
BSN 125 $50,250 $50,250 $71,250
FNP 50 $26,550 $26,550 $45,250
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 89% of Cleveland State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 43% $4,574
Other Federal Grant 6% $955
State Grant & Scholarships 34% $1,571
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 45% $5,757
Federal Student Loans 64% $5,266
Private Loans 6% $11,418


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$13,841
$30,001 to $48,000$14,839
$48,001 to $75,000$18,061
$75,001 to $110,000$19,682
Over $110,000$19,915

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Ohio state board of nursing.
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

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