Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH 44115

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.


Campus LocaleCity: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate71%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Masters degrees (MSN)
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. RN to BSN

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 72
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Bachelor's degree 66
Nursing Administration Master's degree 14

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Cleveland State University

Kent State University at Kent
29.98 miles away
University of Akron Main Campus
30.54 miles away
Alliance Career Centre - Robert T. White School of Practical Nursing
49.33 miles away
Youngstown State University
59.89 miles away
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
83.67 miles away
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
89.47 miles away
Wayne State University
93.05 miles away
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College
96.69 miles away
Henry Ford College
98.41 miles away
Davenport University - Warren Campus
99.67 miles away


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

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading450 to 580
SAT: Math440 to 580
SAT: Writing430 to 540
ACT Composite19 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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$13,899
30k to 48k$14,835
48k to 75k$17,954
75k to 110k$20,020
Over 110k$19,890
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $402.00 $570.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $531.00 $905.00

Student Population













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

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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William K. Schubert Minority Nursing Scholarship

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Ohio state board of nursing
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

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