College profile: Cleveland State University
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Student /faculty ratio: 17:1
Degrees offered: Bachelor’s, Postbachelor’s certificate, Master’s, Postmaster’s certificate, Doctoral: research/scholarship and professional
Percent of applicants admitted: 59%
SAT/ACT scores: SAT combined 750 or higher, ACT composite 16 or higher
* There are some differences between admission requirements for true freshmen and transfer students. Many service members have taken college courses and thus can qualify as transfer students.
Number of undergrads: 11,000
Gender breakdown: 55% female/45% male
Tuition and Fees: $8,466*
Room and Board: $10,285
*The Ohio GI Promise allows that all veterans with one year of honorable service, and their dependents, are immediately considered in-state residents for purposes of tuition etc. The tuition quoted is the in-state cost for the combined fall and spring semesters.
Is service accepted as credit toward a degree?
Cleveland State University awards credits based on service training and experience using the ACE recommendations as the award guide.
Why does the school like military students?
Veterans and serving military understand mission, hard work, service, teamwork and leadership, and they have unique life experiences. A person with those personal qualities and experiences and a college education is extraordinarily well prepared to enter the civilian work world and to provide experienced leadership in that world. On a smaller scale, university faculty find that veterans and serving military have a focus and sense of purpose that make them ready to learn and a pleasure to have in the classroom.
What GI Bill/Tuition Assistance benefits are offered/available?
With a VA VetSuccess on Campus Counselor working full time on campus, Cleveland State University provides outstanding assistance in helping all veterans and serving military determine the education/GI Bill benefits available to them. In addition, the university allows tuition payment deferment to veterans with a once a year submission of an application for the deferment. This university acknowledges that the veteran is receiving the GI Bill and thus the veteran will not be contacted by the university concerning payment of tuition and fees during a semester even if payments from the VA are received late.
Do you offer online degrees/distance learning programs?
Yes. Cleveland State University has more than 150 online offerings including complete degree programs.
What programs/services are available specifically to military students?
Cleveland State University has the Veteran Student Success Program (VSSP). Staffed by a full time coordinator and four part-time student employees, all of whom are veterans or military family, the program provides all assistance with admissions, academic and transition issues. The VSSP works with other university departments and local VA facilities as appropriate with regard to transition issues. The services of the VSSP are enhanced by the actions of the university chapter of the Student Veterans of America. Cleveland State University also has a VA VetSuccess on Campus Counselor who provides excellent counseling on all benefits issues with a focus on education benefits. CSU invites serving military personnel and veterans to take a look at the website for the Veteran Student Success Program at: http://www.csuohio.edu/studentlife/vikingvets
What is your policy on involuntary activation for military service?
Cleveland State University works with military personnel who are involuntary activated so that they do not lose benefits or endanger their grades. Each member activated is treated individually according to their situation (e.g. length of recall, time during the semester etc.).