May 28, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2018 - 2019 
Graduate Catalog 2018 - 2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Resources

Research Facilities

Basic and applied research is central to the University’s mission and is an integral part of graduate and professional education. The purpose of research is to advance knowledge in a discipline, subject area, or field; to fill significant gaps in such knowledge; to devise new modes or means of expression; and to develop new perspectives in the sciences, arts, and humanities. Faculty members at Cleveland State University have built and continue to expand a solid reputation for quality research by attracting highly qualified graduate students and by garnering significant new external research funding. The University maintains that research and teaching are not only symbiotic but are also the focus of quality graduate education.

To encourage student and faculty research, the University provides a complete range of support facilities, including a University library with a strong emphasis on computerized information services, computer laboratories, access to the Ohio Supercomputer Center, animal care facilities, and specialized research facilities within academic departments.

Research Collaborations

The University maintains a variety of research links with the Northeast Ohio community. Local and regional businesses and institutions share financial resources, personnel, and facilities with Cleveland State faculty and students for the purpose of research. The University’s ties to the institutions below are important examples of partnerships that enhance specific graduate degree programs.

  • The Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute is an equal partner in the research offerings and administration of three Cleveland State University doctoral programs: the Ph.D. in Regulatory Biology, the Ph.D. in Clinical-Bioanalytical Chemistry, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering specialization in Applied Biomedical Engineering. This strategic inter-institutional partnership provides doctoral students with access to major analytical instrumentation facilities in biochemistry, immunology, and molecular biology, as well as to the federally funded laboratories of world-renowned scientists.
  • The NASA Glenn Research Center sponsors basic and applied research at Cleveland State, while the University provides graduate education in engineering and computer science to NASA employees.
  • The Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center is a partner with Cleveland State University in the education of graduate students in the Speech Pathology program, as well as in the Clinical-Bioanalytical Chemistry Ph.D. program.
  • Case Western Reserve University collaborates with Cleveland State University in the areas of biomedical research, cooperative doctoral and professional graduate programs, and faculty enrichment opportunities. The collaboration includes reciprocal library privileges for faculty and students at both universities.
  • The Ohio Urban University Program. Cleveland State University is the flagship member of the Northeast Ohio Research Consortium which is a cooperative initiative of Northeast Ohio’s public universities, providing research and technical assistance to the region, as well as numerous opportunities for graduate student research in public administration and urban studies programs.

Research Centers

For a complete listing see

Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease

The Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease (GRHD) focuses on research to improve the understanding of biological processes and how the malfunction of these processes results in various diseases. This research has significant potential to improve our understanding of the mechanisms and specific molecules that control reproductive health and those that control the aging process. The Center’s research has implications for the diagnosis and treatment of many of the most common diseases found around the world, including heart disease, neurological disease, infectious disease, and cancer.

Center for Human-Machine Systems

The Center for Human-Machine Systems (CHMS) aims to improve health and performance by combining the unique capabilities of engineered and natural subsystems. The Center pursues this goal by providing its members with a collaborative environment and with funding to promote the development of high-quality, externally funded, high-impact research. Research areas include prosthetics, exercise machines, orthopaedics, and rehabilitation.

Center for Behavioral Health Sciences

The Center for Behavioral Health Sciences (CBHS) aims to improve mental health and addiction outcomes for individuals and families, thereby enhancing community well-being. The Center pursues this goal by providing the environment and resources to promote high quality and well-funded interdisciplinary research to develop empirical knowledge related to the prevention, intervention, and treatment of mental illness and addiction.

Research and Public Service

The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs provides applied research and outreach services to the community through several integrated centers and initiatives. The collective mission of these research centers is to serve as a source for the investigation of issues and challenges facing urban communities and to apply College resources to solutions. Students have opportunities to work with faculty and staff in research and public service, centers, programs, and related initiatives of the Levin College. These include major programs in economic and neighborhood development, public finance, public management, and capacity-building training. These activities support the academic programs of the Department of Urban Studies by providing opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in ongoing research, training, technical assistance, and database development projects.

Center for Community Planning and Development

The mission of the Center is to strengthen the practice of planning and community development through independent research, technical assistance, and civic education and engagement. The Center works in partnership with public, private and non-profit organizations, local governments, and development and planning professionals. The director of the Center is Dr. Candi Clouse. Affiliated faculty include Dr. Wendy Kellogg, Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Studies, and Department Chair/ Associate Dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and Dr. Brian Mikelbank, Associate Professor.

Center for Economic Development

The Center for Economic Development conducts research and offers technical assistance on urban and regional economic issues of interest to local, state, and national policymakers. Primary focus areas include regional economic analysis, regional indicators, economic impact analysis, innovation and entrepreneurship, manufacturing competitiveness, and the role of urban universities in regional development.

Center for Health Equity at Cleveland State University

The mission of the Center for Health Equity at Cleveland State University is to provide leadership to advance the understanding of health disparities and their resolution through interdisciplinary research, community partnerships, and multidisciplinary education; and to develop and implement strategies that promote health and well-being for residents of Greater Cleveland.

The Center for Leadership Development

The Center for Leadership Development manages several leadership development programs for policy makers, elected officials, public administrators, local ward leaders, and community leaders. Whether you are a neighborhood leader who wants to motivate and mobilize community residents or a newly elected official who wants to develop effective governing skills, the Levin College has a leadership program that will help you be a more effective, responsible, and educated leader.

Center for Neighborhood Development

The Center for Neighborhood Development assists nonprofit, neighborhood-based development organizations, helping them implement a broad range of housing and economic development projects. The Center also directs Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland, a program to enhance the effectiveness of volunteer neighborhood leaders.

Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice

The Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice supports and fosters the health of the nonprofit sector in the region through training and technical assistance. It supports the role of non-profits in civil society, scholarly and applied research, and undergraduate and graduate education in the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations.

Center for Public Management

The Center for Public Management is a multi-disciplinary applied research center that provides technical assistance, policy analysis, research, organizational and staff development, and training services to a broad clientele of federal, state, and local government and not-for-profit clients. The mission of the Center is to serve as a resource for Ohio’s state and local governments and not-for-profit organizations by providing services to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of governance and public policy. The Center addresses its mission through work in five substantive areas - Economic and Fiscal Analysis; Performance and Efficiency Measures; Tax and Revenue Strategy; Organizational Development; and Economic Development Strategy.

Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center

The Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center (GLEFC) is one of nine university-based applied research and technical assistance centers established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to help create sustainable environmental systems in the public and private sectors. The mission of GLEFC is to assist communities in building innovative, cost-effective and high-quality strategies for environmental improvement and sustainable economic development. GLEFC services include providing financial and economic analysis and strategies, policy analysis and planning, brownfields community advisory services, and research and information services.

Northern Ohio Data Information System

The Northern Ohio Data Information Service (NODIS) is a Census Bureau affiliate. It provides census and other data resources to the public. It also provides mapping and GIS services, data, and training. Services include standard and customized community profiles, demographic analysis, census tract look-up guides, demographic and environmental mapping, geocoding, and database and website development. GIS training includes ESRI certified instruction, as well as MapInfo workshops and customized training. Named as one of the three regional data centers in the state by the State of Ohio and the U.S. Bureau of the Census in 1981, NODIS has more than twenty-five years of experience in demographic and geographic data dissemination and analysis.

Ohio Center for the Advancement of Women in Public Service

The Ohio Center for the Advancement of Women in Public Service is an initiative founded to promote the advancement of careers of women in public service within the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government at the national, state, and local levels. Key functions of the Center include research on the state of women’s careers in public service, identifying barriers to the movement of women into positions of authority and leadership, and devising strategies to address these barriers.

Unger International Center for Local Government Leadership

The Unger International Center for Local Government Leadership responds to the training, research and educational needs of local government leaders in emerging democracies. Its goal is to strengthen the management of public organizations and non-government organizations (NGOs), and to promote local governments that are transparent, accountable, responsive, innovative, efficient, and characterized by reliance on the rule of law and active citizen participation. The Center is committed to facilitating sustainable government reforms that result in long-term impact and systemic change. The Center works with university faculties and local government leaders in emerging democracies to develop and implement academic and continuing education programs in public management for future and incumbent officials and managers in local governments and NGOs.

Urban Child Research Center

The Urban Child Research Center engages in research and policy analysis on matters that affect families and children in urban communities. Urban households, particularly those in central cities, are uniquely affected by economic, social, and political trends. The work of the Center is to provide information and consultation that will enable policy-makers and community leaders to respond to the impacts of these trends.

Educational Centers

Writing Center

For writing handouts:
To make an appointment:

The Writing Center is located in the Library in Rhodes Tower 124. The Writing Center provides assistance to all members of the university community, including graduate students. Through consultations, tutoring, and workshops (in-person and online), the Center can respond to any questions about writing, including generating ideas, drafting and revising papers, improving writing styles, and handling technical details of grammar, documentation, and formatting. Our WAC website has many handouts available on all aspects of academic writing. We offer scheduled, drop-in, and online tutoring (see third link above).  

Center for Faculty Excellence

The Center for Faculty Excellence fosters faculty excellence through innovative teaching and leadership to create engaged student success. Using a range of individualized, and group services we work with faculty to develop their talent and advance their outcomes, processes and engagement with CSU students, their careers and the University. For additional information, please contact the Center for Faculty Excellence, MC 212 (216) 687-5502,

Michael Schwartz Library

We bring people and information together!

Whether you need to consult a librarian for research help, write a paper, borrow a textbook, collaborate with classmates, connect to online resources, practice a presentation, or find the perfect study space, the Michael Schwartz Library is the place to get things done. Knowledgeable library staff members are always available to help students become proficient information users and fulfill academic and research needs. 

Visit the library (located within Rhodes Tower) in person, access library resources online ( or call (216-687-5300), and discover how the library supports student learning. When classes are in session during fall and spring semesters, library hours are typically Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Hours for weekends, summer sessions, holidays, and other exceptional days are posted on the library website.


The library offers the best of contemporary and traditional research tools with a large collection of online materials including 302,907 e-books, over 89,890 electronic journal titles, over 104,858 digital media holdings, and more than 401 research databases that can be accessed anytime, anywhere. The on-site collection includes more than 529,959 print volumes, sound recordings, video recordings, DVDs, and microforms. You are sure to find what you need to write term papers, complete course assignments, and conduct other research. For easy access to the most relevant information resources for a specific subject, consult the Research Guides (

As a member of OhioLINK, a consortium of 121 academic libraries and the State Library of Ohio, students can request books from a statewide collection of over 46 million books and other library materials, over 24 million electronic journal articles and over 100,000 e-books, and nearly 85,000 images, videos and sounds. For items not in OhioLINK, Interlibrary Loan ( allows access to an unlimited number of library books and journals owned by other libraries in Ohio, the country, and the rest of the world.

Electronic Course Reserves (ECR) ( conveniently brings together in one place, thousands of items that faculty members have selected each semester to supplement classes. Faculty members distribute ECR passwords with their course materials.

Special Collections ( covers various topics but focuses on primary research materials for the study of the economic, cultural, social, and political history of Cleveland, northeastern Ohio, and the Great Lakes region. Many of these special collections are available online ( through the Cleveland Memory Project.

Library Services

Stop at the User Services Center ( conveniently located at the library’s main entrance for assistance finding your way around the library. The friendly staff will help you locate the services you need. Students can use their Viking Cards to check out materials and pick up items borrowed from other libraries.

For assistance with selecting and using information resources, subject specialists and reference librarians can offer one-on-one expert advice. Consult the Ask Your Personal Librarian web page ( to schedule an appointment with a subject specialist. For walk in assistance, visit the Reference Center located in the library’s Learning Commons. You can also contact one of these information professionals by phone (216-687-5300) or by email using the convenient online reference question form ( Instruction librarians provide group or class instruction for many undergraduate and graduate classes. During these sessions students learn to use the library’s information resources rather than relying on random information found through search engines.

The library’s website ( is the research starting point for access to thousands of online journal articles, e-books, research databases, and the virtual reference desk. Bookmark the library’s website and use it as a first choice when looking for information pertaining to coursework and research.

Library Facilities

The Reference Center in the Library Learning Commons is the best place to start a research project. Librarians are available to help with coursework and research involving information resources. The area provides 103 computer workstations where students can access online resources, work on assignments, and use their print accounts. The campus wireless network is available throughout the library.

The Library Computers@Learning Commons (LCLC) instruction rooms are also located near the Reference Center. These labs contain an additional 60 computers. When not in use for classes, these labs provide additional computers for student use.

Quiet Study spaces can be found on both the second and third floors. There are 55 silent study rooms with key card locks (40 at the east end of the second floor and 15 in Multimedia Services on the third floor) available to CSU students with valid CSU IDs. The fourth floor has been designed for Group Study and features rolling whiteboards and study tables with electrical outlets for charging laptops and other portable devices. Rentable, locked study carrels on the second and fourth floors of the library are provided for CSU students, subject to availability. The standard rental fee is currently $50 for six months.

Five group project rooms on the east end of the first floor can accommodate up to 4 students each and include 42” LCD monitors and software that allow you to share local and online content from up to 4 connected laptops.

The library Connection Lounges, located on the first floor just west of the User Services Center and south of the Assistive Technology Lab, provide places to relax, read the latest news, and browse current popular books. These contemporary and inviting spaces have comfortable lounge chairs, electrical outlets and WiFi connections, and popular reading materials courtesy of Cleveland Public Library. Don’t have a public library card? No problem! Students can apply for the Greater Access card at the User Services Center.

Multimedia Services (MMS) (, located on the third floor of the library, features both PCs and Macintosh computers, scanners for use in scanning text or images, as well as a wide range of software that allows students to edit audio and video files, design multimedia projects, create graphics and PowerPoint presentations, listen to music for a class, watch a video or a webcast, and take media-based tests. MMS also circulates audio and video material, resources for coursework, and a limited number of digital video and still cameras, and mp3 recorders to students for use in producing media-rich assignments.

Special purpose library spaces may be scheduled through MMS as well. Students can rehearse classroom presentations in the library’s Presentation Practice Room in RT 304. The room is equipped with a SmartBoard, PC, document camera, and lectern, and a system that enables students to record videos of their presentations on their own flash drives.

Students may also reserve the library’s Student Collaboration Room (RT 402). This facility accommodates six and contains two large whiteboards and a conference table complete with a 42” LCD monitor that can be used to display information on student laptops or other devices. This room may be booked for a 2-hour session by stopping in at Multimedia Services.

Currently enrolled CSU students looking for a place to interview with potential employers in remote locations, or participate in educational projects with colleagues located off-campus, may reserve the Multimedia Services Skype Room, located in RT 305-I. This room contains an iMac pre-loaded with Skype and FaceTime, but students may use their own laptops if they prefer. Multimedia Services also has 15 Silent Study Carrels. Key cards can be checked out for 4 hours at a time at the MMS desk. A key to the Library’s Meditation Room may be borrowed there as well.

Classes meet in the library’s Viewing Room (RT 325), to watch DVDs, videotapes, and even 16mm films in cinema-like surroundings, and in the Writers’ Lab, a 25 seat PC lab located in RT 302. This facility is a joint venture of the First-Year Writing Program and the library designed to provide additional support for students enrolled in First-Year Writing courses. The lab’s primary use is for computer-assisted instruction for developmental writing students; however, the lab is open and available to all writing teachers and students. The lab is also used to support library instruction, particularly for First-Year Writing courses.

Call Multimedia Services at 216-687-9337 to request information about any of the facilities, equipment or materials mentioned above. 

The Math Emporium is a state-of-the-art learning center where students can interact with adaptive MyMathLab Plus software and a highly skilled instructional team. Students learn through an innovative, engaging, and easy-to-use program designed to help them become comfortable and proficient in basic mathematics.

The Assistive Technology Lab, located on the first floor, serves students with disabilities who have registered with the Office of Disability Services. Students will find a variety of equipment there including adaptive keyboards, ergonomically adjustable furniture, software for dictation, text-to-speech, and a wide variety of other hardware and software. For individuals with visual impairments, the lab is equipped with screen readers, screen magnifiers, scanning programs, Braille embossers, and video magnifiers.

The Michael Schwartz Library offers many additional services and resources and encourages students to visit soon and often so that we can assist you!

Law Library

The Law Library has a strong tradition of service designed to meet the research and instructional needs of students and faculty. The Law Library’s service mission is supported by a collection of over 500,000 volumes, a federal government document depository, 3,100 print and electronic periodicals, and an array of online research tools, including numerous legal and general databases, the OhioLINK catalog and databases, subscriptions, and Internet resources. These materials, with interlibrary loan arrangements and cooperative resource sharing through the Ohio Regional Consortium of Law Libraries, provide Law Library users with access to a wide spectrum of legal research resources.

Information Services and Technology

The Information Services and Technology (IS&T) division support CSU’s core missions of education, research, service and accessibility. We recognize that these can only be achieved by working in partnership with students, faculty and staff to reach their goals. We strive to be the IT services partner of choice, delivering customer focused quality services and support products that add value to the overall CSU community.


CampusNet is a user-friendly student information system available for students. CampusNet is available from any computer with an Internet connection, including home computers, on-campus kiosks, and campus networked computers. The Internet address for the CampusNet system is

Using CampusNet, students can register for classes, add and drop classes, and pay their tuition and fees. In addition, CampusNet provides commonly requested student information. A student may view and print his or her tuition and fees balance, registration schedule and course list, financial aid award amount, student record information, unofficial transcript, and personal information, such as address and email address.

CampusNet is accessible with the student’s Cleveland State ID and CampusNet password. Students who do not know their ID or CampusNet password can contact the Help Desk at (216) 687-5050.

Electronic Mail (Email)

Every applicant and registered Cleveland State part-time, full-time, graduate, undergraduate, and law student has an account on the campus email system. Students who prefer to forward their Cleveland State University email to another email address can do this in CampusNet or by contacting the Help Desk at (216) 687-5050. Since many student-specific announcements are sent via email, students are encouraged to check their Cleveland State University email regularly or forward their Cleveland State University email to another email address.

Email is available from any networked PC and the student labs.

For help accessing email, call the Help Desk at (216) 687-5050 or follow the links on the website at

Computer Use on Campus

Laptop, tablet and calculator loaners through the Mobile Campus: More information, including open hours, is available at

Student laptop use on campus: Students may use their own laptops on campus or may borrow a wireless laptop from the Mobile Campus, located either on the first floor of the Student Center or the first floor of the Library.

Wireless: The University’s wireless network provides both an encrypted, secure access to the Internet for students, faculty and staff and an unencrypted access to the Internet for University guests. Wireless access is available in all campus buildings, dorms and large green spaces on campus. 

Campus Connection Lounges: A list of locations, and schedule of hours is available at

General Computer Labs: A list of locations, hours, software, and equipment is available at

To use the labs, students will need to sign in using their Cleveland State University ID number and CampusNet password, available by calling (216) 687-5050.

IS&T Help Desk: The IS&T Help Desk at (216) 687-5050 provides technical and software assistance to students, staff, and faculty. The Help Desk can assist with Internet access, email, and many other problems.

Contact the IS&T Help Desk by:

The IS&T Help Desk hours are posted on the website at

System News

IS&T also maintains a phone line with a recording that lists any current system outages. The System News line is updated each weekday; telephone (216) 687-5252.

Distance Learning

Some classes use Blackboard to enhance or replace traditional classroom instruction. Each professor using Blackboard or other web-accessed course materials will provide students with directions for access and use. Once students have accessed Blackboard, they can contact the Help Desk for password changes.

IS&T Communications

General questions can be directed to

Campus Events

Students can view special events and other announcements by selecting Events at

Discounts on Computer-Related Purchases

Students may purchase computers at significant discounts by following the links at Apple computers are also available at an educational discount rate from this website.

Microsoft Office: The University provides Microsoft Office to all students. You are allowed to use the software at home for as long as you are an active student of the university. For information about available products and how to download MS Office, contact the IS&T Help Desk at (216) 687-5050.

International Student Services (CISP)

The Center for International Services and Programs (CISP) provides specifically designed services to meet the needs of more than 1200 international students from 82 different nations who are enrolled in academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral level.

CISP provides a variety of services to international students and international visitors to foster a positive learning experience for both their academic and personal growth.

Arrival. Plan to arrive early enough to get settled in your housing and attend orientation before your classes begin. Immigration regulations allow you to arrive no more than 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20. It is a good idea to plan to arrive in Cleveland with enough time to get used to the city and climate and to secure your housing before the university begins. For more information about arrival and housing:

Orientation. CISP conducts a mandatory orientation at the beginning of each academic term. The orientation takes place approximately 10 days before the term begins. These programs address important issues which new international students face such as adjustment, language difficulties, safety, housing, immigration regulations, and university academic policies and procedures. For more information about orientation:

Individual Advising. Advising services include personal, academic, and cross-cultural advising. Advising is available by appointment and on a walk-in basis for short-term assistance.

Immigration Advising. CISP provides immigration advising for students on F-l and J-l visas. Questions concerning student visas, duration of status, practical training, and on-campus and off-campus work permission are among the topics covered. The center also conducts weekly work permission seminars.

Academic Advising. For students who face academic difficulty, academic advising is available. This advising is meant to assist students with difficulties not addressed by academic departments on campus. Students who face academic dismissal are advised on how to strategically complete their remaining coursework and on the immigration implications they may face.

Social Programming. International students at Cleveland State have many opportunities for social interaction with American students, fellow nationals, and individuals from many countries.

International Day. Each fall, the international students on campus unite to celebrate International Day, a part of International Education Week, which is celebrated around the world. Numerous nationality groups participate in bringing a day of cultural exchanges, through ethnic food, music, and authentic dance performances. The event is organized by CISP.

International Student Organizations. There are several international student groups on the campus. They represent countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. New groups are formed every year. Each nationality group on campus is encouraged to establish its own student organization.

Study Abroad Programs

Cleveland State University offers a number of international educational activities for Cleveland State students through the Center for International Services and Programs (CISP). CISP is located in the Main Classroom, Room 116; telephone (216) 687-3910; email:

Study abroad activities include the following:

CSU Sponsored Short-Term Programs

Throughout the year, CISP facilitates study abroad opportunities offered by several Cleveland State academic departments in different areas of the world. Programs include study in India (Social Work); Costa Rica, France, Spain, and Mexico (Modern Languages); China (Political Science); England and Paris (Marketing); and Germany (Computer and Information Sciences). Interested students should contact the relevant department or CISP’s study abroad staff for more information.

Non-CSU Programs

CISP provides two study abroad resource areas on campus featuring current study abroad program materials. The first is located in their main office on the 11th floor of the Keith Building. The second site is inside the university library entrance.

After perusing the materials and reading about study abroad on the CISP website, students should make an appointment with the CISP study abroad staff to discuss their plans and learn about requirements for the transfer of credit, financial aid, and registration. Because study abroad credit will be transferred into a student’s CSU   academic record, all courses must be approved by an academic adviser.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Students can apply through CISP for study abroad scholarships. Awards range from $200 to $1,000. The Office of Diversity and Multi-Cultural Affairs also offers study abroad scholarships of up to $500.

Annual competitions are held for Fulbright Grants and NSEP Fellowships. These fellowships facilitate research and study abroad in a variety of fields and countries. Planning should begin at least six months before the campus application deadline. Information on this and other scholarship competitions is available on the CISP website at Students should contact the Cleveland State study abroad manager for campus deadlines and advising.

Alumni Association

The Cleveland State University Alumni Association and Department of Alumni Affairs supports the mission and vision of the University by facilitating opportunities that connect its students, graduates, and the community through networking, volunteer, and outreach activities. As a student, you may be wondering what the Alumni Association has to do with you if you haven’t even graduated yet. The answer is plenty. Campus involvement is one of the best ways to become a part of CSU and ensure that you truly have an engaged learning experience.

The 1964 Society is a student organization that forges relationships between Cleveland State students and alumni. Its goal is to enhance the student experience by engaging students in opportunities that strengthen lifelong loyalty to the University.

Our purpose is to…

  • Connect students and alumni through programs and events that support networking
  • Educate fellow students about the importance of philanthropy and the role of donors at the University
  • Introduce students to the Alumni Association before graduation by bridging the gap between the campus and corporate experiences
  • Promote a positive experience for fellow students at Cleveland State to support future alumni involvement

For more information on the Alumni Association or the 1964 Society, call the Department of Alumni Affairs at (216) 687-2078 or visit

Campus Support Services

Campus Support Services is a collection of departments which provide quality services to CSU students, faculty, staff and guests. CSS includes the arena, bookstore, dining, ID cards, meeting rooms, parking, recreation, residence halls, transportation, and more. If you have a question or a suggestion about any of our services, contact us at

Living on Campus

Euclid Commons and Fenn Tower are Cleveland State’s on-campus housing communities with 1,000 beds available for interested students. Both residence halls offer fully furnished units, a great location, quiet study areas, and other great amenities that create the right environment for your academic success. All residents participate in a meal plan and all residence hall policies apply to both residence halls.

Fenn Tower is a 19-story high rise facility with fully furnished rooms accommodating 2-4 persons and featuring cable television, high-speed Internet, and some with kitchenettes. In addition to your room, there is a game room with billiards and big-screen television, fitness center, theater room, a complimentary laundry center, and convenience store on site. Incoming students are encouraged to select Fenn Tower, if it is available, for their first year at CSU as it offers the greatest opportunity to meet lots of other students, share experiences, gain academic and personal support during your first year, and get involved on campus. 

Euclid Commons offers apartment-style living with the convenience of a campus meal plan. All fully furnished suites accommodate four persons in private or shared bedrooms with a shared living room and kitchen, and features cable television and high-speed Internet. In addition to your suite, there are study areas, game room, computer lab, and a complimentary laundry center. All students in Euclid Commons are encouraged to get involved at CSU, gain support for their college efforts, and share experiences with suitemates and others.

Requests for information and applications are available from the Department of Residence Life’s website at or you may call 216-687-5196.

Off-Campus Housing Service

The University does not provide an off-campus housing listing service. Students and their families are encouraged to use online resources and personal referrals from friends and family when seeking an apartment; and advised to carefully review all lease terms and requirements before making a legal commitment by signing any lease. Important note - CSU does not operate any off-campus apartment properties; does not recommend one rental property over another; and is not responsible for any decision that is made to enter into a rental agreement on the part of a student or any person who accesses this website.

Bookstore/Viking Outfitters

Viking Outfitters is the CSU bookstore at 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH in the CSU Student Center. Textbooks and other course materials identified by CSU faculty for your classes may be rented or purchased in the store or through the Viking Outfitters web site with in-store pick-up or delivery available. CSU spirit merchandise and supplies are also available - add to your wardrobe or decorate your room. To purchase items or for more information on store hours and offerings go to:

Dining on Campus

CSU Dining Services offers a wide variety of dining options on the CSU campus, supports university and individual efforts related to wellness and sustainability, and strives to provide an engaging and enjoyable dining experience for students, faculty, staff and guests. Gain more information at the CSU Dining website:

There are numerous campus dining locations which accept cash, credit, Viking Cash or DiningDollars including convenience stores, counter service and table service locations. While on campus, pick up a coffee before class, meet classmates for lunch or order take out. 

Pre-purchased meals [a.k.a. Meal Plans] are also available for residence hall students and for commuter students, students in area apartments, faculty and staff offering a true value over the cash rate at the all-you-care-to-eat buffet in the Student Center, the Viking Marketplace.

Parking on Campus

Pre-paid parking and cash/credit daily parking for CSU campus lots and garages are available to students, faculty, staff and guests. All parking facilities are in easy walking distance to core academic buildings and campus safety escorts may be requested to and from your vehicle and your campus location. The most current rate and availability information is available at:

CSU Parking hangtags are only available for purchase through the parking website and in limited quantities for students, faculty and staff. An individual must provide the license plate number[s] for all vehicles and a photo ID to buy a hangtag. The GREEN prepaid hangtag entitles holders to park in the core of campus at any time; the WHITE prepaid hangtag entitles holders to park in peripheral campus lots; and there are also Evening Use hangtags. Daily Parking may be paid by cash or credit at select locations. There will be an hourly rate and a daily rate for each location providing the greatest flexibility to students and guests.

Viking ID Card

Every Cleveland State University student is provided with an identification card. The Viking Card is the official campus identification card for all CSU students, faculty and staff. It is also your key to programs, services and select buildings across campus. If you wish, you may add cash value to your Viking Card for on campus purchases. The Viking Card Office is in Berkman Hall [Main Classroom Building]. For information on service hours and Viking Cash declining balance options, visit

Recreation Center and Services

All CSU students, enrolled in 1 or more academic credit[s] and paying the general fee in their tuition statement, are automatically granted access to the state-of-the-art 110,000 square foot Recreation Center each semester. The building contains a main gym, a multipurpose gym, six studios, several weight training and cardio fitness areas highlighted by a rubberized and turfed functional fitness space, racquetball/squash courts, a 1/10 of a mile indoor running track, and a gaming area with Xbox One and Nintendo Wii. The Recreation Center is connected to the current Physical Education Building, providing convenient access to the swimming pool in the Busbey Natatorium. CSU intramural sports programs and sports clubs are an important part of the recreation services program. For more information on facility, hours and services visit:

Residence Halls

Fenn Tower and Euclid Commons are the CSU residence halls with 1,000 beds available to interested students. For more information, refer to Living On Campus or visit:


The Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center is the CSU arena - home to Cleveland State University men’s and women’s basketball teams. Students are eligible for complimentary tickets to all home basketball games. The arena presents a schedule of concerts by national touring artists, family shows and charity, community, educational, religious and sporting events. For event information, visit:

Activity Calendar - Meeting Rooms

There is a campus Activity Calendar - check it out at When you become involved with a student organization or a study group, you may wish to reserve a classroom or meeting room for an event or group meeting. For more information, visit:

Facilities Services

The Department of Facilities Services monitors, maintains and improves the buildings, grounds and overall infrastructure of our campus in a way that is economical and sustainable to create a constructive environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The department contains the offices of Sustainability, University Architect, Facilities Management and Communications. If you see any building issues on campus give us a call at (216) 697-2500 and one of our staff members will be dispatch to solve your problem as soon as possible. Click here to report your issue online.