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Removing Financial Barriers to Attracting, Retaining, and Successfully Graduating Students

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution with over 17,000 students, 10 colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs.

For most, college is a valuable investment of time, energy and money, since graduates typically earn $1 million more over their lifetimes than non-college graduates. Even so, half of all college students drop out. Once they drop out, they’re not likely to come back. National statistics show that students who drop out involuntarily—even for a single semester—have only a 30% chance of returning to earn their degrees.

Reasons for dropping out vary, but the overwhelming cause is unmet financial need. Low-income and first-generation students, many of whom juggle work and family commitments while attending school, feel the strain the most.

In response, Cleveland State University has developed a range of financial assistance vehicles and philanthropic opportunities aimed at attracting new students, maintaining student momentum, and keeping students enrolled until they graduate.


Your donation today will allow us to continue support student success initiatives like these and many others. Thank you!



Alumni Class Year by Decade
CSU has over 112,000 living alumni! Which decade will prove to have the most philanthropic Vikings?
In which decade did you graduate?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 2010s 231
2 2000s 107
3 '90s 90
4 '80s 83
5 '70s 81
6 2020s 49
7 '60s 23
Giving Day 2021 Total Dollars Raised
See which unit has raised the most money today!
Rank Department Raised
1 Athletics $286,679.62
2 School of Nursing $44,555.00
3 College of Sciences and Health Professions $33,559.00
4 CSU Student Success $25,633.00
5 CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law $15,165.00
6 Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs $10,145.00
7 College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences $6,610.00
8 Monte Ahuja College of Business $6,255.00
9 Washkewicz College of Engineering $4,135.00
10 College of Education and Human Services $3,555.00
11 Alumni Association $1,740.00
12 Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel Honors College $1,505.00
13 College of Graduate Studies $890.00
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