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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!



Giving Day 2023 Total Dollars Raised
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Rank Department Raised
1 Woodling Gym Enhancement Project $136,066.60
2 Wrestling $64,315.89
3 Swimming & Diving $56,936.00
4 Men's and Women's Tennis $36,356.00
5 Lacrosse $35,553.00
Giving Day 2023 Total Donors
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Rank Department Donors
1 Lacrosse 392
2 Wrestling 346
3 Men's and Women's Golf 259
4 Men's and Women's Tennis 228
5 Volleyball 188
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