Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University (CSU) is a 4 year public institution with R2 (High Research) STEM-dominated Doctoral, Carnegie Classification.

Founded in 1964, the campus is in the heart of downtown Cleveland, in the “Health-Tech Corridor”  and within about 1 mile distance from the Cleveland Clinic (CC) main campus.

We are known for developing strong ties with the community, through many partnerships, such as with Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD).

CSU Strengths and Research for Graduate Students
CSU offers advanced research opportunities for graduate students within CSU and CC joint Ph.D. programs in Regulatory Biology, Clinical - Bioanalytical Chemistry and Applied Biomedical Engineering. In addition, the Cellular and Molecular Medicine Specialization (CMMS) a collaborative doctoral specialization program between the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic and CSU has been established that offers unique opportunities for doctoral students who wish to pursue a specialization in the application of modern cellular and molecular approaches to understanding disease causes and disease mechanisms.
We focus on the application of modern cellular and molecular approaches to understanding disease causes and disease mechanisms.

We serve the unmet healthcare needs in the community through the Partnership for Urban Health. Funded by the Cleveland Foundation, CSU also teamed with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to lead the way in evolving the internet of things (IoT). CSU is home to the Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease (GRHD) led for the past 8 years by Dr. Anton A. Komar, who also serves as the Director of the CMMS program.

  • Currently, GRHD has seventeen faculty and four are members of the KUH-TL1 trainer pool. Many of GRHD students have gone on to pursue their careers and/or further their education at top universities and institutions in the country, including Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia Universities, as well as the NIH, the Scripps Research Institute and many others. CSU is laser-focused on success of students across all disadvantaged backgrounds, and especially those underrepresented in STEM careers.


CSU Diversity

Low income (Pell-eligible) students make up 39.6% of CSU undergraduates; students are ethnically diverse, with 22% underrepresented minorities (URM): CSU serves the most diverse student body of any non-historically black college or university (HBCU) in Ohio.

Continuing to develop the pipeline of students from all underrepresented backgrounds, CSU has developed programs with Cleveland and inner ring public schools. This outreach allows early exposure of middle school and high school students to health careers and STEM programing. Campus International School, and MC2STEM High School on CSU’s campus, provide pathways to college. Cleveland was picked as the 4th city in the US to be awarded “Say Yes to Education”, providing free college tuition to all CMSD graduates.


Current (FY21) total CSU research expenditures are $32,000,000 (with $15,800,000 representing grant expenditures).

CSU has an enrollment of 16,300 students, of whom 75% are undergraduate. At present, there are 10 colleges, one school and over 175 academic programs. 

According to the Brookings Institution report, Ladders, Labs, or Laggards? Which Public Universities Contribute Most, CSU ranks in the 5th percentile in the U.S. among 342 public universities that provide upward mobility and conduct impactful research; CSU is the only university in Ohio in the “Best of the Best” category. 

CSU has an aggressive, growth-oriented development plan that sets a goal of 4,500 additional students and 200 new faculty members by 2025. It outlines multimillion-dollar investments in research, faculty positions and initiatives to advance student success, develop new programs and build new partnerships.