Cleveland State University

Established as a state-assisted university in 1964, Cleveland State University assumed a tradition of excellence when it adopted the buildings, faculty, staff, and curriculum of the former Fenn College, a private institution of 2,500 students that was founded in 1929.

Cleveland State University’s historical roots go back to the 19th century. During the 1880s, the Cleveland YMCA began to offer day and evening courses to students who did not otherwise have access to higher education. The YMCA program was reorganized in 1906 as the Association Institute, and this in turn was established as Fenn College in 1929. A significant contribution of Fenn College was its pioneering work in developing internships for students in engineering and business. These internships, as joint ventures between the college and local businesses and industries, provided students with professional contacts and experience as well as an affordable education. Historic Fenn Tower, now student housing, still stands as a reminder of the early years, when Fenn College was known as the "Campus in the Clouds."

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United States

2121 Euclid Avenue
OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.2040
Fax: 216.687.2275

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Sample Student Art Work (10)

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Location and Getting there

Cleveland State is a metropolitan university located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, along the shores of Lake Erie.

Euclid Avenue between East 17th and East 30th Street; Carnegie Ave. to Payne Ave.

From the South (I-77)
Follow I-77 north to the East 22nd/East 14th Street exit (#162B) to East 14th Street. Bear right onto East 18th Street. Drive 0.4 miles to Chester Avenue and turn right. Make a right onto East 19th Street. You can park on the right in U Lot or on the left in PF Lot.

From the South (I-71)
Follow I-71 north to I-90 east. Take the Broadway Avenue exit (#171A/US-422 East/OH-14 East) onto Orange Avenue and make a left onto East 14th Street. Bear right toward East 18th. Drive 0.4 miles and make a right onto Chester Avenue. Turn right onto East 19th Street. You can park on the right in U Lot or on the left in PF Lot.

From the East
Follow I-90 west to the Chester Avenue/Cleveland State University exit (#173B). Turn left onto East 24th Street and right at the light onto Chester. Take Chester and turn left onto East 19th Street. You can park on the right in U Lot or on the left in PF Lot.

From the West (I-90)
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Department and information about the department

The Cleveland State University Art Department offers undergraduate degree programs in Studio Art, Art History, and Art Education. Students may pursue an Art Major in any of these three areas leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

An Art Minor is offered in Studio Art and in Art History.

Graduate degree programs are offered in History/Art History(Master of Arts) and Education/Art Education (Master of Education).

Non-degree certificate programs are offered in Graphic Design.

The Cleveland State University Art Gallery provides visual arts programming for the university and community. In addition to important local and regional artists, nationally and internationally known artists have participated in exhibitions, workshops, and lectures at the CSU Art Gallery.  

Academic Staff and Description  

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Student Facilities

The campus features eight dining locations, including a food court, speciality coffee shops, convenience stores and an "all-you-can-eat" buffet. You will be able to select from a variety of meal plans to meet your needs.  

Student Support

Academic Advising is an invaluable component to any student’s academic progress. Cleveland State University’s staff of professional advisors works closely with each student individually to help them achieve their personal, academic and career goals.

Ongoing services provided include: assistance with academic, general education (GenEd) and college requirements, course selection, help with study skills, monitoring academic progress, and academic success support — including appropriate contact and intervention for students in academic distress. Other service areas include: major and career exploration, assimilation to University life, petition assistance, graduation application information and ongoing referrals to appropriate University resources and opportunities.  

Student Life

The Department of Student Life strives to provide a variety of quality services and programs to enhance the university experience and complements Cleveland State University's academic mission. A highly trained staff of professionals is available to support students from their first day on campus to the completion of their academic goals. Services include leadership training, support of recognized university student organizations, judicial affairs, campus activities, and many other programs and services that support the successful matriculation of all students. Our door is open for your issues, concerns and ideas! Visit us in University Center Room 102.  


Cleveland State is a great metropolitan university located in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Only minutes away from a wealth of cultural institutions, professional sports teams and eclectic neighborhoods hosting special events ranging from arts-and-crafts fairs to food festivals, Cleveland State offers the opportunity to live, study, work and play in a vibrant downtown setting.

Fenn Tower
Historic Fenn Tower has been restored to a state-of-the-art residence complex. The building houses up to 438 students.

Viking Hall
Viking Hall, the University's maiden on-campus housing community, continues to be the "home away from home" for more than 475 students each year.

For more information on the on-campus housing options offered by Cleveland State, contact the Department of On-Campus Housing at 216.687.5196 or visit or  

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Visit us (open days)

The best way to discover all that Cleveland State has to offer is to visit campus. You will learn about our academic programs, have the opportunity to meet our exceptional faculty, get all your questions answered, and tour the campus with a current student. During the tour, you will visit many campus buildings, including our residence halls and new recreation center. You are welcome to visit our campus anytime of the year and we encourage you to do so.  

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