Cleveland State University again has been named one of America's best colleges by U.S. News & World Report's annual college ranking. U.S News chose CSU as part of its National Universities category, among schools that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, master's and doctoral degrees. This recognition underscores Cleveland State University's commitment to providing a high quality education to students who otherwise might not have the opportunity.
"This recognition is important for CSU and a testament to the talented faculty and staff, who often do not get the recognition they deserve," said CSU President Ronald Berkman. "I'm proud of what we've accomplished in the past year, and I am looking forward to continuing our mission to ensure that students are successful in completing their degrees in a timely manner and transitioning to their careers."
Many statistics are used to determine the America's Best Colleges list. Since 2000, applications for first year students at CSU have increased 89% while enrollment grew 17%. All academic indicators for first year students have increased as well, resulting in improved ACT scores, high school GPAs and class rankings. First year retention rates also have improved while the University became significantly more selective in admitting new freshmen over the same period. For fall 2010, nearly 40% of the incoming freshmen class at CSU will receive an institutional merit-based scholarship, speaking to the improving quality of students attending the University.
Other criteria include helping students toward career fulfillment, which speaks to CSU's New Pathways Program, which is a scholarship-based co-operative and internship program that prepares CSU students for jobs with local employers.
Other enhancements to the CSU mission over the past year include the formation of a new division of Enrollment Services and Student Affairs, designed to proactively help students with academic success, ensure graduation and guide them to career fulfillment.
In addition, the University received a $6 million donation designed to provide scholarships to students with financial need and successfully expanded its unique program to assist returning veterans' transition to University life.
Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 16,000 students, 8 colleges and more than 250 academic programs, CSU provides a hands-on learning environment that connects students, ideas and real-world experience.
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