Sept. 18, 2017

Freshman enrollment in 2017 reaches record high

Cleveland State University has had record-breaking enrollment for the last four years, particularly in the freshman class.

Cleveland State’s research and analysis department releases a “Book of Trends” each year. In the fall of 2014, 1,570 freshmen enrolled. The following year, enrollment increased by 15 percent to 1,850 freshmen.

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities awarded the University with the Excellence and Innovation award for the enrollment increase.

This fall, more than 2,000 freshmen enrolled at Cleveland State.

What keeps the freshmen coming back every year?

Parker Wandel, a 19-year-old first-year student, chose the University because of the Film, Television and Interactive major offered.

“Having a film school in the center of an upcoming city like Cleveland will create all sorts of inspirational script writing,” Wandel said.

While the academics offered at the University contribute to attracting new students, so does the location.

Freshman business major Mac Bates said he believes living downtown could lead to potential internships and careers that may make him stay in Cleveland after graduation.

“I came to Cleveland State because I knew I could never get bored living downtown,” Bates said. “I mean how could anyone?”

Though Cleveland State is close to home for many students, being in a metropolitan area provides a sense of independence.

Sports teams, music events and nightlife can be alluring to incoming students. Attractions such as these can lead to many more students enrolling in a downtown university.

Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Cleveland State Lee Furbeck explains the recent success in the city of Cleveland has directly impacted the enrollment increase at Cleveland State.

“The revitalization of the city of Cleveland plays a role in the success of Cleveland State University, and vice versa,” Furbeck said. “This is an exciting time to be in the city.”


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