Best College or University

Cleveland State

With the announcement earlier this month that CSU would build a stand-alone film school — the first in the state of Ohio — the downtown university continues to grow and wow. CSU already boasts a top-ranked graduate school of urban affairs, a “center for population dynamics” that churns out exciting research, and regionally recognized programs in nursing and law. As other universities struggle to attract students and separate themselves from the pack, CSU breaks application records every year and has roundly transformed from a commuter school to whole lot more. Around it, the Campus District continues to flourish in the shadow of Playhouse Square, and there’s never been a more exciting time to be a Viking.

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