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Cleveland State University
Former names
Cleveland Y.M.C.A. School of Technology
Fenn College
Type Public (state university)
Established 1923 (Fenn College)
December 18, 1964 (Cleveland State University)
Endowment $66.2 Million
President Ronald M. Berkman
Provost Jianping Zhu
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 17,260 (Fall 2015)
Undergraduates 12,443 (Fall 2015)
Postgraduates 4,817 (Fall 2015)
Location , ,
Campus Urban, More than 85 acres, 40-plus buildings (largest footprint in downtown Cleveland)
Colors Forest Green and White
Athletics NCAA Division IHorizon League
Eastern Wrestling League
Nickname Vikings
Affiliations University System of Ohio
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Cleveland State University (also known as Cleveland State or CSU) is a public university located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It was established in 1964, and opened for classes in 1965 after acquiring the buildings, property, and students of Fenn College, a private school that had been in operation since 1923. CSU absorbed the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1969. Today it is part of the University System of Ohio, has more than 120,000 alumni, and offers over 200 academic programs. Its mission is to "encourage excellence, diversity, and engaged learning by providing a contemporary and accessible education in the arts, sciences, humanities and professions, and by conducting research, scholarship, and creative activity across these branches of knowledge."

CSU's main campus in downtown Cleveland is bounded on the east and west by Interstate 90 and East 17th Street. As of spring 2013, the combined student body (undergraduate and graduate students) totaled over 17,000.

When the school was still known as Fenn College, the sports teams' nickname was the Foxes. When the University was renamed Cleveland State, the nickname changed as well, and CSU's sports teams became the "Vikings". That nickname stands to this day.

The school colors are forest green and white. For many years the school mascot was the comic strip character Hägar the Horrible along with his wife Helga, and the couple appeared at sporting events as well as on University literature. A new mascot, "Vike" was introduced in 1997 and Hagar was gradually phased out by 1998. Another new mascot named "Magnus" was introduced in August 2007. Cleveland State fields varsity teams in seventeen sports.

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