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Higher Education in the Cleveland Region

The City of Cleveland and the surrounding region are home to many nationally ranked colleges and universities offering a variety of courses of study. Our world-renown institutions of higher learning are a tremendous asset to our local economy and provide both a talented workforce and a valuable link to some of the best researchers and programs in the country.  

Twenty nine colleges and universities with over 175,000 students are located in the Cleveland region nourishing the talent pool here. These colleges and universities award 26,000 BA/BS degrees annually.Please skip to the full list below to learn about higher education options in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. 

Spotlight: Cuyahoga Community College

Cuyahoga Community College, known as Tri-C, is a valuable partner in workforce development for the region. Tri-C provides training for individuals and businesses including employee training programs and professional development. Cuyahoga Community College offers programs in advanced manufacturing and engineering, Cisco technical training, construction apprenticeships and many other workforce training programs.  
In the Advanced Manufacturing Program, students can earn certificates in Precision Machining Technologies, Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Non-destructive Testing (NDT), Industrial Welding and many other high tech manufacturing programs. The Cisco Technical Training Institute provides students with technical expertise in networking systems. Tri-C offers a multitude of workforce training in addition to associates degree programs.  


Top Ranked Cleveland Universities

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University may at first fly under the radar with only 4,016 undergraduate and 5,458 graduate students, however Case is a nationally regarded institution of higher education. It has achieved distinction for its medical school, dental school, and biomedical teaching and research capabilities.

Case Western is continually ranked among America's best colleges. The 2013 US News and World Report Rankings named Case Western 37th among national universities for undergraduate programs. CWRU is also ranked #5 in Healthcare Law, #8 in Biomedical and #5 in Nurse Practitioner: Gerontological/Geriatric. Statistics aside, Case is an important partner in the workforce development for Cleveland's Health-Tech Corridor.

Cleveland State University

At Cleveland State University, a revitalized sense of place meets a rewarding sense of purpose - with extraordinary results. Located in downtown Cleveland, CSU is the definition of a Metropolitan University offering 70 academic majors and 27 masters degree programs. Cleveland State is an ever evolving campus with something for any student from the Campus International School to the Arts Campus. Academically, Cleveland State ranks at #2 in City Management and Urban Policy and #12 in Non-profit (US News and World Report).


Regional Higher Institutions Include: