Not only is CLE a great place to live, it’s a great place to learn. The greater Cleveland area boasts wonderful universities, offering students the opportunity to not only get a good education, but also gain exposure to this amazing city. CLE universities allow local students the option to stay close to home, while receiving a world-class education.
But, perhaps even better, CLE universities draw in students from across the state, region, and country, many of whom choose to stay in the CLE and contribute to the community here. While “brain drain” may statistically exist, I know of many more anecdotal stories of CLEfriends who came here to go to school and decided to stay after graduation. Full disclosure: I went to college at John Carroll University, then left the CLE for my graduate degree (but I came back!).
Now, I know there are a lot of colleges and universities in Ohio, but to keep this post at least somewhat reasonable in length, I kept the list to 4-year schools located in the greater Cleveland area (as I think it’s reasonably defined…the great prerogative of being the author of this blog):
Baldwin-Wallace College – founded in 1845 and located in Berea, Ohio – known for strong education and music programs
Case Western Reserve University – formed in 1967 by combining Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology and located in University Circle - ranked #41 in the nation and #1 in Ohio for undergraduate programs, #20 in the nation for medical school, and #3 in the nation for health law
Cleveland Institute of Art - founded in 1891 and located in University Circle – consistently ranked in the top 10 art schools in the country
Cleveland State University – founded in 1964 and located in Cleveland, Ohio – offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as NCAA Division I sports and one of the lowest tuition rates in the state
John Carroll University – founded in 1886 and located in University Heights, Ohio – consistently ranked in the top 10 Midwest universities and known for strong programs in education, communication, and business
Notre Dame College - founded in 1922 and located in South Euclid, Ohio – strong programs in education, business, and science
Ursuline College – founded in 1871 and located in Pepper Pike, Ohio – strong programs in education and nursing; 80% of Ursuline’s alumni reside in Ohio (inlcuding CLEmom!)
If you went to one of these fine CLE schools, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments. Our strength in higher education is a great answer to “Why Cleveland?” and will certainly help to keep people answering that question positively into the future.