Cleveland State University is in the heart of downtown Cleveland. It’s 85-acre campus boasts the largest footprint of any institution. They have a great location, an awesome basketball team and has about 17,000 students.

Here are some fun facts about the school and its staff you may not know.

  • CSU’s new School of Film & Media Arts – opening with the Fall 2018 semester – is the only standalone film school in Ohio.
  • CSU has more than 120,000 alumni – and 80 percent of them live and work in Northeast Ohio.
  • Tim Russert, longtime host of NBC’s Meet the Press, was a graduate of CSU’s Cleveland Marshall College of Law.
  • CSU professor Ton van den Bogert, an expert in biomechanics, won an Academy Award for developing motion-capture technology that converts human motion into animation, which has been used in the Lord of the Rings films and many video games.
  • Jearl Walker, a popular professor of physics at CSU since the 1970s, stuck his hand in molten lead without getting burned on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.
  • CSU professor Angelin Chang, coordinator of keyboard studies and chamber music at the university, is an internationally renowned pianist who won a Grammy Award for a 2005 recording with the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra.