Colleges in Cleveland
Located on the southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland is Ohio’s second largest city and became a large manufacturing hub due to its location near canals and railways. Its economy relies on financial services, healthcare, and biomedicals, too. Nicknamed the Forest City because of the heavily forested nature of the city, Detroit is home to more than just Virginia pine and pitch pine, there are also eight higher education institutions in the 216 (area code).
Ohio’s first community college was founded in Cleveland in 1963, Cuyahoga Community College. Better known as Tri-C, the 2-year institution maintains multiple campuses in Northern Ohio with a heavy concentration in and around Cleveland, offering more than 200 programs for its upwards of 25,000 students. The primary trade school in the area is OTC, Ohio Technical College, which is a for-profit automotive technical school. The Cleveland Institute of Technology is headquartered in Cleveland, as well, another for-profit institution, but offers distance-learning education in electronics and computer technology.
Two fine arts institutions are settled in the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, including the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland has been associated with the popular music since Cleveland DJ Alan Freedman orchestrated the first rock and roll concert at the Cleveland Arena. While the Cleveland Institute of Music is more tied to The Cleveland Orchestra and Case Western Reserve than with rock n’ roll, music plays a significant role in the city. The Cleveland Institute of Art, a private institution focused on art and design, offers bachelor’s fine arts.
The two research institutions in the city are the Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University. Serving more than 11,000 Case Western was established in 1967 via a merger between two colleges, while Cleveland State is the largest in the area, serving more than 17,000 students. As a member of the University System of Ohio, CSU offers more than 200 academic programs and has more than a dozen research collaborations.
Cleveland has a high number of homes without a car and several areas of the city have high walkability scores, such as Downtown, Ohio City, and University Circle, where Case Western, the Institute of Music, and the Institute of Art are located, along with several museums, university hospitals, and more. For mass transit, Clevelanders use the Rapid for both light and heavy rail lines. There are also bus rapid transit options and intercity transport available via Greyhound. Car travel is largely done on roads, but there are three interstate highways and two limited access highways. The nearest airport is the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.