The crowds at the open house event may have been among the largest ever, because CSU is attracting more new students than ever. The admissions office looked at 10,000 applications to pick the 1,800 students who make up the largest freshman class in school history.
"They're growing in ways other colleges aren't. That's very evident" said Eric McGuinn.
McGuinn, a high school senior from Vermilion, refers to all the growth and development on campus.
Over the last decade, there's been a $500 million investment on campus. That investment resulted in a new student center, a new medical school and a number of state-of-the-art classroom buildings.
The Euclid Commons residence halls are another draw for incoming freshmen. They look like apartments and offer more comfort and privacy than traditional dorms.
There are also plenty of new and affordable apartments just off campus. However, to students like McGuinn, there is more value to the urban campus than meets the eye.
"The fact that they're in the middle of a city offers a lot of internship possibilities," McGuinn explained.
"I like the city feel. I like having so much that you can do," said Samantha Dollard.
Dollard drove up from Uniontown to look at the CSU campus with her dad.
"I personally tried to get her to think about Ohio State. She said, 'No, Cleveland State,'" said Steve Dollard.