CLEVELAND -- It's back to school time for 16-thousand Cleveland State University students.
College kids spent the weekend hauling in their bags and boxes of belongings for their new dorm rooms Saturday morning, ahead of the start of classes on Monday.
This year, CSU is welcoming the largest incoming freshman class in the university's history: About 1550 freshmen are enrolled this year.
"It is truly significant, and an indication of our growth," said CSU spokesman Joe Mosbrook. "At the same time, we've also raised our admission standards. No longer do we do open enrollment."
The incoming class is also the most geographically diverse. Mosbrook said about 40 percent of the student population is from outside Cuyahoga County.
He believes that is an indication that CSU has shed its previous reputation as a commuter school.
Part of its success may be due to the university's unprecedented $500 million makeover during the last 7 years -- which has turned the urban campus into a gleaming stretch of new buildings on and around Euclid Avenue.