Capital University

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Columbus, OH 43209-2394

Phone: (614) 236-6011
2013-2014 Tuition
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#35 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Capital University is a private institution that was founded in 1830. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,720, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 48 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Capital University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 35. Its tuition and fees are $31,990 (2013-14).

Located in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, Capital University gives students a residential college experience not far from the state capital. Students have more than 60 undergraduate major options, including a variety of music degree programs including Music Industry; Music Media; and Music Technology. (Prospective music majors may need to audition as part of their application.) Students can get involved in research projects early in their education, and can showcase their work in the school’s annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship. Students may also consider joining a variety of clubs and organizations, as well as Greek life at Capital. On the sports fields, the Capital athletic teams are NCAA Division III competitors in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Capital University also has a law school—which offers full- and part-time law programs—and a School of Nursing. Notable alumni of Capital University include Matt Billingslea, drummer for country group Lady Antebellum, and Ohio State Representative Ron Amstutz.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Transforming lives through higher education. By drawing upon the Lutheran principle of free inquiry, Capital University: Provides for personal growth by encouraging, enabling, and celebrating learning; Prepares individuals to be knowledgeable, independent, critical thinkers - educated for lives of leadership and service in an increasingly diverse society; Inspires individuals to be morally reflective, spiritually alive, and civically engaged.

Capital University is a comprehensive, independent university, grounded in the Lutheran tradition. It offers diverse undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, and professions. It emphasizes excellence in teaching in a personalized, student-centered environment of robust academic challenge. It is committed to using multiple approaches to intellectual development in order to serve the lifelong learning of a heterogeneous population. It seeks to prepare individuals to live holistic lives of leadership and service.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1830
Religious affiliation Lutheran
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $60,643,137


When applying to Capital University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at Capital University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 74.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 74.9%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Capital University is 11:1, and the school has 55.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Capital University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Visual and Performing Arts; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 50%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 18%
Education 15%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 13%
Visual and Performing Arts 11%
Social Sciences 7%

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Student Life

Capital University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,720, with a gender distribution of 42.7 percent male students and 57.3 percent female students. At this school, 57 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 43 percent of students live off campus. Capital University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,584
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Capital University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Capital University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Capital University, 53 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Capital University.

Students who have cars on campus 53%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Capital University, 82.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $3,553.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $31,990 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,710 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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