Central State University

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PO Box 1004

Wilberforce, OH 45384

Phone: (937) 376-6011
2012-2013 Tuition
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rolling admission

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Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Central State University is a public institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,116, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 638 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Central State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $4,710 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $11,930 (2012-13).

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

Central State University, as Ohio's only public Historically Black University, academically prepares students with diverse backgrounds and educational needs for leadership and service in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. As an open access institution, the University fosters academic excellence through a strong liberal arts foundation and majors in selected professional fields.

Central State University is dedicated to:

- providing a nurturing and culturally enriched learning environment
- stimulating in students an intellectual curiosity and a continuous search for knowledge
- teaching students to think creatively and communicate effectively
- instilling in students an aspiration for excellence through teaching, service, and scholarly research
- preparing students to address the challenges of a technologically oriented world
- providing quality educational programs in scientific and technological fields
- offering programs with multicultural and global perspectives
- reaching out to underserved populations
- Collaborating with other educational institutions, businesses, and government agencies to enrich learning experiences and educational opportunities for students.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1887
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $2,009,394


When applying to Central State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 15. The application fee at Central State University is $20. It is least selective, with an acceptance rate of 36.7 percent.

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

Selectivity least selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 36.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Central State University is 13:1, and the school has 61.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Central State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Psychology; and Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 50.3 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 12%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 34%
Education 17%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Psychology 9%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 7%

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Student Life

Central State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,116, with a gender distribution of 46.9 percent male students and 53.1 percent female students. At this school, 52 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 48 percent of students live off campus. Central State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,152
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 II

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Campus Info & Services

Central State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Central State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Central State University, 10 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Central State University.

Students who have cars on campus 10%
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $4,710 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $11,930 (2012-13)
Room and board $8,782 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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