Central State University

1400 Brush Row Rd, Wilberforce, OH

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Central State University is a public historically black institution located in Wilberforce, OH. Most historically black colleges and universities (also known as HBCUs) were founded after the civil war to provide newly freed African Americans with educational opportunities. Enrollment at Central State University exceeds 2,300 per year.

Areas of study offered at Central State University include but are not limited to:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Psychology
  • Education

The admissions process will include the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions committee. The most common standardized test scores among applicants accepted to Central State University are between 14 - 17 on the ACT, or 690 - 850 on the SAT. This school has an acceptance rate of about 32 percent of which only 28 percent chose to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found at centralstate.edu.

Tuition & fees at this school vary for in-state and nonresidents. In-state tuition costs approximately $6,200 per year, while out-of-state tuition costing $14,000 for the year. School housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is approximately $5,000. Some students at Central State University may qualify for financial aid, which is generally provided in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The mascot for Central State University is the "Marauders", and they participate in intercollegiate sports through oversight by the NCAA. Athletic programs offered may include:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Tennis (NCAA Division II)

Students can visit the school's http://www.centralstate.edu to view additional information.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the applicants Central State University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Central State University is around 1,800 students. The student body is made up of 99% undergraduate students and 29% graduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $10,800. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $20 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State: $3,900-$4,700
    • Out-of-State: $12,000-$13,930
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $280-$330 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $630-$750 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid96%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships92%$6,770
Receiving Student Loans88%$8,268

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Central State University may offer services to students including:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Central State University is around 25%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years10%
Graduating in 5 Years10%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation (since 2009)
  • Music Program
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 1964)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
    • * Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (since 2007)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Central State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf)
  • Track and Field (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf)
  • Football (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf)
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature


Mathematics and Statistics

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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