#22 Best Private Colleges in Ohio

Capital University

Columbus, Ohio

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Capital University overview
Location Columbus, Ohio
Online capital.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church
Capital University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Capital University, founded in 1830 and situated in Bexley, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, is a private institution that seamlessly blends traditional with contemporary by showcasing a campus adorned with Gothic architecture amid modern amenities. The university serves as an academic hub offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with strengths in the fields of Nursing, Business, Music, and Law. Capital maintains moderately selective admissions criteria, drawing students who are seeking an individualized educational experience. On-campus housing is available to accommodate a significant portion of the student population, providing a residential atmosphere that complements its educational environment. While Capital University may not be distinctly recognized for its athletics on a broader scale, it provides a variety of sports programs and participates in NCAA Division III as part of the Ohio Athletic Conference.

In the most recent statistical year 4,370 prospective students applied, and 3,153 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 518 enrolled in the school.  2,360 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 257 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $39,900 plus fees of $450. Capital University is ranked 543 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Capital University is rated within the top 48% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Capital University overview
SAT 960/1186
ACT 18/24
GPA 3.63

Applications Accepted

Capital University overview
Applications Due May 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Capital University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,800
Other Fees$450
Room and Board $12,308
Budget for Other Expenses$2,524
Total One Year Cost$56,982

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$47,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

61% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Capital University students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 21%
Education 12%
Business 12%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%
Human Services 9%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=201548 IPEDS survey data for Capital University.

Current students may use the Capital University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.