#12 Best Public Universities in Ohio

Central State University

Wilberforce, Ohio

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Central State University overview
Location Wilberforce, Ohio
Online centralstate.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
Central State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Central State University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio, is a public, historically black university that offers a mixture of liberal arts and career-ready majors. It was established in 1887 and is one of the oldest black-administered institutions of higher education in the nation. Just a short drive from the city of Dayton, the campus sits on a rural expanse encompassing historical buildings with distinctive architectural features. Central State University?s academic portfolio includes notable programs in Business Administration, Education, and Engineering Technology, among others. The university operates with moderate selectivity in its admissions process. On-campus housing is available, providing students with residential facilities that contribute to their academic and social experiences. While the university competes in the NCAA Division II as the Marauders, it is particularly recognized for its achievements in track and field.

In the most recent statistical year 3,814 prospective students applied, and 3,388 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 614 enrolled in the school.  3,129 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,305 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $5,176 plus fees of $2,420. Central State University is ranked 1023 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Central State University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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Central State University is rated within the lower 7% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 1 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
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SAT 770/950
ACT 14/18
GPA 2.8

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $35

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Annual Cost to Attend

Ohio Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Central State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$2,420
Room and Board $10,900
Budget for Other Expenses$1,500
Total One Year Cost$21,196

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Central State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$2,420
Room and Board $10,900
Budget for Other Expenses$1,500
Total One Year Cost$23,196

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$27,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

24% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Central State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 25%
Education 19%
Communication 12%
Psychology 7%
Social Sciences 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=201690 IPEDS survey data for Central State University.

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