Central State University

Central State University

Central State University's history can be traced back to 1856, when Wilberforce University was founded. The Normal and Industrial Department was created as a part of Wilberforce University in 1887. It became the Central State College in 1951, and achieved university status in 1965. The university is located in Wilberforce, Ohio. It also operates a branch campus in Dayton.

Central State University offers a variety of degree programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Industry
  • College of Education

The athletics department of CSU fields men's and women's teams in basketball, football, cross country, track and field, volleyball, tennis and golf. The teams compete in the Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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Contacting Central State

Central State University
1400 Brush Row Rd
Wilberforce , OH 45384-1004
General Phone: (937) 376-6011

Central State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management42business, accounting
Education and Teaching33special ed, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, early childhood education, education courses
Liberal Arts28English, economics, political science, sociology, history
Therapy and Counseling14psychology
Media14journalism, broadcast journalism, radio and television
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy9parks and recreation studies
Science7biology, chemistry, geology
Art Studies6art studies
Music4music performance, jazz
Family and Social Work4social work
Computer Science and Engineering3computer science
Engineering Technician2industrial tech
Engineering2water resources engineering, manufacturing engineering

Number of programs and degrees for Central State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree17030
Master's degree21

Central State Student Body

Central State is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Central State had a total enrollment of 2,022 students (2,024 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 49%
Women 51%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 98%
Graduate 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 2%
Black 92%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 41%
20-21 23%
22-24 18%
25-29 5%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York1%
Washington, DC1%
New Jersey1%

Central State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 54 %
Part-Time 40 %

Central State Room and Board (2007)

Central State offers campus housing for 1,352 of its 2,024 (full-time) students.

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Central State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal340440
SAT Math340440
ACT Verbal1218
ACT Math1517
ACT Composite1518

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT19%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT85%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Central State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,294
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,462
Room and board $ 7,402
Room charge $ 3,978
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,424
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 1,280

Financial Aid:
Central State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 302600)

Central State Faculty

Central State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2216
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1010

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year13$70,2443$61,912
Associate professoracademic year23$57,7155$54,618
Assistant professoracademic year33$49,62525$46,701
Instructoracademic year1*3$39,000
All faculty totalacademic year70$56,16436$48,426

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Central State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Independent Great Lakes Region
Basketball Independent Great Lakes Region
Track Independent Great Lakes Region

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports91423

Central State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, Other
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Manufacturing Engineering
Water Resources Engineering

Engineering Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Radio and Television

Jazz/Jazz Studies
Music Performance, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Central State Apart:

Minority % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 6%Central State Minority % of student body
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Central State Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in engineering
(colleges not offering open-admission)
Top 7%Central State % of degrees in engineering
% of degrees in media
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Central State % of degrees in media
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Central State % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in education and teaching
(colleges not offering open-admission)
Top 15%Central State % of degrees in education and teaching
% of degrees in business and management
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 16%Central State % of degrees in business and management
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Central State % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Central State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in music
(colleges not offering open-admission)
Top 18%Central State % of degrees in music
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%Central State Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Male % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Central State Male % of student body
% of degrees in mathematics
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Central State % of degrees in mathematics

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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