Central State University Details
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Central State University is located in the small rural town of
Wilberforce, Ohio, approximately 18 miles from Dayton. The city of Dayton
offers museums, the art institute, and shopping. It is the home of the
Wright Brothers and the Oregon Historical District. Outdoor excursions may
include skiing, trap shooting, biking, and hiking on the Miami River
corridor. Air and bus transportation are available from Dayton. Both
Cincinnati and Columbus are approximately 55 miles from the campus, and
provide access to theater, jazz concerts, horse racing, folk festivals,
and museums. Columbus, which has earned a reputation as a state-of-the-art
city, is home to 150 high-tech companies.
Central State University is a four-year, state-supported, coed university.
It was founded in 1887 as the Normal and Industrial Department of
Wilberforce University. Although associated with Wilberforce University,
the Normal and Industrial Department was considered a separate institution
with its own Board of Trustees.
The school became a four-year college in 1941, and the name was changed to
College of Education and Industrial Arts. In 1947, the school began
operating independently under the name of Wilberforce State College. In
1951, the name was changed to Central State College, and when the school
was granted university status in 1965, the name was changed to Central
Central State is Ohio’s only predominately black public institution of
higher education and is also one of few black institutions located in the
north. Former president Arthur E. Thomas said “As the University looks
toward the challenges of the 21st century, it has positioned itself to be
a leader in higher education that will prepare students for global
markets, world economics and managing cultural diversity.”
The Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center, the James J. Walker
Gymnasium, the Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library, and the President’s home
are four of six newer buildings standing alongside older buildings. The
60-acre campus is the home of America’s largest and most popular National
Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center. Located on the east side of the
campus is a power plant, as well as the University’s outdoor education
area and natural reserve. The campus gained the distinction of being the
only historically black college with a female professor of military
science commanding a battalion.
Central State University is accredited by the North Central Association of
Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science,
and Master’s in Education degrees.
|Costs per Year
2002–03 Tuition: $3723 (in-state); $8127(out-of-state)
Room and board: $2676 (room); $2532 (board)
Special fees: $1581
Estimated total cost: $11,352 (in-state); $15,756 (out-of-state)
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|Financial Aid-Institutional Funding
Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 70
Number of scholarships and grants: 825
Total amount of scholarships and grants: $4,981,804
Range of Scholarships and grants: $50-$13,931
Financial Aid Specific t
June 15 (preferred)
Open admissions for in state residents june 15 preferred
A copy of an official high school transcript and
completion of the following 15 units: 4 English, 3 mathematics (including
algebra I and II), 3 social studies (including two history), 3 science, 2
foreign language, and 1 visual or performing arts. Out-of-state students
must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. Students must present proof of
a physical exam within the last 90 days prior to application. A
nonrefundable application fee of $15 is required.
Bachelor degrees require a minimum of 186 quarter
hours, with 3 hours in African American history, 15 in math, 8 in science,
5 in physical education, 1 in computer science (business majors), and
completion of 71 hours of core requirements. All students must take 3
hours of university convocation, pass the English Proficiency Exam, and
have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0; education majors must have a 2.3 or
higher. The last 36 hours must be in residence at Central State. Associate
degrees require a minimum of 93 quarter hours.
|Student Body Profile
Total enrollment: 1,400
Full-time undergraduates (men/women): 560/642
Part-time undergraduates (men/women): 51/67
Graduate students (men/women): 28/52
Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 1,244; Caucasian, 30; Hispanic,
0; Native American, 3; International, 8; Other/Unclassified, 112
Campus Regulations: Unmarried freshmen and sophomores must live on campus.
Cars are permitted.
Campus Services: Health center; personal and psychological counseling;
career planning and placement; tutoring; testing center for GMAT, GRE,
LSAT, and GED; remedial instruction; and religious services, including
Campus Activities: Social and group activities include theater, band,
chorale, orchestra, and dance. Students may work on the student newspaper
or yearbook. Communication majors can get involved in the campus radio
station WCSU-FM (88.9), or the campus television station.
Leadership opportunities can be found in the Student Government
Association or numerous other groups. Greek sororities include Alpha Kappa
Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Zeta Phi Beta; fraternities include Alpha
Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma.
Housing Availability: 1,500 housing spaces. Freshmen required to live on
Number of faculty members: 147
Student-teacher ratio: 21:1
Full-time faculty members: 127
Part-time faculty members: 20
Central State is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate
Athletics (NAIA), Division I.
Intercollegiate Sports: men’s football, basketball, indoor and outdoor
track, and baseball; women’s volleyball, basketball, and indoor/outdoor
Intramural Sports: basketball, bowling, gymnastics, skiing, softball,
swimming, and diving.
Athletic Contact: Athletic Director, Central State University,
Wilberforce, Ohio 45384; Telephone: 937-376-6289; Fax: 937-376-6291.
Commencement and conferring of degrees: June
One summer session.
Bachelor of Arts: Art, Art Education, Community Recreation, Economics,
English Education, English Literature, Foreign Languages, French, Graphic
Arts/Printing, Graphic and Commercial Art, History, Journalism, Mass
Communications, Music, Music Education, Philosophy and Religion, Political
Science, Psychology, Radio Television Broadcasting, Social Work, Sociology
and Anthropology, Spanish, Speech Communications, Theater
Bachelor of Science: Accounting, Business Administration, Computer
Information Systems, Computer Technology, Biology, Business Education,
Chemistry, Community Health, Computer Science, Earth Science (Geography),
Education, Electronics, Elementary Education, Finance and Banking,
Geology, Health Education, Industrial Arts Education, Industrial
Technology, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Medical Technology,
Physical Education, Physical Sciences, Physics, Public Administration,
Secondary Education, Special Education.
Master’s Degrees: Educational Administration and Supervision, Elementary
Education, Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education, Physical
Education Teaching and Coaching