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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Value
    C-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    C+
Central State is a public university located in Wilberforce, Ohio in the Dayton Area. As a historically black college, Central State has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,029 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Central State acceptance rate is 57%. Popular majors include Business, Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, and Psychology. Graduating 23% of students, Central State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $21,900.
1400 Brush Row Rd
Wilberforce, OH 45384
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About Central State...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Central State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Central State Admissions

Acceptance Rate
57%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
710-880
ACT Range
14-18
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$9,778/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,876/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
65%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.31 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.37 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.37 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    22%
  • On Campus
    78%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,029Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
70
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
98%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 25 responses
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  • Some students are hard working while others aren't
    52%
  • Ton of Aspiring Leaders on Campus
    32%
  • Students are always ready to help each other.
    8%
  • Students are serious about their education
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
42%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.45 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.51 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • The school is good, but it could be better
    42%
  • Change is Central
    35%
  • Ccentral State is awesome!
    8%
  • Home away from home
    8%
  • The school is good, but it be better
    8%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$26,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
23%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.21 responses
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I absolutely love Central State University. This is a great Historically black college because the professors really care about you. I'm a returning student and the professors always make me feel like I haven't missed a beat. They take time to help you rather than just fail you. The school is very generous. The renovations that have been makes the school look excellent. I am so glad I will be graduating from this school. You just feel at home at Central State University. You walk on campus and find the best things. I remember being in class and out of nowhere I looked out the window and there was a stage set up. They had a random step show! That was a really nice image to come to after a super hard class. I recommend any and everyone in the midwest to check out Central State. This is really a friendly, effective school. I would like for them to add more online classes, Dayton campus and more evening classes. That would be the only negative I have on this school
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Central State University is an HBCU located in Wilberforce, OH. I am a Junior there and the school is pretty nice! The campus life is enjoyable and the students there are okay. Most of the classes have up to 30 students so you get a more personal experience with your professors. The cafe food isn't the good but it's doable. The parties are really lit most of the time. The dorms are okay but most need to be renovated since they're so old. Overall the school is a good school to go to!
I like the cultural, heritage and traditions of my beautiful HBCU. I like the diverse campus life and the liveliness of residency on its campus. I like how invested my professors are with my education and how they stretch learning beyond class instructional time. I like the nuclear spirit of the students at events and the participation of faculty members in non-curriculum settings.