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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 1,601 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Central State acceptance rate is 42%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Criminal Justice and Safety Studies. Graduating 26% of students, Central State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $20,000.
About Central State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
1400 Brush Row Rd
Wilberforce, OH 45384
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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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
42%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
680-860
ACT Range
15-18
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$10,942/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,354/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,125/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,064/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,290/ year
  • $110k+
    $16,693/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
65%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.31 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.33 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.33 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,601Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
78%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 21 responses
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  • Some students are hard working while others aren't
    57%
  • Ton of Aspiring Leaders on Campus
    29%
  • Students are serious about their education
    10%
  • Students are always ready to help each other.
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
44%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.41 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.47 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • The school is good, but it could be better
    41%
  • Change is Central
    36%
  • Ccentral State is awesome!
    9%
  • The school is good, but it be better
    9%
  • Home away from home
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$24,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
26%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.21 responses
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Central state University is a school of love and hate and can really push me to the brink sometimes, but as a student and a young adult this university has taught me things not even the world could teach me. I like Central State because I am around my own kind and the culture from each city that is provided is very groundbreaking from a person such as myself who has not been to too many places outside of my hometown. I find it amazing that I go to school with kids scatted all over the Midwest, and we all find a way to come to a common ground and realize we are all going through the same things but only in different regions. Central is only going to get bigger and I love the progress my school has made over the last three years since I enrolled here. Central State's only problem is space and opportunity, I would like to see my university expand and bring more opportunities to the school so nobody nor no one will feel left out.
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Central State University is a great school to attend because staff and students are super friendly and helpful. I love the open-arms feeling that I get on campus. Everyone’s friendly and welcoming and staff make sure you are comfortable. The school is very resourceful when it comes to those who need extra help. The book store has everything you could want and need to get through the day. Central State is an excellent school that anybody would love to attend because of the rich personalities, great hospitality, and wonderful funfilled events
Central state university is a great school. Although just like any other school they have flaws. Sometimes I wish they could answer the phones a little more or be a little more organized but overall I love Central State University. They create a family environment and also The faculty and staff become your family as well. I don’t really have family but, central state staff and students became my family. I love my HBCU