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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.

Profile of Central State University

Wilberforce, OH is home to Central State. Wilberforce is a rural site not far from an urban area. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Central State go up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

Students commonly pursue studies in mathematics, media, and nutrition and exercise therapy.

Central State Selectivity

Prospective students are drawn to the school's open admissions.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

Central State has 2, 022 enrolled students . The school has a large minority student population.

Student Life

Central State has a residential or campus feel. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Central State offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Independent Great Lakes Region.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Central State University, as Ohio's only public Historically Black University, academically prepares students with diverse backgrounds and educational needs for leadership and service in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. As an open access institution, the University fosters academic excellence through a strong liberal arts foundation and majors in selected professional fields. Central State University is dedicated to: providing a nurturing and culturally enriched learning environment; stimulating in students an intellectual curiosity and a continuous search for knowledge; teaching students to think critically and communicate effectively; instilling in students an aspiration for excellence through teaching, service, and scholarly research; preparing students to address the challenges of a technologically oriented world; providing quality educational programs in scientific and technological fields; offering programs with multicultural and global perspectives; reaching out to underserved populations; and collaborating with other educational institutions, business organizations, and government agencies to enrich learning experinces and educational opportunities for students. "

Central State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management45business, accounting
Liberal Arts23sociology, political science, history, English, economics
Education and Teaching23education courses, early childhood education, special ed, secondary teaching, teacher ed, middle school teaching
Media17radio and television, broadcast journalism, journalism
Therapy and Counselling12psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy11parks and recreation studies
Science9biology, geology, chemistry
Engineering9manufacturing engineering, water resources engineering
Computer Science and Engineering4computer science
Family and Social Work4social work
Engineering Technician3industrial tech
Art Studies2art studies
Music2jazz, music performance

Contact: Central State

Central State University

1400 Brush Row Rd

Wilberforce, OH 45384-1004

General Phone: (937) 376-6011


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