Central State University in Wilberforce

Wilberforce, OH

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Central State University offers 105-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1. 2 high safety сampuses. Acceptance Rate is 38%. The most popular test is SAT - 10% of students submitted it in comparison to 89% of students who submitted ACT. 47.4% are women, and 52.6% are men. Central State University is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Central State University is 11662$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $9846 and $18264 per year. 24% of full-time Central State University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $24,300, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Central State University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Central State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$10,074
$30,001 - $48,000$11,420
$48,001 - $75,000$15,537
$75,001 - $110,000$11,117

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:



    • Typical room charge for academic year: 5184

    • Typical board charge for academic year: -

    • Combined charge for room and board: -


    Percent of students with financial aid


    Types of financial aids


    1434 of Central State University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 83 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Central State University number 62 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Ohio.

    Students at Central State University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

    Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
    $0 - $30,000
    $30,001 - $48,000
    $48,001 - $75,000
    $75,001 - $110,000

    Salary After Attending


    According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

    Students services


    Academic/career counseling service

    Employment services for students

    Living & meal

    Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

    Institution provide on-campus housing

    Institution provides board or meal plan

    Veteran Services Available

    Yellow Ribbon Program

    Credit for military training

    Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

    Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

    Disability services


    Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

    Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Alternative tuition plans

    Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

    Tuition payment plan

    Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

    Special learning opportunities

    Here are the learning opportunities available in Central State University.


    ROTC - Army

    Study abroad

    Weekend/evening college

    Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

    Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

    ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

    Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

    Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

    Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

    Athletic associations

    • Member of National Athletic Association
    • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    • NCAA/NAIA member for football
    • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

    Graduation Rate


    Central State University graduation rate is below the national average.

    24% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Central State University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

    The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

    Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t consider students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

    Applying information

    Average number of applicants to one enrolled

    13 : 1

    Admission considerations


    • Secondary school GPA
    • Secondary school record
    • Admission test scores
    • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


    • Secondary school rank
    • Completion of college-preparatory program
    • Recommendations
    • Formal demonstration of competencies

    Neither required nor recommended:

      Acceptance Rate

      The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


      In comparison to National Average

      Central State University acceptance rate is below national average.

      In comparison to state Average

      Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 73%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 35%.


      In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

      Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 67%, so Central State University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 29%.


      Admissions yield

      Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



      Full time


      Part time

      Retention rate

      Full-time retention rate


      Part-time retention rate


      The Central State University full-time retention rate is 54% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

      Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

      Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school has quality curriculum, welcoming student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

      SAT/ACT scores

      SAT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Central State University students submitting SAT scores


      Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
      670 - 830

      SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      Critical Reading: 330 - 410
      Math: 340 - 420
      Writing: 0 - 0

      SAT Test Score Range


      ACT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Central State University students submitting ACT scores


      Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
      14 - 18

      ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      English: 12 - 17
      Math: 15 - 17
      Writing: 0 - 0

      ACT Test Score Range


      SAT Score Converter

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      For the High School Class of 2016:
      Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

      For the High School Class of 2017:
      Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

      Student Body

      The student-to-faculty ratio at Central State University is 13:1, that means that for every 13 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

      Student-to-faculty ratio



      Number of international students


      Race/ethnicity breakdown


      Students enrollment in distance education


      In Central State University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

      Distance education location breakdown


      Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Central State University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Ohio.

      Campus Safety

      The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

      The campus located by 1400 Brush Row Rd, Po Box 1004 address in Wilberforce, Ohio.


      Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is the middle size campus of Central State University with 6% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, aggravated assault, and forcible sex offense.

      The percentage of crimes on Dayton campus

      The campus located by 840 Germantown St address in Dayton, Ohio.


      Dayton campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is the middle size campus of Central State University with 0.06% of maximum crimes a year. The only type of crimes detected on Dayton campus is aggravated assault.

      Academic Programs

      Number of degree programs offered

      Central State University offers 105 programs in total: 102 are for Bachelor's degree and 3 are Master's degree.

      This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 361 universities in Ohio state. Central State University is one of the few institutions in Ohio that offers a Bachelor's degree program.


      Total credit/contact hours

      Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Ohio state average data to help you compare.


      Central State University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

      In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 1692 students with 50752 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 8 with 196 credit hours.


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      Student Reviews and Ratings for Central State University

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      This school's staff needs further training and the school needs help period!! They are completely unorganized. The employees are unprofessional when it comes to organization and getting back to people about financial aid and fixing issues within the dorms. The doctor's office is also unprofessional and hard to talk to as well. Dr Matthews is rude at times and talks to students as if they are ignorant. She only apologizes after you correct her behavior. If you have a concern and address your issue to Dr. Matthews in a calm and professional manner, she takes what you are saying personal instead of properly investigating the issue. She has also told a student that they can take their health insurance card and go somewhere else. This was because the student said they've received inadequate treatment twice and wanted a second opinion from her (Dr Matthews) since she is a doctor, instead of the nurse that gave them the run around more than once. Plus, Dr Matthews has expressed that Central State does not have the funds to test students for certain health concerns. Even Wilberforce University had better medical testing than this school, they had pap smears and lab testing (hbcu across the street from central) The college president barely shows her face on this campus either, I have yet to have seen her or met her. I also had to fight for six months to have my items replaced that was taken out of dorm without my consent. I also had to fight to get the other half of my scholarship because the paperwork and rules were not clearly addressed. I had to constantly fight to get help and to have things change and I am just a transfer student. Only been here for six months. Some people have good experiences here and some do not. I am an older student and has worked with companies and businesses beforehand. So when it comes to professionalism and furthering assisting people with concerns, I've noticed that Central State needs a lot of improving. I've even witnessed during the month of January gun violence on this campus. I recommend traveling further south to another HBCU for a better black college experience. 💯 If it wasn't for me speaking up Central State's staff would not take the initiative to fix things. It pisses me off. The truth is the truth and I know a few staff members personally who agreed with me and witnessed my claims as well. Most of their students are juniors and seniors and cannot properly read or type a paper (witnessed this personally). How is central State even passing them along? Security isn't great here either. It is so easy to have someone live in your dorm that doesn't go here without getting caught, especially in the Honors dorm. There is no security, and checking for ids, I could easily have a gun and walk there as long as a student lets me inside. My college needs a new plan and better administration. This is not improving, nor setting students up for furthering their success. I am personally frustrated with this school. I had to fight to get my items replaced for six months because a contractor they had hired went into my dorm without my permission and threw all my items out of my room without proper permission or notification. It took Central State six months just to help me. It also took Central State six months to grant me the other half of my transfer scholarship because when I moved her in the Spring of January, they did not express to be through the paper work I've signed or on their website I was not even supposed to have a scholarship because I did not attend in the Fall, I came during the spring semester. That is understandable but the paperwork I've signed did not state that nor did their website. After six months of arguing I had received my award. I am tired, please someone help my University! I've also went to complain about my current issues and I was told someone would contact me. No one has left me a voicemail, called, or sent an email for resolving my issues. I am going to find someone of higher power to assist me!!

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      I am a freshman this year here. And it's terrible. We have ants bugs and many dorms falling apart. Green and Anderson have black mold. Willies has no A.C. HUNTER has no elevator. The staff doesn't care unless you get your parents on them. They keep building new dorms bit need to fix the existing ones. Many of the students are on academic probation and always will because of the lack of education. The main major is business, and that's all they care about. I'm an education major and have no sources to do student teaching. But they'll gladly take your money. Dirty school with dirty lazy staff. Do not attend this school, go to state and spend a bit more money. It's so worth it. I'm transferring back to Illinois.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      I attended Central from '08 to '11. I was senior class scholar (top of the class). I didn't walk, because the degree was all but meaningless, and left me very unprepared for graduate school.I came back in '17 to teach for a few years, because I needed any job. They fired me for not passing enough students. Some of my students couldn't add whole numbers. Almost none could add fractions. I was expected to give them credit for college algebra, trigonometry and calculus.The fact that they've managed to keep their accreditation speaks poorly of every accrediting body they have ever worked with. You can't even guarantee that graduates of that institution can read above the fourth grade level.

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      Overall Rating:

      My school recently went on a tour and it was HORRIBLE. The staff seemed pretty professional but the school itself is a mess. It was feces all over the toilet seats, tissue everywhere, their mirrors are disgusting with rust everywhere and they are unorganized. They knew that they had incoming guests and this was a horrible first impression. I would have loved to attend but this is a NO GO !

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      If I could rate them no stars I would. This school is horrible and I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. Anyone on here claiming this school is awesome is a lie they are caught up in the fact that it is a "HBCU". They don't have no type of support system for the students if your child is hurt or need to seek help off campus they will be stuck like chuck unless they have transportation, if not you will need Lyft and each way is over $25. We are currently looking for another school. Please do not send your child here it is not worth it.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Location & Website

      Address: 1400 Brush Row Rd


      Religious affiliation: Not applicable

      Calendar system: Semester

      General Phone Number: +9373766011

      Institution is active in current year: 1

      Institution's internet website address: centralstate.edu

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