Central State University

Wilberforce, OH
School Type:
4-year, Public
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
not required
Required ACT
not required
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1887
  • Enrollment: 5,434
  • Mascot: Marauders
  • Colors: Maroon and Gold
  • Motto: Change is Central
  • Campus Setting: Rural
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Central State University, located in the rural setting of Wilberforce, Ohio, is a public land-grant institution with a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1887. Originally established under the name Combined Normal and Industrial Department at Wilberforce University, it was created to provide education and vocational training to African-Americans, a significant step during a period when such opportunities were scarce. In 1947, it became an independent institution, marking a pivotal moment in its history. Today, Central State University enrolls around 5,434 students and offers a variety of Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs.

The university's motto, "Change is Central," reflects its commitment to being at the forefront of educational innovation and adaptability. Central State is particularly known for its strong programs in Business Administration, Education, Engineering, and Health Sciences. The campus, which provides campus housing, fosters a close-knit and supportive community, enhancing the educational experience of its students.

The university's spirit is proudly represented by its mascot, the Marauders, and its colors, maroon and gold. In athletics, Central State University competes in NCAA Division II as part of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), with its teams known as the Marauders & Lady Marauders. Central State University continues to uphold its legacy of providing accessible and quality education, playing a vital role in the landscape of higher education in Ohio.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (937) 376-6348  
  • Admissions email: admissions@centralstate.edu

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  • Financial Aid:  (937) 376-6579
  • Financial Aid email: financialaid@centralstate.edu

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Popular Majors
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences

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NCAA Division II - Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC)

Team Name: Marauders & Lady Marauders

Men's Sports:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball

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