Central State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Wilberforce Carnegie Library at Central State University
Wilberforce Carnegie Library at Central State University. Nyttend / Wikimedia Commons

Central State University Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 42%, Central State University may seem selective, but the admissions bar is not overly high. Students with decent grades and standardized test scores are likely to be admitted. In addition to filling out an application, students will need to submit scores from the SAT or ACT, along with high school transcripts. Check out the school's website for complete information, and to submit an application.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Central State University Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Central State University Description:

CSU, located in Wilberforce, Ohio (only a short drive away from Dayton) was founded in 1887, as a two-year institution. It became a four-year college in 1941, and transitioned into a university in the 1960s. A historically Black university, CSU is divided into four distinct colleges: Education, Arts and Sciences, Business, and Engineering. Popular majors include Criminal Justice, Business/Commerce, Psychology, and Education. Outside of the classroom, students can take part in a number of extracurricular activities, ranging from academic clubs, fraternities/sororities, recreational groups, and performing arts groups. CSU is known for its marching band, The Invincible Marching Marauders; and the University Chorus, another renowned group, has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards. On the athletic front, the CSU Marauders compete in the NCAA Division II, within the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Popular sports include football, tennis, volleyball, and track and field.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,741 (1,729 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 93% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,246 (in-state); $8,096
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,934
  • Other Expenses: $1,500
  • Total Cost: $18,880 (in-state); $20,370

Central State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 92%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 80%
    • Loans: 84%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,701
    • Loans: $6,701

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business/Commerce, Broadcast Journalism, Criminal Justice, Special Education, Psychology, Biology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 40%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 2%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 10%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 26%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Tennis, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Tennis, Volleyball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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