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1400 Brush Row RoadPO Box 1004
Wilberforce, Ohio 45384
Main Phone: (937) 376-6011
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Central State University

     Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, is one of the nation's oldest historically black universities, with a 120-year legacy of academic and athletic achievements. The College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Business and Industry, which includes the Departments of Manufacturing Engineering and Water Resources Management, form the core of the University’s varied academic offerings.
     The CSU Institute for Urban Education (IUE) builds on Central State’s roots as a center of excellence for teacher education. It also reflects the College of Education’s emphasis on preparing teachers for work in today’s urban classrooms. Housed in the newly constructed Center for Education and Natural Sciences, the IUE serves as a national resource center for the training of urban teachers and the exchange of scholarship on urban education issues. A newly developed program in environmental engineering builds on CSU’s signature Water Resources Management Program, and a new major in criminal justice will further expand career opportunities for Central State University students.
     A centrally located branch campus in Dayton, Ohio, CSU-Dayton, offers a range of courses and class schedules that serve the needs of nontraditional learners wishing to complete their undergraduate degrees, pursue master’s degrees in education, or take advantage of professional development opportunities.
     Central State is home to the nationally renowned Central State University Chorus, which has twice been nominated for a Grammy. The Lady Marauders basketball team is perennially in the national rankings and has traveled to 12 straight NAIA national tournaments. The track and field team as well as the cheerleading and dance troupes have also won championships and awards, and the Central State marching band, the Invincible Marching Marauders, have twice performed at the national Honda Battle of the Bands and been featured in the 2006 film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. With the return of football to Central State in 2005, the Mighty Marauders are reviving a legacy that produced several national championships. Central State’s move to NCAA Division II widens the University’s competitive field and provides more exposure for CSU’s student athletes.
     CSU is Ohio’s only predominately African American public institution of higher education, but it is, and has always been, “open to all persons of good moral character,” as ordained by the 1887 legislation that created Central State's predecessor. The University actively promotes diversity in its student body, faculty and staff, even as the institution adheres to its core historical responsibility to educate young African American men and women.

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 2244
Graduate Population: 44
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $5672
Out of State Tuition: $12648
Room & Board: $8484
Applications Due: June 15th ($20)
Conference: Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC)
Mascot: Marauders
Online Classes: no
Percent Men: 54%
Percent Women: 46%

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Majors Offered


-Bachelor of Science in accounting
-Bachelor of Science in business administration
-Master of Business Administration (MBA)


-Educational Studies (EDS)
-Agricultural Education
-Integrated Social Studies Education
-Middle Childhood Education
-Primary (PK-5) Education
-Integrated Language Arts Education
-Physical Science Education
-Intervention Specialist Education
-Integrated Mathematics Education
-Life Science Education


-Agriculture and Life Sciences
-Manufacturing Engineering
-Mathematics and Computer Science
-Military Science
-Water Resources Management


-Journalism and Digital Media
-Graphic Design
-Studio Arts
-Jazz Studies
-Music Performance
-Music Education
-English, Literature
-English, Pre-Law
-Interdisciplinary Studies
-Criminal Justice
-Political Science
-Political Science, Public Administration
-Social Work
Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Choral Groups, Marching Band, Pep Band, Radio Station, Sororities
College History
     Central State University's history begins with our parent institution, Wilberforce University, named in honor of the great abolitionist William Wilberforce. Established at Tawawa Springs, Ohio, in 1856, it is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church and is one of the oldest Black-administered institutions of higher education in the nation.
      In 1887, the Ohio General Assembly enacted legislation that created a Combined Normal and Industrial Department at Wilberforce University. The objectives of this new state-sponsored department were to provide teacher training and vocational education and to stabilize these programs by assuring a financial base similar to that of other state-supported institution.
      The statute establishing the Combined Normal and Industrial Department declared that the institution was "open to all applicants of good and moral character," thereby indicating no limitations as to race, color, sex, or creed. It was clear, however, that the Department and its successors were designed to serve the educational needs of African American students.
      Although this department operated as part of Wilberforce University in most respects, a separate board of trustees was appointed to govern the state-financed operations. In 1941, the department expanded from a two- to a four-year program, and in 1947, it legally split from Wilberforce, becoming the College of Education and Industrial Arts at Wilberforce. The name was changed in 1951 to Central State College, and in 1965, the institution achieved university status.
     Charles H. Wesley, who had been president of Wilberforce before the split in 1947, served as Central State's first president. His tenure lasted for almost two decades. Other presidents include:
      Dr. Lewis A. Jackson, acting president during part of 1965
      Dr. Harry E. Groves, 1965 to 1968
      Dr. Herman R. Branson, 1968-1970
      Dr. Lewis A. Jackson, 1970-1972
      Dr. Lionel H. Newsom, 1972-1985
      Dr. Arthur E. Thomas, 1985-1995
      Dr. Herman B. Smith, interim president, 1995-1996
      Dr. George Ayer, Executive Management Team, 1996-1997
     John W. Garland, Esq., 1998-present
     The University has grown steadily since its founding, though it suffered a serious setback in April 1974, when a tornado demolished almost 70 percent of Central State's facilities. The twister did not destroy the University's will to survive, however. Students were back on campus less than two weeks later, studying in makeshift classrooms, and a massive rebuilding effort began.
     Today, the University is once again engaged in rebuilding, after weathering a storm of a different type — political turmoil and financial instability — in the 1990s. Under the administration of President John W. Garland, the University has renewed itself, emerging as a stronger institution on all fronts, from academics to administrative affairs and fiscal management, from student services and enrollment to campus facilities.
     Much has changed at Central State University throughout its 150-year history. But one thing has not: a continuing commitment to providing an excellent, affordable education to all qualified persons.
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Office Hours: Central State President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond discusses performance-based funding
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Four Central State University Marauders earn SIAC All-Conference honors
Deonate Gary, Clim Robbins, De'Michael Jackson and Darius Thomas represent Central State as this year's selections to the All-Southern Intercollegiate ...
Central State hosts the Theresa A. Check Tip-Off Classic this weekend
The Central State women's basketball team will embark on another season of Lady Marauder basketball this weekend when the school hosts the four-team T ...
Tuskegee University cruises to 42-14 win over Central State University
Ranked in the top twenty in the AFCA & Div. II national polls, the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University lived up to their billing against the Marauder ...
Central State University names veteran coach Antonio Davis as new head men’s basketball coach
The Central State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has selected Antonio O. Davis to serve as CSU’s next head men’s basketball coach. ...
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