Central State University LogoCentral State University, commonly referred to as CSU, is a historically black university (HBCU) located in Wilberforce, Ohio, United States. It is the only public HBCU in Ohio, established in 1887. It’s nickname is the Marauders and Lady Marauders and the University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Their colors are Maroon and Gold and their motto is Change is Central.

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1400 Brush Row Rd, Wilberforce, Ohio 45384-1004
Phone: (937) 376-6011
Website: www.centralstate.edu
Type: 4-year, Public
Awards offered:
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
[thirdlast]Campus setting:
Rural: Fringe
Campus housing: Yes
Student population: 2,288 (2,244 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14 to 1


csu history

  • Central State University's history began when Wilberforce College was privately established in Tawawa Springs, Ohio, in 1856.
  • In 1887, the Ohio General Assembly enacted legislation that created a Combined Normal and Industrial Department at Wilberforce University.
  • In 1941 the Normal and Industrial Department expanded from a two- to a four-year program.
  • It was legally split from Wilberforce College in 1947, when it became the College of Education and Industrial Arts at Wilberforce, Ohio.
  • In 1951, it was renamed Central State College.
  • In 1965, the institution achieved university status.


The main campus is located in Wilberforce, 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Xenia, 18 miles (29 km) east of Dayton and midway between Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio (about 55 miles (89 km) from each city). A branch campus (CSU-Dayton) is located in Dayton.

Adjacent to the main campus is an outdoor education area, a natural reserve. Within a hundred yards of the Robeson Center is the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, operated by the Ohio Historical Society.


  • Central State University is accredited by the Ohio Department of Education, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and the National Association of Schools of Music.
  • Central State operates four colleges: the College of Education, College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences, College of Business, and College of Science and Technology.
  • The most popular majors at Central State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Education; Psychology; and Social Sciences.

Our Students

  • Total 2,244 enrolled
  • 51% male, 49% female
  • 54.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 46.0 percent of students live off campus.


  • Student-faculty ratio 14:1
  • Number of faculty members: 147
  • Full-time faculty members: 127
  • Part-time faculty members: 20


  • The Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library, which includes a Media Instructional Services Center, is an integral part of theOhio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK), an electronic catalog system that serves 85 member institutions, linking them through integrated local and central catalogs, research databases, and statewide document delivery services.
  • Athletic facilities include the Walker Gymnasium, which includes a state-of-the-art fitness center and weight room; the Beacom-Lewis Gymnasium; tennis and racquetball courts; and the McPherson Stadium.
  • The campus housing complex, which houses approximately 1,650 students, consists of eight residence halls: Williamson Hall (freshmen male), Hunter Hall (co-ed honors), Green Hall (freshmen male), Anderson Hall (freshmen male), College Hall (co-ed honors), Harry-Johns Hall (co-ed honors), Foundation Hall (co-ed upperclassmen), and Foundation Hall II (freshman female).
  • Camille O. & William H. Cosby Mass Communication Center
    The Cosby Center houses the university's telecommunications programs (including radio, television and print journalism) and the campus-based radio station WCSU-FM.

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