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Get the facts about Central State University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Central State University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Central State University was awarded 10 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and journalism.

Overall Quality

Central State University is ranked #1,586 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Central State University held the #1,666 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Central State University is also ranked #76 out of 80 schools in Ohio.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Central State University?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Central State University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 48%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 15% of students accepted to Central State University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 370 and 440. Math scores were between 340 and 440.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Central State University  ( 370 to 440 )

SAT Math Scores for Central State University  ( 340 to 440 )
Central State University received ACT scores from 50% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 15 and 18.

ACT Composite Scores for Central State University  ( 15 to 18 )

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Central State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Central State University is about average at 13 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Central State University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Central State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a measure of what percentage of first-year, full-time students come back for their sophomore year. The 47% rate at Central State University is a good bit lower than the national rate of 68%. This could be for a number of reasons, such as students transferring after a year because they changed majors.

Freshmen Retention Rate  47 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 6% for first-time, full-time students at Central State University, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  6 out of 100

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Below Average Overall Diversity at Central State University

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,784 undergraduates at Central State University with 1,710 being full-time and 74 being part-time.

Central State University Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for Central State University is 37.63 out of 100. This is below average when compared to other schools in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  37.63 out of 100
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How Much Does Central State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Central State University is $13,310. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Central State University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,712 $14,254 $17,137 $18,676 $18,608

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Central State University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Central State University, approximately 95% of students took out student loans averaging $6,724 a year. That adds up to $26,896 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Central State University is 26.9%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

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How Much Money Do Central State University Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Central State University with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $26,100 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 34% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


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Location of Central State University

Located in Wilberforce, Ohio, Central State University is a public institution. The rural area surrounding the school is great for students who prefer living in a country setting.

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Location of Central State University

Contact details for Central State University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1400 Brush Row Rd, Wilberforce, OH 45384-1004
Phone: 937-376-6011

Central State University Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Business/Commerce 46 $25,400
Journalism 20 $19,100
General Psychology 19 $25,600
Criminal Justice & Corrections 18 $27,100
Social Work 17 NA
General Biology 11 NA
Accounting 9 NA
Manufacturing Engineering 7 NA
Computer Science 6 NA
Chemistry 6 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Central State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Central State University

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 466 students took at least one online class at Central State University. This is an increase from the 183 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 466 8
2016-2017 183 4
2015-2016 247 3
2014-2015 52 2
2013-2014 377 18

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