Our Legacy

Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, is one of the nation's oldest historically black universities, with a 125-year legacy of academic and athletic achievements. The College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and the College of Science and Engineering which includes the Departments of Manufacturing Engineering and Water Resource 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 (CENS),  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 Resource Management Program, and a new major in criminal justice will further expand career opportunities for Central State University students.

With a location 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.


Historical Podcasts

A Walk Through Local African American History : Connecting Campus and Community in Historic Wilberforce, Ohio

The Podcasts tell the historical stories about the Tawawa Woods, and the Central State University and old Wilberforce University campuses. These video presentations complement historical markers erected at each site.Funding from a 2009 Research Challenge Grant supported work to identify the markers and document the significant natural and historical events, as well as important individuals associated with each site.

The sites include: Wilberforce Cemetery, April 3, 1974 Tornado, Charles Young House, Emery Hall, Homewood Cottage, Power Plant, Scarborough House, The Sunken Garden, The Tawawa Woods, Xenia Springs Wheel Remnants, Carnegie Library, ROTC Cannon/Galloway Hall, Tawawa House/Shorter Hall, and the Old Wilberforce University Fountain.

CSU Archivist Sheila Darrow and English Professor Dr. Amy Hobbs-Harris conducted research for “A Walk Through Local African American History”.

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