Why choose CSU


Attending college is a wonderful, exhilarating, and sometimes daunting step toward achieving your career goal. At Central State University, you will have the support of a small community to assist you in transforming your life. As Ohio’s only publicly funded Historically Black University, Central State offers a broad curriculum that ensures every student is exposed to the world beyond the classroom. Central State University’s curriculum includes options for future educators, scientists, engineers, performers, and more! With more than 30 bachelor’s degree programs, Central State University offers you a variety of educational and career opportunities that will prepare you for your future goals. At an affordable price, along with residence halls, computer stations at designated locations throughout the campus, and many student organizations, Central State University will help you every step of the way.

Central State University operates on a semester system. Although we encourage you to start in the fall, you can apply for any semester that is convenient to you.  You may complete an application online or in person.  We encourage you to attend Walk-In-Wednesday from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. each week at the Dayton, Ohio location.

Please feel free to contact us for more information or if you need help in completing the application. Remember, we are here to help you make the transition to college, achieve your educational and career goals, and enrich your college life experience.

Why CSU?

Campus Tours

Get a first-hand experience on attending Central State University, “Where Leaders are Creating Change.” Officials from the Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid will provide information on how you can become a part of the Marauder family. Our student tour guides will share the rich history and campus life of CSU as you explore the campus.  Tours are given Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. We ask that you please schedule your tour two weeks in advance by contacting our Campus Tours Office at 937-376-6162 or at Tour@centralstate.edu.

Student Organizations

Central State University offers a complete educational, cultural, and social experience. Whatever your interests, you will find a group, an organization, an activity, or a program that will appeal to you at CSU. We have many extracurricular activities and leadership opportunities that provide students with out-of-class learning opportunities to enhance their college experience.

These student organizations are classified under six categories: academic, business, special interest, religious, honorary, and Greek letter organizations. The Office of the Student Life & Development, in conjunction with the Student Government Association's Inter-organization Committee, monitors the recognized student organizations activities.


Central State University is committed to a policy of providing equal opportunity for all. The University welcomes applicants of any race, creed, sex, age, disability or national origin who wish to further their education.