Central State University
Wilberforce, OH, USA

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Central State University
3.54 Average Rating

chelsea from Inkster, MI

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
I would rate CSU as an 8 on a scale from 1-10, its not perfect- but the environment and teachers are vibrant and upbeat. I truly enjoy CSU and a lot of the traditions too.
Tips for prospective students
Coming to CSU, keep you mind open. College is a big step, so keep an alarm clock handy too. Your not always given the afternoon classes, so you might just have to wake up around 6 or 7am. Get involved in some type of activity too, networking really does pay off.
Academic Rigor
All you have to do is ask questions, stay close to the teacher, complete your assignment's and research things you don't understand to get good grades. The teachers are very helpful too, some college don't really care that much to help students out, but here at CSU, everyone is like family.
Dorm Life
Dorm life is crazy!!! It could be loud and obnoxious screaming, or it could be too loud of a TV or radio. The rooms don't have kitchens either, but the freshman girl dormitories are quite nice and spacious. Overall you learn to share and live with complete strangers. You may even build strong friendship's.
Food and Dining
The food is alright, not that good and not that bad. The best advice I could give on college food is to eat small portions and work out- the food they serve does stick to the bones; and always pray over food, just because there's too many diseases.
What to do for fun
For fun, there are parties and Greek life- at CSU there's the Divine Nine to get into and join. There's plenty of other clubs included on campus as well. Now if you venture into town, there's shopping, bowling, movies, etc. We also have homecoming, talent shows and concerts.
Bang for the buck
If you lived in state, in Ohio, you could afford it. Sadly I'm from Michigan and I have to pay out-of-state tuition. I have to pay my debt down to register, so I'd recommend filing out scholarships to anyone here already or coming in fresh.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
There's Cry Baby Bridge- legend has it that back during slavery days when slaves were escaping to the North there was a woman and her baby. She fled from the South to come North to make a better life for herself and child. On her way to freedom she came close to this bridge that was considered KKK property but it was on her route and she had no time to turn back or find alternative routes. As she reached the bridge her child cried uncontrollably which gave away her cover. She tried and tried to hush the little one, but the pressure continued to grow. The slave woman tossed her baby over the bridge, killing it and ran to freedom as fast as she could. Its tradition to go through the dark woods at night to the bridge, if you can make it. Some say that during witching hour you can hear the baby crying and her sobbing for her terrible deed. Best done around Halloween.
Great for these types of students
CSU is an awesome school filled with good people and fair teachers.
Campus Safety
Safety is a big thing here at CSU. We have campus cops who ride around making sure kids stay from out of troube. At CSU I felt safe and I'm sure anyone else would too.
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Chellvie from Dayton, OH

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Change is Central. This institution is one of the greatest. Opportunities are basically given to those who want change.
Tips for prospective students
Be sure to get involved.
Academic Rigor
Check at www.centralstate.edu
Dorm Life
Phenomenal
Food and Dining
Taco Bell, Sodexo, and Grill 155
Clubs and Activities
National Society for Black Engineers(NSBE) Society for Manufacturing Engineers(SME)
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Armond

a past student here
16 people found this review useful
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Did learn a lot
Central State University is a great HBCU for African American Students. As the only HBCU in Ohio it provides students with with a rich learning experience. The professors go out their way to make sure students comprehend classroom material.
Did enjoy being here
CSU is a small University to its like a second home. The people are nice and the school is very hospitable. Its easy to find things to do with all the clubs, activities, and organizations to participate.
Bang for the buck
CSU is worth the price tag, there's always something to day, the teachers are helpful.
Tips for prospective students
Get to know your Professors, they can be your wost enemy or your best friends, also take advantage of the student orientation, you will gain friends that last a lifetime.
Great for these types of students
CSU is great for students that didn't do so well in high school, the teachers are patient and are willing to work with students who need special attention in certain areas, its also a great school for students who like small class sizes and the Honors program is always there for the students who excelled in their High School class..CSU has something to offer for everyone.
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Kierra from Washington, DC

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Central State University is a place of opportunity. Central gives everyone a chance to change. Our saying is Change Is Central for a reason.
Tips for prospective students
Central State University in a all about there businesss. If your trying to get ahead in life Central is the place to be.
Academic Rigor
Most classes are small and hands on with the teachers.
Dorm Life
The dorms are nice and big. Some halls have suits which is a nice way to meet people.
Food and Dining
The food is excellent. A lot of variety.
What to do for fun
There are various activities such as band, cheerleading, football, tennis, and etc. Also many other things during free time like swimming, gym, and etc.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
We have a sunken garden, its a sacred sanctuary for Marauders only.
Great for these types of students
All types of students would have a good time at Central State University.
Clubs and Activities
Anything you can think of we have it.
Greek Life
WONDERFUL...! Everybody loves the greeks.
Campus Safety
Campus police and emergency buttons all over campus.
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Briana from Cincinnati, OH

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Coming to central state is awesome, you feel part of the family as soon as your foot steps on campus. Professor not only are your teachers but they become friends and mentors. There are also great fundamental classes you can take to catch up if your a little behind.
Tips for prospective students
1.) come with an Im Ready Attitude
2.) Work Hard before Playing Hard
3.) Take advantage of tutors
4.) Create study groups with friends so you can all help each other
5.) Get INVOLVED!
Academic Rigor
Everyone works hard on campus. to be on the Dean's List is the goal.
Dorm Life
You get an opportunity to make friends right when you move in. With suites as dorms your partnered with 6 girls or boys (including yourself) in an apartment life atmosphere.
Food and Dining
We have a limitless plate Big cafeteria on campus, taco bell and The Grill. so many foods to choose from.
What to do for fun
on campus here, there are many clubs and groups to choose from, like from debate club, SGA, Royal court, tennis club, basketball club, band down to fraternities and soroities. not possible to be bored.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
we have place called the sunken garden. and theres a ceremony done every year for freshmen, they first go through pirate week, no ones on campus but freshman, and theres activities to do, you get to meet your class. during that week they are considered pirates and arent allowed to step foot in the sunken garden. after the week is over, sunday night, they dress up in all white, and have a cndle light ceremony where their candles are lit by each others and they make their way through the sunken garden as upperclassmen then come to try to blow their candles out. once they make it through the sunken garden they then become marauders, and thats what they will be until they graduate, then they'll become centralions.
There's Cry Baby Bridge- legend has it that back during slavery days when slaves were escaping to the North there was a woman and her baby. She fled from the South to come North to make a better life for herself and child. On her way to freedom she came close to this bridge that was considered KKK property but it was on her route and she had no time to turn back or find alternative routes. As she reached the bridge her child cried uncontrollably which gave away her cover. She tried and tried to hush the little one, but the pressure continued to grow. The slave woman tossed her baby over the bridge, killing it and ran to freedom as fast as she could. Its tradition to go through the dark woods at night to the bridge, if you can make it. Some say that during witching hour you can hear the baby crying and her sobbing for her terrible deed. Best done around Halloween.
Great for these types of students
This campus is great for those who like small campuses and nature because trees are everywhere. and its also great for African Americans because its an HBCU and the tuition is lowere than average.
Greek Life
we have the Divine nine including other great non greek fraternities and soroities
Campus Safety
very safe campus. security guards are always surveying the campus and there are help buttons placed all around campus/
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Xavion from Moore Haven, FL

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
This college is one that will give you the experience of a lifetime. Not only is it fun but it teaches you to value yourself as a person. Best of all, it is an HBCU.
Tips for prospective students
I would definitely encouraged students to come to this school. There are always people on campus who care for you. There are different sections that pertain exactly to your major, which of course will allow you to be more focused on what you want to do for the rest of your life.
Academic Rigor
If there is something that this University wants you to be the most focused on, it is your academics. The first thing that the faculty will ask you about is your academics and if you are falling behind they will make sure you have help no matter what. There are many tutors that are able to help you and there are also study group sessions as well.
Dorm Life
The dorm life here is amazing. There is always peace in the dorms and you never have to worry about going to the library to do your studying. here on campus.
Food and Dining
The food here is great. There are three choices for you to eat from on campus. We have Taco Bell, the cafeteria, and a place known as The Grill.
What to do for fun
There is always something for the students to do here on campus. There are always fun activities such such as, open mic night, family feud game night, talent shows, dance shows, concerts, and many other things that will always keep you occupied.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
There is an unusual tradition for the Freshman and Seniors. We have this garden that is called the Sunken Garden. There is a week called Pirate Week that are for the freshman and it helps them to get acquainted with the campus before school starts. The freshman are known as pirates during this week and can not go through the garden until initiation. Once the freshman have there ceremony, they have to walk through the garden, with candles, dressed in white an black. Once they walk through the garden they can then blow out their candles now being known as Marauders. The Seniors have to go back through once they graduate to then be known as Centralinans .
Clubs and Activities
There are hundreds of clubs on campus such as, NAACP,TLC(Today's Latino's and Carribeans, SAAB(Students of African American Brotherhood), NSBE(National Society of Black Engineers), and many others.
Greek Life
All Sororities and Fraternities are on campus. They are always having step shows against each other, which is always fun to watch.
Campus Safety
The Central State University Police are always on the look out. There are even emergency boxes around campus just in case their is someone who needs help right away.
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Janay from Bellwood, IL

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
It is a great historically black university. You will learn a great deal academically, as well as with yourself. Central State is a family based campus.
Tips for prospective students
Stay focus on your studies before you decide to go partying. Do not consider everyone your friend because they are not. Central State or any college is what you make it. It can either be a good experience or bad the choice is up to you.
Academic Rigor
All the professors will try to help you to the best of your ability. There are numerous opportunity of getting help outside of the classroom with tutors.
Dorm Life
The building I live in last year was College Hall. The honors dorm for incoming freshman and transfer. It is a brand new building and the rooms are very nice size. You will have to share a bathroom with only your roommate.
Food and Dining
The food is okay in the cafe. The best days to eat in the cafe is Chicken Wednesday and Fish Fridays. There is also taco bell and the grill. The grill sells burgers, chicken sandwich, and grilled cheese as well as others.
What to do for fun
There is plenty to do. You can take a nice walk, go hoop in the gym or the outside court, or just go to a campus event.
Great for these types of students
Those students who like a small campus environment. Also, great for students who are trying figure out what they want to do in life and more about themselves.
Clubs and Activities
The are so many activities to do for everyone no matter what you are interested in.
Campus Safety
The campus police is always riding around campus.
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a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Central State University is a Historically Black University. Being Black, I am learning a lot about my race and the history of my people. This institution's grounds are historic, as many enslaved African Americans has walked on this campus striving for an education.
Am enjoying being here
So far, I have enjoyed my stayed here. Like many HBCU's, Central State is not only a home away from home, but a community who view itself as a family. The only negative is the area that the school is located in.
Bang for the buck
Central State is Ohio's most affordable University. You gain knowledge and an education for a reasonable price.
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Angela from Detroit, MI

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Central State is a respectable historical black college. I rate Central State an 8 for allowing many students to pursue their degree. This school also has an incredible history and awesome professors.
Tips for prospective students
Turn off the television, limit time on social net works and get plenty of sleep to stay focused in school.
Academic Rigor
Central State is requiring everyone to maintain at least a 2.0 g.p.a or they will be in academic probation. That's why studying and attending class everyday and on time is important.
Dorm Life
The dorm life is awesome. The rooms are a decent size, that includes showers, air/heat, electricity and wifi. Everything we need to make a living is in our dorms rooms at Central State.
Food and Dining
In honesty, there should be more food and dining places to eat on campus. The school only has three. We have the main cafeteria that serves a variety of different foods 3 times a day. We also have taco bell and the grill.
What to do for fun
Having fun on campus depends on what you like to do for fun. I like attending basketball games, chatting with my friend and even going to the gym on some days.
Bang for the buck
Central State is a small campus so it's easy to meet people and make friends.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
There are no unusual traditions or locations on campus.
Great for these types of students
Central State would be great for all students. The only thing thing Central should upgrade on is the food and dining. We need more different types of food to eat because eating the same foods can be tiring.
Clubs and Activities
Central State has plenty of activities on campus. The activities consist of student organizations such as management club, english club, biology society, destined for greatness, communications club and many more. The clubs that students hang at are in other cities outside of Wilberforce such as Dayton and Fairborn.
Greek Life
Central State have the Ques, Kappas, Divine 9 and the Deltas that are relevant on campus. They are respected, popular and great step entertainers.
Campus Safety
We have our own Central State police that roams around campus to protect the students. The school does not allow violence or you will be excluded.
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Paulisha from Cincinnati, OH

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Central State is a very family-oriented institution. They look out for the best interest of the student(s). Central is a great HBCU from its history to its courses.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure that Central is for you, meaning that it has something to offer it and that you have something to offer as well.
Academic Rigor
The classes are challenging but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. It keeps you on your toes and challenges you to do and be the best.
Dorm Life
Living on campus is the best decision no matter what institution you are at. The dorms at Central are amazing and reminds you of life at home with all of the responsibilities on you. It is a great way to become independent while still enjoying the presence of others.
Food and Dining
The food varies. We have the cafe' where you get all of your homemade favorites as well as foreign favorites. We have the Grill 155 which serves your fast food burgers, chicken sandwiches and fries. Then there is the lovely Taco Bell! We are also expecting a new building with some new dining additions.
What to do for fun
There are a few things to do on campus. You can go to the gym and work out, swim or play recreational basketball with your Marauder family. We also have a Game Room which has game systems, ice hockey, and pool tables.
Bang for the buck
You get the wonderful opportunity of meeting new people from various of places. You develop a sense of independence and freedom as well.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
None to my knowledge.
Great for these types of students
CSU is great for any student that is willing to be taught and accepted for who they are!!!
Clubs and Activities
The clubs and activities lists are very lengthy. There should never be a dull moment for anybody on campus!
Greek Life
Greek Life is very interesting!
Campus Safety
There is 24/7 police officers on and around campus. There are also safety buttons located on campus for immediate help as well as a direct line.
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