Central State University on the Road to Recovery

Central State University, the historically black, publicly operated educational institution in Wilberforce, Ohio, saw a dramatic rise in applications this year. The number of students who applied to Central State University increased by more than 1,000 this past year. The state of Ohio considered shutting down Central State University several years ago because of continuing financial difficulties. Increasing enrollment is a major goal to help the institution get on more solid financial footing. And efforts to recruit more students, especially transfer students from community colleges, appear to be paying dividends.

There are currently 1,766 students enrolled at Central State University. Enrollments are up nearly 10 percent from a year ago. About 90 percent of these students are black. More than a third come from outside Ohio.