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Central State University welcomes its largest new student class in recent years

The middle of Central State University campus in Wilberforce, Ohio. (Photo creds: Demetrius Johnson Jr.)

WILBERFORCE, OH – Central State University, a historically black university located in Wilberforce, Ohio, will welcome nearly 840 new students this fall semester, the largest since 2011.

According to a press release from the university, new first-time freshmen, transfer students and readmits are expected to help the University surpass last year’s total enrollment. In addition, new student enrollment has exceeded the University’s original new student target of 800. Total enrollment numbers will be confirmed at the end of the month.

Part of the growth can be attributed to an intentional focus on increasing cultural diversity through international recruitment. This semester, students from The Bahamas will dominate the international community on campus. Two years, ago, Central State entered into an agreement with The Bahamas Ministry of Education to provide scholarships for Bahamian students. Because of the academic success of those students and CSU’s affordability, the Bahamian government tripled the number of sponsored students. These students will be among the students from more than eight other international countries who have attended Central State.

“Over the past two years we have made a concerted effort to ensure that our partnership with The Bahamas Ministry of Education is one that yields successful outcomes,” said Dr. Stephanie Krah, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. “CSU is an institution that lives its mission of fostering academic excellence within a nurturing environment. Student success is the outcomes.”

The campus is busy this week as new students engage in activities designed to introduce them to a collegiate environment. New student orientation or “Pirate Week,” concludes on Sunday, August 13, with the culminating Candlelight Ceremony, an event that symbolizes the transformative journey of incoming freshmen or “Pirates” to “CSU Marauders.” Classes begin Monday, August 14.

This year, Central State University, was awarded the 2017 HBCU of the Year by the HBCU Digest and presented by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, is the fifth most affordable four-year institution in the nation for out-of-state students. Last fall, 45 percent of the total enrollment was from out-of-state. “This speaks to the brand and the image of the University outside of Ohio.” said Dr. Krah. “These students and their families understand CSU’s value proposition. Our goal, is to connect these students with internships and career opportunities in Ohio, which will lead to residency and the promotion of Ohio’s workforce.”

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) president Demetrius Johnson Jr., visited Central State University this past January and was extremely impressed with the campus and the current work of the University, as the only public land-grant HBCU in Ohio.

For more information about Central State University, visit their website at www.centralstate.edu.

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