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The College Hour is doing something different. We are not going to put HBCU's by states, region or in alphabetical order. We are hoping that you stretch your mind and look at a lot these institutions because they all have a lot to offer. Choosing an institution is a very important decision and shouldn't be taken lightly. The majority of students and parents choose a school a lot of times because of financial reasons. Some choose because we don't want to be far from home. I hope you take this thought into consideration. Choose a school on the strength of it's ability to get you where you want to go in life. I say this because there is a prevailing thought that the ice is colder from someone else's refrigerator. This fallacy is further from the truth than people realize. Statistics show from the 2010 Department of Education that over 40 % of African Americans that received Bachelor Degrees came from HBCUs. Over 70% of African American Doctors and Dentist come from HBCU's. Over 50% of African American Engineers come from HBCUs. Now take this thought with you. HBCUs only make up only 3% of Colleges and Universities in this country. These institutions also have close ties to corporations and foundations for employment and for raising capital for their endowment and working capital. HBCUs give a sense of belonging, self pride and the thought of experimenting and failure is just a learning experience of something not to do again and try another approach to get the answer. The College Hour recognizes that HBCU's are not for everyone. If you are thinking about going to College, GO TO COLLEGE. It is one of the greatest experience that you will have in your life.

But, if you decide to go to college, go to a HBCU!!!!!


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  Central State University

You cannot engage in any conversation about the history of Cenrteal State University without Wilberforce University. Even Central States first president for over two decades came from Wilberforce University the great Charles H. Wesley.

In 1856, the Methodist Episcopal Church established Wilberforce University near Xenia, Ohio, to provide African Americans access to a college education. The university was the first private, historically African American college formed in the United States. Its founders named the institution after William Wilberforce, a prominent eighteenth century abolitionist. A number of African American Ohioans attended the school during its early years. During the American Civil War, attendance declined as many students enlisted in the Union army. As a result of declining attendance, Wilberforce University closed in 1862.

In 1863, the African Methodist Episcopal Church acquired ownership of the university. Under the direction of Daniel Payne, a bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, John Mitchell, the principal of a school in Cincinnati, and James Shorter, an African Methodist Episcopal pastor from Zanesville, Ohio, Wilberforce reopened its doors. The institution operated as a private university serving the African American community for the next twenty-four years. In 1887, the State of Ohio began to provide Wilberforce with state funds to help finance the institution. This brought to an end the university's exclusively private status. The state also helped the university create a Combined Normal and Industrial Department that eventually evolved into Central State University.

The Combined Normal and Industrial Department offered teacher training courses and technical education. Between 1887 and 1951, the program operated under the auspices of Wilberforce University, although it had its own board of trustees. For most of this era, students graduated with a two year degree from the Combined Normal and Industrial Department. In 1941, the department became known as the College of Education and Industrial Arts and it began offering a four year degree. By 1947, the college began to work towards a separation from Wilberforce and course offerings expanded to include the liberal arts. The state legislature voted to approve the creation of a separate institution in May 1951 and named it Central State College.

The Ohio legislature granted Central State university status in November 1965. For a brief time, the school offered a limited number of masters programs, but administrators chose to end the graduate offerings in 1969 because of limited financial resources and a desire to concentrate on undergraduate education. In 1974, Central State University faced a new challenge when approximately half of the campus was leveled by a tornado. Administrators used this destruction as an opportunity to create a campus that would offer a positive environment for student learning. Central State University is now the only remaining state supported historically black college in Ohio.The school is growing and achieving much success. This is must see University.

Academia:                                                                                                                Athletics:
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences                                  Men's Sports                   Women's Sports
College of Business                                                                               Basketball                        Basketball
College of Science and Engineering                                                       Cross Country                  Cross Country
College of Education                                                                             Football                           Volleyball
University College                                                                                 Tennis                              Tennis
                                                                                                             Track and Field                Track and Field

CSU Home Page Link Below:
CSU Home Page

Central State University
1400 Brush Row Road
Wilberforce, Ohio 45384

CSU Admission Link Below:

Office of Admissions at (937) 376-6348

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