WILBERFORCE — Central State University is expecting its largest freshman class since 2011 this fall.
Nearly 840 new students were expected when classes began Aug. 14, and new first-time freshmen, transfer students and readmits are expected to help the university surpass last year’s total enrollment. 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, the school said in a release.. 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 outcome.”
CSU, the 2017 HBCU of the Year (HBCU Digest), 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.” Krah said. “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.”
Story courtesy Central State University.