Capital University


Founded in 1830, Capital University is the oldest university in central Ohio and it has the distinction of being one of the largest Lutheran-based universities in all of North America. It is a private university, with a top-rated law school, that offers bachelor’s, master’s, and the juris doctor in legal studies. The school provides a liberal arts education with more than 60 diverse majors to choose from, all taught by professors without any teaching assistants.

Information Summary

Ranks 28th in Ohio and 745th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 83.5
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $50,334
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 26 / 1210
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 17 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 78% / N/A
Enrollment Total (all students) 3,213


The university has a motto: Ask. Think. Lead. These three words are the part of the outcome from obtaining an education here — students are expected to ask questions, think critically, and then learn from these experiences and lead others in their careers or whatever chosen path they are on.

The school is divided into five colleges: the School of Natural Sciences, Nursing, and Health; the School of Management and Leadership; the School of Social Sciences and Education; the Conservatory of Music and School of Communication; the School of Humanities; and the prestigious Law School.

General Education

The school prides itself on the liberal education it provides as it prepares graduates to become lifelong learners. Therefore, five central themes are introduced in the University Core courses all students are required to take part in:

  • Intellectual Skills
  • Living in the Contemporary World
  • Modes of Inquiry
  • Interpreting Texts and Images
  • Ethical Thought

Students can either enroll in the courses, or opt out if they are able to transfer the credits from another Ohio college; pass the assessment tests; or submit a portfolio explaining particular life experiences that satisfy the course requirements.

Adult Education

The university has a program in place to help adult returning students complete their bachelor’s degrees. There are currently nine programs to choose from, or students can create their own. It is also a bit flexible because instead of completing a bachelor’s, students have the option of completing a Post-Degree Education Licensure or an Accounting certificate.

Graduate Studies

The graduate studies programs are designed for those already working as professionals in their fields of choice. Therefore, the class schedules are often more flexible, giving these adults the time to attend class. The school offers graduate degrees in MBA, Music, Nursing, and Law and Parlegal.

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Capital University
Capital University


The admissions process is pretty standard, with an online application or a pdf that can be printed and mailed in. However, the processing fee is waived if the online version is used. First year students need to also send in their ACT or SAT scores, GPA and high school transcript, and have their guidance counselor complete the Counselor Information Form and send it in. Please note that the Conservatory of Music, Nursing, and Home Schooled students have special additional requirements to fill out.

Transfer students need to apply by August 1 for the Fall, December 1 for the Spring, and Nursing students need to apply by March. To complete the process the application must be filled out, a minimum GPA of 2.5 must be obtained, and official transcripts from the school you previously attended have to be sent in.

International students must complete the International Student Application Packet, attach their post-secondary education record, include their TOEFL or IELTS score, and provide a photocopy of their passport ID page.

Financial Aid

Students should note that their Admissions Application doubles as a Scholarship Application and that 99% of incoming students received some sort of scholarship to offset the cost of tuition.

If additional loans or grants or needed, students need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and should schedule an appointment with one of the school’s financial aid counselor to go over federal and state aid options.

Current students are also eligible for Capital-sponsored scholarships and Grant aid by meeting certain academic requirements. Need based aid is also available.

Student Financial Aid Details

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This university provides students with housing options in residence halls complete with meal plans. There is also a large variety of organizations for students to participate in. Circus Maximus is an organization that studies all things philosophy. The Effusion Art Club is set to enhance student’s perception of art and bring them to a better understanding of what the artists are trying to say. Muse is a forum for women in music and helps further music education at Capital. Social and Governmental organizations abound as well including: College Republicans and Democrats, The National Organization for Women and a Student Government that strives to improve student life on campus.

There are several fraternities and sororities for students to join and the Rec Center is equipped with lounge areas, bowling lanes and gives a chance for students to relax.

The Capital Center is the school’s athletic center completed in 2001 which features an outdoor track and a weight room.

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Many intercollegiate athletic programs are offered including baseball, football, and soccer. The Crusaders are part of the Ohio Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division III.

The school also sponsors many intramural sports including: bowling, basketball and frisbee.

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