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Capital University

Capital University Rating: 3.8/5 (6 votes)

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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.


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.

Most Popular Fields of Study


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

Ranks 2075th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Ohio.


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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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.

Information Summary

Ranks 31st in Ohio and 813th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Ohio and 316th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.08
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 10 0.28
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 12 0.34

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,289 0.16
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 87 0.01
Forcible Rape 565 0.07
Robbery 3,244 0.41
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 15,169 1.93
Larceny 30,259 3.84
Vehicle theft 3,615 0.46

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Columbus, OH 43209-2394
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population29,277 (29,277 urban / N/A rural)
Households12,077 (2.30 people per house)
Median Household Income$46,016
Families7,332 (2.94 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationEvangelical Lutheran Church
Congressional District3903

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 447th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $31,990 $31,990 $31,990
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,066 $1,066 $1,066
FT Graduate Tuition $10,080 $10,080 $10,080
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $560 $560 $560
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $44,350 $44,350 $44,350
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $48,376 $48,376 $48,376
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $38,140 $38,140 $38,140

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $1,166 $1,166
Law Degree — Required Fees N/A N/A

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $30,450 $31,364 $30,450 $31,364 $30,450 $31,364
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,180 $8,460
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,490 $2,540
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,770 $7,560
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,330 $3,750
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,440 $5,500

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,640 (1,398 male / 2,242 female)
Admitted 2,768 (1,010 male / 1,757 female)
Admission rate 76%
First-time Enrollment 691 (312 male / 379 female)
FT Enrollment 691 (312 male / 379 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment3,628

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Ohio Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Ohio Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

353rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 93%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27

SAT Test Admission

418th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 20%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 960 / 1210

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,571
Meals per Week15
Room Fee$4,230
Board Fee$4,480

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 12 63 13 11 1 536 23 662
Accounting 1 3 13 17
Art Teacher Education 1 1
Art Therapy/Therapist 1 1 5 1 8
Art/Art Studies, General 2 2
Athletic Training/Trainer 5 5
Biochemistry 2 1 7 10
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 25 1 28
Business Administration and Management, General 3 4 2 3 40 2 54
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 3 21 25
Business/Managerial Economics 8 8
Chemistry, General 3 3
Chemistry, Other
Computer Science 4 4
Creative Writing 2 2
Criminology 1 4 9 1 15
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 2
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 20 1 22
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General 4 4
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 1 2
Environmental Science 3 3
Finance, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General
French Language and Literature 1 1 2
General Studies
Health Teacher Education 2 2
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 3 3
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 1 5 6
History, General 9 9
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies 5 5
Jazz/Jazz Studies 1 1 2
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 10 10
Keyboard Instruments 2 1 3
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 14 15
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 18 18
Mathematics Teacher Education 3 3
Mathematics, General 4 4
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 4 1 5 11
Music Management 2 2
Music Performance, General 3 1 4
Music Teacher Education 2 1 38 2 43
Music Theory and Composition 1 1
Music, General 1 1 1 4 7
Music, Other 2 2 1 35 40
Nursing Administration
Nursing Education 1 2 5 1 9
Organizational Communication, General 3 3
Philosophy 2 2
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 7 9
Political Science and Government, Other 2 2
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 1 5 6
Psychology, General 2 1 25 28
Public Administration 3 3
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing
Public Relations/Image Management 1 1 5 7
Radio and Television 3 1 4
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 5 1 1 84 5 99
Religion/Religious Studies 2 2
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1
Social Studies Teacher Education 4 4
Social Work 14 22 2 38
Sociology 2 4 6
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 1 3
Special Education and Teaching, General 6 6
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 1 5 8
Speech Teacher Education
Tax Law/Taxation 1 2 2 5
Taxation 2 2
Voice and Opera 1 1 8 10

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 751st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $79,587 ($88,487 male / $66,214 female)
Number of FT Faculty 175 (92 male / 83 female)
Number of PT Faculty 397
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $5,358,224

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