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Capital University
Religious affiliationEvangelical Lutheran Church in America
Endowment$53.2 million[1]
PresidentDenvy A. Bowman
Academic staff201 full-time, 198 part-time
LocationBexley, Ohio, United States

Capital University is a private accredited liberal arts university of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America located in Bexley, Ohio, founded in 1830. The university has undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as a law school.[2] Capital is the oldest university in Central Ohio and is one of the oldest and largest Lutheran-affiliated universities in North America.[3]

According to an economic impact study, Capital University provides nearly $162 million in earnings, employment, and output to the eight county Columbus metro area based on 2011-12 data.[4]


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Main Street gate entrance to Capital University. Bexley, Ohio

Capital University was founded in 1830 by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The university's educational mission is based on Lutheran values of free inquiry, critical thinking, and leadership.


Capital is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[5]

Capital's tuition and fees for a full-time undergraduate student are $31,364 for the 2012-13 academic year.[6] Room and board expenses total $8,460 per year. The student-faculty ratio at Capital University is 11:1.[7]


Capital University ranked 30th in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges, Regional Universities (Midwest).[7]

Law School

Capital University Law School is an ABA-accredited private law school located in downtown Columbus, Ohio.[8] Capital Law was voted a "Best Value Law School" on the basis of tuition by the National Jurist magazine in 2009.[9] In 2011, the National Jurist magazine, as well as preLaw magazine named Capital as one of the nation’s top law schools in preparing students for legal careers in public service.[10] In 2012, the magazines listed Capital as one of the nation’s top law schools in terms of preparing its students for the bar exam.[11]

Campus Life

Student organizations

Capital University features more than 70 student organizations. This includes 13 fraternities and sororities, arts and media organizations, cultural organizations, honors societies, campus programming, religious organizations, service organizations, and government and social organizations.

Residence Life

Capital is a residential campus that operates on semester scheduling. Most students live on campus in one of seven residence halls: Saylor-Ackermann Hall, Cotterman Hall, the Lohman Complex (comprising several residence halls), Schaaf Hall, Capital Commons, College Avenue Hall, and the recently purchased Woodsview Apartments.

Music Program

Capital University's music program is well-respected in the music community. The Chapel Choir has performed around Columbus and the world, including venues such as Carnegie Hall. The annual Christmas Festival at Capital, led by all the choral ensembles (the Capital Chordsmen, Women's Chorus, Choral Union, and Chapel Choir), is a popular local event and community institution. Recently, the university voted in its first female Assistant Dean of the Conservatory of Music.


The Capital University Blackmore Library is a three-floor structure. Constructed in 1969 and dedicated in March 1971, the library now contains more than 300,000 articles of media. The library was named in 1998 for Josiah Blackmore, a well-known legal scholar and former president of the University. The library was named in honor of his achievements as the 12th president of Capital University.[12] The first and second floors of Blackmore Library were renovated in Summer 2012.

Shumacher Gallary

Shumacher Gallary carries the 502-piece Schreiber-Fox Collection African Art was donated to the permanent collection of the Gallery. Schreiber and Fox donated their collection of African art to Capital University. The Schumacher Gallery’s permanent collections consists of a diverse selection of more than 2500 works of art for education and enjoyment.

A piece of the Berlin Wall is a popular attraction for visitors and incoming students. Obtained in 1992, the wall was given on long-term loan from Hansa Consulting, a German-based corporation. On one side is colorful graffiti written during the separation of East and West Berlin, while the other side is blank concrete revealing a few bullet holes, evidence of the confinement of East Berliners. Once housed in the University's library, the structure now stands outside behind the Huber Spielman Hall. The concrete wall weighs 2.8 tons.[13]


Capital University participates in numerous sports and plays within the Ohio Athletic Conference in the NCAA's Division III. The school's primary athletic rival is Otterbein University, in Westerville, Ohio. Under the name Capital Crusaders, the following teams and clubs compete on the varsity level:

Men's Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)
  • Volleyball

Club Athletics

  • Men's Lacrosse
  • Women's Lacrosse
  • Ultimate Disc


Capital has many Alumni living in central Ohio and throughout the United States.

See also

  • Capital University Law School
  • WXCU
  • CapTV


  2. "Degrees". Capital University. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  3. "About Capital". Capital University. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  5. "Capital University". The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. April 18, 2012.,ShowBasic/Itemid,/instid,1900/. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Capital University - Best College - US News". U.S.News & World Report. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  8. "Capital University Law School". Capital University Law School. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  12. "Retired Capital President Josiah Blackmore Dies.". The Columbus Dispatch. September 26, 2007. Retrieved July 04, 2012.
  13. Phillips, Jeb (November 8, 2009). "Berlin Wall's Fall Inspires, 20 Years Later". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved March 6, 2010.

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