Wilberforce University




Wilberforce University is the oldest private African-American university in the U.S., founded in 1856. Before the Civil War, Wilberforce served as a destination along the Ohio Underground Railroad. During the late 19th century, Wilberforce spawned two other institutions–Central State University and Payne Theological Seminary. It’s 20 fully accredited liberal arts concentrations and mandatory Cooperative Education Program reigns true as a symbol of dedication to the schools’ deeply rooted commitment to education–founded on the perspective that education is the neutralizer of “slavery’s first rule: ignorance.”

Notable Alumni Include: Leontyne Price– Grammy Award-winning Soprano