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Right for You?

North Central State College is a public two-year community-based educational institution serving the residents of north central Ohio. NC State offers high quality, technical education in more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs in Health, Business, Public Service, and Engineering Technologies, as well as customized workforce training programs.


The College enrolls 3500 students quarterly and is the largest public college within a 75 mile radius. Most students reside in Richland County with the remainder coming from nearby counties: Ashland, Crawford, Huron. Age groups are evenly divided with 18% less than 19 years old, 31% age 19-22, 21% age 23-29, and 30% age 30 and above. A majority of students are enrolled in the Health Sciences programs.



Associate Degrees

NC State offers two-year degrees in a variety of subjects.

Bachelor's Degrees

You can also continue on to various four-year degrees at other colleges.


Certificates help you quickly upgrade your skills for the job market. 


Are You Ready?

Here’s a good rule of thumb for classes to take in high school to get ready for college:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of preparatory Math (Algebra, Geometry)
  • 3 units of natural science
  • 3 units of social science
  • 2-3 units of foreign language
  • 1 unit of visual or performing arts
Enrollment Requirements

Admission to NC State is open to all regardless of grade point average, test scores, or class standing. The application is online.

High School Credit

But don’t slack off! All that hard work in high school could pay off. You might be able to get credit by exam for subjects you’ve already studied. And a score of 3 or higher in an Advanced Placement (AP) class could get you credit for a basic college class.

You can also get college credit while taking classes in high school. And most of these programs are FREE! Check out your options.



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The Main Campus sits on 600 beautiful wooded acres with walking paths and streams, sharing a campus with a branch of The Ohio State University. This location is accessible to the growing community of Ontario and is fifteen minutes from historic downtown Mansfield.

Shelby Campus - Additionally, North Central State College owns and manages a 163,000 square foot state of the art facility at its campus in Shelby, seven miles northwest of the main campus. The Kehoe Center houses the Business, Industry, Technology, Education, Professional, and Public Service Division with a nationally recognized Integrated Systems Technology laboratory and the regional Advanced Manufacturing Tool & Die Center, as well as an EnterpriseOhio Network’s Skillsmax Center.



Academic Success

Graduates in the college’s health and public services programs continue to lead the state in percentage of graduates passing their board exams for licensure the first time it is attempted – scoring well above the national averages in every category.

NC State graduates enjoy a 95% employment rate and a growing number of transfer and reverse transfer students are matriculating to and from Ohio’s public colleges and universities due to the ease of credit transfer.

NC State was recently lauded by the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) of the NCA’s Higher Learning Commission and the National Achieving the Dream Framework for Institutional Improvement, for its quality initiatives.