North Central State College North Central State College

About NC State

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

Our Mission

Providing individuals with the knowledge, skills and inspiration to succeed in their chosen path.

Our Vision

North Central State College is committed to being a leader in affordable quality higher education and a partner in achieving greater community prosperity and better quality of life.

The Students

North Central State College has a friendly, small town atmosphere with most of the students coming from the local area. The College enrolls more than 4700 students per year and is the largest public college in the region. The student population is made up of students enrolled in College Credit Plus, traditional students who enroll after graduating from high school and non-traditional older students who return to college to update their skills or train for a second career. Two-thirds of the student body are part-time students. Minority students range between 10% to 15% depending on the year.

Popular Degrees

Graduates in the college’s health and public services associate degree 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. While health programs are the most popular, NC State’s original roots are in manufacturing and business. The Kehoe Center in Shelby continues to train students in traditional tool and die disciplines with a growing interest in cross-training for many manufacturing systems including Pneumatics, Hydraulics and Electronic Controls.

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.

Early College Opportunities

A growing segment of the open enrollment is high school students participating in College Credit Plus. North Central is a lead partner in the development of a multi-county P-16 Council, charged with improving access to education and increasing prosperity of individuals by meeting the changing employment needs of regional business and manufacturing.


Tuition at NC State is $191.60 per credit hour which is one of the lowest tuition rates in Ohio. Two semesters of classes would cost about $5,748.00. Actual costs will vary depending on how many credit hours classes are worth. Books are not included in tuition and fees.

Main Campus

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. Main campus is roughly half way between Cleveland and Columbus on interstate 71 which makes it possible to get to either city in about an hour’s drive.

All buildings on main campus are within a ten minute walking distance making it easy to get to class. Most general studies classes are on main campus along with students taking health degrees and public service degrees.

The Byron Kee Center for Student Success houses many of the student services offices, including Admissions and the Student Success Center. Kee Center is a student’s first point of contact when applying to the college and it is also the place to find help with Registering for classes, Financial Aid, Testing, Disability Services, etc.

The campus includes a Campus Child Development Center, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and recognized in the state of Ohio for its quality and a Campus Recreation Center, available for students from both North Central State College and OSU Mansfield.

Kehoe Center

Students in Business and Manufacturing related degrees take most of their classes at the Kehoe Center in Shelby, which is seven miles northwest of main campus. This 163,000 square foot state of the art facility houses a nationally recognized Integrated Systems Technology laboratory and the regional Advanced Manufacturing Tool & Die Center, as well as an EnterpriseOhio Network’s Skillsmax Center.

Outreach Centers

Students can take classes at the Crawford Success Center in downtown Bucyrus and the Ashland County Community Academy in Ashland. These outreach center offers face to face classes as well as video conference classes.

Campus Activities

Our campus recreation center is available for all students. There are dozens of student activities that align to your interests including intramural sports, clubs, organizations, theater, politics, religion, martial arts and more. Special events with guest speakers are held throughout the year.

Community Involvement

A model college of the 21st Century, NC State is a regional economic and innovation leader where the community as a whole benefits from increased occupational and investment opportunities, higher business revenues, greater availability of public funds, and an eased tax burden thanks to the improved lifestyles of our graduates, many of whom choose to remain and put their talents to work right here in north central Ohio.