August 11, 2020

Capital’s programs compared to those of local universities

Comparing the majors and minors offered at Capital to other local universities has shown that though the school may be small, there are a good number courses available to prospective students. Considering there are only 3,367 traditional undergraduate students, according to, Capital offers a substantial number of majors and classes for the small campus.

A comparison of Capital’s nursing program with the program at The Ohio State University (OSU) can demonstrate the different needs of both universities. Capital’s athletic training programing can be compared to Otterbein University’s program without much difficulty. Comparing the Ohio University communications program to Capital’s is another demonstration of the differences between schools. This comparison may be helpful to prospective students and students who are considering transferring to or from Capital.

Graphic by Ellie Johns

In regards to Capital University’s nursing program, it differs in numerous ways to the program offered at OSU. Many of the academic requirements of prospective students differ between the schools, though both schools have high standards.

For example, according to their website, to apply to OSU’s nursing program, you must have an ACT of 25 or higher/SAT of 1200 or higher. On the other hand, Capital University’s ACT requirement stands at a 21 or higher or an SAT of 980 or higher. Nonetheless, all prospective students of each university have to have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Even though Capital University’s acceptance rate is higher than OSU’s for the nursing program, Capital still ranks, along with OSU, in the 20 best nursing programs in Ohio, according to Currently, Capital University places 15th with a 72 percent acceptance rate, and OSU is in second place with a 49 percent acceptance rate.

Comparing the athletic training program at Capital to a similar program at Otterbein has shown that the first major similarities are with the enrollment requirements. Both universities require prospective students to have a 2.75 GPA and two letters of recommendation.

The two programs of study begin to differ once students are accepted and enrolled in the program. Capital University requires 24 hours of undergraduate coursework before being accepted into the athletic training program. Some of these classes include BIO-151, CHM-101, HSPTS-161, HSPTS-289 and HSPTS-260. Conversely, according to Otterbein University’s website, the university requires first-year students to have a minimum of “7 practices,” in which observation is required through shadowing upperclassmen and games.

Additionally, Capital University’s athletic training program has been successful for all undergraduates who have been enrolled. According to Capital University’s athletic training website, in 2015, 100 percent of students who attempted to complete their Board of Certification passed. Later in 2017, nine out of 11 graduates passed their Board of Certification.

In the offering of majors, Capital University’s communication program varies with Ohio University, as Capital offers many more to protective undergraduates. Capital University currently offers electronic media and film, theater studies, integrated languages, organizational communication and public relations. Ohio University offers only health communication, organizational communication and public advocacy.

All and all, Capital University is small but stands out with accomplishments in its various programs.


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