Capital Univeristy was founded in 1830, and the way of teaching and learning today is heavily influenced by the Lutheran heritage. The academic approach is rooted in the values of free inquiry, vigorous learning, critical thinking and relentless questioning.
Capital University serves a diverse student body of nearly 3,500, including traditional undergraduates, students who’ve come back to college to complete their bachelor’s degree or get a second one, graduate students and those seeking a specific license or certification. There are delivered undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, humanities and professions.
The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) at Capital University serves as a repository for information and data on the University's student, faculty and staff populations. The OIR also provides data analysis and interpretation for use in campus planning and policy decisions.
Career Development, a department within the Division of Student Affairs, assists students and alumni with the process of identifying and implementing career goals that complement their learning, development and success.
The Office of IT supports multiple labs across campus. Students are free to use most computer labs when they are available. They must keep in mind that some labs are both public and teaching labs, so availability may be limited during the week.A daily lab check is performed twice daily. Labs located in departments such as conservatory, computer science or education are not maintained by IT but by the department directly. Lab checks include filling the printer with paper; removing paper jams; adding toner to the printer; and checking each computer system for functionality.
Saylor-Ackermann Hall houses 250 students with both first year and upper class residents. In Saylor-Ackermann Hall, most rooms are doubles, however some triple rooms are available, with community restrooms and shower facilities on each floor. Each bedroom comes tiled and furnished with a standard size mattress and bed frame, built in dresser (in Saylor or a wardrobe in Ackermann), desk, and desk chair. Each floor has a community study room, a microwave and wireless internet access. Blinds are provided for all windows.
Blackmore Library contributes to the University’s mission by providing access to resources and services, supporting information literacy, and curating strong collections.
Individual rooms have wireless internet access, data ports that include cable TV, Ethernet, and telephone jacks for local phone service.
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides individualized services for students, faculty/staff, and other community members with disability related needs. Service areas include admissions, academics, housing, employment, facilities accessibility, and social/personal issues related to disability.
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 Capital University Apartments (formerly the Woodsview Apartments).
The Capital Center is Capital's showpiece athletic center. The 126,000 square foot facility was completed in 2001 and features:
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. Some examples include Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), Young Life, PRSSA, Circle K, ReCap Literary Magazine, the Chimes, intramural sports, Student Government, and numerous music organizations that non-music and music majors can perform in.
Capital University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.