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About the Lake Campus

Wright State University Lake Campus

Wright State University—Lake Campus on the north shore of Grand Lake St. Marys between Celina and St. Marys, Ohio. As a regional campus, we are an all-inclusive package providing a full university experience with a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Here you will find small classes, affordable tuition, and highly qualified professors.

Our Mission

As part of Wright State University, we will be the focal point for the educational and cultural advancement of the residents of West Central Ohio, providing opportunities for advanced scholarship and continuing education, economic and technological development, and community service.


Interim Dean Dan Krane, Ph.D.

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About Our Faculty

Wright State University—Lake Campus has 39 full-time faculty members who are committed to the success of their students. Nearly all of our professors have advanced and terminal degrees in their fields, which means your professors are researching and actively involved in their areas of expertise. Your faculty will help build the foundation for your success while enjoying the smaller campus community. They embrace the opportunity to get to know each student and find ways to motivate you to excel. 

About Our Region

Wright State University—Lake Campus is nestled in between Celina and St. Marys on scenic State Route 703. First-time visitors are drawn to its serene setting on the north shore of Grand Lake St. Marys, but they come back for the friendly atmosphere and personal attention. There are many great places to stay, eat and play in the Lake Campus area.

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History of Lake Campus

In response to a growing desire for residents of the region to have access to higher education, a group of citizens from across Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, and Van Wert Counties organized into the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) in 1962. Its sole purpose was to obtain higher education opportunities for the residents of Western Ohio. After establishing a cooperative agreement with Ohio Northern University, the Western Ohio Educational Foundation officially opened its doors in the fall of 1962. With enrollment at 285 students, more than twice the number anticipated, the newly established foundation had begun the process that would result in the Wright State University—Lake Campus.

At first, classes were held in a local high school, but as interest in the college continued to build, the WOEF Board was challenged to provide additional space and faculty for a growing number of students. Through a series of successful fund drives, the WOEF board purchased a vacant public school building in Celina and college enrollment continued to increase. As the community continued to require additional educational offerings, the WOEF board voted in 1969 for the college to affiliate with Wright State University as its branch campus.

The Wright State University—Western Ohio Branch Campus, as it was called then, quickly reached maximum student capacity for the building. During a campus visit in 1969, Governor James A. Rhodes recognized these “growing pains and issued another challenge to the young institution: “Find and purchase suitable land and the state will appropriate $2 million for a new building.” A massive fund-raising appeal spread rapidly throughout the surrounding communities. This successful campaign quickly led to the acquisition of a 173-acre site for the new campus on the northern shores of Grand Lake St. Marys. The first building on campus was Dwyer Hall, named in recognition of Minnie Dwyer’s generous support and contains laboratories, classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, an auditorium, and student service facilities.

The ground was broken in 1979 to expand the facilities for some two-year technical programs. Andrews Hall continues to house the national award-winning office information systems programs. Trenary Hall was also added at that time and currently houses the mechanical engineering facilities. These buildings were named for the Andrews and Trenary families in recognition of their generous support. The dedication of these two buildings in September 1980 highlighted the Lake Campus’s historic responsiveness to local needs and the community’s active involvement. The Crown Amphitheatre and the marina were added in 1987, taking advantage of the Lake Campus beautiful setting and proximity to Grand Lake St. Marys, and adding a further dimension to the many possibilities at Wright State University—Lake Campus.


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