Capital University is a private accredited liberal arts and research university in Bexley, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. Capital was founded originally as the Theological Seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Ohio in 1830, and later was associated with that synod's successor, the American Lutheran Church. The university has undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as a law school. Capital University is the oldest university in Central Ohio and is one of the oldest and largest Lutheran-affiliated universities in North America. According to an economic impact study, Capital University provides nearly $162 million in earnings, employment, and output to the eight county Columbus metro area based on 2011-12 data.