Ohio Universities And Colleges

Ohio Universities And Colleges

Ohio’s Schools, An Overview

Ohio’s state motto, “With God, all things are possible,” is fitting for the variety of schools in the state. Prospective students interested in Ohio will be pleased to know the state has an interesting mixture of nature settings. The state itself could be considered one of the gateways to the Midwest. Nestled nicely between West and Indiana, the state offers bucolic mountain settings in the east, as well as very flat, fertile farmland in the west. As one of the oldest Midwestern states in the country, Ohio has a lot to offer for students interested in anything from farming to engineering. Collectively, the state has a wide range of public and private colleges, as well as an above-average number of religiously based schools.

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There are 13 public institutions in Ohio’s public university system. Many of these have above-average enrollment numbers, and several of them ranked well both nationally and regionally. The schools in the public university system are The University of Akron, Bowling Green State University, Central State University (an HBCU), University of Cincinnati, Kent State University, Miami University, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Shawnee State University, University of Toledo, Wright State University and Youngstown State University. Among these, three of the schools are ranked in the top 200 national universities by U.S. News and World Report’s annual listing. Bowling Green State University is ranked within the top 200 universities in the nation, at #185. Kent State University also ranks nationally at #175 among national universities. The University of Cincinnati is the highest ranked among these, at #140. The University of Cincinnati is the oldest among these. Established in 1819, it has a $1.2 billion endowment, over 40,000 students and many unique and top-ranked programs, including those in Industrial Design and Musical Theatre.

The private colleges in Ohio are also among the highest ranked in the state, with several that count themselves among the best colleges in the county. Five of these fall under a consortium called “The Five Colleges of Ohio Consortium”. These schools, Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University and the College of Wooster. Each of these colleges are among the oldest in the state, having been founded between 1824 (Kenyon College) and 1866 (College of Wooster). All of these schools are ranked nationally. Denison University is ranked at #55 among national liberal arts colleges. Kenyon College is ranked higher, at #25 in the same category. Oberlin College slightly beats out Kenyon College at #23. The College of Wooster bottoms out the list of these, at #61. The placement of each of these schools in the top 100 for national liberal arts colleges, and 4 out of 5 of them in the top 50, indicates the strong educational connection and history within the state.

The majority of the state’s private institutions are religiously affiliated. The private religious institutions cover a wide range of beliefs. These include Baptist (three schools), Nondenominational Christian (18 schools), Jewish (two schools), Lutheran (two schools), Mennonite (one school), Methodist (five schools), Presbyterian (two schools), Quaker (two schools), Catholic (13 schools) and the United Church of Christ (two schools). Those interested in taking educational programs at a religiously-based institution will indeed find that Ohio has more than almost every other state in the country, many of which are top-ranked regionally and nationally. The University of Dayton, the largest Catholic-affiliated school in the state, holds a reasonable ranking at #108 among national universities. John Carroll University, another Catholic-affiliated school, holds high at #7 among regional universities (Midwest). The two Quaker-affiliated schools, Malone University and Wilmington College are each in the top 100 for regional colleges, at #61 and #54 respectively.

Traditional Colleges In Ohio

Antioch College

Ashland University

Baldwin-Wallace College

Bluffton College

Bowling Green State University

Capital University

Case Western Reserve University

Cedarville University

Central State University

Cincinnati Christian University

Cleveland Institute of Music

Cleveland State University

College of Mount St. Joseph

College of Wooster

Columbus College of Art and Design

Denison University

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Franklin University

Heidelberg College

Hiram College

John Carroll University

Kent State University

Kenyon College

Lourdes College

Malone College

Marietta College

Marion Technical College

Miami University

Mount Union College

Mount Nazarene University

Muskingum College

Notre Dame College of Ohio

Oberlin College

Ohio Christian University

Ohio Dominican University

Ohio Northern University

Ohio State University

Ohio University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Otterbein College

Tiffin University

University of Akron

University of Cincinnati

University of Dayton

University of Findlay

University of Rio Grande

University of Toledo

Walsh University

Wilberforce University

Wilmington College

Wittenberg University

Wright State University

Xavier University

Youngstown State University

Community Colleges – Ohio

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Aultman College of Nursing & Health Sciences

  • Site – www.aultmancollege.edu
  • Address – 2600 6th St SW, Canton, OH 44710
  • Phone – (330) 363-6347

Belmont College

  • Site – www.belmontcollege.edu
  • Address – 68094 Hammond Rd, St Clairsville, OH 43950
  • Phone – (740) 695-9500

Bowling Green State University/Firelands College

  • Site – www.firelands.bgsu.edu
  • Address – 1 University Dr, Huron, OH 44839
  • Phone – (419) 433-5560

Central Ohio Technical College

  • Site – www.cotc.edu
  • Address – 1179 University Dr, Newark, OH 43055
  • Phone – (740) 366-9494

Chatfield College

  • Site – www.chatfield.edu
  • Address – 20918 OH-251, Fayetteville, OH 45118
  • Phone – (513) 875-3344

Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences

  • Site – www.thechristcollege.edu
  • Address – 2139 Auburn Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219
  • Phone – (513) 585-2401

Cincinnati State Technical & Community College

  • Site – www.cincinnatistate.edu
  • Address – 3520 Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45223
  • Phone – (513) 569-1500

Clark State Community College

  • Site – www.clarkstate.edu
  • Address – 570 E Leffel Ln, Springfield, OH 45505
  • Phone – 937.325.0691

Columbus State Community College

  • Site – www.cscc.edu
  • Address – 550 E Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215
  • Phone – (614) 287-5353

Cuyahoga Community College

  • Site – www.tri-c.edu
  • Address – 2900 Community College Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115
  • Phone – (800) 954-8742

Davis College

  • Site – www.davisny.edu
  • Address – 400 Riverside Dr, Johnson City, NY 13790
  • Phone – (607) 729-1581

Eastern Gateway Community College

  • Site – www.egcc.edu
  • Address – 4000 Sunset Blvd, Steubenville, OH 43952
  • Phone – (740) 264-5591

Edison Community College

  • Site – www.edisonohio.edu
  • Address – 1973 Edison Dr, Piqua, OH 45356
  • Phone – (937) 778-8600

Good Samaritan College of Nursing & Health Science

  • Site – www.gscollege.edu
  • Address – 375 Dixmyth Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220
  • Phone – (513) 862-2631

Hocking College

  • Site – www.hocking.edu
  • Address – 3301 Hocking Parkway Nelsonville OH 45764
  • Phone – 740.753.3591

Lakeland Community College

Site – www.lakelandcc.edu

Address – 7700 Clocktower Dr, Kirtland, OH 44094

Phone – (440) 525-7000

Lorain County Community College

  • Site – www.lorainccc.edu
  • Address – 1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH 44035
  • Phone – (440) 365-5222

Marion Technical College

  • Site – www.mtc.edu
  • Address – 1467 Mt Vernon Ave, Marion, OH 43302
  • Phone – (740) 389-4636

North Central State College

  • Site – www.ncstatecollege.edu
  • Address – 2441 Kenwood Cir, Mansfield, OH 44906
  • Phone – (419) 755-4800

Northwest State Community College

  • Site – northweststate.edu
  • Address – 22600 OH-34, Archbold, OH 43502
  • Phone – (419) 267-5511

Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute

  • Site – ati.osu.edu
  • Address – 1328 Dover Rd, Wooster, OH 44691
  • Phone – (330) 287-1331

Owens Community College

  • Site – www.owens.edu
  • Address – 30335 Oregon Rd, Perrysburg, OH 43551
  • Phone – (567) 661-7000

Rhodes State College

  • Site – www.rhodesstate.edu
  • Address – 4240 Campus Dr, Lima, OH 45804
  • Phone – (419) 995-8320

Rio Grande Community College/ Rio Grande University

  • Site – www.rio.edu
  • Address – 218 N College Ave, Rio Grande, OH 45674
  • Phone – (800) 282-7201

Sinclair Community College

  • Site – www.sinclair.edu
  • Address – 444 W 3rd St, Dayton, OH 45402
  • Phone – (937) 512-3000

Southern State Community College

  • Site – www.sscc.edu
  • Address – 100 Hobart Dr, Hillsboro, OH 45133
  • Phone – (937) 393-3431

Stark State College

  • Site – www.starkstate.edu
  • Address – 6200 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720
  • Phone – (330) 494-6170

Terra Community College

  • Site – www.terra.edu
  • Address – 2830 Napoleon Rd, Fremont, OH 43420
  • Phone – (419) 334-8400

University of Akron/Wayne College

  • Site – wayne.uakron.edu
  • Address – 1901 Smucker Rd, Orrville, OH 44667
  • Phone – (330) 683-2010

University of Cincinnati/Clermont College

  • Site – www.ucclermont.edu
  • Address – 4200 Clermont College Dr, Batavia, OH 45103
  • Phone – (513) 732-5200

Washington State Community College

  • Site – www.wscc.edu
  • Address – 710 Colegate Dr, Marietta, OH 45750
  • Phone – (740) 374-8716

Zane State College

  • Site – www.zanestate.edu
  • Address – 1555 Newark Rd, Zanesville, OH 43701
  • Phone – (740) 454-2501

Trade, Vocational, & Career College

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Academy of Court Reporting

Brown Mackie College

Miami-Jacobs Career College

University of Phoenix


Academy of Court Reporting

Antonelli College

Art Institute of Cincinnati

Bohecker College

Brown Mackie College

DeVry University

Kaplan College

Keller Graduate School of Management

National College

Miami-Jacobs Career College

Southwestern College


University of Phoenix



Academy of Court Reporting

Cleveland Institute of Dental – Medical Assistants

DeVry University

Kaplan Career Institute

Keller Graduate School of Management

Remington College

Sanford Brown Institute


Tiffin University

University of Phoenix

Vatterott College

Academy of Court Reporting

American Institute of Alternative Medicine

Aveda Institute

Bohecker College

DeVry University

Everest Institute
Kaplan College

Keller Graduate School of Management

Miami-Jacobs Career College

Ohio Dominican University

Ohio Institute of Health Careers

Technology Education College


Tiffin University

University of Phoenix


DeVry University

International College of Broadcasting

Kaplan College

Keller Graduate School of Management

Miami Jacobs College

Ohio Institute of Photography & Technology

Southwestern College

University of Phoenix


National Institute of Technology

Cuyahoga Falls

Broadview Heights

Vatterott College

Kaplan Career Institute


Brown Mackie College



Tiffin University

Brown Mackie College


Southwestern College


Tiffin University



Gallipolis Career College

Tiffin University

Highland Hills



University of Phoenix

Lima School of Medical Massage

Tiffin University


Ohio Valley College of Technology



Ohio Business College


Cleveland Institute of Dental – Medical Assistants

Cleveland Institute of Dental – Medical Assistants

Tiffin University


North Olmsted

Remington College

Tiffin University


Bohecker College


Ohio Business College


Seven Hills

DeVry University

Keller Graduate School of Management


Miami Jacobs College

National College


Tiffin University


Tiffin University



Miami-Jacobs Career College

University of Phoenix


Trumbull Business College

West Chester

University of Phoenix

Online Degrees and Programs in Ohio

There are many different accredited colleges and universities offering online programs in Ohio. The Ohio University system offers students the ability to take courses online, despite which Ohio University school that they attend. This program, called Program Share, was implemented in 2011. The Ohio University eCampus has many various programs that are offered to students through a comprehensive online format. There are seven Bachelor’s degree programs available, to include Applied Communication, Applied Management, Criminal Justice, Customer Service, Resident Nursing, Technical and Applied Studies and Technical Operations Management. Six Master’s degree programs are available as well, including one in Engineering and Technology. Students also have five Associate degrees available in the eCampus, all fully online.

Over 150 colleges in the state offer online degree or certificate programs of some sort. Because most of Ohio’s schools have tuition rates are at or above the national average, students can expect to pay more for their online education here than they may pay in many other locations across the country. The least inexpensive programs in the state can be located at Ohio University (annual tuition ~$6,000), Youngstown State University (annual tuition ~$6,250), University of Northwestern Ohio (annual tuition ~$6,400), Bowling Green State University (annual tuition ~$9,000) and Cleveland State University (annual tuition ~$9,600). Because the majority of these schools are public institutions, students should expect that they cannot take courses on a per-credit basis. Full enrollment in a 2-year or 4-year degree is necessary for most of the schools.

Prospective students will find that the top ranked programs can be found at Tiffin University, Ohio University, God’s Bible School and College, Cleveland State University, Kettering College and Kent State University. Tiffin University boasts relatively impressive rankings. The U.S. News and World Report places the school at #68 among regional universities. The school offers a wide range of online degrees, ranging from Associate’s degrees to Master’s degrees. Degree programs can be located across many different fields, including in Criminology, Corrections, Accounting, Finance, Homeland Security, Information Technology, Sport and Fitness Administration and many others. As a private institution, students can expect to pay higher-than-average tuition rates, at around $25,000 a year. Tiffin has a relatively low acceptance rate (under 40%), but boasts of above-average post-graduation salaries, at just under $40,000 a year.