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University Near Dublin, OH with Degree Program Overviews

While there are no schools right in Dublin, OH, there are many schools located within a 15-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories to find the school for you.

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School Ranking Overview

Dublin's proximity to Columbus, OH, puts many schools within a 15-mile radius, including Ohio State University, a community college and two private universities. This article evaluates the four largest Dublin area schools and ranks the top three in each of these areas of comparison:

  • Program Variety
  • Net Price
  • Graduation Rate
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Program Variety

A large selection of disciplines and degrees can be an advantage for students who are looking for a broad college experience or the flexibility to change majors without changing schools. The following three schools had the most program variety of the compared colleges.

1. Ohio State University - Main Campus

Ohio State University is a 4-year public research university located in the state capital of Columbus. This large school offers roughly 200 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs through at least 31 schools and colleges; post bachelor's and post-master's certificates are also available here.

2. Columbus State Community College

Also located in Columbus, this large community college enrolled roughly 25,000 students in 2013 and offers approximately 100 programs, putting it as the second-best option for variety of disciplines and credentials. Certificates and associate degrees are offered here.

3. Capital University

This private non-profit school in Columbus is comparatively small with about 3,600 students enrolled in 2013, but its 90 or so programs puts it in third place for this category among the schools looked at for this article. Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees are offered at Capital along with post-baccalaureate certificates.

Net Price

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) breaks down numerous statistics for all U.S. colleges, including a net price figure that lumps together undergraduate tuition, room, board, books and fees and then subtracts the average amount of financial aid awarded to students. When applicable, the lower of in-district or in-state tuition and fees is used for the calculation; the NCES also accounts for living expenses whether or not students reside on campus. The following three schools had the lowest net price figures for 2012-13.

1. Columbus State Community College

The net price of $5,513 puts Columbus State Community College in the lead for affordability. Additionally, 86% of undergraduate students received financial aid of some kind in 2012-2013.

2. Ohio State University - Main Campus

This school offered in-state students a net price of $17,406, giving it the second-place slot for average overall cost of the largest Dublin schools. Eighty-three percent of undergraduate students at Ohio State received financial aid in 2012-13.

3. Capital University

As a private school, Capital University's net price is higher and is the same regardless of a student's home address, but the school's $22,062 figure is still the third most affordable of the compared schools. An impressive 100% of undergraduate students were awarded some sort of financial aid in the 2012-2013 year.

Graduation Rate

The NCES also offers data regarding graduation rates, and students who finish their degree within 150% of the normal time - e.g., six years or less for a bachelor's degree - are counted in a school's graduation rate. The following schools had the best figures in this category; all percentages for these schools were based on full-time students who enrolled in 2007 to begin a bachelor's degree program.

1. Ohio State University - Main Campus

Ohio State's 83% graduation rate was far and away the highest among the compared schools. A 92% rate of retention for students who began in 2012 and returned in 2013 was also a point of pride for this school.

2. Capital University

Fifty-eight percent of Capital University's 2007 cohort completed a bachelor's degree program by 2013, putting this school in second in terms of graduation rates among the compared colleges. The retention rate at Capital University was 74% from 2012 to 2013.

3. Franklin University

This private nonprofit university in Columbus enrolled approximately 6,000 students in 2013 and had a reported graduation rate of 15%. Forty-seven percent of Franklin's 2012 freshmen returned for their sophomore year in 2013.

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Another quality that can be important for students is the opportunity for interaction with professors inside and outside the classroom. One way to judge the likelihood of those interactions is to look at the number of students as compared to the number of faculty members. According to 2013 data compiled by the NCES, the following schools had the lowest student-to-faculty ratios out of the four large Dublin-area schools compared for this article.

1. Capital University

This institution's student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1 was the lowest, putting it in the top slot for this criteria. Roughly 175 full-time faculty members and 220 part-time instructors were employed to teach at Capital in 2013.

2. Franklin University

Franklin's student-to-faculty ratio - 13:1 - was just slightly higher than Capital's, putting Franklin in the second-place position in this regard. Just 60 or so professors were employed full-time at Franklin, but about 700 part-time faculty members were on staff.

3. Columbus State Community College

Lastly, this large community college reported a student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1. Columbus State CC's faculty comprised about 340 full-time professors and 1,150 part-time instructors in 2013.

Dublin Area Schools: At a Glance

School Name Location School Type Programs Offered Area Ranking
Capital University Columbus, OH 4-year, Private non-profit Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-baccalaureate certificates #1 in Student-to-Faculty Ratio, #2 in Graduation Rate, #3 in Program Variety, #3 in Net Price
Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH 2-year, Public Associate degrees and certificates #1 in Net Price, #2 in Program Variety, #3 in Student-to-Faculty Ratio
Franklin University Columbus, OH 4-year, Private nonprofit Associate, bachelor's and master's degrees #2 in Student-to-Faculty Ratio, #3 in Graduation Rate
Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH 4-year, Public Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates #1 in Program Variety, #1 in Graduation Rate, #2 in Net Price
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