Ohio (OH): Colleges and Universities Overview

There are 200 public and private non-profit colleges and universities in Ohio. Read about the public and private not-for-profit schools organized by location, student enrollment, graduation rates, and affordability.

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Ohio students have numerous options for studying at the post-secondary level. This article uses statistics compiled by NCES to compare Ohio's universities in four different categories, in order to benefit your decision-making process while you research various schools in the state.

Ohio Schools Near Large Cities

Ohio has plenty of schools from which students can choose, many of which are in the main cities of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo.

  • Cleveland State University (Cleveland)
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (Cincinnati)
  • University of Toledo (Toledo)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland)
  • Ohio State University-Main Campus (Columbus)

Largest Schools in Ohio

About 20 of the largest schools in Ohio had undergraduate enrollments of more than 10,000 students, as of Fall 2014. Kent State University had slightly more than 23,000 undergraduate students, while the main campus at the University of Akron had about 19,700 undergraduate students.

  • Ohio State University-Main Campus (44,741 undergraduates)
  • Cuyahoga Community College District (27,084 undergraduates)
  • Columbus State Community College (24,448 undergraduates)
  • University of Cincinnati-Main Campus (24,300 undergraduates)
  • Ohio University-Main Campus (23,571 undergraduates)

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  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

Knowing the price of earning a degree can be very important when choosing a college. The NCES net prices are determined by subtracting the amount of government or educational aid from the total cost to attend the college. Listed below are the public and private not-for-profit colleges in Ohio that offered the lowest net prices for 2014-2015.

  • Lorain County Community College ($2,996)
  • Eastern Gateway Community College ($3,283)
  • Allegheny Wesleyan College ($3,875)
  • Columbiana County Career and Technical Center ($3,978)
  • North Central State College ($4,243)

Highest Graduation Rate

Prospective students interested in the overall success of a college might evaluate as an indicator the school's graduation rate. The NCES determines the overall graduation rate based on the number of students who began their studies in 2012 and completed their programs in 150% of 'normal time' (e.g., three years for an associate degree and six years for a bachelor's degree program). The schools listed below offered the highest graduation rates among public and private non-profit colleges and universities in Ohio.

  • Oberlin College (88% graduation rate)
  • Kenyon College (87% graduation rate)
  • Ohio State University-Main Campus (83% graduation rate)
  • Ohio Institute of Allied Health (82% graduation rate)
  • The College of Wooster (82% graduation rate)

Use these categories to help you decide on which college is right for your learning goals, according to cost, location, size, and graduation rate.

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