Catholic Colleges in Ohio

Jul 08, 2020

There are at least 17 colleges scattered throughout the state of Ohio that are affiliated with the Catholic Church. These schools vary greatly in size, available degree programs and different resources for students. Here we examine a handful of some of the larger (more than 1,000 undergraduate students) Catholic schools in the state in more detail.

School Comparison

Many different cities in Ohio offer 4-year, private Catholic colleges. Compare a few of these schools and their undergraduate tuition rates in the table below.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (2019-2020)*
Lourdes University 4-year, private not-for-profit Sylvania, OH $24,650
Mount Saint Joseph University 4-year, private not-for-profit Cincinnati, OH $31,200
Ohio Dominican University 4-year, private not-for-profit Columbus, OH $31,680
University of Dayton 4-year, private not-for-profit Dayton, OH $44,100
Xavier University 4-year, private not-for-profit Cincinnati, OH $40,450
Walsh University 4-year, private not-for-profit North Canton, OH $31,045

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Catholic Colleges in Ohio

The Catholic colleges in Ohio provide students with diverse undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students trying to decide between the different schools may also want to consider factors like spiritual growth opportunities, student population size or national rankings. Learn more about a few of the Catholic colleges in the state.

Lourdes University

The Princeton Review has named Lourdes University a ''Best in the Midwest College'' from 2005 to 2017. The school has 1,085 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Students can pursue an associate's, bachelor's or master's degree, as well as certificates. The school offers a variety of study areas, including business, education, healthcare, religious studies, social work, criminal justice and biology. The school's Campus Ministry offers retreats, socials and outreach ministries to help students grow in their faith. There's also a student organization called L.I.N.K (Linking Interest, Need and Knowledge) that plans spiritual, social, and service activities with students and the community.

Mount Saint Joseph University

Mount Saint Joseph University offers many different internship and cooperative education (co-op) opportunities as students pursue study in a wide range of areas, including neuroscience, communication, business, education, athletic training, religious studies, pastoral studies and the arts. Students can earn certificates and associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees. As of 2018, the school had 1,443 undergraduate students and currently has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Students can attend weekly Mass and participate in Campus Ministry, no matter their religion, as well as other spiritual activities like retreats, Faith In Sharing (F.I.S.H.) groups and student leadership.

Ohio Dominican University

Ohio Dominican University has a student population of 1,716 and 100% of the school's first-time freshmen receive some form of financial aid. The school provides a variety of religious readings and resources to allow students to explore their faith, as well as Bible studies, Mass and service opportunities. The school offers certificate programs in addition to associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs. Master's degrees are primarily available in theology, sport management, healthcare, English, education and business, while undergraduate degrees are also available in areas like biology, public relations, computer software engineering, computer science, history, chemistry, math and more.

University of Dayton

In 2018, the University of Dayton had 8,617 undergraduate students and currently has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The school was ranked the #2 Catholic university in the country for sponsored research in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines. Besides some of these STEM fields, including chemical engineering, civil engineering, industrial technology, applied mathematics, chemistry and physics, students can also pursue study in areas like the arts, pastoral studies, public administration, global studies, business and history. Students can pursue many of these subjects at the bachelor's, master's and/or doctoral degree level. The university's Campus Ministry offers several opportunities, including immersion trips, retreats and support groups.

Xavier University

Xavier University boasts a high success rate with 98% of its students being employed, involved in service or attending graduate school within 6 months of graduating. The school has 4,995 undergraduate students. Sustainability is a major focus area in campus operations and students can complete courses or degree programs in the subject. Students can pursue associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree or complete undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. Areas of study include communications, chemical engineering, foreign languages, healthcare, religious studies, economics, graphic design and more. The school has 20 different religions represented on campus and offers more than 200 ways to serve with local and national organizations.

Walsh University

Walsh University won the national Noel-Levitz Student Retention Award and, according to the school's website, 98% of its students do not end up paying the full tuition rate. The school offers associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as postbaccalaureate certificates. Students can pursue study in pre-engineering, communications, education, business, museum studies, healthcare, psychology, theology and more. As of 2018, the school had 2,027 undergraduate students and provides many different spiritual growth opportunities, including retreats, social gatherings, themed talks, community outreach initiatives, Bible studies and prayer meetings.

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