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Cleveland, Ohio (OH) Colleges and Universities

There are a 37 schools within a 25-mile radius of the Cleveland area. Read about the schools with the closest campuses, highest graduation rates, largest student bodies and lowest costs to find the school for you.

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There are many schools in the Cleveland area, including specialized health care training institutes, art and music institutes and career centers. We will look at many of these schools, especially public or private nonprofit universities, four-year private colleges and two-year colleges, comparing them based on information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Closest Schools to Cleveland, Ohio

Students living in Cleveland who would like a shorter commute to any potential school have several options to choose from within ten miles. According to the NCES, the schools in the shortest distances to Cleveland are

  • Virginia Marti College of Art and Design (2.9 miles)
  • Bryant & Stratton College--Cleveland (3.5 miles)
  • Cleveland State University (3.5 miles)
  • Cuyahoga Community College District (3.5 miles)
  • J Bryant & Stratton College--Parma (7 miles)

Largest Schools near Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland area contains a wide variety of different-sized colleges and universities. If you are a student who values the size of a school's student population, the following schools have the largest student bodies near Cleveland:

  • Cuyahoga Community College District (25,449 students)
  • Cleveland State University (16,915 students)
  • Lorain County Community College (11,520 students)
  • Case Western Reserve University (11,340 students)
  • Lakeland Community College (7,941 students)

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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

Schools with Lowest Net Price

You can understand a school's NCES net price as the average amount of financial aid given to full-time undergrads subtracted from the average cost of attendance. For the Cleveland area, the schools with the lowest net prices in the 2014-2015 academic year were:

  • Lorain County Community College ($2,996)
  • Cuyahoga Community College District ($4,705)
  • Lakeland Community College ($8,145)
  • Ohio Business College-Sheffield ($14,295)
  • Bryant & Stratton College-Parma ($14,786)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

In calculating a school's graduation rate, the NCES takes the percentage of that school's full-time undergraduate population who completes their degree program no more than 150% of the standard length of time for that degree. The schools near Cleveland with the highest graduation rates in 2015 are:

  • Case Western Reserve University (81% graduation rate)
  • John Carroll University (73% graduation rate)
  • Cleveland Institute of Art (68% graduation rate)
  • Baldwin Wallace University (67% graduation rate)
  • Ohio Business College -Sheffield (55% graduation rate)

Examining criteria such as campus location, student population, net price and graduation rate when filtering through the different kinds of schools in Cleveland can help you when making the final decision on where to apply.

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