You have a fair number of options for colleges and universities in northwest Ohio, so it is important to choose which to attend carefully. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) can help by providing information on proximity to large cities, net price, graduation rates, and student populations for the area schools.
Northwest Ohio Schools near Large Cities
For some students, attending college within a big city is appealing. In northwestern Ohio, though, the only city the NCES classifies as 'large' is Toldeo, meaning your options are somewhat limited. These are a few of the schools available in the city.
- University of Toledo
- Herzing University - Toledo
- Davis College
Largest Schools in Northwest Ohio
Schools equipped to serve a large number of students could provide more diverse services, which could help students in such areas as tutoring or career services. These schools are the largest in northwest Ohio according to the NCES data on 2015 enrollment statistics for the area.
- University of Toledo (20,377 total enrollment)
- Bowling Green State University - Main Campus (16,908 total enrollment)
- Owens Community College (11,531 total enrollment)
- The University of Findlay (5,031 total enrollment)
- Northwest State Community College (3,630 total enrollment)
Lowest Net Price
Cost is always a major factor in deciding where to attend college. The NCES calculates a school's net cost by subtracting the average amount of financial aid awarded from the total cost of attendance. The following schools had the lowest net prices in northwest Ohio, based on the 2014-2015 school year:
- Owens Community College ($6,093)
- Terra State Community College ($6,270)
- Northwest State Community College ($8,534)
- University of Toledo ($14,911)
- Bowling Green State University-Main Campus ($17,516)
Highest Graduation Rate
Graduation rates can reflect the quality of education each school offers. A school's graduation rate is determined by the number of first-time degree seeking students who complete their degree within 150% of the normal expected time, such as earning a bachelor's degree within six years. The highest graduation rates for undergraduates in the area were:
- Ross College - Sylvania (81% for those enrolled by 2012)
- Bowling Green State University - Main Campus (57% for those enrolled by 2009)
- The University of Findlay (56% for those enrolled by 2009)
- ITT Technical Institute - Maumee (43% for those enrolled by 2009)
- University of Toledo (41% for those enrolled by 2009)
Narrowing the options in your college search can be a challenge. Factors such as graduation rate and net price can help you select the right school.