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Southern Ohio Colleges and Universities with School Overviews

There are 112 colleges and universities in southern Ohio. Learn more about the locations, student population sizes, net prices, and graduation rates of some of these institutions.

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If you are interested in pursuing higher education at a school in southern Ohio, use the following information--compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)--to help you narrow the options.

Southern Ohio Schools Near Large Cities

Ohio's third-largest city, Cincinnati, is the biggest city in the southern part of the state and home to several public and private institutions. Students who want to study in a city setting may also want to consider one of the schools in Dayton.

  • University of Cincinnati-Main Campus (Cincinnati)
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (Cincinnati)
  • Xavier University (Cincinnati)
  • University of Dayton (Dayton)
  • Sinclair Community College (Dayton)

Largest Schools in Southern Ohio

The five largest schools in southern Ohio are all public institutions. At larger schools like these, students may have access to more academic resources and the chance to participate in a wider range of extracurricular and social events. These five have the largest combined graduate and undergraduate student populations.

  • University of Cincinnati-Main Campus (36,042 students)
  • Ohio University-Main Campus (29,157 students)
  • Miami University-Oxford (19,076 students)
  • Sinclair Community College (18,136 students)
  • Wright State University-Main Campus (17,070 students)

Lowest Net Price

For many Ohio students, college expenses play an important role in the educational decision. In order to provide an estimate of how much a particular school might cost, the NCES calculates the net price by subtracting the average financial aid award from the annual cost of attendance for a full-time undergraduate student. As of the 2014-2015 academic year, these were the five most affordable non-specialty schools in southern Ohio.

  • Clark State Community College ($5,174 per year)
  • Sinclair Community College ($5,302 per year)
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College ($5,915 per year)
  • Southern State Community College ($6,772 per year)
  • Ohio University-Lancaster Campus ($8,704 per year)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES reports a school's graduation rate based on the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who finish their programs within 150% of the normal completion time. This number can offer insight into the quality of the school's academic environment. Using information from students who finished in 2015, the NCES determined that these five non-specialty schools have the highest graduation rates in southern Ohio.

  • Miami University-Oxford (80%)
  • University of Dayton (79%)
  • Xavier University (74%)
  • Cedarville University (72%)
  • Ohio University-Main Campus (67%)

Overall, since there are over a hundred postsecondary institutions in southern Ohio, it can be challenging to navigate the options, but NCES data can make it easier for you to find one that meets your needs.

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