The variety of post-secondary schools around Stow includes both private and public colleges. Read on to see the results when the traditional schools are compared to one another in several categories from information found in the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Closest Schools to Stow, Ohio
The schools that are closest (within 10 miles) to downtown Stow are a fairly even mix of private and public schools. Most of these schools offer undergraduate degree programs, and a few offer graduate level programs as well.
- American National University-Stow (located downtown)
- Fortis College-Cuyahoga Falls (2.8 miles from downtown)
- Kent State University at Kent (4.4 miles from downtown)
- University of Akron Main Campus (7.8 miles from downtown)
- Akron Institute of Herzing University (9.2 miles from downtown)
Largest Schools Near Stow, Ohio
The largest schools near Stow are mostly 4-year universities. For students looking at the size of schools to help determine the right fit for them, Stow, OH, and the surrounding area offers schools ranging from fewer than 50 students up to schools with over 20,000 students.
- Kent State University at Kent (29,477 students)
- University of Akron Main Campus (23,962 students)
- Stark State College (14,097 students)
- Case Western Reserve University (10,771 students)
- Kent State University at Stark (4,678 students)
Lowest Net Price
Cost can be one of the most important factors for students trying to decide which college to attend. The NCES provides a net price figure for most schools in the nation, which is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid full-time undergraduates receive at a school from the total estimated cost to attend that institution. Most of the schools within 25 miles of Stow with the lowest net price are less than 4-year public schools, according to NCES figures from 2014-2015.
- Stark State College ($7,268)
- Kent State University at Geauga ($8,949)
- Kent State University at Stark ($9,135)
- Ursuline College ($15,034)
- University of Akron Main Campus ($16,423)
Highest Graduation Rate
The NCES also keeps track of a schools' overall graduation rate, which can give prospective students an idea of how successful student attending the school have been in the past. Overall graduation rates include the full-time undergraduate students who completed their programs within 150% of 'normal' time (e.g., three years for an associate's degree program). Several of the smaller, less than 2-year public schools in the area had overall graduation rates above 80%, according to NCES figures from 2014-2015.
- Case Western Reserve University (81% graduation rate)
- John Carroll University (73% graduation rate)
- University of Mount Union (61% graduation rate)
- Walsh University (60% graduation rate)
- Hiram College (60% graduation rate)
Stow, OH, and the surrounding area offers a wide variety of large and small schools that offer positive characteristics students may be looking for when selecting a school, such as lowest net price and graduation rates.