Ohio schools are poised to help students meet the growing demand for postsecondary education. Labor economists from the Ohio Department of Higher Education expect that 64 percent of all jobs in Ohio will require a postsecondary credential by 2025. In order to meet this demand, Ohio colleges are developing and implementing up-to-date curricula, creating co-ops and internships for students, building initiatives that help students find success throughout their college years, and focusing on the needs of adult learners. To help students make important decisions about Ohio colleges, we have compiled this guide where students can explore information about rankings of the best schools, accreditation, net price and financial aid availability, college planning tools unique to Ohio, and even how alumni are doing ten years after enrollment.

Ohio College Rankings: 2017’s Best Schools

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Ohio is home to dozens of private schools, public institutions and small trade and vocational schools. Narrowing down the options can be tough, especially when there are so many schools that appear to be worthy candidates. Our rankings list can help students sort through the various possibilities as it compares schools based on points that matter most to students, such as tuition cost, financial aid availability, graduation rates and student-to-teacher ratios. Discover some of top colleges in Ohio below.

Rank School Name Score Tuition Fees Alumni Earnings Student/Teacher Ratio Gift Financial AidGraduation Rate Acceptance Rate # Online Programs # Total Programs Placement Services Credit for Experience
1
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
99.79
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,700
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
11%
16% N/A 7 144 Yes Yes
2
Belmont College
99.48
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$25,700
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
44%
19% N/A 1 45 Yes Yes
3
Sinclair College
99.14
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,000
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
28%
17% N/A 7 220 Yes Yes
4
Owens Community College
98.84
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,500
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
12%
7% N/A 0 117 Yes Yes
5
Columbus State Community College
98.74
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,300
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
20%
8% N/A 11 145 Yes Yes
6
Edison State Community College
98.43
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,200
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
16%
20% N/A 3 117 Yes Yes
7
Rhodes State College
98.41
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,200
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
15%
19% N/A 5 69 Yes Yes
8
Lorain County Community College
98.36
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$28,700
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
25%
10% N/A 1 103 Yes Yes
9
Northwest State Community College
98.33
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,800
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
26%
27% N/A 1 51 Yes Yes
10
Stark State College
98.27
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,400
22:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
7%
9% N/A 9 135 Yes Yes
11
Clark State Community College
98.04
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$26,600
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
4%
9% N/A 5 64 Yes Yes
12
Lakeland Community College
97.73
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,900
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
13%
8% N/A 6 108 Yes Yes
13
University of Akron Wayne College
97.36
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$34,800
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
28%
8% N/A 1 23 Yes Yes
14
Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute
96.93
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$42,600
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
33%
30% N/A 0 27 Yes No
15
North Central State College
96.88
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$26,800
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
9%
13% N/A 2 48 Yes Yes
16
Terra State Community College
96.57
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$28,400
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
7%
12% N/A 0 130 Yes Yes
17
Hocking College
96.53
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$28,800
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
24%
19% N/A 4 56 No Yes
18
Central Ohio Technical College
96.31
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,800
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
4%
12% N/A 4 36 Yes Yes
19
Zane State College
96.09
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$26,600
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
28%
26% N/A 0 67 Yes Yes
20
Southern State Community College
95.52
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,400
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
62%
22% N/A 0 40 Yes Yes
21
Marion Technical College
95.43
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,600
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
10%
20% N/A 1 39 Yes Yes
22
Bowling Green State University-Firelands
95.37
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,000
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
13%
13% N/A 1 28 Yes Yes
23
Choffin Career and Technical Center
95.07
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,900
8:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
4%
51% N/A 0 10 No No
24
Cuyahoga Community College
94.86
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,600
21:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
2%
4% N/A 15 113 Yes Yes
25
Remington College-Cleveland Campus
94.13
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$22,500
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
69%
57% 73% 0 10 Yes No
26
Columbiana County Career and Technical Center
90.93
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$19,500
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
N/A
88% N/A 0 13 Yes No
27
Washington State Community College
87.98
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,000
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
13%
15% N/A 0 56 Yes Yes
28
Eastern Gateway Community College
86.51
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$23,300
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
19%
24% N/A 0 46 No Yes
29
Ohio Institute of Allied Health
86.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
N/A
3:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
35%
N/A N/A 0 5 Yes No
Rank School Name Score Tuition Fees Alumni Earnings Student/Teacher Ratio Gift Financial AidGraduation Rate Acceptance Rate # Online Programs # Total Programs Placement Services Credit for Experience
1
Ursuline College
99.76
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$42,900
6:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
52% 66% 1 76 Yes Yes
2
Xavier University
99.29
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$48,800
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
78% 73% 0 102 Yes Yes
3
Ohio Northern University
99.25
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$54,300
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
96%
67% 69% 0 76 Yes No
4
Case Western Reserve University
98.71
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$67,000
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
84%
78% 38% 13 153 Yes No
5
John Carroll University
98.19
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$51,000
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
75% 83% 0 82 Yes No
6
Miami University-Oxford
98.10
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$45,800
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
64%
80% 66% 6 170 Yes Yes
7
Baldwin Wallace University
97.80
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$44,000
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
68% 64% 3 86 Yes Yes
8
Ohio State University-Main Campus
97.73
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$42,600
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
78%
82% 53% 0 256 Yes No
9
Ohio Wesleyan University
97.60
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$41,000
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
68% 74% 0 70 Yes No
10
Denison University
97.60
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$48,600
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
98%
86% 56% 0 37 Yes No
11
Walsh University
97.18
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$41,800
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
64% 81% 1 57 Yes Yes
12
The College of Wooster
96.94
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$44,400
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
76% 59% 0 49 Yes No
13
Otterbein University
96.45
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$41,200
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
59% 75% 2 82 Yes No
14
Capital University
96.44
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$41,400
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
59% 73% 0 77 Yes Yes
15
Ashland University
96.41
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,200
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
60% 73% 2 104 Yes Yes
16
University of Dayton
96.09
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$52,300
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
95%
78% 59% 8 130 Yes No
17
Cedarville University
95.77
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$40,900
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
98%
72% 74% 3 85 Yes No
18
Marietta College
95.69
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$42,600
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
96%
63% 69% 0 46 Yes Yes
19
Mount Saint Joseph University
95.25
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,900
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
58% 88% 2 52 Yes Yes
20
University of Mount Union
95.22
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$40,800
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
65% 74% 1 62 Yes Yes
21
Kenyon College
95.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$43,700
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
44%
90% 25% 0 30 Yes No
22
Malone University
94.88
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$38,500
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
62% 72% 6 60 Yes Yes
23
Hiram College
94.70
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,000
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
63% 62% 2 55 Yes Yes
24
Ohio University-Main Campus
94.39
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,500
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
68%
63% 74% 13 204 Yes Yes
25
University of Toledo
94.31
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$40,200
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
85%
46% 95% 14 211 Yes Yes
26
Wittenberg University
94.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$42,700
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
98%
65% 91% 0 44 No No
27
Muskingum University
93.71
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,400
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
98%
50% 76% 1 78 Yes Yes
28
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
93.66
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,400
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
54%
62% 76% 25 207 Yes Yes
29
Oberlin College
93.62
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$38,400
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
86%
85% 33% 0 51 Yes No
30
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
93.40
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,100
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
98%
54% 76% 6 70 Yes No
31
The University of Findlay
93.33
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$40,600
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
52% 72% 6 86 Yes Yes
32
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
92.49
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,000
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
70%
58% 53% 15 181 Yes Yes
33
Bluffton University
92.24
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$38,300
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
56% 56% 0 42 Yes Yes
34
Franklin University
91.86
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$48,300
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
N/A
13% N/A 36 36 No Yes
35
Notre Dame College
91.79
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,200
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
36% 89% 8 46 Yes Yes
36
Ohio Dominican University
91.76
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,500
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
41% 47% 0 50 Yes Yes
37
Cleveland State University
91.66
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,300
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
41%
34% 84% 10 129 Yes Yes
38
Heidelberg University
91.54
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$38,000
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
53% 75% 0 52 Yes No
39
Defiance College
91.01
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$37,000
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
50% 65% 1 47 Yes Yes
40
Wright State University-Main Campus
90.85
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$38,800
22:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
67%
40% N/A 10 196 Yes No
41
Kent State University at Kent
90.73
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$36,600
21:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
75%
52% 84% 11 176 Yes No
42
Ohio State University-Mansfield Campus
90.33
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$42,600
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
35%
41% N/A 0 10 Yes No
43
Franciscan University of Steubenville
90.28
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$35,500
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
94%
78% 78% 2 41 No No
44
Youngstown State University
90.25
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$34,800
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
45%
32% 83% 11 159 Yes Yes
45
Cleveland Institute of Art
90.23
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,700
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
94%
60% 67% 0 18 Yes Yes
46
Union Institute & University
89.88
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,300
8:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
15%
27% N/A 17 17 No Yes
47
University of Akron Main Campus
89.84
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$34,800
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
47%
40% 96% 14 234 Yes Yes
48
Lake Erie College
89.82
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$33,400
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
48% 69% 0 36 Yes Yes
49
Wilberforce University
89.71
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,200
8:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
90%
33% 38% 0 26 Yes Yes
50
Lourdes University
89.41
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$36,000
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
94%
20% 65% 0 33 Yes Yes

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College Readiness Programs in Ohio

Students considering college often need to access a variety of resources to help make sense of all that is required of them. In response to this need, Ohio has created numerous programs that are designed to help students plan for college, improve college accessibility, help current students get through their college years and help them to find a job upon graduation. Here is a sampling of those programs.

College Credit Plus

This program allows students in Grades 7-12 to take college courses for credit with no charges for tuition, fees or books. College credit, as well as high school credit, is awarded for every completed class. Though some schools have agreements with area colleges, students can choose from online or on-campus courses offered by any college in the state, whether public or private.

Give Back Go Forward

Those who want to give back to their community and earn college tuition at the same time can participate in this program through Youngstown State University and Eastern Gateway Community College. Community members over the age of 60 who donate at least 100 volunteer hours to one of five worthy causes receive a tuition voucher good for three hours of college credit. Participants can use the vouchers for themselves or opt to give them to a student currently in college or high school.

Forever Buckeyes

Ohio residents who moved out of the state but now hope to move back can take advantage of in-state tuition through the Forever Buckeyes program. Typically, a resident has to live in the state for 12 months in order to qualify for in-state tuition. This program removes that requirement, allowing anyone who graduated from Ohio high schools to enroll in an Ohio public or private college and pay only in-state tuition rates. This program is especially helpful for adult learners who moved away, but want to return to start a new career or explore new job opportunities.

Cost Analysis of Attending Ohio Colleges

The cost of attending college in Ohio depends upon a number of factors, and at the top of that list is tuition. Tuition can be tempered, however, with financial aid options on the federal, state and school level. These three charts look at the average tuition rates in Ohio, the financial aid availability at Ohio colleges and the national average of both to give students a better idea of what they are looking at when it’s time to consider financials.

Average Ohio Tuition & Fees at 4-Year Public Colleges

Source: CollegeBoard

% of Ohio Students Receiving Financial Aid

Source: IPEDS

Average Financial Aid Award for Ohio Students

Source: IPEDS

* Institutional aid represents grant and scholarship funds directly awarded by a postsecondary institution.

* Financial aid data represents 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Most Affordable Colleges in Ohio

What are the most affordable colleges in Ohio? Figuring that out requires looking at the net price, which is the cost of attendance minus any financial aid a student receives. The net price is the bottom line, and that is what students should pay attention to when it is time to choose a school. These six schools are at the top of the list when it comes to affordability among colleges in Ohio.

Average
Annual Net
Price

Cost for students awarded federal financial aid, after school and government aid is deducted. At public colleges, only applies to in-state students.

Ohio College Net Price vs. National Average
OHIO $18,625 Average
Annual Net Price
$18,073

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Ohio Colleges with Highest Alumni Earnings

How much can alumni expect to make upon graduation? Though that depends on their degree level, the field of work they are entering and many other factors, setting the proper expectations for future salaries should include looking at what other alumni have made after graduation. These colleges in Ohio have the highest-paid alumni ten years after their enrollment.

Annual
Median Earnings
10 Years
After Entering
College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

Ohio Alumni Salaries vs. National Average
OHIO $40,257 Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After Entering College
$42,759

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Best Ohio Colleges for Minimizing College Debt

Making a great deal of money after college can be ideal, but it is also important to take into account the level of student debt a graduate may carry. These six colleges produce the graduates who have the lowest levels of student debt after graduation. We also compared those colleges to the national rankings, so students can get a sense of where Ohio colleges stand in relation to other states’ schools.

Median
Federal Student
Loan Debt After
Graduation

Only for undergraduates who completed college; does not include Parent-PLUS loans.

Ohio College Grad Debt Vs. National Average
OHIO $25,166 Median Federal Student
Loan Debt After Graduation
$23,145

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Ohio Cost of Living: College Expenses Beyond Tuition

According to Sperling’s Best Places, the cost of living in Ohio is lower than the national average’s cost of living. Areas where Ohio really shines include housing and healthcare costs. Students who are considering colleges in Ohio should take into account more than just tuition costs when assessing financials by also figuring out how much it costs to live in their desired college’s town. The cost-of-living data below allows students to assess living costs for the state’s largest metro areas, as well as the entire state.

area composite index housing groceries utilities transportation health care misc.
Statewide Average 93% 81% 98% 96% 103% 95% 96%
Akron 101% 110% 117% 94% 102% 90% 90%
Cincinnati 91% 78% 89% 101% 99% 97% 96%
Cleveland 101% 92% 110% 98% 101% 107% 104%
Columbus 90% 75% 101% 66% 89% 113% 102%
Dayton 93% 75% 97% 96% 103% 87% 105%

Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research

Accreditation for Ohio Colleges

Students seeking a college in Ohio should give special attention to accreditation status. Accreditation means a school was evaluated by an independent body and was found to meet the rigorous standards of a high-quality education. Accreditation also means that a degree from that particular college will be recognized by employers and other schools as being valid, and students can rest assured that their curriculum is solid and up-to-date.

Colleges in Ohio are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools of the Higher Learning Commission. In addition to institutional accreditation, many colleges seek programmatic accreditation for their programs or schools. Here are a few examples:

Popular College Cities in Ohio

Cincinnati

Many industries are booming in Cincinnati, including biohealth, information technology, manufacturing and shared services, according to REDI Cincinnati. Interestingly, another big industry in the city is food and flavoring as this area is home to three of the top ten flavoring companies in the world. Students at Cincinnati schools can look forward to the possibility of working in these industries and many more upon graduation.

College Name School Type Annual Net Price Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

CincinnatiUniversity of Cincinnati Public $21,681 $39,400
Founded in 1819, this urban university is nestled in the heart of the city. Serving over 44,000 students, hundreds of programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Of the student population, 27 percent are the first in their family to go to college. In addition to being a strong research university, the college also boasts renowned athletic programs.
CincinnatiCincinnati State Technical and Community College Public $7,021 $29,700
This school has over 100 programs available in business technologies, health and public safety, humanities and sciences, and the Center for Innovative Technologies. CSTCC prepares students with strong career education at an affordable price; the cost of a two-year program is roughly half the cost of the first two years at most traditional colleges. Over 10,000 students take advantage of the programs and cost savings each year.
CincinnatiXavier University Private not-for-profit $28,007 $48,800
A Jesuit Catholic university, Xavier is home to over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The community is made up of those from more than 15 religions, all of whom devote community service hours to more than 60 local organizations. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 12-to-1, students can count on individualized assistance from professors and other faculty members. Upon graduation, students enjoy a 96 percent placement rate.
Columbus

According to the Columbus Region, the Columbus area is home to over 60 colleges and universities, serving over 136,000 students per year. The area produces 20,000 graduates each year, all of whom are prepared to enter the workforce or move on to graduate school and other exciting opportunities. Read on for more about a few of the larger colleges in Columbus.

College Name School Type Annual Net Price Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

ColumbusOhio State University-Main Campus Public $17,866 $42,600
Established in 1870, this college is one of the largest in the state with an annual enrollment of over 50,000 students. There are more than 200 majors offered through 13 colleges and schools, of which arts and sciences, engineering and architecture, and business have proven the most popular. OSU also offers various outreach programs that are designed to benefit students on campus and people across the state.
ColumbusColumbus State Community College Public $6,182 $31,300
In 1963, this budding college enrolled 67 students; today the student body has grown to 26,000. Associate programs are offered in 55 areas, and students can take advantage of the bachelor's degree transfer programs in order to apply their credits to a four-year degree. Career programs are also available for students who need a few quick courses for certification or licensure. Students who prefer to take their courses online can do so through the distance learning and can opt for either fully online courses or hybrids.
ColumbusFranklin University Private not-for-profit $21,775 $48,300
A private institution founded in 1902, Franklin University is now considered the second-largest private university in Ohio with over 10,000 students. Courses are taught online and at several locations in the Midwest. Designed with adult learners in mind, Franklin offers classes on a year-round schedule, with each class lasting anywhere from six to 15 weeks. Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs are available, as well as numerous certification programs.

Source: College Scorecard

Ohio College Resources for Further Research

Students seeking a great college in Ohio may also be looking for comprehensive resources to help them get there. These state-specific resources are a great place to begin.

Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Ohio

This organization represents the private schools located throughout the state, providing information on each college and on higher education in Ohio as a whole.

College Advantage

Facilitated by the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, this is the savings plan designed to help Ohio residents pay for college while enjoying certain tax benefits.

Ohio Association of Community Colleges

Those interested in two-year programs, certificates or continuing education can start here to find their ideal community college in the state.

Ohio College Association

This site profiles colleges in Ohio, offers information for prospective and current students, and provides resources that are specific to the state of Ohio.

Ohio Higher Ed

A very comprehensive site, this look at the college world in Ohio is loaded with resources, programs and links to helpful information.

Ohio Means Jobs

This overview of the many jobs, careers and programs in Ohio is a great place for college graduates to begin their job search.