Overview of Ohio Colleges & Schools
The state of Ohio has a large number of public and private post-secondary institutions. The state is bordered by Michigan to the north, Indiana to the west, Kentucky and West Virginia to the south, and Pennsylvania to the east. The state is home to a number of urban centers, including Columbus, Akron, Cleveland and Cincinnati. These cities tend to have a higher concentration of post secondary institutions due to size and population.
The University System of Ohio was formalized and structured in 2007. The system brings together Ohio’s public universities, colleges, branch campuses, community colleges and technical colleges under one governing body and is comprised of fourteen universities and colleges and 25 community and technical colleges. The system is home to the Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in the United States. Several of the schools in the University System of Ohio have been call “public ivy”, a designation describing academic equivalence with Ivy League institutions.
Schools in the University System of Ohio include:
- Miami University (Oxford)
- Ohio University (Athens)
- Kent State University (Kent)
- The University of Akron (Akron)
- University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati)
The states of Ohio’s private schools are varied in their foundations and offerings. Many of the schools are based on Christian principles of multiple denominations as well as Jewish schools. There are also a number of private secular colleges offering liberal arts or other educations. Private schools tend to have smaller class sizes and better student to teacher ratios and typically have smaller programs. Private schools also are usually more expensive than public schools and some tend to have a much stricter admissions policy.
Ohio private schools include:
- Oberlin College (Oberlin)
- Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware)
- Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland)
- Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus)
- University of Dayton (Dayton)
Additionally, Ohio is home to a large number of technical and community colleges providing career and vocation training as well as transfer opportunities to four year institutions. The state also houses a large number of career schools and colleges which are private institutions offering short programs for training in a particular career. These schools tend to be a bit pricier but often have financial aid opportunities and the short length of the programs assist in entering the work force quickly.
The most populous city in Ohio is Columbus, followed by Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Toledo. While the most populous county in Ohio is Cuyahoga County with Franklin County close behind. If you are interested in visiting the state of Ohio, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.
College Degree Breakdown for the State of OhioSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online
|Doctoral or professional degree||130,950||2.5|
|Postsecondary nondegree award||354,000||6.6|
|Some college, no degree||119,130||2.2|
|High school diploma or equivalent||1,948,970||36.5|
|No formal educational credential||1,469,840||27.5|
Public Universities & Colleges
There are thirty-four public 4-year state universities and colleges in Ohio. These four-year institutions predominantly offer bachelor's or higher level programs and some may even include research facilities. See a state-wide list of the state universities and colleges in Ohio.
Private Universities & Colleges
In Ohio there are seventy-one accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition. Compare admission requirements and tuition details for private colleges in Ohio.
Community colleges are public institutions that offer low cost, high quality education for residents throughout the state. These schools offer 2-year programs that grant associate degrees or offer training courses in specialized trades. Ohio" Community colleges also are the number one transfer-out programs available for four-year colleges and universities. Learn more and compare community colleges in Ohio.
Liberal Arts Colleges
Ohio has nine accredited liberal arts colleges. These schools primarily focus on undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences through comprehensive and flexible curriculums. Compare all the liberal arts colleges in Ohio.
Bible & Christian Colleges
Bible and Christian colleges generally provide specialized undergraduate education with a focus on religious or biblical study. There are approximately forty-eight such colleges in Ohio located throughout the state. See a full list of Christian colleges in Ohio along with program and tuition information.
Browse Schools by Career in Ohio
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Medicine & Healthcare
- Medical Schools in Ohio (M.D.) (6 Schools)
- Pharmacy Schools in Ohio (Pharm. D.) (7 Schools)
- Physical Therapy Schools in Ohio (DPT, MPT) (10 Schools)
- Veterinary Schools in Ohio (D.V.M.) (1 Schools)
- Nursing Schools in Ohio (BSN, RN, LPN, ...) (160 Schools)
Law & Criminal Justice
- Law Schools in Ohio (J.D.) (9 Schools)