Best Colleges in Ohio 2022

Best Colleges in Ohio 2022

Here are the best colleges and universities in Ohio. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you.

Colleges and Universities in Ohio

Ohio offers over 120 colleges and universities for students to earn their associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. The largest school in the state, Ohio State University, a public institution, serves almost 55,000 students. This university has five regional campuses, which have graduated alumni like writer Harlan Ellison and Wikipedia cofounder Larry Sanger. The majority of Ohio’s schools, however, are private.

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Tuition at these schools varies greatly, with costs as low as $7,000 at God’s Bible School and College, and as high as $56,000 at Kenyon University. The state is also home to nearly 40 higher education institutes with religious affiliations, offering plenty of options for students aiming to blend their faith with higher education. Although tuition costs in Ohio are higher than the national average, Ohio provides several loan forgiveness programs to those pursuing careers as public defenders and prosecutors, dentists, nurses, primary care physicians, and mental health providers. Many of these programs require individuals to work in shortage areas around the state for a certain time period in order to qualify.

If you’re someone with a wide variety of interests, Ohio might just be the place for you. In The Buckeye State, individuals can visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, take a trip through Amish Country, attend a professional sporting event, and hike waterfalls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It seems this state has something for everyone, including those pursuing a higher education degree.

Learn more about the numerous excellent degree paths and career prospects available in Ohio.


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We’ve identified 66 colleges and universities in Ohio that meet our criteria. This list of the top 30 colleges in Ohio below focuses on schools that offer bachelor’s degrees. The ranking features fully accredited public and private colleges and universities in Ohio.

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Best Colleges in Ohio 2022

  1. #3

    University of Cincinnati

    Cincinnati , OH

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    33K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    University of Cincinnati’s Online Degrees

    BBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Medical Laboratory Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BBS in Criminal Justice
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Social Work
    • Required Credits: 57
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Early Childhood Education (ECE)
    • Required Credits: 60-120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Health Information Management
    • Required Credits: 52
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Health Sciences
    Degree Concentrations
    • Pre-Occupational Therapy
    • Required Credits: 59
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Law & Paralegal Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Information Technology
    Degree Concentrations
    • Data Technologies
    • Game Development and Simulation
    • Networking and Systems
    • Software Application Development
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Respiratory Therapy
    • Required Credits: 50
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BAS in Technical and Applied Studies (BTAS)
    Degree Concentrations
    • Healthcare Leadership
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Substance Abuse Counseling
    • Required Credits: 60-120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Communication
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Radiation Science Technology
    Degree Concentrations
    • Leadership
    • Mammography
    • Computed tomography
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BBA in Business Administration
    Degree Concentrations
    • Finance
    • Marketing
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Communication
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BBS in Criminal Justice
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Education in Early Childhood Education
    Degree Concentrations
    • Birth - Age 5
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Health Information Management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Health Sciences
    Degree Concentrations
    • Pre-Occupational Therapy
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Law & Paralegal Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Medical Laboratory Science
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BSN in Nursing: RN to BSN
    Degree Concentrations
    • Program type: Degree completion
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Radiation Science Technology
    Degree Concentrations
    • Leadership
    • Mammography
    • Computed Tomography
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Respiratory Therapy
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Social Work
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Substance Abuse Counseling
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  2. #4

    Oberlin College

    Oberlin , OH
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $60K

    Acceptance

    35%

    Graduation

    86%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1380/31

  3. #5

    Miami University

    Oxford , OH
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    20K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1290/27

    Miami University’s Online Degrees

    BS in Commerce
    Degree Concentrations
    • Small Business Management
    • Digital Commerce
    • Sales Management
    • Hospitality Management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in English Studies
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BAS in Health Communication
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Health Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1110/22

    University of Akron’s Online Degrees

    BS in Nursing: RN to BSN
    • Required Credits: 31
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Criminology And Criminal Justice
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Emergency Management And Homeland Security
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Allied Healthcare Administration
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Sociology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Communication
    Degree Concentrations
    • Public Relations
    • Strategic and Organizational Communication
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Organizational Supervision
    • Required Credits: 62
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Allied Health Care Administration
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor’s in Business Management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Communication
    Degree Concentrations
    • Public Relations
    • Strategic and Organizational Communication
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Emergency Management and Homeland Security
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Nursing: RN to BSN
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Organizational Supervision
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #14

    University of Toledo

    Toledo , OH

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    17K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/23

  6. #19

    Xavier University

    Cincinnati , OH

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1175/25

    Xavier University’s Online Degrees

    BLA in Liberal Arts
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Organizational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #20

    Youngstown State University

    Youngstown , OH

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/21

    Youngstown State University’s Online Degrees

    BSAS in Allied Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BSAS in Criminal Justice
    Degree Concentrations
    • Program type: Degree completion
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in General Studies
    Degree Concentrations
    • Program type: Degree completion
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BSN in Nursing (RN-to-BSN)
    Degree Concentrations
    • Program type: Degree completion
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BSAS in Public Health
    Degree Concentrations
    • Environmental Health and Safety
    • Health Education / Health Promotion
    • Required Credits: 127
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/22

  9. #26

    Cedarville University

    Cedarville , OH

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    59%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

  10. #29

    Central State University

    Wilberforce , OH

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    810/15

  11. #30

    Capital University

    Columbus , OH

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/23

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Ohio’s Best Colleges in Your Area of Interest

2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Oberlin College
  2. Case Western Reserve University
  3. Kenyon College
  4. Denison University
  5. College of Wooster
  6. Ohio Wesleyan University
  7. John Carroll University
  8. University of Cincinnati
  9. Ohio State University
  10. Xavier University
  11. Hiram College
  12. Wittenberg University
  13. Malone University
  14. Ohio University
  15. Bowling Green State University
  16. Miami University
  17. University of Dayton
  18. University of Mount Union
  19. Marietta College
  20. Kent State University
  21. Otterbein University
  22. Ohio Northern University
  23. Franciscan University of Steubenville
  24. Ursuline College
  25. Ashland University
  26. Capital University
  27. Muskingum University
  28. Baldwin Wallace University
  29. Cedarville University
  30. University of Findlay
  31. Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  32. Walsh University
  33. Mount St. Joseph University