Ohio’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

The best community colleges provide an effective springboard into higher education, offering students high-quality two-year degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. The top-rated community colleges in Ohio offer a broad selection of associate’s degrees, affordable tuition rates, and strong partnerships with public four-year schools so that students can easily transfer their credits into accredited bachelor’s degree programs.

Ohio’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

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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How do we determine Ohio's best community colleges?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

How do we determine Ohio's best community colleges?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.


We’ve identified 28 community colleges in Ohio. The following list shows the best community colleges in the state.

Best Community Colleges in Ohio

  1. #1

    BGSU Firelands

    #6544 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    11%

    Student body

    1K

    Huron, OH

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    What is BGSU Firelands known for?

    BGSU Firelands’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Engineering
  2. #2

    Cuyahoga Community College

    #3507 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    24%

    Student body

    13K

    Cleveland, OH

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    What is Cuyahoga Community College known for?

    Cuyahoga Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
    • Social Work
  3. #3

    Belmont College

    #7603 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    24%

    Student body

    <1K

    St Clairsville, OH

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    What is Belmont College known for?

    Belmont College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Social Work

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Hocking College

    #4718 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    2K

    Nelsonville, OH

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    What is Hocking College known for?

    Hocking College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Earth Sciences
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    Washington State Community College

    #12079 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    1K

    Marietta, OH

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    What is Washington State Community College known for?

    Washington State Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Physics
  6. #6

    Stautzenberger College

    #11723 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    <1K

    Maumee, OH

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    What is Stautzenberger College known for?

    Stautzenberger College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #7

    Sinclair Community College

    #4926 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    14K

    Dayton, OH

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    What is Sinclair Community College known for?

    Sinclair Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • History
    • Communications
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Earth Sciences

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #8

    Owens Community College

    #8017 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    20%

    Student body

    5K

    Perrysburg, OH

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    What is Owens Community College known for?

    Owens Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Law
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
  9. #9

    Columbus State Community College

    #6783 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    31%

    Student body

    20K

    Columbus, OH

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    What is Columbus State Community College known for?

    Columbus State Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Social Work
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. #10

    James A. Rhodes State College

    #10196 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    2K

    Lima, OH

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    What is James A. Rhodes State College known for?

    James A. Rhodes State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
  11. #11

    Northwest State Community College

    #11038 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    2K

    Archbold, OH

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    What is Northwest State Community College known for?

    Northwest State Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • History
    • Medical
  12. #12

    Lorain County Community College

    #7333 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    6K

    Elyria, OH

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    What is Lorain County Community College known for?

    Lorain County Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Philosophy
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Nursing
    • Literature
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. #13

    Antonelli College

    #6592 institution's historical influence
    What is Antonelli College known for?

    Antonelli College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • History
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Law
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • Philosophy
  14. #14

    Eastern Gateway Community College

    #6434 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    20%

    Student body

    18K

    Steubenville, OH

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    What is Eastern Gateway Community College known for?

    Eastern Gateway Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Sociology
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
  15. #15

    Clark State College

    #18592 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    3K

    Springfield, OH

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    What is Clark State College known for?

    Clark State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Nursing
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  16. #16

    Marion Technical College

    #10913 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    29%

    Student body

    1K

    Marion, OH

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    What is Marion Technical College known for?

    Marion Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
  17. #17

    Southern State Community College

    #9342 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    1K

    Hillsboro, OH

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    What is Southern State Community College known for?

    Southern State Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
  18. #18

    Bradford School

    #13004 institution's historical influence
    Columbus, OH

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    What is Bradford School known for?
  19. #19

    Stark State College

    #10673 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    18%

    Student body

    6K

    North Canton, OH

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    What is Stark State College known for?

    Stark State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Sociology
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Communications
  20. #20

    Central Ohio Technical College

    #10637 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    24%

    Student body

    2K

    Newark, OH

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    What is Central Ohio Technical College known for?

    Central Ohio Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Social Work
    • Computer Science
    • Psychology
  21. #21

    Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

    #10627 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    15%

    Student body

    5K

    Cincinnati, OH

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    What is Cincinnati State Technical and Community College known for?

    Cincinnati State Technical and Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Biology
    • Business
  22. #22

    North Central State College

    #8596 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    19%

    Student body

    2K

    Mansfield, OH

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    What is North Central State College known for?

    North Central State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Communications
    • Psychology
  23. #23

    Lakeland Community College

    #8572 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    15%

    Student body

    4K

    Kirtland, OH

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    What is Lakeland Community College known for?

    Lakeland Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Sociology
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  24. #24

    Zane State College

    #7897 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    1K

    Zanesville, OH

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    What is Zane State College known for?

    Zane State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Medical
  25. #25

    Edison State Community College

    #10382 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    2K

    Piqua, OH

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    What is Edison State Community College known for?

    Edison State Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Social Work
    • Engineering
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  26. #26

    Davis College

    #16977 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    <1K

    Toledo, OH

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    What is Davis College known for?

    Davis College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
  27. #27

    Chatfield College

    #10192 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    <1K

    Saint Martin, OH

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    What is Chatfield College known for?
  28. #28

    Terra State Community College

    #13084 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    13%

    Student body

    1K

    Fremont, OH

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    What is Terra State Community College known for?

    Terra State Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • History
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Economics
    • Mathematics
    • Engineering
    • Literature

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