Ohio’s Best Research Universities of 2021

Interested in attending a STEM school in Ohio? Our ranking of top research universities for bachelor’s degrees displays schools that will best prepare you for STEM careers.

Ohio’s Best Research Universities 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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What are Ohio’s Colleges & Universities?

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A research university is a great option for students interested in obtaining STEM degrees. Research universities invest heavily in research, which consequently provides meaningful and extensive opportunities for its students and faculty to participate in research. There are 13 research universities in Ohio, all of which satisfy our criteria. The list below of the best research universities in the state satisfies the following four conditions:

  1. It must be a fully accredited university.
  2. It must offer doctoral degrees across the range of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
  3. It must report high levels of research activity based upon the number of research and/or practice doctorates awarded each year.
  4. It must have a graduation rate of greater than 30%.

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How do we determine Ohio's best small colleges and universities?

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.

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.

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Best Research Universities in Ohio for Undergrads

  1. #1

    Case Western Reserve University

    #109 institution's historical influence
    #110 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $51K

    Acceptance

    30%

    Graduation

    85%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1425/32

    Cleveland, OH

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    What is Case Western Reserve University known for?

    Case Western Reserve University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Education

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  2. #2

    University of Cincinnati

    #152 institution's historical influence
    #1179 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    33K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    Cincinnati, OH

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    What is University of Cincinnati known for?

    University of Cincinnati’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Law
    • Education
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Chemistry

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  3. #3

    Ohio State University

    #56 institution's historical influence
    #77 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    87%

    Student body

    56K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1355/30

    Columbus, OH

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    What is Ohio State University known for?

    Ohio State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Engineering
    • Psychology
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Education
    • Physics
    • Computer Science

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  4. #4

    Ohio University

    #338 institution's historical influence
    #591 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/23

    Athens, OH

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    What is Ohio University known for?

    Ohio University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Communications
    • Education
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Medical
    • History
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • Law

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    Bowling Green State University

    #556 institution's historical influence
    #940 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    990/21

    Bowling Green, OH

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    What is Bowling Green State University known for?

    Bowling Green State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Psychology
    • Education
    • Business
    • History
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    Miami University

    #314 institution's historical influence
    #70 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    20K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1290/27

    Oxford, OH

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    What is Miami University known for?

    Miami University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • History
    • Literature
    • Engineering
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Communications
    • Medical

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  7. #7

    Cleveland State University

    #701 institution's historical influence
    #415 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1095/22

    Cleveland, OH

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    What is Cleveland State University known for?

    Cleveland State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Business
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Communications
    • History
    • Physics

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  8. #8

    University of Dayton

    #664 institution's historical influence
    #779 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    81%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1220/26

    Dayton, OH

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    What is University of Dayton known for?

    University of Dayton’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Education
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Law
    • Religious Studies
    • Chemistry

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  9. #9

    Wright State University

    #902 institution's historical influence
    #699 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1104/21

    Dayton, OH

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    What is Wright State University known for?

    Wright State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Biology
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Communications

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  10. #10

    Kent State University

    #515 institution's historical influence
    #803 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/23

    Kent, OH

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    What is Kent State University known for?

    Kent State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Business
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. #11

    University of Toledo

    #657 institution's historical influence
    #561 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    17K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/23

    Toledo, OH

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    What is University of Toledo known for?

    University of Toledo’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
    • Literature
    • Law

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. #12

    University of Akron

    #651 institution's historical influence
    #394 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1110/22

    Akron, OH

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    What is University of Akron known for?

    University of Akron’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Business
    • Education
    • History
    • Law
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. #13

    University of Findlay

    #3287 institution's historical influence
    #729 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1151/23

    Findlay, OH

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    What is University of Findlay known for?

    University of Findlay’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Religious Studies
    • Nursing
    • Social Work
    • Literature
    • Law

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