Resources to Find Ohio Colleges

Where to Start Looking to Find Ohio Colleges

Ohio Means Success is where to start looking for Ohio colleges. This is a general information website on planning, searching, and paying for college in Ohio. The site consists mostly of links to other websites. The focus is on state institutions although it does have a page with links to independent colleges and universities. There is no search function to locate Ohio colleges.

Ohio Highway SignThe website includes a brief overview of applying to college and a limited list of steps to take at each grade in high school. The more useful elements of the website are the Ohio Transfer to Degree Guarantee section which helps users identify which credits will transfer. However, it only applies to public institutions.

The Pay for College section has a list of grants and scholarships specific to Ohio including the Forever Buckeyes program which removes the residency requirements for students who left the state after graduating from a Ohio high school. The Low Costs Pathways lists programs that allow students to start their degree at community colleges and finish at a four-year institution. Users will also find a tuition reciprocity summary that list agreements with Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and West Virginia.

The Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators website is worth a visit. The Students & Parents section includes a link to Ohio’s College Goal Sunday for help in filling out the financial aid form. They also provide a downloadable Cost Comparison Worksheet as well as links to information on scholarship scams.

Some Numbers to Help You Find Ohio Colleges

There are 80 four-year Ohio colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates. 47 are private not-for profit colleges and 33 public universities according to the Integrated Post-secondary Data System. Of the 299,996 students, 30% attend private Ohio colleges and 70% attend public universities.

The average four-year graduation rate for private Ohio colleges was 43.6% and the average five-year rate for public schools was 32.5%. A total of 25 Ohio colleges meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile  requirements.

College-bound seniors in Ohio had an average of 22.0 ACT Composite score with a 21.4 for English and 21.7 for Math. The 75th Percentile scores were a Composite of 25, 25 for English, and 25 for Math.  A total of 35 colleges’ ACT 75th% Composite scores were at or above this level.

The top 20 colleges ACT test takers in Ohio applied to:

Ohio Colleges Conferences and Divisions

Ohio colleges athletic conferences

List of Ohio Colleges

In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in December of 2014 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.

Ohio Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
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4/5 Yr
Net Price
Ashland UniversityPrivate238942745505502520901
Baldwin Wallace UniversityPrivate300355646105902719503
Bluffton UniversityPrivate83852535605802521804
Bowling Green State University-Main CampusPublic1338751725605702417409
Capital UniversityPrivate248152766006102722062
Case Western Reserve UniversityPrivate452865427207603325116
Cedarville UniversityPrivate304461746406402922648
Central State UniversityPublic184020334704501911199
Cincinnati Christian UniversityPrivate56919645605502417421
Cleveland Institute of ArtPrivate55854686206102630473
Cleveland State UniversityPublic899823635705802516255
College of Mount St JosephPrivate122339885205502417144
Columbus College of Art and DesignPrivate122747866105702525260
Defiance CollegePrivate73238725305502322753
Denison UniversityPrivate225378466606703128207
Franciscan University of SteubenvillePrivate198961766506202824474
Franklin UniversityPrivate1789322128
Heidelberg UniversityPrivate10553520415
Hiram CollegePrivate111757576005802521957
John Carroll UniversityPrivate295065835906002723924
Kent State University at AshtabulaPublic670711633
Kent State University at GeaugaPublic589169123
Kent State University at KentPublic1853346835705702518727
Kent State University at SalemPublic7032710228
Kent State University at StarkPublic2214219260
Kent State University at TrumbullPublic9261710734
Kent State University at TuscarawasPublic8751310530
Kenyon CollegePrivate169586387206903229593
Lake Erie CollegePrivate85228565205402319577
Lourdes UniversityPrivate113776917391
Malone UniversityPrivate145346725585782618100
Marietta CollegePrivate135244646302722158
Mercy College of OhioPrivate501597417645
Miami University-HamiltonPublic25212113078
Miami University-MiddletownPublic13301714228
Miami University-OxfordPublic1500179676506803024247
Mount Carmel College of NursingPrivate65544542423602
Mount Vernon Nazarene UniversityPrivate145049636205802620041
Muskingum UniversityPrivate143829765205402417661
Notre Dame CollegePrivate140518905005202217947
Oberlin CollegePrivate285576307407153237366
Ohio Christian UniversityPrivate174816974904902326777
Ohio Dominican UniversityPrivate139129495405802420446
Ohio Northern UniversityPrivate219453686206502924002
Ohio State University-Lima CampusPublic8723212188
Ohio State University-Main CampusPublic4002081566607203117406
Ohio State University-Mansfield CampusPublic9673914369
Ohio State University-Marion CampusPublic9554010861
Ohio State University-Newark CampusPublic18833914926
Ohio University-Chillicothe CampusPublic1135129106
Ohio University-Lancaster CampusPublic1222178742
Ohio University-Main CampusPublic1675664736006002617846
Ohio University-Southern CampusPublic1066168876
Ohio University-Zanesville CampusPublic885327868
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityPrivate180954756206302725876
Otterbein UniversityPrivate22062745905852625174
Shawnee State UniversityPublic36352213109
The College of WoosterPrivate207770566706603025978
The University of FindlayPrivate249044685705802621107
Tiffin UniversityPrivate214534395235402325077
Union Institute & UniversityPrivate7752519081
University of Akron Main CampusPublic1587034965906102515972
University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash CollegePublic296611271
University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash CollegePublicPublic
University of Cincinnati-Clermont CollegePublic208312558
University of Cincinnati-Main CampusPublic2033258736206402819310
University of DaytonPrivate745560536006302930416
University of Mount UnionPrivate205653715405802522063
University of Northwestern OhioPrivate36332214806
University of Rio GrandePrivate18012326364
University of ToledoPublic1304042915706002514588
Urbana UniversityPrivate7552413239
Ursuline CollegePrivate54728586305802414815
Walsh UniversityPrivate191644775705802519750
Wilmington CollegePrivate103033465505702421809
Wittenberg UniversityPrivate185359896206202527608
Wright State University-Lake CampusPublic729298419
Wright State University-Main CampusPublic99873615080
Xavier UniversityPrivate415066706006102728182
Youngstown State UniversityPublic94372511943

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