Top Ohio Colleges

Ohio has some excellent private and public colleges and universities. The schools below have been chosen for a variety of factors: reputation, first-year retention rate, 4 and 6-year graduation rates, value, and student engagement. The colleges vary so much in size and type of school that I have simply listed them alphabetically rather than force them into any sort of artificial ranking.

Carnegie Hall at Baldin Wallace College
Carnegie Hall at Baldin Wallace College. Pwojdacz / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
  • Location: Berea, Ohio
  • Enrollment: 3,933 (3,287 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church
  • Distinctions: Inclusive history dating to 1845; extensive NCAA Division III athletic programs; over 100 student clubs and organizations; 12 to 1 student/faculty ratio
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Baldwin-Wallace College profile
Case Western Reserve University Haydn Hall
Case Western Reserve University Haydn Hall. Allen Grove
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Enrollment: 11,664 (5,152 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: comprehensive research university with engineering strengths
  • Explore the Campus: Case Western Photo Tour
  • Distinctions: Chapter of Phi Beta kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; member of the Association of American Universities for research strengths; highly-ranked programs in business, medicine, nursing, and biomedical engineering; many nearby museums
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Case Western profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Case Western
The College of Wooster
The College of Wooster. Allen Grove
Denison University Swasey Chapel
Denison University Swasey Chapel. Allen Grove
Kenyon College
Kenyon College. Curt Smith / Flickr
Downtown Marietta, Ohio
Downtown Marietta, Ohio. Tim Kiser / Wikimedia Commons

Location: Marietta, Ohio

  • Enrollment: 1,224 (1,144 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: Rich history dating to 1797 (as Muskingum Academy); chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; strong education program; 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio and average class size of 12; strong preprofessional programs; NCAA Division III athletic programs
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Marietta College profile
Miami University Ohio
Miami University Ohio. Wikimedia Commons
Oberlin College
Oberlin College. Allen Grove
Ohio Northern University Football
Ohio Northern University Football. Erik Drost / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
  • Location: Ada, Ohio
  • Enrollment: 3,108 (2,274 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: small comprehensive university affiliated with the United Methodist Church
  • Distinctions: 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio; first-year classes average 23 students; most students receive significant grant aid; strong blend of liberal arts and professional programs
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Ohio Northern University profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for ONU
Ohio Stadium at the Ohio State University
Ohio Stadium at the Ohio State University. Photo credit: Acererak / Flickr
GE Aviation EPISCenter at the University of Dayton
GE Aviation EPISCenter at the University of Dayton. Ohio Redevelopment Projects - ODSA / Flickr
  • Location: Dayton, Ohio
  • Enrollment: 10,803 (8,330 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: comprehensive private university affiliated with the Catholic church
  • Distinctions: Program in entrepreneurship has been ranked highly by U.S. News and World Report; high level of student happiness; one of the country's top Catholic colleges; Dayton Flyers compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the University of Dayton profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for the University of Dayton
Xavier University Basketball
Xavier University Basketball. Michael Reaves / Getty Images