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.

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Baldwin-Wallace College Chapel
Baldwin-Wallace College Chapel. Corey Ann / Flickr
  • Location: Berea, Ohio
  • Enrollment: 3,979 (3,362 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; 13 to 1 student/faculty ratio
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Baldwin-Wallace College profile

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Case Western Reserve University Haydn Hall
Case Western Reserve University Haydn Hall. Allen Grove
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Enrollment: 10,771 (4,911 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

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College of Wooster
College of Wooster. JesseLegg / Flickr

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Denison University Swasey Chapel
Denison University Swasey Chapel. Allen Grove

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Kenyon College
Kenyon College. godber / Flickr

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Downtown Marietta, Ohio
Downtown Marietta, Ohio. Tim Kiser / Wikimedia Commons

Location: Marietta, Ohio

  • Enrollment: 1,500 (1,371 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; 10 to 1 student/faculty ratio and average class size of 12strong preprofessinal programs; NCAA Division III athletic programs
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Marietta College profile

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Miami University in Oxford
Miami University in Oxford. ellievanhoutte / Flickr

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Oberlin College
Oberlin College. Joe Shlabotnik / Flickr

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Ohio Northern University
Ohio Northern University. proftrusty / Flickr
  • Location: Ada, Ohio
  • Enrollment: 3,695 (2,854 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: small comprehensive university affiliated with the United Methodist Church
  • Distinctions: 13 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

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Ohio State University
Ohio State University. laffy4k / Flickr

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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: 11,343 (8,529 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

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Xavier University Basketball
Xavier University Basketball. Photo by Andy Lyons / Getty Images