K-12 Online Schools in Ohio

In Ohio, online schools and programs cater mostly to middle school and high school students. All seven grade levels benefit from supplemental online learning options and from fully-online programs to foster credit acquisition and year completion. At the K-5 stage, most distance learning occurs at the full program level, with complementary courses and lessons not available currently. The primary source of K-12 online learning is through eSchools, which enrolled 39,044 fully-online students throughout 27 schools. There are 66 self-identified blended learning programs reporting to the Ohio Department of Education.

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Ohio Connections Academy K - 12 Cincinnati Both Live/On-Demand Public (513) 533-3230
Ohio Distance & Electronic Learning Academy K - 12 Akron Both Live/On-Demand Public (330) 253-8680
QDA K - 12 New Philadelphia Both Live/On-Demand Public (866) 968-7032
Virtual Schoolhouse K - 12 Glenville Both Live/On-Demand Private (216) 541-2048
Zanesville City Schools K - 12 Zanesville Both Live/On-Demand Public (740) 454-9751
Progress Academy K - 12 Powell Live/Synchronous Private (866) 516-2404
Ohio Virtual Academy K - 12 Maumee On-Demand/Asynchronous Public (877) 648-2512
TRECA Digital Academy K - 12 Marion On-Demand/Asynchronous Public (800) 567-1686
Virtual Community School of Ohio K - 12 Columbus On-Demand/Asynchronous Public (614) 501-9473
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Ohio Online Colleges and Universities

Ohio has 13 state colleges and universities, 116 nonprofit schools, and 135 community colleges. The state’s reputation for having the largest online K-12 school enrollment in the country also benefits the schools post-secondary institutions. Online education is available through many Ohio colleges and universities, including The Ohio State University, Kent State University and the University of Cincinnati. Students can earn a wide range of online degrees ranging from the two-year to doctorate levels.

Colleges and Universities in Ohio

Thirteen state colleges and universities in Ohio confer traditional and specialty undergraduate and graduate degrees. Largest of these schools is Ohio State University, with students at the land grant school topping 63,960 at six different campuses and dozens of extension locations. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), Ohio State University has granted 681,223 degrees since 1873, the year the school taught its first classes. There are more than 175 majors, specializing in actuarial science, animal sciences, pre-medicine, pre-law, welding engineering and other subjects.

Ohio University, ranked 60th among national public universities, enrolls more than 35,000 students at its campuses, including 1,483 international students. Around the globe, with online students, Ohio University teaches a population of 200,000. To assist students in their goal to cover tuition, the school — along with its partner financial aid organizations — provides aid to 81 percent of its freshmen. Among the school’s 11 colleges are the College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Fine Arts and the Patton College of Education.

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Private Nonprofit Colleges in Ohio

Ohio boasts a total of 116 nonprofit colleges and universities of which the University of Dayton is the largest. This group of private nonprofit educational institutions includes liberal arts, technical, religious and medical schools, focusing on majors like health sciences, business, human development, marketing, biology and communications. Performance by these schools is reviewed annually by a nine-member board of regents. Retention rates for first and second year students enrolled in school full-time is about 78 percent. The student population is diverse, allowing degree seekers opportunities to advance their learning in and outside the classroom.

Ohio Community Colleges

Ohio’s community college network consists of 135 undergraduate schools, educating 281,252 students. Teacher to student ratio at the state’s community colleges is 1 to 27, which is about half the national average. The acceptance rate at the schools reaches about 73 percent. Critical STEM disciplines such as engineering — particularly engineering technology — science, math and medicine are fields in which Ohio’s community college students perform above average. Specifically, the state graduates 67 percent more engineering technology majors and 26 percent more health majors than the national average for these majors.

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Ohio Post-Secondary Schools Spotlight

Franklin University

Franklin University, with its main campus located in Columbus, is a private, not-for-profit institution with a strong emphasis on educating working adults. Franklin currently offers seven associate, 34 bachelor and 9 master’s degrees, all of which can be earned online. Major subject areas for undergraduate degrees include business administration, communications, financial management, forensic accounting, information technology, public relations and several others. Master’s degrees can be earned in subjects such as public administration, healthcare administration, human resource management, business psychology, computer science and more.

Distance learning students can attend classes at anytime and proceed at their own pace. Online resources are made available through the university’s my.franklin.edu learning portal where students can access classes and grades, as well as library, bookstore and student services. As with other courses through online schools in Ohio, communication with instructors and other students is facilitated through chat rooms, discussion threads and email.

For additional information regarding Franklin University’s distance learning programs and courses, visit: http://www.franklin.edu/online-learning.

Edison Community College

Edison Community College is a public two-year institution located in Piqua, Ohio. Edison currently offers three associate degree programs online: an Associate of Applied Science in industrial management with a supply chain management option, an Associate of Applied Business in accounting and an Associate of Arts transfer program. Certificate programs are also available in a wide range of academic and technical subjects that include accounting and finance, law and legal, writing and publishing, skilled trades and industrial, media and design, computer applications and several others. Vocational classes are provided through the Tech Online Courses program in fields such as shop practices and measurements, lean manufacturing, maintenance basics, robotics and more.

As with most online schools in Ohio, delivery of course content is accomplished through the use of a number of tools and services including Blackboard and WebAdvisor. Prospective students must complete an Introduction to the Internet class as a prerequisite for enrolling in any subsequent online courses.

Additional information on Edison Community College’s online programs can be found at: http://catalog.edisonohio.edu/content.php?catoid=17&navoid=1168#Online_Programs.

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University (OSU) offers several online credit courses, and adds more with each passing term. The distance learning option is convenient for any student, but can be a lifeline for busy individuals hoping to complete their degrees. Programs accommodate both traditional and nontraditional students. For instance, the school offers several web-based continuing education courses, which makes it easier for working professionals to meet whatever educational requirements they need to advance their careers, or to maintain professional licenses and certifications. It also hosts an initiative called Program 60, a lifelong learning program designed exclusively for students aged 60 and up who want to take online courses with a goal of personal enrichment.

OSU’s Office of Distance Education & eLearning can help students navigate the school’s online learning options. It also connects students with support programs to help them succeed, such as tutoring, academic advising, and career placement services.

You can learn more about OSU’s online learning programs by visiting: http://www.ced.osu.edu/credit_online.php.

Kent State University (Kent State Online)

Kent State is the second largest public university in Ohio, so it is only natural that it would also offer one of the state’s most expansive online learning programs. According to its official website, Kent State was among the first colleges in the country to embrace online education: It offered its first online program over 15 years ago. Today it offers more than 30 online degree and certificate programs in a variety of academic areas, which the institution says lets students advance their educations “anytime, anywhere.” It also promises that students can expect the same high standards of teaching and quality education from Kent State Online as they would from any traditional campus-based class.

Kent State Online offers programs and services designed to help students even after they have earned their degrees. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education, for instance, offers credit and noncredit workshops and conferences designed to help professionals stay on the cutting edge of their field. Workshop scheduling is flexible to accommodate students’ busy schedules. Those who successfully completed credit-bearing workshops can actually earn graduate-level credits for their time.

You can learn more about all of Kent State’s online learning options by visiting Kent State Online: http://onlinedegrees.kent.edu/.

Ohio University (eCampus)

Ohio University’s eCampus calls itself a gateway for higher education — one that serves even the busiest and most remote students. It offers a full catalog of credit and noncredit online courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can complete a wide variety of degrees online, plus specialized credentials, such as real estate certifications. Even degrees that require hands-on or classroom work can be completed from afar via partnerships with nearly 20 community colleges statewide. In addition to offering term-based programs—meaning those with set start and end dates — OU offers flexible courses, independent study projects, and credit-by-exam opportunities that can be started and completed anytime.

OU’s eCampus also maintains several services designed to help online students succeed, such as online advising and library services. Students who need to complete proctored exams can coordinate with OHIO Testing Services, which can help them locate and register with testing locations state-(or nation-) wide.

Learn more about OU’s eCampus by visiting: http://www.ohio.edu/ecampus/.

Best Online Schools in Ohio for 2015-2016

Score Student/teacher ratio Financial aid Cost more
1 North Central State College 98.95 14:1 88%

North Central State College offers a few degrees and a number of certificates either entirely online or via a hybrid format. At the associate degree level, students can earn fully online an Associate of Arts in Psychology and an associate's in criminal justice (which has the potential to be completed in less than two years). A certificate in Microsoft Applications can be completed 100% online. Other certificates that include both online and hybrid courses (with an on-campus element) are offered in everything from entrepreneurship to pharmacy technician. Online courses utilize discussion boards for communication between students and instructors.

2 Clark State Community College 98.71 16:1 82%

Students can earn various associate degrees and certificates from Clark State Community College without ever stepping foot on campus. At the associate degree level, students can study everything from professional services management to accounting ? completely online. Nearly a dozen certificates can also be earned completely online, in subjects as varied as real-time court reporting and web development. Some of these courses utilize proctored test taking, which is done in person but in the student's own city or town. Many online programs can also include as many on-campus courses as one likes. The school even offers transferrable associate degrees, in both arts and science.

3 Columbus State Community College 98.64 18:1 86%

Columbus State Community College?s online programs allow graduates the opportunity to transfer an associate degree to many of the state?s four-year institutions. Students can complete an associate degree entirely online or through blended/hybrid courses, giving them maximum flexibility. While most classes are asynchronous, allowing students to access lectures and materials when it?s convenient for them, others require some real-time collaboration with instructors and peers. Students must make arrangements with the school to take proctored exams, either on CSCC?s campus or at an approved testing facility. Online degrees are available in a wide range of fields.

4 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College 98.48 16:1 76%

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College offers six associate degrees and four certificates entirely online, and many more programs partially online (blending online courses and on-campus courses). Online associate degree programs are available in many subjects, ranging from accounting technology to computer programming and database technology. Certificates are also quite varied, in subjects such as coding specialist, computer applications and financial planning. Some online courses do include proctored tests or exams, which require taking tests in person under approved supervision. This may be able to be done in the person's area, though. Students can take as many as six online courses at a time.

5 Marion Technical College 97.67 15:1 85%

There are four associate degree programs at Marion Technical College that can be earned 100% online: business management, office information technology, marketing management and human resource management. Some online programs may also be completed through a hybrid format (which combines online coursework with in-person classes) or completely on campus. Online students at Marion Technical College also benefit from services that many others schools often only offer to on-campus students, such as a technical helpdesk. Online courses incorporate many formats, such as videos and diagrams. While deadlines for assignments exist, online students can typically complete coursework and exams at their own convenience.

6 Central Ohio Technical College 97.51 15:1 88%

Central Ohio Technical College offers one fully online associate degree program in business management technology, and other courses are available online for other academic programs as well. For the business management technology major, students can enjoy every step of the process, from new student orientation all the way to graduation, with the stroke of a keyboard. The portal offers a plan of study.

7 Zane State College 97.16 18:1 94%

Zane State College invites students to master their skills through its online offering of its information assurance and security strategies associate degree program, offered fully online. In addition to their general studies, students will have the opportunity to study cybersecurity, ethics in the digital age, programming, security compliance and other issues of computer literacy to prepare for careers as network security analysts, systems administrators, engineers and more. Classes offer flexibility and are meant to help launch students immediately into a career upon graduation.

8 Hocking College 96.79 16:1 85%

With 14 online military-specific programs, Hocking College seeks to assist military members and civilians earn their associate degrees in accounting, business, human resources, construction, fire management and military emergency medical services and other systems. Faculty and staff help students adapt to the differences between military and civilian practices as they work toward their employment goals and help complete the necessary paperwork, such as Coast Guard transcripts, correspondence training, civilian education transcripts and DA 2-1/ERB/FSR/personnel records for active duty service. College credit can be earned for duty assignments, prior education earned while serving and any previous training. The institution also provides guidance on military matters, such as GI Bill funding, scholarships and applications.

9 Owens Community College 96.53 11:1 84%

Owens Community College offers three fully online associate programs in business, applied science and arts. Programs require 60 to 64 credits for completion and can be done on a part- or full-time basis between four and 10 semesters. Students can take advantage of the college's My Portfolio system to track catalog information and create their own account about classes, services and policies, as well as communications with staff.

10 Rhodes State College 95.34 15:1 87%

Rhodes' Center for Distance and Innovative Learning provides a variety of instructional and training services for students interested in online or blended courses, including the administration of its learning management system and support. Courses, which on average take students about 12 to 15 hours per week throughout a semester, use secure online exams and e-mailed course materials and textbooks for preparation.

11 Cuyahoga Community College District 95.04 21:1 77%

Cuyahoga's online learning program gives students an opportunity to finish courses or degrees by allowing interaction with faculty members and classmates through the Blackboard platform for associate's degrees in arts, science, business management and applied business, with options for certificate programs. To help students achieve maximum success, Cuyahoga offers orientation, eAdvising, eTutoring and proctoring services, and they can also choose to engage in a Smart Class platform through cable television or the Internet and watch online replays of classes they missed.

12 Bowling Green State University-Firelands 94.15 20:1 89%

With a history of providing education to traditional students than spans over 100 years, Bowling Green State University (BGSU) has extended its reach by creating its eCampus, which offers programs that follow an eight-week class schedule. From bachelor's to master's to professional certificates, BGSU provides rigorous, yet convenient, courses that begin three to six times per year. One fresh addition to the school's accelerated roster is a bachelor's degree in business administration that allows students to specialize in management or individualized business. And for those who prefer a longer class cycle, the school also has graduate and undergraduate degree programs, as well certificates, with courses that last 16 weeks.

13 University of Akron Wayne College 94 19:1 87%

The University of Akron Wayne College continues its tradition of training a highly-skilled workforce by offering online bachelor's, master's, and professional certificate degrees in disciplines such as nursing, public health, taxation, applied politics, and education. In order to do this, the school delivers coursework through the Springboard system, where students can access course content and keep track of when their work is due. While students can conveniently view course material around their schedule, they are still responsible for completing assignments and tests on specific dates determined by the instructor. Like traditional students, online students can enroll in courses during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Score Student/teacher ratio Financial aid Cost more
1 Gods Bible School and College 98.07 12:1 92%

At God's Bible School and College, students can earn a number of undergraduate degrees entirely online. At the associate's degree level, students can earn online an Associate of Art in Bible and Theology and an Associate of Applied Science in Ministerial Education. When it comes to bachelor's degree programs available online, students can earn a Bachelor of Art in Biblical and Theological Studies, a Bachelor of Art in Ministerial Education (with many concentrations available) and a Bachelor of Art in Church and Family Ministries (with many concentrations available). The school is distinct in its goals to help nontraditional students prepare for careers in ministry.

2 Tiffin University 97.92 18:1 98%

Tiffin University offers online courses in seven-week terms that start in January, March, May, July, August and October. Students can earn bachelor's degrees online in criminal justice, business administration, psychology, accounting and more. Students can earn master's degrees online in business administration, education, humanities, psychology and more. There are even certificate programs available online. For its online students, the school boasts expert faculty that work in the field, the same value that on-campus students receive with their degrees and master's and completion programs that can be completed in as little as 18 months.

3 Hiram College 97.89 11:1 100%

Online students at Hiram College enjoy a lot of the same benefits as on-campus students. This includes but is not limited to the same faculty and staff that on-campus students have access to. Online students are taught through an interactive blend of teaching models and mediums. Offered entirely online are bachelor's degree programs in accounting and financial management and business management. Both programs offer classes entirely online, on campus or a mix of the two. The business management program specifically is diverse, with courses in accounting, marketing, economics, organizational behavior, design and research methods.

4 Kettering College 97.61 10:1 94%

Kettering's program offers faith-based approach to science, and all courses are offered online in this area of study. Students are welcome to complete classes that are flexible around work schedules or family needs, and the school invites them to take part in service learning opportunities, including medical mission trips as they are able. The program requires participants to finish 55 to 58 semester credits that can be done in 18 months.

5 Malone University 97.24 11:1 100%

Malone students can enjoy flexibility to do research and assignments at their own pace at any time throughout the week, yet they still have certain deadlines to meet. They are encouraged to access their classes online daily to ensure they remain on track. Online discussions and exams are an important part of a student's online experience, and Malone users will be provided access to the system's Online Campus Distance Learning System through which they can check their email from any computer where they have Internet access. Whiteboards, chat rooms, email and group projects also are key components.

6 University of Toledo 97.15 21:1 96%

The University of Toledo offers students opportunities to network with faculty and their peers through its UT Online/Learning Ventures department. Degrees from the associate to the doctoral can be earned entirely online in such subjects as programming and software development, early childhood education and doctor of nursing practice. Both post-baccalaureate and graduate certificates are also available for students looking to add specializations to their studies, though some may require on-ground educational experience that may be done in the student's home state.

7 Mount Vernon Nazarene University 97.02 17:1 100%

The university promotes a Christian worldview and encourages working adults to become skilled business leaders through its bachelor of business administration online degree program. Full-time students are able to complete the degree within two years. Those interested in early childhood education also can gain a teaching license between pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, and it is intended for students who are part of the same cohort to serve as a networking resource for each other in future endeavors.

8 Cleveland State University 97.02 19:1 92%

Cleveland State University offers a number of online degrees, including RN to BSN, two undergraduate business degree completion programs and a number of online graduate degrees. It also has a mobile accelerated master of business administration, which students can complete in one year. Students learn asynchronously using the Blackboard Learn management system and courses are designed to meet Quality Matters standards. This means that everything students need to be successful is found on Blackboard, including lectures, the syllabus, instructor notes and general policies and procedures. In addition to fully online programs, individual courses are also available online.

9 Youngstown State University 96.92 17:1 96%

In keeping with the Higher Education Opportunity Act, Youngstown's distance education program offers students a chance to take Web-based, hybrid and videoconferencing courses for students to learn via different techniques of online arrangements. Students employ the school's Blackboard platform for studies and communications. The university offers four online bachelor's degree programs and seven online master's degree programs.

10 Mercy College of Ohio 96.81 7:1 98%

Mercy College prepares students interested in careers in health careers by offering three baccalaureate programs and a certificate program and equipping them with a Christian worldview for careers in various health institutions, clinics or other areas of service. The school's learning management system is Desire2Learn and allows students to live chat with professors or other students, watch video lectures and participate in class discussions. Courses also might require students to attend various outings on their own time, enroll in internships or perform community service hours. Classes are expected to take students about six hours per week or more on average.

11 Union Institute & University 96.38 8:1 90%

Union Institute & University's fully-online bachelor's master's and PhD programs allow students anywhere in the world to pursue their degrees in a flexible, convenient learning environment. Many of the degree programs are also offered in both hybrid and on-campus formats, meaning that the student can choose the best option to fit into their lifestyle. Courses are delivered via the university's eLearning platform, CampusWeb, and online students communicate with both professors and peers using video conferencing, email and on the phone. Union also accepts both transfer and AP credits, allowing those who are looking to continue their educations the opportunity to pick right back up where they left off.

12 Wright State University-Main Campus 96.04 21:1 88%

Wright's RN-BSN nursing degree program is fully online to allow students to study at their own pace at any time of day and it caters to those who are skilled in technology and social media. The program can be completed in as short a time as 15 months with 30 program hours. Technical support is provided 16 hours a day. Students who choose to go beyond a baccalaureate degree also will find offerings with Wright's certificate programs and master's and doctoral programs in nursing and other majors.

13 University of Northwestern Ohio 96.02 26:1 94%

The university offers students a chance to earn one of seven baccalaureate degrees online without stepping foot on a physical campus. Students can complete their education, registration and purchase books online and hone their skills from professionals who have affiliations at national businesses throughout the country and world. Associate and master-level degrees are also available. Online programs are recommended for students with a 3.0 GPA and above, and students must obtain a proctor for testing purposes, or purchase a remote proctor from the school's bookstore.

14 Franklin University 95.87 13:1 74%

Students enrolled in Franklin's online degree programs enjoy regular access to an academic adviser for individual support in their studies, including the transfer of credits to specific curriculum questions. The school touts the ability for students to take courses online and balance work and home life and to do so from anywhere as long as they can access the Internet from a laptop. Bachelor's and graduate degree programs are available, across a wide variety of topics such as health information management, interactive media design and Master of Science in accounting.

15 University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College 94.99 15:1 81%

UC's Blue Ash College offers a fully online degree program in radiation science technology to prepare them for careers in tomography, clinics, general medicine and surgical hospitals. The program was designed to help fill a growing need of technicians and supervisors in the medical field and helps students develop leadership, social, research and writing skills to advance. Courses provide a strong foundation in administrative, scientific, legal and ethical strategies for coping with day-to-day needs.

16 The University of Findlay 94.79 14:1 100%

With a mix of online courses from the associate's to the master's level, the University of Findlay's online programs strive to allow already employed students achieve their degrees while maintaining a busy working and personal life. Online courses are taught by the same faculty who lead the school's on-campus programs, ensuring that online students receive the same quality education as their counterparts attending the brick-and-mortar university. Findlay students can earn a bachelor of science in business management (choosing from four concentrations); master's degrees in business administration, environmental, safety or health management, or health informatics; and a PET/CT (associate's or bachelor's levels).

17 University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 94.73 17:1 83%

The University of Cincinnati's distance learning program began in the mid-1980s as a means of assisting firefighters to develop their career paths. Today, the system offers associate and bachelor programs for nontraditional participants in which "telecourses" combine study via video broadcasts and video tape with periodic individual meetings. The school also has colleges of education, criminal justice and human services, with fully-online degree programs ranging from the bachelor to master level.

18 Miami University-Regional Campuses 94.71 16:1 77%

Online courses are available at any time of day through the school's online learning system, Canvas. Students can select courses through Online Course, and they have the option of selecting completely online or hybrid programs. Videoconferencing courses also allow students and faculty to interact at a Miami Regional Campus location or elsewhere. The school offers an Associate of Applied Business in business management technology degree, an AA, and RN-BSN option, and a bachelor's in engineering technology.

19 Mount St. Joseph University 94.53 11:1 100%

Students who demonstrate they have achieved an associate's degree and a registered nurse license can choose to enroll in Mount St. Joseph's bachelor of science in nursing program, and the school assists students graduate at the pace they desire. Courses last about eight weeks starting every August and January for registered nurses and working adults. Using the school's Blackboard software, students and professors can work on their own time or simultaneously through streaming lectures and live chats.

20 Kent State University at Salem 94.49 19:1 88%

Kent State University offers bachelor's and master's degrees online and is particularly known for being one of the earliest master's programs in user experience design. It offers more than 30 degree and certificate programs fully online. Through the school's Blackboard Learn platform, students can enroll in courses, view their records and use academic resources. They also will find opportunities to participate in workshops at businesses, schools and other community locations.

21 Notre Dame College 94.47 15:1 100%

At Notre Dame College, bachelor's degrees available online include criminal justice, education, business administration, psychology and RN to BSN among others. Its online offerings provide students the freedom to study without having to physically attend classes. The school employs a learning management system called Moodle for instructors to track attendance and record grades. Degrees could be completed in as little as 16 months, and some courses are entirely self-paced, meaning there are no regular class times and students work through the program at their own pace.

22 Ohio State University-Main Campus 94.31 19:1 83%

Ohio State University's online baccalaureate program provides a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, requiring up to 120 hours, and Dental Hygiene Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program, which takes up to 40 semester hours. Both programs never require students to set foot on campus. Most students should be able to finish their program in two years or less, depending on full- or part-time status.

23 Kent State University at Tuscarawas 94.27 22:1 89%

Kent State University offers bachelor's and master's degrees online and is particularly known for being one of the earliest master's programs in user experience design. It offers more than 30 degree and certificate programs fully online. Through the school's Blackboard Learn platform, students can enroll in courses, view their records and use academic resources. They also will find opportunities to participate in workshops at businesses, schools and other community locations.

24 Ohio University-Zanesville Campus 93.95 20:1 85%

Ohio University-Zanesville's e-Campus provides a flexible alternative to the brick-and-mortar campus experience by offering several online bachelor's programs, including degrees in criminal justice, customer service, nursing, and applied communication. To further support convenient online education, the school's Online Degree Completion Program allows students who hold associate's degrees to maximize the ability to transfer credits, thus giving them a head start to earning a bachelor's degree. But students don't need the Internet to benefit from distance learning at Ohio University-Zanesville: The school also offers print-based degree programs that can be completed through mail correspondence, allowing learners to get the same self-paced education.

25 Ohio State University-Mansfield Campus 93.89 19:1 87%

Ohio State University-Mansfield Campus has a menu of online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. While online students enjoy the same education as their on-campus counterparts, the way these classes are taught is somewhat different. Online courses are taught in week-long modules, where students are assigned a major topic or task and will review course material that supports it. During that time, students participate in discussion groups with their peers and professors, and are expected to complete an assignment based on the week's subject matter. Tailored to the online environment, these programs allow students to learn course material in a convenient and efficient way.

26 University of Akron Main Campus 93.78 20:1 90%

The University of Akron Main Campus offers a bachelor's degree program in nursing online. The RN to BSN program allows licensed nurses to advance in their career by increasing their knowledge and sharpening their skills. Designed specifically for adult learners, this nursing program provides individualized attention that meets individual students educational needs. In addition, this polytechnic school has online master's degree programs in speech-language pathology, public health, and applied politics, as well as professional certificates in e-learning, educational assessment and evaluation, and literacy. No matter what program they choose, students can conveniently access course material and submit assignments and tests in the school's online portal.

27 Ohio University-Eastern Campus 93.71 21:1 84%

Students who have completed associate's degrees do not have to worry about losing credits when they enroll in an online bachelor's program at the Ohio University-Eastern Campus. In fact, through its generous partnership with a number of community and technical colleges, students are able to easily transfer their previously-earned course credits. Whether they enroll in the applied management, criminal justice, nursing, or technical or applied studies programs, the school's Online Degree Completion Program helps students continue their education without starting a bachelor's from scratch. In addition, the school offers several online master's degree programs, ranging from education to engineering to business.

28 Ohio University-Southern Campus 93.71 21:1 86%

In its commitment to provide a quality education, Ohio University-Southern Campus, one of the Ohio University system's five regional campuses, offers several distance learning opportunities. Associate's degree students can study business, social science, and humanities conveniently through the school's online education system. Similarly, students who are interested in nursing, criminal justice, technical and applied studies, and communication can also earn their bachelor's degree with the click of a mouse. By using the Blackboard learning management system, students can participate in discussions with their professors and peers, take examinations, and obtain class materials. In addition, textbooks can easily be accessed through the school's online portal.

29 Kent State University at Stark 93.63 24:1 85%

Kent State University at Stark?s online courses are taught by the same prestigious faculty members who teach students on campus. As a result, online students can be confident that they will get the same quality education from industry veterans as their counterparts enrolled in traditional programs. And with over 30 online degrees available, students also have a variety of educational paths to choose from. Whether students are interested in an associate?s degree in environmental management, a bachelor?s in insurance studies, a master?s in health informatics, or a professional certificate in knowledge management, they can conveniently earn their degrees while juggling other responsibilities.

30 Ohio University-Lancaster Campus 93.48 22:1 79%

In 1803, Ohio became a state and the Ohio General Assembly created "The Ohio University" one year later, with a vision for the future of quality higher education in mind. In continuing with that tradition, while leveraging modern-day technology, Ohio University-Lancaster Campus offers a number of quality degree programs that are delivered online. Students can enroll in distance associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs that allow them to pursue an education while managing jobs, families, and other responsibilities. In addition, those who want to combine the online experience with traditional learning can enroll in blended programs, where they complete some work online while also attending face-to-face meetings.

31 Kent State University at East Liverpool 93.45 28:1 91%

As one of the largest regional university systems in the country, Kent State offers the resources and facilities of a large, diverse university and a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs. The East Liverpool campus offers certificate, associate or baccalaureate degrees in more than 17 programs including medical billing, accounting technology, criminology and technical and applied studies. The campus also serves as a feeder school for students wishing to pursue advanced degrees at Kent State. Combined with its sister campus, Kent State University at Salem, more than 3,500 students are served annually.

32 Ohio State University-Newark Campus 93.35 25:1 100%

Through collaboration with Ohio State's regional campuses and the introduction of CARMEN, the university's new distance learning system, the R.N. to B.S.N. program is now able to reach beyond central Ohio. The program requires 120 semester hours, including prerequisite, general education and nursing courses. All required nursing courses are available online. The clinical nursing courses are tailored to registered nurses previous experiences and can be completed near home. Other non-nursing courses necessary for the baccalaureate degree can be fulfilled at any of the Ohio State campuses. These include additional courses in composition, math, history and humanities.

33 Kent State University 93.09 26:1 76%

Kent State is a pioneer in online and distance education and offered their first online program over 15 years ago. With more than 30 degree and certificate programs offered fully online, students learn alongside a global network and learn from industry-leading faculty. Degrees can be earned from anywhere through the Office of Continuing and Distance Education. All online programs combine the same level of teaching and learning experience as the on-campus option. The courses are delivered through the Blackboard Learning Management tool and new courses and degree programs are added to their online offerings every semester.

34 Antioch University-PhD Program in Leadership and Change 87.5 N/A N/A

Antioch University's Connected online education programs offer a cost-effective way of completing a bachelor's or master's degree. At $250 per credit hour, students can choose from one of the following undergraduate programs: Human Services Administration, Management, and Liberal Studies. A Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is also available and all programs are accredited. Classes are available around the clock and take about as much time as on-campus classes. Programs follow the same innovative, hands-on education model that is used on-campus. Online instruction is provided by the same faculty who teach on-campus. Antioch offers 6 start dates a year and does not require residency or face-to-face sessions.

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Best for Future Service Members

Ohio’s higher education is an excellent choice for any prospective student eager to serve their country. Army, Navy, and Air Force ROTC can be found at numerous Ohio universities. No matter the degree track, there are opportunities for the civic-minded undergraduate and graduate student in Ohio. We’ve listed all of the universities that fit the following parameters: nonprofit, generating four-year degrees, and offer at least two ROTC programs.

Tuition City ROTC - Army ROTC - Navy ROTC - Air Force
Ohio State University-Main Campus$9,168 Columbus Yes Yes Yes
Miami University-Oxford$11,270 Oxford Yes Yes Yes
University of Toledo$7,864 Toledo Yes No Yes
University of Akron Main Campus$8,284 Akron Yes No Yes
Wright State University-Main Campus$8,354 Dayton Yes No Yes
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus$8,914 Bowling Green Yes No Yes
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus$9,124 Cincinnati Yes No Yes
Cleveland State University$9,264 Cleveland Yes No Yes
Kent State University at Kent$9,672 Kent Yes No Yes
Ohio University-Main Campus$10,282 Athens Yes No Yes
Wilberforce University$12,020 Wilberforce Yes No Yes
Mount Carmel College of Nursing$16,403 Columbus Yes No Yes
Lourdes University$16,950 Sylvania Yes No Yes
Tiffin University$19,890 Tiffin Yes No Yes

Best for Personal Attention

Ohio is made up of big cities and small towns with excellent colleges and four-year degree programs. Not everyone is cut out for overflowing class sizes and heavy competition for attention from faculty. The following nonprofit schools maintain an average student/faculty ratio less than 20:1, even those with more than 5,000 students.

Ohio Mid-Western College 20 to 1 135$10,044 Private not-for-profit Cincinnati
Ohio State University-Lima Campus 20 to 1 1,482$6,912 Public Lima
Ohio State University-Mansfield Campus 20 to 1 1,556$6,912 Public Mansfield
Kent State University at Tuscarawas 20 to 1 3,286$5,472 Public New Philadelphia
Kent State University at Geauga 20 to 1 4,752$5,472 Public Burton
Shawnee State University 20 to 1 5,393$5,918 Public Portsmouth
Ohio University-Main Campus 20 to 1 26,412$10,282 Public Athens
Miami University-Hamilton 19 to 1 4,792$4,562 Public Hamilton
Youngstown State University 19 to 1 15,675$7,483 Public Youngstown
University of Toledo 19 to 1 19,898$7,864 Public Toledo
Ohio State University-Main Campus 19 to 1 48,411$9,168 Public Columbus
Kent State University at East Liverpool 18 to 1 2,373$5,472 Public East Liverpool
Kent State University at Ashtabula 18 to 1 3,677$5,472 Public Ashtabula
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus 18 to 1 16,601$8,914 Public Bowling Green
Urbana University 17 to 1 2,077$20,896 Private not-for-profit Urbana
Miami University-Middletown 17 to 1 2,890$4,562 Public Middletown
Kent State University at Salem 17 to 1 3,022$5,472 Public Salem
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 17 to 1 26,026$9,124 Public Cincinnati
Gods Bible School and College 16 to 1 363$5,800 Private not-for-profit Cincinnati
Central State University 16 to 1 2,786$3,550 Public Wilberforce
University of Rio Grande 16 to 1 2,907$19,720 Private not-for-profit Rio Grande
University of Cincinnati-Clermont College 16 to 1 5,220$4,490 Public Batavia
University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College 16 to 1 6,794$5,170 Public Blue Ash
Franklin University 16 to 1 8,794$9,960 Private not-for-profit Columbus
Miami University-Oxford 16 to 1 15,892$11,270 Public Oxford
Wilmington College 15 to 1 1,631$27,370 Private not-for-profit Wilmington
Franciscan University of Steubenville 15 to 1 2,380$21,740 Private not-for-profit Steubenville
Baldwin Wallace University 15 to 1 3,886$27,060 Private not-for-profit Berea
University of Dayton 15 to 1 8,246$32,000 Private not-for-profit Dayton
Cleveland State University 15 to 1 13,983$9,264 Public Cleveland
Cincinnati Christian University 14 to 1 794$14,766 Private not-for-profit Cincinnati
Lake Erie College 14 to 1 1,054$25,976 Private not-for-profit Painesville
Heidelberg University 14 to 1 1,224$24,000 Private not-for-profit Tiffin
Mount Vernon Nazarene University 14 to 1 2,100$17,574 Private not-for-profit Mount Vernon
Muskingum University 14 to 1 2,154$22,000 Private not-for-profit New Concord
Walsh University 14 to 1 2,647$23,550 Private not-for-profit North Canton
Ohio Dominican University 14 to 1 2,674$27,574 Private not-for-profit Columbus
The University of Findlay 14 to 1 4,413$28,080 Private not-for-profit Findlay
Mount Carmel College of Nursing 13 to 1 968$16,403 Private not-for-profit Columbus
Bluffton University 13 to 1 1,217$26,976 Private not-for-profit Bluffton
Notre Dame College 13 to 1 1,902$24,864 Private not-for-profit Cleveland
University of Mount Union 13 to 1 2,240$26,350 Private not-for-profit Alliance
Malone University 13 to 1 2,314$23,860 Private not-for-profit Canton
John Carroll University 13 to 1 3,124$32,130 Private not-for-profit University Heights
Cedarville University 13 to 1 3,435$25,496 Private not-for-profit Cedarville
Wilberforce University 12 to 1 608$12,020 Private not-for-profit Wilberforce
Defiance College 12 to 1 1,097$26,740 Private not-for-profit Defiance
Hiram College 12 to 1 1,446$27,615 Private not-for-profit Hiram
Columbus College of Art and Design 12 to 1 1,529$27,504 Private not-for-profit Columbus
Marietta College 12 to 1 1,635$30,090 Private not-for-profit Marietta
Ohio Northern University 12 to 1 2,591$35,438 Private not-for-profit Ada
Lourdes University 12 to 1 2,709$16,950 Private not-for-profit Sylvania
Xavier University 12 to 1 5,039$31,140 Private not-for-profit Cincinnati
Kettering College 11 to 1 1,003$9,576 Private not-for-profit Kettering
Ohio Wesleyan University 11 to 1 1,861$38,890 Private not-for-profit Delaware
Wittenberg University 11 to 1 1,994$37,230 Private not-for-profit Springfield
College of Mount St. Joseph 11 to 1 2,014$24,200 Private not-for-profit Cincinnati
The College of Wooster 11 to 1 2,086$39,500 Private not-for-profit Wooster
Otterbein University 11 to 1 2,804$30,658 Private not-for-profit Westerville
Capital University 11 to 1 3,226$31,364 Private not-for-profit Columbus
Allegheny Wesleyan College 10 to 1 52$4,800 Private not-for-profit Salem
Denison University 10 to 1 2,320$41,380 Private not-for-profit Granville
Rabbinical College Telshe 9 to 1 57$8,000 Private not-for-profit Wickliffe
Union Institute & University 9 to 1 1,666$11,544 Private not-for-profit Cincinnati
Kenyon College 9 to 1 1,758$42,780 Private not-for-profit Gambier
Oberlin College 9 to 1 3,087$44,512 Private not-for-profit Oberlin
Ohio Christian University 9 to 1 3,190$16,100 Private not-for-profit Circleville
Ashland University 9 to 1 3,672$27,930 Private not-for-profit Ashland
Case Western Reserve University 9 to 1 4,167$40,120 Private not-for-profit Cleveland
Antioch University-Midwest 8 to 1 204$25,296 Private not-for-profit Yellow Springs
Cleveland Institute of Art 8 to 1 549$32,960 Private not-for-profit Cleveland
Ursuline College 8 to 1 1,107$25,530 Private not-for-profit Pepper Pike
Tri-State Bible College 7 to 1 57$7,200 Private not-for-profit South Point
Cleveland Institute of Music 7 to 1 252$40,300 Private not-for-profit Cleveland
Good Samaritan College of Nursing & Health Science 7 to 1 393$15,611 Private not-for-profit Cincinnati
Mercy College of Ohio 7 to 1 1,342$10,260 Private not-for-profit Toledo
Athenaeum of Ohio 6 to 1 123$20,400 Private not-for-profit Cincinnati
Pontifical College Josephinum 6 to 1 132$19,415 Private not-for-profit Columbus
Art Academy of Cincinnati 5 to 1 234$23,950 Private not-for-profit Cincinnati

Best for Women in Technology

Ohio leads the way in the best colleges for women in technology and engineering degree programs. These colleges in Ohio stay ahead of the curve by providing numerous programs to attract and retain female students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields. Programs such as residence halls that are solely for female students, and numerous mentorships under the guidance of experienced tech degree-seeking women make this a female-friendly atmosphere in what is typically a degree track dominated by males. With these incentives, most of these Ohio colleges are able to retain a gender ratio in technology classrooms that are equivalent to the female to male ratio throughout the rest of the college. The list below highlights the premiere colleges in Ohio for women seeking tech-based degrees.

Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,037 Columbus 382 48,788 Public
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus$10,784 Cincinnati 276 25,412 Public
University of Akron Main Campus$9,863 Akron 137 20,349 Public
University of Dayton$33,400 Dayton 119 9,333 Private Not for Profit
Ohio University-Main Campus$10,282 Athens 113 20,053 Public
Wright State University-Main Campus$8,354 Dayton 91 14,554 Public
Case Western Reserve University$40,490 Cleveland 85 8,404 Private Not for Profit
University of Toledo$9,275 Toledo 78 17,680 Public
Cleveland State University$9,314 Cleveland 76 10,277 Public
Youngstown State University$7,712 Youngstown 44 10,901 Public
Miami University-Oxford$13,594 Oxford 42 15,621 Public
Kent State University at Kent$9,672 Kent 41 21,028 Public
Ohio Northern University$35,678 Ada 36 3,229 Private Not for Profit
Kent State University at Salem$5,472 Salem 33 846 Public
The University of Findlay$28,914 Findlay 30 3,035 Private Not for Profit
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus$10,514 Bowling Green 29 15,225 Public
Franciscan University of Steubenville$22,180 Steubenville 21 2,169 Private Not for Profit
Franklin University$9,985 Columbus 19 3,245 Private Not for Profit
Air Force Institute of Technology-Graduate School of Engineering & ManagementN/A Wright-Patterson AFB 17 570 Public
Cedarville University$25,496 Cedarville 14 3,034 Private Not for Profit
Denison University$42,280 Granville 10 2,264 Private Not for Profit
University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College$5,890 Blue Ash 6 2,981 Public
Notre Dame College$25,514 Cleveland 6 1,327 Private Not for Profit
Shawnee State University$6,988 Portsmouth 5 3,992 Public
Ashland University$28,858 Ashland 5 3,717 Private Not for Profit
Otterbein University$30,658 Westerville 5 2,431 Private Not for Profit
Marietta College$30,950 Marietta 5 1,489 Private Not for Profit

Best Schools Fighting for Families

Many of the nation’s best social work programs, designed around family assistance, are found in Ohio. These schools create ideal learning environments for those interested in a rewarding career helping children and families. Outstanding classes mixed with hands-on experience, and consistent field study is a winning combination found at these Ohio colleges. Incredible scholarship opportunities add to the reasons to pursue your social work degree at any of the programs below. Ranked based on awards, academic possibilities, reputation, and innovation, these are the Ohio colleges with the top programs in the state for family-focused social work. For prospective students looking to make a difference in families, any of these programs will exceed your educational needs.

Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus 576 451 125 $10,037 48,788
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Cincinnati 233 186 47 $10,784 25,412
Cleveland State University Cleveland 230 176 54 $9,314 10,277
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland 203 171 32 $40,490 8,404
University of Akron Main Campus Akron 168 141 27 $9,863 20,349
Ohio University-Main Campus Athens 127 82 45 $10,282 20,053
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Bowling Green 109 79 30 $10,514 15,225
Wright State University-Main Campus Dayton 102 70 32 $8,354 14,554
Youngstown State University Youngstown 99 86 13 $7,712 10,901
University of Toledo Toledo 98 84 14 $9,275 17,680
Miami University-Oxford Oxford 71 47 24 $13,594 15,621
Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon 62 51 11 $22,890 2,141
Capital University Columbus 48 32 16 $31,364 2,943
Kent State University at Kent Kent 39 29 10 $9,672 21,028
John Carroll University University Heights 34 27 7 $33,180 3,188
Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware 29 19 10 $39,150 1,815
University of Dayton Dayton 26 20 6 $33,400 9,333
Wittenberg University Springfield 25 18 7 $38,030 1,792
The University of Findlay Findlay 23 20 3 $28,914 3,035
Bluffton University Bluffton 22 18 4 $27,426 1,000
Oberlin College Oberlin 22 16 6 $44,905 2,926
Cedarville University Cedarville 21 19 2 $25,496 3,034
Denison University Granville 21 17 4 $42,280 2,264
Kenyon College Gambier 20 15 5 $44,420 1,648
Ohio Dominican University Columbus 17 15 2 $28,104 2,152
Shawnee State University Portsmouth 17 13 4 $6,988 3,992
Lourdes University Sylvania 16 12 4 $16,950 1,388
College of Mount St. Joseph Cincinnati 16 14 2 $25,100 1,461
Xavier University Cincinnati 16 14 2 $32,070 4,790
Ashland University Ashland 14 11 3 $28,858 3,717
Hiram College Hiram 14 9 5 $30,190 1,182
Walsh University North Canton 14 11 3 $24,690 2,088
The College of Wooster Wooster 14 9 5 $39,810 1,982
Malone University Canton 12 10 2 $24,536 1,774
Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville 12 10 2 $22,180 2,169
Union Institute & University Cincinnati 11 9 2 $11,664 948
Ursuline College Pepper Pike 11 9 2 $25,790 761
Wilberforce University Wilberforce 10 9 1 $13,250 589
Baldwin Wallace University Berea 9 7 2 $27,060 3,409
Central State University Wilberforce 9 5 4 $5,870 2,255
Otterbein University Westerville 8 4 4 $30,658 2,431
Defiance College Defiance 7 6 1 $27,360 821
University of Mount Union Alliance 7 5 2 $26,650 2,188
Muskingum University New Concord 7 4 3 $22,628 1,648
Wilmington College Wilmington 7 5 2 $27,720 1,103
Ohio Northern University Ada 5 4 1 $35,678 3,229