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    Top Colleges in Ohio

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Updated: May 7th, 2024

    When it comes to higher education, Ohio is a hidden treasure in the Midwest. Every year, students from all over the country enroll at Ohio universities. With esteemed institutions like Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University, there is an option for everybody. Explore the list below to find the perfect school for you in the Buckeye State.

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    Ohio State University-Main Campus

    Columbus, OH • Public, City

    Columbus, OH

    Public, City

    57% acceptance rate
    45,986 undergraduate students
    88% graduation rate
    $18,623 average per year after aid
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    Ohio Northern University

    Ada, OH • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Ada, OH

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    69% acceptance rate
    2,187 undergraduate students
    76% graduation rate
    $24,401 average per year after aid
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    Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science

    Cincinnati, OH • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Cincinnati, OH

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    89% acceptance rate
    282 undergraduate students
    83% graduation rate
    $25,576 average per year after aid
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    University of Dayton

    Dayton, OH • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Dayton, OH

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    81% acceptance rate
    8,555 undergraduate students
    80% graduation rate
    $27,407 average per year after aid
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    Case Western Reserve University

    Cleveland, OH • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Cleveland, OH

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    30% acceptance rate
    5,697 undergraduate students
    84% graduation rate
    $37,702 average per year after aid
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    Miami University-Oxford

    Oxford, OH • Public, Town

    Oxford, OH

    Public, Town

    89% acceptance rate
    16,868 undergraduate students
    83% graduation rate
    $24,592 average per year after aid
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    Kenyon College

    Gambier, OH • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Gambier, OH

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    37% acceptance rate
    1,868 undergraduate students
    87% graduation rate
    $33,706 average per year after aid
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    The College of Wooster

    Wooster, OH • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Wooster, OH

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    61% acceptance rate
    1,960 undergraduate students
    77% graduation rate
    $22,852 average per year after aid
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    Franciscan University of Steubenville

    Steubenville, OH • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Steubenville, OH

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    68% acceptance rate
    2,443 undergraduate students
    75% graduation rate
    $18,769 average per year after aid
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    Denison University

    Granville, OH • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Granville, OH

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    28% acceptance rate
    2,312 undergraduate students
    81% graduation rate
    $32,002 average per year after aid
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    Cedarville University

    Cedarville, OH • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Cedarville, OH

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    62% acceptance rate
    3,613 undergraduate students
    73% graduation rate
    $22,772 average per year after aid
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    University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

    Cincinnati, OH • Public, City

    Cincinnati, OH

    Public, City

    85% acceptance rate
    27,188 undergraduate students
    73% graduation rate
    $22,114 average per year after aid
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    Oberlin College

    Oberlin, OH • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Oberlin, OH

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    34% acceptance rate
    2,942 undergraduate students
    82% graduation rate
    $34,498 average per year after aid
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    Xavier University

    Cincinnati, OH • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Cincinnati, OH

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    84% acceptance rate
    5,124 undergraduate students
    75% graduation rate
    $31,642 average per year after aid
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    Ohio University-Main Campus

    Athens, OH • Public, Town

    Athens, OH

    Public, Town

    89% acceptance rate
    17,899 undergraduate students
    67% graduation rate
    $19,695 average per year after aid
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    Ashland University

    Ashland, OH • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Ashland, OH

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    70% acceptance rate
    2,991 undergraduate students
    68% graduation rate
    $21,151 average per year after aid
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    Kent State University at Kent

    Kent, OH • Public, Suburb

    Kent, OH

    Public, Suburb

    87% acceptance rate
    20,136 undergraduate students
    68% graduation rate
    $18,778 average per year after aid
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    University of Mount Union

    Alliance, OH • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Alliance, OH

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    80% acceptance rate
    1,865 undergraduate students
    68% graduation rate
    $22,836 average per year after aid
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    Wittenberg University

    Springfield, OH • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Springfield, OH

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    92% acceptance rate
    1,256 undergraduate students
    64% graduation rate
    $21,795 average per year after aid
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    Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

    Bowling Green, OH • Public, Town

    Bowling Green, OH

    Public, Town

    79% acceptance rate
    12,779 undergraduate students
    62% graduation rate
    $16,310 average per year after aid
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    About the Data

    We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

    State Grants in Ohio

    Most states offer their own state-wide grants to help residents obtain an affordable education. Here are some of the most prominent state-wide grants in Ohio:

    Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)

    OCOG is a need-based grant for Ohio students with very high demonstrated need. Recipients can use the fund at Ohio institutions, whether they are public, private non-profit, or private for-profit. The amount varies depending on financial need, enrollment status, and the type of institution.

    Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program

    Choose Ohio First is a program to incentivize Ohio students studying STEM to pursue their education in-state. Students can use the funds for both undergraduate and select graduate programs.

    Ohio Tuition Reciprocity Agreements

    Although Ohio is not a member of any general tuition reciprocity agreement, many Ohio schools have struck up agreements with neighboring states. Check out Ohio’s official website for a list of all these schools and the corresponding states.

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    Frequently asked questions

    What is the hardest Ohio college to get into?

    Denison was the Ohio college with the lowest acceptance rate in 2023, with a 28% acceptance rate. Even if the admission rate may seem intimidating, don’t let a low number deter you from applying. Remember, your application can always catch an admissions officer’s eye, and everyone should apply to at least a couple of reach schools!

    Why should I study in Ohio?

    Ohio is known as a hidden gem when it comes to higher education in the Midwest. The state is home to many renowned institutions, whether you’re looking at a public school like OSU or a liberal arts institution like Oberlin. Ohio also has several cities with large industries, which offer opportunities for internships and jobs for students. Finally, Ohio has a lower cost of living than many other states with strong educational institutions. So, students can receive a quality education without spending as much as they may elsewhere.

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