Ohio Colleges and Universities

Colleges and universities in Ohio are accredited by organizations like the Higher Learning Commission, Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and the Council on Higher Education.  Undergraduate and graduate degrees students may obtain from Ohio’s accredited postsecondary schools include Associate of Arts in Social Work, Associate of Science in Families Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, Bachelor of Science in Finance, Master of Arts in Literature, Master of Science in Botany, Doctorate of Arts in Cultural Studies or a Doctorate of Arts in Environmental Engineering.

The state’s accredited colleges and universities include:

  • Ohio State University
  • Kent State University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Dayton
  • Xavier University
  • University of Akron
  • Central State University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Cleveland State University
  • Miami University
  • University of Toledo
  • Shawnee State University
  • Wright State University
  • Youngstown State University
  • Oberlin College
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • College of Wooster
  • Cincinnati Christian University
  • Ohio Christian University
  • Owens Community College
  • Lakeland Community College

Overview of Ohio and State Higher Education

Ohio is the 17th state, having been admitted to the statehood on March 1, 1803.  The capital city of Ohio is Columbus, also home to the University of Ohio.  Nicknamed the “Buckeye State,” Ohio is known for aviation, education, rivers, agriculture, tourism, athletics, telecommunications, entertainment, machinery and healthcare.  Famous Ohioans, including people who attended the accredited colleges and universities in the state include President Ulysses Grant; author, Paul Laurence Dunbar; astronaut, Neil Armstrong; author Erma Bombeck; actress, Dorothy Dandridge; actress and singer, Doris Day; actress, Ruby Dee; newscaster, Hugh Downs; author, Toni Morrison; inventor, Charles Kettering; jazz musician, Norris Turney; inventor, Orville Wright; businessman, Ted Turner and professional baseball player, Cy Young.

For-profit colleges and universities in Ohio offer classroom and distance learning programs similar to other public and private postsecondary schools in the state.  Some Ohio for-profit colleges and universities include:

  • DeVry University
  • South University
  • University of Phoenix
  • Kaplan University

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Visiting attractions like the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Museum, National Museum of the Air Force, Cedar Point, Paul Laurence Dunbar House, Kings Island and shopping at outlets in Cincinnati are events and activities available to college and university students in Ohio.  Collegiate and professional sports teams like the Ohio State University Buckeyes, University of Dayton Flyers, University of Cincinnati Bearcats, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cincinnati Reds and Columbus Blue Jackets also offer activities and spectator sports competitions students can engage in or enjoy watching. 

Top employers located throughout Ohio operate in a variety of industries, increasing the types and numbers of jobs available for college and university graduates to be hired into.  Some of Ohio’s top employers are:

  • Ohio State University
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Tri Health Lifeline and Home
  • Defense Supply Center
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • GE Aviation
  • Kent State University
  • Health Alliance
  • Grant Medical Center
  • Mt. Carmel West Hospital
  • Miami Valley Hospital
  • Northside Medical Center
  • Akron General Medical Center
  • Christ Hospital
  • Consulting Pathologists Incorporated
  • Lighthouse Point
  • Cedar Point Camper Village
  • Atlas Technologies

The “Buckeye State” is populated with businesses and public and privately owned organizations that operate across a variety of industries such as financial services, manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, hospitality, culinary arts, healthcare, entertainment, printing, education and criminal justice.  College and university students may be able to increase their chances of getting hired by the state’s major employers and other business leaders if they major in subjects in college that complement industries employers they want to work for operate in.  Types of degrees undergraduate and/or graduate college and university students may get that complement the state’s industries include Associate of Arts in Accounting, Associate of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Master of Arts in Human Resource Management, Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Doctorate of Arts in Education or a Doctorate of Science in Medicine.

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