List of colleges and universities in Ohio
The state of Ohio is home to a number of public and private institutions of higher learning. Prior to statehood, the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 included a provision to establish an institution of higher education in what became Ohio. American Western University was chartered in 1802 as a result, but never opened. Two years later, the new Ohio General Assembly chartered Ohio University, which opened for classes in 1809, followed by Miami University, which was chartered in 1809 and opened in 1824. In northern Ohio, Western Reserve College (now Case Western Reserve University) was established in 1826.
Notably, schools consistently ranking nationally in the top 100 of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Ranking are Case Western Reserve University, Ohio State University, and Miami University. Consistently ranking nationally in the top 50 of the U.S. News & World Report liberal arts rankings are Oberlin College and Kenyon College.
The Ohio Board of Regents oversees the public institutions of higher education in Ohio. This system has come under some criticism in recent years as contributing greatly to overlap and redundancies in the higher education system. For example, Ohio's public university system supports nine doctoral programs in history and five law schools while four different public universities in Ohio operate airports and offer aviation programs. At the same time, the system has been lauded for creating powerful "utility" organizations, such as OhioLINK and the Ohio Supercomputer Center, which allow campuses to collaborate and achieve significant efficiencies. A new credit transfer program makes transferring among Ohio's public campuses much easier, and allows students to preview academic programs.
11 of the 13 public universities top the state's enrollment statistics. The remaining two public institutions—Shawnee State University and Central State University—are relatively small. Case Western Reserve University is the state's largest private university by enrollment, followed by the University of Dayton, Ashland University, Franklin University, and Xavier University.
|Air Force Institute of Technology||Wright-Patterson Air Force Base||Public||Doctoral/moderate research university||860||1919|
|University of Akron||Akron||Public||Doctoral/higher research university||23,962||1870|
|Bowling Green State University||Bowling Green||Public||Doctoral/higher research university||16,554||1910|
|Central State University||Wilberforce||Public||Baccalaureate college, HBCU||1,751||1887|
|University of Cincinnati||Cincinnati||Public||Doctoral/highest research university||35,313||1819|
|Cleveland State University||Cleveland||Public||Doctoral/higher research university||17,730||1964|
|Kent State University||Kent||Public||Doctoral/higher research university||29,477||1910|
|Miami University||Oxford||Public||Doctoral/higher research university||18,620||1809|
|Ohio State University||Columbus||Public||Doctoral/highest research university||58,322||1870|
|Shawnee State University||Portsmouth||Public||Baccalaureate college||4,247||1986|
|University of Toledo||Toledo||Public||Doctoral/higher research university||20,626||1872|
|Wright State University||Dayton||Public||Doctoral/moderate research university||16,842||1967|
|Youngstown State University||Youngstown||Public||Master's university||12,503||1908|
|Ohio University||Athens||Public||Doctoral/higher research university||29,217||1804|
|Allegheny Wesleyan College||Salem||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||84||1957|
|Beckfield College||Springdale||Private for-profit||Associate's college||548||1984|
|Belmont College||St. Clairsville||Public||Associate's college||1,042||1971|
|Central Ohio Technical College||Newark||Public||Associate's college||3,567||1971|
|Cincinnati State Technical and Community College||Cincinnati||Public||Associate's college||10,707||1969|
|Clark State Community College||Springfield||Public||Associate's college||6,400||1962|
|Columbus State Community College||Columbus||Public||Associate's college||24,664||1963|
|Cuyahoga Community College||Cleveland||Public||Associate's college||31,024||1963|
|Daymar College||Various||Private for-profit||Associate's college||169||1963|
|Edison State Community College||Piqua||Public||Associate's college||4,000||1973|
|Hocking College||Nelsonville||Public||Associate's college||2,300||1968|
|James A. Rhodes State College||Lima||Public||Associate's college||3,657||1971|
|Eastern Gateway Community College||Steubenville and Youngstown||Public||Associate's college||2,904||1986|
|Lakeland Community College||Kirtland and Madison||Public||Associate's college||9,831||1967|
|Lorain County Community College||Elyria, Wellington, North Ridgeville, and Lorain||Public||Associate's college||12,948||1963|
|Marion Technical College||Marion||Public||Associate's college||2,468||1970|
|North Central State College||Mansfield||Public||Associate's college||4,700||1961|
|Northwest State Community College||Archbold||Public||Associate's college||3, 612||1968|
|Owens Community College||Toledo and Findlay||Public||Associate's college||20,160||1965|
|Sinclair Community College||Dayton||Public||Associate's college||28,000||1887|
|Southern State Community College||Hillsboro, Mount Orab, Wilmington, and Washington Court House||Public||Associate's college||2,462||1971|
|Stark State College||Canton||Public||Associate's college||14,097||1960|
|Terra State Community College||Fremont||Public||Associate's college||3,222||1968|
|Washington State Community College||Marietta||Public||Associate's college||2,300||1971|
|Zane State College||Zanesville||Public||Associate's college||2,100||1969|
|Denison University||Granville||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||2,278||1831|
|Kenyon College||Gambier||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||1,662||1824|
|Oberlin College||Oberlin||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||2,978||1833|
|Ohio Wesleyan University||Delaware||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||1,734||1842|
|The College of Wooster||Wooster||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||2,049||1866|
|Antioch University Midwest||Yellow Springs||Private not-for profit||Master's university||243||1988|
|Antioch College||Yellow Springs||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college (presumed)||179||1850|
|Art Academy of Cincinnati||Cincinnati||Private not-for profit||Special-focus institution||209||1869|
|Case Western Reserve University||Cleveland||Private not-for profit||Doctoral/highest research university||11,824||1826|
|Cleveland Institute of Art||Cleveland||Private not-for profit||Special-focus institution||615||1882|
|Cleveland Institute of Music||Cleveland||Private not-for profit||Special-focus institution||450||1920|
|Ohio Technical College||Cleveland||Private not-for profit||Associate's college||1,500||1969|
|Cleveland Institute of Electronics||Cleveland||Private for-profit||Associate's college||1,000||1934|
|Columbus College of Art and Design||Columbus||Private not-for profit||Special-focus institution||1,288||1879|
|Franklin University||Columbus||Private not-for profit||Special-focus institution||5,732||1902|
|Hiram College||Hiram||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||1,259||1850|
|Lake Erie College||Painesville||Private not-for profit||Master's university||1,155||1856|
|Marietta College||Marietta||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||1,500||1835|
|Remington College||Cleveland||Private not-for profit||Special-focus institution||510||1987|
|Tiffin University||Tiffin||Private not-for profit||Master's university||4,100||1888|
|Union Institute & University||Cincinnati||Private not-for profit||Doctoral/moderate research university||1,567||1964|
|University of Northwestern Ohio||Lima||Private not-for profit||Mixed baccalaureate/associate's college||4,111||1920|
|University of Rio Grande||Rio Grande||Private not-for profit||Mixed baccalaureate/associate's college||2,202||1876|
|Urbana University||Urbana||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||1,922||1850|
|Cedarville University||Cedarville||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||3,585||1887|
|Ashland University||Ashland||Private not-for profit||Doctoral/moderate research university||5,428||1878|
|Cincinnati Christian University||Cincinnati||Private not-for profit||Special-focus institution||835||1924|
|Kettering College||Kettering||Private not-for profit||Special-focus institution||760||1967|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene University||Mount Vernon||Private not-for profit||Master's university||2,317||1968|
|Ohio Christian University||Circleville||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||4,058||1947|
|University of Findlay||Findlay||Private not-for profit||Master's university||5,172||1882|
|Wilberforce University||Wilberforce||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college, HBCU||387||1856|
|Capital University||Bexley||Private not-for profit||Doctoral/higher research university||3,494||1830|
|Wittenberg University||Springfield||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||1,964||1845|
|Bluffton University||Bluffton||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||1,094||1899|
|Baldwin Wallace University||Berea||Private not-for profit||Master's university||3,979||1845|
|University of Mount Union||Alliance||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||2,262||1846|
|Ohio Wesleyan University||Delaware||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||1,734||1842|
|Ohio Northern University||Ada||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||3,695||1871|
|Otterbein University||Westerville||Private not-for profit||Master's university||2,791||1847|
|Muskingum University||New Concord||Private not-for profit||Master's university||2,074||1837|
|Malone University||Canton||Private not-for profit||Master's university||1,962||1892|
|Wilmington College||Wilmington||Private not-for profit||Master's university||1,200||1870|
|University of Dayton||Dayton||Private not-for profit||Doctoral/higher research university||11,074||1850|
|Chatfield College||Cincinnati||Private not-for profit||Associate's college||500||1971|
|Franciscan University of Steubenville||Steubenville||Private not-for profit||Master's university||2,421||1946|
|John Carroll University||University Heights||Private not-for profit||Master's university||3,709||1886|
|Lourdes University||Sylvania||Private not-for profit||Master's university||2,035||1958|
|Mercy College of Ohio||Toledo||Private not-for profit||Special-focus institution||688||1917|
|Mount St. Joseph University||Cincinnati||Private not-for profit||Master's university||2,300||1920|
|Notre Dame College||South Euclid||Private not-for profit||Master's university||2,100||1922|
|Ohio Dominican University||Columbus||Private not-for profit||Master's university||2,942||1911|
|Pontifical College Josephinum||Columbus||Private not-for profit||Special-focus institution||138||1888|
|Ursuline College||Pepper Pike||Private not-for profit||Master's university||1,180||1871|
|Walsh University||North Canton||Private not-for profit||Master's university||2,500||1958|
|Xavier University||Cincinnati||Private not-for profit||Master's university||6,650||1831|
|Defiance College||Defiance||Private not-for profit||Baccalaureate college||920||1850|
|Heidelberg University||Tiffin||Private not-for profit||Master's university||1,230||1850|
|Mount Carmel College of Nursing||Columbus||Private not-for-profit||Special-focus institution||897||1903|
|Chancellor University||Cleveland||Private for-profit||1848||2013|||
Merged into Xavier University
|Mary Manse College||Toledo||Private||1922||1975|||
|Miami Valley College||Springboro||Private||1870||1883|||
|National Normal University||Lebanon||Private||1855||1917
Merged into Wilmington College
|Ohio Central College||Iberia||Private||1854||Unspecified|||
|Western College for Women||Oxford||Public||1855||1974
Merged into Miami University
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- As noted by Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
- As noted by Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Data taken from 2013-14 academic year.
- As Buchtel College
- Also includes UC Blue Ash, an Associate's-heavy school, and UC Clermont, a mixed Associate's/Baccalaureate school.
- Also includes associate's dominant Ashtabula, Geauga, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas campuses, health profession campus in East Liverpool, mixed baccalaureate and associate's Salem campus.
- Also includes associate's-heavy satellite campuses in Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester.
- Also includes baccalaureate Lima campus, and mixed baccalaureate/associate's Mansfield, Marion, and Newark campuses.
- Also includes baccalaureate college Lake Campus.
- Includes associate's dominant Chillicothe, Eastern, Lancaster, and Southern campuses, and special-focus Zanesville campus.
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- Maintains campuses in Chillicothe, Jackson, Lancaster and New Boston.
- Across all campuses.
- Not ranked by Carnegie, but presumed to be a baccalaureate college.
- Closed briefly in 2008 and reopened in 2011.
- National organization formed, date of Cleveland opening unknown
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