List of colleges and universities in Ohio

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The state of Ohio is the home of a number of public and private institutions of higher learning. Chartered in 1787, Ohio University was the first institution of higher education chartered by an act of Congress in America (Northwest Ordinance), the first university in the former Northwest Territory in 1804, and is the ninth oldest public university in the United States.[1][2][3]

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.

Eleven of the 13 public universities top the state's enrollment statistics, with The Ohio State University ranking as one of the nation's top five universities by enrollment. The remaining two public institutions -- Shawnee State University and Central State University—are relatively small. The University of Dayton is the state's largest private university by enrollment, followed by Case Western Reserve, Ashland University, Franklin University, and Xavier University.

Federal institutions[edit]

State institutions (University System of Ohio)[edit]

Four Year[edit]

University Common short form and abbreviation Location Enrollment Athletics nickname School Colors Founded Student newspaper Student radio station University radio/TV Law school Business school Medical school
University of Akron Akron
Akron 24,932 Akron Zips
blue, gold
(Buchtel College)
The Buchtelite WZIP 88.1 MHz ZTV UA School of Law UA College of Business Administration Northeast Ohio Medical University
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green State
Bowling Green
Bowling Green 16,958 Bowling Green Falcons orange, brown
1910 The BG News WBGU (FM) 88.1 MHz
WFAL 1610 kHz
WBGU-TV Channel 27   BGSU College of Business Administration  
Central State University
(Historically black)
Central State
Wilberforce 2,068 Central State Marauders Maroon and Gold
1887 The Gold Torch WCSU-FM 88.9 MHz      
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati
Cincinnati 43,691 Cincinnati Bearcats red, black
1819 The News Record Bearcast (online)   UC College of Law Carl H. Lindner College of Business UC College of Medicine
Cleveland State University Cleveland State
Cleveland 17,497 Cleveland State Vikings
forest green, white
(Fenn College)
The Cleveland Stater WCSB 89.3 MHz   Cleveland-Marshall College of Law James J. Nance College of Business Administration Northeast Ohio Medical University
Kent State University Kent State
Kent 28,998 Kent State Golden Flashes navy blue, gold
1910 The Daily Kent Stater Black Squirrel Radio (online)
WKSU-FM 89.7 MHz
TV2   KSU College of Business Administration Northeast Ohio Medical University, KSU College of Podiatric Medicine;
Miami University Miami
Oxford 17,901 Miami RedHawks
red, white
1809 The Miami Student WMSR WMUB 88.5 MHz   Richard T. Farmer School of Business  
The Ohio State University
Ohio State
Columbus 57,466 Ohio State Buckeyes scarlet, gray
1870 The Lantern   WOSU-FM 89.7 MHz
WOSA 101.1 MHz
WOSU-TV Channel 34
Moritz College of Law Max M. Fisher College of Business OSU College of Medicine
Ohio University Ohio
Athens 28,786 Ohio Bobcats OHIO Green & White
Chartered 1787, est. 1804 The Post ACRN WOUB (AM) 1340 kHz
WOUB-FM 91.3 MHz
WOUB-TV Channel 20
  Ohio University College of Business Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Shawnee State University Shawnee State
Portsmouth 4,341 Shawnee State Bears Blue, Gray, & White
1986 University Chronicle          
University of Toledo Toledo
Toledo 20,743 Toledo Rockets midnight blue, gold
1872 The Independent Collegian WXUT   UT College of Law UT College of Business and Innovation UT College of Medicine
Wright State University Wright State
16,656 Wright State Raiders hunter green, gold
1967 The Guardian WWSU 106.9 MHz     Raj Soin College of Business Boonshoft School of Medicine
Youngstown State University Youngstown State
Youngstown 13,352 Youngstown State Penguins red, white
1908 The Jambar Rookery Radio (online) WYSU 88.5 MHz   Williamson College of Business Administration Northeast Ohio Medical University

Regional campuses[edit]

Main Campus Branch Campus(es)
Akron University of Akron, Wayne College, Orrville, Ohio
Medina County University Center, Medina, Ohio
Midpoint Campus Center, Brunswick, Ohio
University of Akron, Lakewood Branch, Lakewood, Ohio
Bowling Green Bowling Green State University, Firelands College, Huron, Ohio
UC University of Cincinnati Clermont College, Batavia, Ohio
University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College (formerly Raymond Walters College), Blue Ash, Ohio
Kent State Kent State University Ashtabula Campus, Ashtabula, Ohio
Kent State University East Liverpool Campus, East Liverpool, Ohio
Kent State University Geauga Campus, Burton, Ohio
Kent State University Salem Campus, Salem, Ohio
Kent State University Stark Campus, North Canton, Ohio
Kent State University Trumbull Campus, Warren, Ohio
Kent State University Tuscarawas Campus, New Philadelphia, Ohio
Miami Miami University Hamilton, Hamilton, Ohio
Miami University Middletown, Middletown, Ohio
Miami University Voice of America Learning Center, West Chester, Ohio
Ohio State Ohio State University, Lima Campus, Lima, Ohio
Ohio State University, Mansfield Campus, Mansfield, Ohio
Ohio State University, Marion Campus, Marion, Ohio
Ohio State University, Newark Campus, Newark, Ohio
Ohio State University, Delaware Center, Delaware, Ohio
Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, Wooster, Ohio
Ohio Ohio University-Chillicothe, Chillicothe, Ohio
Ohio University Eastern Campus, Saint Clairsville, Ohio
Ohio University, Lancaster Campus, Lancaster, Ohio
Ohio University Southern Campus, Ironton, Ohio
Ohio University, Zanesville Campus, Zanesville, Ohio
Wright State Wright State University, Lake Campus, Celina, Ohio

Two-year community and technical colleges[edit]

Private institutions[edit]

The Five Colleges of Ohio or The Ohio Five[edit]

These five colleges have been affiliated as members of state, regional, and national educational and athletic organizations for some years. The Five Colleges of Ohio Consortium was started in 1995 to foster cooperation and understanding, while maintaining individuality.

University Location Enrollment Founded Religious affiliation Athletics nickname School colors
Denison University Granville 2,211 1831 (Originally Baptist) Big Red red, white
Kenyon College Gambier 1,635 1824 (Originally Episcopalian) Lords/Ladies purple, white
Oberlin College Oberlin 2,857 1833 (Originally Presbyterian) Yeomen/Yeowomen crimson, gold
Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware 1,944 1842 Methodist Battling Bishops red, black[4]
College of Wooster Wooster 1,827 1866 (Originally Presbyterian) Fighting Scots black, gold

Private institutions without a religious affiliation[edit]

Religiously affiliated private institutions[edit]









Roman Catholic[edit]

Institution Location Enrollment Founded Order Athletics nickname School colors
University of Dayton Dayton 10,569 1850 Marianist Flyers Columbia blue, red
Chatfield College Cincinnati 500 1971 Ursulines    
Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville 2,421 1946 Franciscan Barons green and white
John Carroll University University Heights 4,050 1886 Jesuit Blue Streaks blue, gold
Lourdes University Sylvania 2,035 1958 Franciscan (Order of Friars Minor)    
Mercy College of Northwest Ohio Toledo 688 1917 Sisters of Mercy    
Mount St. Joseph University Cincinnati 2,300 1920 Sisters of Charity Lions blue and gold
Notre Dame College South Euclid 2,100 1922 Sisters of Notre Dame   blue, yellow
Ohio Dominican University Columbus 2,942 1911 Dominican Panthers black, gold
Pontifical College Josephinum Columbus 138 1888   Vikings  
Ursuline College Pepper Pike 1,180 1871 Ursuline Arrows blue, gold
Walsh University North Canton 2,500 1958 Brothers of Christian Instruction Cavaliers wine, gold
Xavier University Cincinnati 6,500 1831 Jesuit Musketeers blue, white

United Church of Christ[edit]

Professional schools[edit]

Public institutions in boldface:


  • University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
  • University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Interior Design
  • Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Miami University Department of Architecture and Interior Design
  • Ohio State University Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture


  • University of Akron College of Business Administration
  • Ashland University School of Business
  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Bowling Green State University College of Business Administration
  • Capital University School of Management
  • Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management
  • Cedarville University Department of Business Administration
  • Central State University College of Business and Industry
  • University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business
  • Cleveland State University Monte Ahuja College of Business Administration
  • University of Dayton School of Business Administration
  • University of Gopal College of Business
  • Heidelberg University School of Business
  • Hocking College School of Business
  • John Carroll University Boler School of Business
  • Kent State University College of Business Administration
  • Miami University Farmer School of Business
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University School of Business
  • University of Northwestern Ohio College of Business
  • Ohio Dominican University Division of Business
  • Ohio Northern University James F. Dicke College of Business Administration
  • Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
  • Ohio University College of Business
  • Ohio University Online MBA[7]
  • Shawnee State University College of Professional Studies
  • Tiffin University School of Business
  • Trumbull Business College
  • University of Toledo College of Business Administration
  • Wittenberg University, Department of Business
  • Wright State University Raj Soin College of Business
  • Youngstown State University Williamson College of Business Administration


  • Ohio State University College of Dentistry
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine


  • University of Akron College of Education
  • Ashland University College of Education
  • Capital University College of Education
  • Central State University College of Education
  • Bowling Green State University College of Education and Human Development
  • Baldwin Wallace College of Education
  • University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
  • Cleveland State University College of Education and Human Services
  • University of Dayton School of Education and Allied Professions
  • Kent State University College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services
  • Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
  • Ohio University College of Education
  • University of Toledo Judith Herb College of Education
  • Wright State University College of Education and Human Services
  • Youngstown State University Beeghly College of Education


  • Ohio University E. W. Scripps School of Journalism
  • Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication


  • University of Akron School of Law/C. Blake McDowell Law Center
  • Capital University Law School
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law
  • Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
  • University of Toledo College of Law


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
  • Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University (formerly NEOUCOM) (University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, and Youngstown State University consortium)
  • Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Toledo College of Medicine
  • Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine


  • Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University
  • Capital University School of Nursing
  • Cleveland State School of Nursing
  • Cedarville University School of Nursing
  • University of Akron School of Nursing
  • Ashland University College of Nursing
  • University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
  • Otterbein University
  • Kettering College of Medical Arts Division of Nursing
  • Mount Carmel College of Nursing"'
  • "'Ohio State University College of Nursing
  • University of Toledo College of Nursing
  • Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health
  • Ursuline College The Breen School of Nursing
  • Youngstown State University Bitonte College of Health and Human Services
  • Kent State University
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University


  • Ohio State University College of Optometry


  • ""Cedarville University College of Pharmacy""
  • University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
  • Ohio Northern University Rudolph H. Raabe College of Pharmacy
  • Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
  • University of Toledo College Of Pharmacy
  • Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • University of Findlay - College of Pharmacy


  • Wright State University School of Professional Psychology

Public health[edit]

  • Kent State University College of Public Health
  • Ohio State University College of Public Health

Veterinary medicine[edit]

  • Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Defunct colleges and universities[edit]

Many Ohio institutions of higher education have become defunct over the years.

  • Edgecliff College, Cincinnati
  • Mary Manse College, Toledo
  • National Normal University
  • Smithville College, Smithville
  • Western College for Women, Oxford (merged with Miami University)
  • Calvary Christian College, Paris, Ohio

Ranked by enrollment[edit]

Public institutions in boldface. For-profit institutions in italic. Numbers reflect all-campus enrollments.

  1. Ohio State University: 64,822[8]
  2. University of Cincinnati: 43,691[9]
  3. Kent State University: 42,185[10]
  4. Ohio University: 29,486
  5. University of Akron: 28,000[11]
  6. University of Toledo: 22,336
  7. Bowling Green State University: 18,989
  8. Wright State University: 18,786
  9. Miami University: 17,161
  10. Cleveland State University: 15,664
  11. Youngstown State University: 14,682
  12. Xavier University : 10,522
  13. University of Dayton: 10,495
  14. Case Western Reserve University: 9,095
  15. Tiffin University: 6,813
  16. Franklin University: 6,802
  17. Ashland University: 6,500[12]
  18. University of Findlay: 4,654
  19. Baldwin Wallace University: 4,600
  20. John Carroll University: 4,101
  21. DeVry University-Ohio: 3,949
  22. Capital University: 3,894
  23. Shawnee State University: 3,798
  24. Ohio Northern University: 3,495
  25. Cedarville University: 3,093
  26. Otterbein College: 3,089
  27. University of Northwestern Ohio: 2,971
  28. Oberlin College: 2,857
  29. Ohio Dominican University: 2,844
  30. University of Rio Grande: 2,530
  31. Mount Vernon Nazarene University: 2,455
  32. Franciscan University of Steubenville: 2,374
  33. University of Mount Union: 2,333
  34. Malone University: 2,250
  35. Denison University: 2,211
  36. Wittenberg University: 2,182
  37. Muskingum College: 2,176
  38. College of Mount St. Joseph: 2,158
  39. Walsh University: 1,951
  40. Ohio Wesleyan University: 1,944
  41. College of Wooster: 1,827
  42. Central State University: 1,820
  43. Wilmington College: 1,755
  44. Kenyon College: 1,635
  45. Lourdes College: 1,562
  46. Columbus College of Art and Design: 1,559
  47. Urbana University: 1,557
  48. Heidelberg University: 1,483
  49. Marietta College: 1,480
  50. Ursuline College: 1,462
  51. Notre Dame College: 1,299
  52. Bluffton University: 1,191
  53. Hiram College: 1,125
  54. Lake Erie College: 1,043
  55. Defiance College: 1,035
  56. Myers University: 1,004
  57. Wilberforce University: 825
  58. University of Phoenix-Cleveland Campus: 824
  59. Antioch University McGregor: 737
  60. Antioch College: 496
  61. University of Phoenix-Cincinnati Campus: 489
  62. Cleveland Institute of Art: 484
  63. Ohio Business College - Sandusky Campus: 380
  64. Ohio Business College - Sheffield Campus: 350
  65. University of Phoenix-Columbus Campus: 310
  66. God's Bible School and College: 280
  67. Bryant and Stratton College, Cleveland: 254
  68. Bryant and Stratton College, Parma: 216
  69. Bryant and Stratton College, Eastlake: 152


  • Cincinnati cross-town rivalry between the University of Cincinnati (public) and Xavier University (private). The basketball rivalry between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Xavier Musketeers (Muskies) is known as the Crosstown Shootout.
  • Historically Black/Wilberforce cross-town rivalry between Ohio's two historically black universities, Central State University (public) and Wilberforce University (private), both located in the small town of Wilberforce, Ohio.
  • Dayton cross-town rivalry between Wright State University (public) and the University of Dayton (Catholic).
  • Battle of the Bricks rivalry between the Old Northwest's oldest universities, Miami University and Ohio University, both located in rural towns in southern Ohio.
  • Battle of I-75 rivalry between the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University, two large public universities in Northwest Ohio — winner gets the Peace Pipe
  • Battle for the Wagon Wheel rivalry between Kent State University and the University of Akron, two large public universities in Northeast Ohio.
  • Victory Bell rivalry between Miami University and the University of Cincinnati, two large public universities in Southwest Ohio - football rivals since 1888
  • Southwest Ohio Catholic Universities rivalry between the University of Dayton and Xavier University battle in basketball for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy
  • The Battle of the Columbus Suburbs is between cross-town rivals Otterbein University of Westerville and Capital University of Bexley.
  • Defiance College and Bluffton University, two small private colleges in Northwest Ohio.
  • Ohio Wesleyan University and Denison University (especially in Lacrosse), two private liberal arts colleges and members of the North Coast Athletic Conference. Both are located in exurban Columbus.
  • Wittenberg University and The College of Wooster, both Protestant liberal arts school in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Both are traditional powerhouses in football and men's and women's basketball while contest in field hockey, swimming and baseball are always closely contested.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ See College Lands: Ohio University Chartered, and Land Ordinance of 1785, and A compilation of laws, treaties, resolutions, and ordinances: of the general and state governments, which relate to lands in the state of Ohio; including the laws adopted by the governor and judges; the laws of the territorial legislature; and the laws of this state, to the years 1815–16. G. Nashee, State Printer. 1825. 
  2. ^ "Ohio Lands: A Short History". Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ John Kilbourne (1907). "The Public Lands of Ohio". In Henry Howe. Historical Collections of Ohio ... an Encyclopedia of the State 1 (The Ohio Centennial ed.). The State of Ohio. p. 226.  Act of February 18, 1804, v. 2, L. O. p. 193, An act establishing a University in the town of Athens.
  4. ^ "The Five Colleges of Ohio Booklet". Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "About Mount". Retrieved 2009-01-30. Mount Union is proud of its religious heritage and its background in the Methodist Church. For more than a century the College has been officially connected with the Methodist Church. It is now affiliated with the East Ohio, West Ohio and Western Pennsylvania Conferences of the United Methodist Church. 
  6. ^
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  8. ^ "About Ohio State". Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  9. ^ "About UC". Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  10. ^ "Kent State announces Fall Enrollment Totals". Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  11. ^ The University of Akron : About UA
  12. ^ Search Results | Ashland University

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