List of colleges and universities in Ohio

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McMicken Hall at the University of Cincinnati (left), the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the University of Dayton (middle), and Bosworth Hall at Oberlin College (right)

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.[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.

11 of the 14 public universities top the state's enrollment statistics. The remaining three public institutions—Shawnee State University, Central State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University—are relatively small. Case Western Reserve University is the state's largest private university by enrollment, followed by the University of Dayton, Xavier University, Franklin University, Ashland University, and University of Findlay.

Institutions[edit]

Active institutions
School Location(s) Control Type[4] Enrollment[5] Founded
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[6]
Allegheny Wesleyan College Salem Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college 84[7] 1957
Antioch College Yellow Springs Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college (presumed)[8] 179 1850[9]
Antioch University Midwest Yellow Springs Private not-for profit Master's university 243 1988
Art Academy of Cincinnati Cincinnati Private not-for profit Special-focus institution 209 1869
Ashland University Ashland Private not-for profit Doctoral/moderate research university 5,428 1878
Baldwin Wallace University Berea Private not-for profit Master's university 3,979 1845
Beckfield College Springdale Private for-profit Associate's college 548 1984
Belmont College St. Clairsville Public Associate's college 1,042 1971
Bluffton University Bluffton Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college 1,094 1899
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green Public Doctoral/higher research university 17,959 1910
Capital University Bexley Private not-for profit Doctoral/higher research university 3,494 1830
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Private not-for profit Doctoral/highest research university 11,824 1826
Cedarville University Cedarville Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college 4,193 1887
Central Ohio Technical College Newark Public Associate's college 3,567 1971
Central State University Wilberforce Public Baccalaureate college, HBCU 1,751 1887
Chatfield College Cincinnati Private not-for profit Associate's college 500 1971
University of Cincinnati[10] Cincinnati Public Doctoral/highest research university 46,224 1819
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
Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland Private not-for profit Special-focus institution 615 1882
Cleveland Institute of Electronics Cleveland Private for-profit Associate's college 1,000 1934
Cleveland Institute of Music Cleveland Private not-for profit Special-focus institution 450 1920
Cleveland State University Cleveland Public Doctoral/higher research university 17,730 1964
Columbus College of Art and Design Columbus Private not-for profit Special-focus institution 1,288 1879
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[11] Various Private for-profit Associate's college 169[12] 1963
University of Dayton Dayton Private not-for profit Doctoral/higher research university 11,074 1850
Defiance College Defiance Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college 920 1850
Denison University Granville Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college 2,278 1831
Eastern Gateway Community College Steubenville and Youngstown Public Associate's college 2,904 1986
Edison State Community College Piqua Public Associate's college 4,000 1973
University of Findlay Findlay Private not-for profit Master's university 5,172 1882
Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville Private not-for profit Master's university 2,421 1946
Franklin University Columbus Private not-for profit Special-focus institution 5,732 1902
Heidelberg University Tiffin Private not-for profit Master's university 1,230 1850
Hiram College Hiram Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college 1,259 1850
Hocking College Nelsonville Public Associate's college 2,300 1968
James A. Rhodes State College Lima Public Associate's college 3,657 1971
John Carroll University University Heights Private not-for profit Master's university 3,709 1886
Kent State University[13] Kent Public Doctoral/higher research university 29,477 1910
Kenyon College Gambier Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college 1,662 1824
Kettering College Kettering Private not-for profit Special-focus institution 760 1967
Lake Erie College Painesville Private not-for profit Master's university 1,155 1856
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
Lourdes University Sylvania Private not-for profit Master's university 2,035 1958
Malone University Canton Private not-for profit Master's university 1,962 1892
Marietta College Marietta Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college 1,500 1835
Marion Technical College Marion Public Associate's college 2,468 1970
Mercy College of Ohio Toledo Private not-for profit Special-focus institution 688 1917
Mount Carmel College of Nursing Columbus Private not-for profit Special-focus institution 897 1903
Miami University[14] Oxford Public Doctoral/higher research university 18,620 1809
Miami-Jacobs Career College Dayton Private for-profit 1,200 1998
Mount St. Joseph University Cincinnati Private not-for profit Master's university 2,300 1920
University of Mount Union Alliance Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college 2,262 1846
Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon Private not-for profit Master's university 2,317 1968
Muskingum University New Concord Private not-for profit Master's university 2,074 1837
North Central State College Mansfield Public Associate's college 4,700 1961
Northeast Ohio Medical University Rootstown Public Doctoral/M.D./Pharm.D./higher research university 959[15] 1972[16]
Northwest State Community College Archbold Public Associate's college 3,612 1968
University of Northwestern Ohio Lima Private not-for profit Mixed baccalaureate/associate's college 4,111 1920
Notre Dame College South Euclid Private not-for profit Master's university 2,100 1922
Oberlin College Oberlin Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college 2,978 1833
Ohio University[17] Athens Public Doctoral/higher research university 29,217 1804
Ohio Christian University Circleville Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college 4,058 1947
Ohio Dominican University Columbus Private not-for profit Master's university 2,942 1911
Ohio Northern University Ada Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college 3,695 1871
Ohio State University[18] Columbus Public Doctoral/highest research university 58,322 1870
Ohio Technical College Cleveland Private for-profit Associate's college 1,500 1969
Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college 1,734 1842
Otterbein University Westerville Private not-for profit Master's university 2,791 1847
Owens Community College Toledo and Findlay Public Associate's college 20,160 1965
Pontifical College Josephinum Columbus Private not-for profit Special-focus institution 138 1888
Remington College Cleveland Private not-for profit Special-focus institution 510 1987[19]
University of Rio Grande Rio Grande Private not-for profit Mixed baccalaureate/associate's college 2,202 1876
Shawnee State University Portsmouth Public Baccalaureate college 4,247 1986
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
Tiffin University Tiffin Private not-for profit Master's university 4,100 1888
University of Toledo Toledo Public Doctoral/higher research university 20,626 1872
Union Institute & University Cincinnati Private not-for profit Doctoral/moderate research university 1,567 1964
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
Washington State Community College Marietta Public Associate's college 2,300 1971
Wilberforce University Wilberforce Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college, HBCU 387 1856
Wilmington College Wilmington Private not-for profit Master's university 1,200 1870
Wittenberg University Springfield Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college 1,964 1845
The College of Wooster Wooster Private not-for profit Baccalaureate college 2,049 1866
Wright State University[20] Dayton Public Doctoral/moderate research university 16,842 1967
Xavier University Cincinnati Private not-for profit Master's university 6,650 1831
Youngstown State University Youngstown Public Master's university 12,503 1908
Zane State College Zanesville Public Associate's college 2,100 1969

Defunct institutions[edit]

Defunct institutions
School Location Control Founded Closed Ref
Chancellor University Cleveland Private for-profit 1848 2013 [21]
Cincinnati Christian University Cincinnati Private not-for profit 1924 2019 [22]
Edgecliff College Cincinnati Private 1935 1980
Merged into Xavier University
[23]
Mary Manse College Toledo Private 1922 1975 [24]
Miami Valley College Springboro Private 1870 1883 [25]
National Normal University Lebanon Private 1855 1917
Merged into Wilmington College
[26]
Ohio Central College Iberia Private 1854 Unspecified[27] [28]
Trinity Lutheran Seminary Columbus Private not-for profit 1830 2018
Merged into Capital University
[29]
Urbana University Urbana Private not-for profit 1850 2020
Merged into Franklin University
[30]
Western College for Women Oxford Public 1855 1974
Merged into Miami University
[31]

See also[edit]

References[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. p. 17.
  2. ^ "Ohio Lands: A Short History". Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  3. ^ John Kilbourne (1907). "The Public Lands of Ohio". In Henry Howe (ed.). 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. ^ As noted by Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  5. ^ As noted by Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Data taken from 2013-14 academic year.
  6. ^ As Buchtel College
  7. ^ "Student Population at Allegheny Wesleyan College". College Tuition Compare. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  8. ^ Not ranked by Carnegie, but presumed to be a baccalaureate college.
  9. ^ Closed briefly in 2008 and reopened in 2011.
  10. ^ Also includes UC Blue Ash, an Associate's-heavy school, and UC Clermont, a mixed Associate's/Baccalaureate school.
  11. ^ Maintains campuses in Chillicothe, Jackson, Lancaster and New Boston.
  12. ^ Across all campuses.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Also includes associate's-heavy satellite campuses in Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester.
  15. ^ NEOMED Facts & Figures, Enrollment Fall 2019, Retrieved Jan. 10, 2020
  16. ^ As Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM)
  17. ^ Includes associate's dominant Chillicothe, Eastern, Lancaster, and Southern campuses, and special-focus Zanesville campus.
  18. ^ Also includes baccalaureate Lima campus, and mixed baccalaureate/associate's Mansfield, Marion, and Newark campuses.
  19. ^ National organization formed, date of Cleveland opening unknown
  20. ^ Also includes baccalaureate college Lake Campus.
  21. ^ "Chancellor University is closing, ending a 165-year higher education legacy". cleveland.com. Archived from the original on 2018-02-12. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  22. ^ "A Letter to Our Students | Cincinnati Christian University". Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  23. ^ "Edgecliff finds a home". www.enquirer.com. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  24. ^ "CAC Manuscripts: MS 27". 2007-06-27. Archived from the original on 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  25. ^ Pauwels, Cynthia L. (2009). Historic Warren County: An Illustrated History. HPN Books. ISBN 9781935377092.
  26. ^ "National Normal University - Ohio History Central". www.ohiohistorycentral.org. Archived from the original on 2018-02-12. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  27. ^ "Towards the end of the nineteenth century"
  28. ^ History of Morrow County, Ohio, 1989, Walsworth Press, Inc., 1989.
  29. ^ "How many colleges and universities have closed since 2016?". Education Dive. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  30. ^ "Urbana University to Close Physical Campus and Move Academic Programming Online through Franklin University After Conclusion of Spring 2020 Term | Urbana University". www.urbana.edu. Retrieved 2020-05-06.
  31. ^ "Western College for Women - Ohio History Central". www.ohiohistorycentral.org. Archived from the original on 5 May 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018.

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