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. Several of these institutions are ranked among the top national universities (in order), including Case Western Reserve University (private), The Ohio State University (public), Miami University (public), University of Dayton (private), Ohio University (public), University of Cincinnati (public), Bowling Green State University (public), and Kent State University (public). Ohio State is the largest university in the United States as of 2006, 2007, and 2008; it was designated as the "Land Grant and National Research" institution of the newly established University System of Ohio. Case Western Reserve and Ohio State are Ohio's two members of the Association of American Universities as well as Ohio's universities with the largest endowments. Ohio University is the oldest university in the Northwest Territory and Xavier University is the oldest Catholic Institution in the Northwest Territory. Miami University in 1986 and Ohio State in 2001 were noted as "public ivy" institutions, the state/public equivalent of a private Ivy League institutions. Ohio University's journalism school ranks, with Columbia University's journalism school, as one of the nation's best.[citation needed] University of Akron's Polymer Science and engineering program is among top five in the US, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wright State University's online Master of Nursing as the top such program in the state of Ohio, and Wright State's online Master of Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction number 31 in the nation among online graduate education programs.

According to the most recent undergraduate rankings by US News & World Report, Case Western Reserve is Ohio's highest ranked university at 38. Ohio State is Ohio's highest ranked public national university at 55, and Oberlin College is Ohio's highest ranked liberal arts college at 23.

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 Ohio State 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]

UniversityCommon short form and abbreviationLocationEnrollmentAthletics nicknameSchool ColorsFoundedStudent newspaperStudent radio stationUniversity radio/TVLaw schoolBusiness schoolMedical school
University of AkronAkron
Akron24,932Akron Zips
blue, gold
(Buchtel College)
The BuchteliteWZIP 88.1 MHzZTVUA School of LawUA College of Business AdministrationNortheast Ohio Medical University
Bowling Green State UniversityBowling Green State
Bowling Green
Bowling Green16,958Bowling Green Falconsorange, brown
1910The BG NewsWBGU (FM) 88.1 MHz
WFAL 1610 kHz
WBGU-TV Channel 27 BGSU College of Business Administration 
Central State University
(Historically black)
Central State
Wilberforce2,068Central State MaraudersMaroon and Gold
1887The Gold TorchWCSU-FM 88.9 MHz   
University of CincinnatiCincinnati
Cincinnati41,357Cincinnati Bearcatsred, black
1819The News RecordBearcast (online) UC College of LawCarl H. Lindner College of BusinessUC College of Medicine
Cleveland State UniversityCleveland State
Cleveland17,497Cleveland State Vikings
forest green, white
(Fenn College)
The Cleveland StaterWCSB 89.3 MHz Cleveland-Marshall College of LawJames J. Nance College of Business AdministrationNortheast Ohio Medical University
Kent State UniversityKent State
Kent28,998Kent State Golden Flashesnavy blue, gold
1910The Daily Kent StaterBlack Squirrel Radio (online)
WKSU-FM 89.7 MHz
TV2 KSU College of Business AdministrationNortheast Ohio Medical University
Miami UniversityMiami
Oxford17,901Miami RedHawks
red, white
1809The Miami StudentWMSRWMUB 88.5 MHz Richard T. Farmer School of Business 
Ohio State University
Ohio State
Columbus57,466Ohio State Buckeyesscarlet, gray
1870The Lantern WOSU-FM 89.7 MHz
WOSA 101.1 MHz
WOSU-TV Channel 34
Moritz College of LawMax M. Fisher College of BusinessOSU College of Medicine
Ohio UniversityOhio
Athens28,786Ohio Bobcatshunter green, white
1804The PostACRNWOUB (AM) 1340 kHz
WOUB-FM 91.3 MHz
WOUB-TV Channel 20
 OU College of BusinessOU College of Osteopathic Medicine
Shawnee State UniversityShawnee State
Portsmouth4,341Shawnee State BearsBlue, Gray, & White
1986University Chronicle     
University of ToledoToledo
Toledo20,743Toledo Rocketsmidnight blue, gold
1872The Independent CollegianWXUT UT College of LawUT College of Business AdministrationUT College of Medicine
Wright State UniversityWright State
16,656Wright State Raidershunter green, gold
1967The GuardianWWSU 106.9 MHz  Raj Soin College of BusinessBoonshoft School of Medicine
Youngstown State UniversityYoungstown State
Youngstown13,352Youngstown State Penguinsred, white
1908The JambarRookery Radio (online)WYSU 88.5 MHz Williamson College of Business AdministrationNortheast Ohio Medical University

Regional campuses[edit]

Main CampusBranch Campus(es)
AkronUniversity 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 GreenBowling Green State University, Firelands College, Huron, Ohio
UCUniversity of Cincinnati Clermont College, Batavia, Ohio
University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College (formerly Raymond Walters College), Blue Ash, Ohio
Kent StateKent 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
MiamiMiami University Hamilton, Hamilton, Ohio
Miami University Middletown, Middletown, Ohio
Miami University Voice of America Learning Center, West Chester, Ohio
Ohio StateOhio 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
OhioOhio 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 StateWright 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.

UniversityLocationEnrollmentFoundedReligious affiliationAthletics nicknameSchool colors
Denison UniversityGranville2,2111831(Originally Baptist)Big Redred, white
Kenyon CollegeGambier1,6351824(Originally Episcopalian)Lords/Ladiespurple, white
Oberlin CollegeOberlin2,8571833(Originally Presbyterian)Yeomen/Yeowomencrimson, gold
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityDelaware1,9441842MethodistBattling Bishopsred, black[1]
College of WoosterWooster1,8271866(Originally Presbyterian)Fighting Scotsblack, gold

Private institutions without a religious affiliation[edit]

Religiously affiliated private institutions[edit]


Christian (various)[edit]

Roman Catholic[edit]

InstitutionLocationEnrollmentFoundedOrderAthletics nicknameSchool colors
University of DaytonDayton10,5691850MarianistFlyersColumbia blue, red
Chatfield CollegeCincinnati5001971Ursulines  
Franciscan University of SteubenvilleSteubenville2,4211946FranciscanBaronsgreen and white
John Carroll UniversityUniversity Heights4,0501886JesuitBlue Streaksblue, gold
Lourdes UniversitySylvania2,0351958Franciscan (Order of Friars Minor)  
Mercy College of Northwest OhioToledo6881917Sisters of Mercy  
College of Mount St. JosephCincinnati2,3001920Sisters of CharityLionsblue and gold
Notre Dame CollegeSouth Euclid2,1001922Sisters of Notre Dame blue, yellow
Ohio Dominican UniversityColumbus2,9421911DominicanPanthersblack, gold
Pontifical College JosephinumColumbus1381888 Vikings 
Ursuline CollegePepper Pike1,1801871UrsulineArrowsblue, gold
Walsh UniversityNorth Canton2,5001958Brothers of Christian InstructionCavalierswine, gold
Xavier UniversityCincinnati6,5001831JesuitMusketeersblue, white







United Church of Christ[edit]

Professional schools[edit]

Public institutions in boldface:












Public health[edit]

Veterinary medicine[edit]

Defunct colleges and universities[edit]

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

Ranked by enrollment[edit]

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

  1. Ohio State University: 69,091
  2. Kent State University: 42,185[5]
  3. University of Cincinnati: 41,357
  4. Ohio University: 29,486
  5. University of Akron: 28,000[6]
  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[7]
  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


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Five Colleges of Ohio Booklet". [dead link]
  2. ^
  3. ^ "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." 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Kent State announces Fall Enrollment Totals". Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  6. ^ The University of Akron : About UA
  7. ^ Search Results | Ashland University

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