Ohio Colleges Summary

Ohio offers a wealth of diverse options when it comes to higher education. The Buckeye State has more than 130 colleges, universities and adult education programs that serve nearly 600,000 students each year.

There are 14 public universities in Ohio with 24 branches located across the state. Notable institutions include Bowling Green State University, University of Cincinnati and Kent State University. The Ohio State University System has five campuses, including its flagship location in Columbus, which was founded in 1870.

For those who prefer to start their educational journey at a two-year school, the Ohio Association of Community Colleges has 23 campuses that offer a wide range of programs at the associate degree level.

More than 70 independent nonprofit Ohio colleges and another 19 for-profit colleges and universities are also based in the state. Additionally, several colleges based in other states also have regional campuses in Ohio, such as Northern Kentucky University and Indiana University-East.

Education Initiatives in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Higher Education has many initiatives in place to help students at colleges in Ohio reach their educational goals. These include three-year bachelor's degree plans and the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy, which facilitates easy transfer among postsecondary institutions in the state.

Online Education in Ohio

Distance learners in the state can use OhioLearns, an online portal for learning options at Ohio colleges. Ohio also is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement so students in the state can pursue online education from colleges located outside of Ohio.

For more information about postsecondary education in the state, visit the Ohio Department of Higher Education.


  • Ohio's Campuses, Ohio Department of Higher Education, https://www.ohiohighered.org/campuses
  • Quick Facts, Ohio State University, http://undergrad.osu.edu/majors-and-academics/quick-facts
  • Statistical Summary, The Ohio State University, https://www.osu.edu/osutoday/stuinfo.php#enroll

Education Institutes in Ohio
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Ohio
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Ohio
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
Ohio State University-Main CampusColumbus61,170Four or more years$10,726377
University of Cincinnati-Main CampusCincinnati37,886Four or more years$11,000460
Ohio University-Main CampusAthens28,480Four or more years$12,192343
Kent State University at KentKent28,122Four or more years$10,312299
Columbus State Community CollegeColumbus27,343At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,284161
Cuyahoga Community College DistrictCleveland23,440At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,322122
University of ToledoToledo20,237Four or more years$10,293347
Miami University-OxfordOxford19,934Four or more years$15,380198
University of Akron Main CampusAkron18,731Four or more years$11,463467
Sinclair Community CollegeDayton18,576At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,004270
Bowling Green State University-Main CampusBowling Green17,540Four or more years$11,105280
Cleveland State UniversityCleveland16,069Four or more years$10,457193
Wright State University-Main CampusDayton14,403Four or more years$9,254167
Eastern Gateway Community CollegeSteubenville13,940At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,24071
Youngstown State UniversityYoungstown12,607Four or more years$8,967243

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/