Ohio Online Colleges & Universities – Top Online Schools for 2014

AC Online: Ranking the Most Affordable Online Colleges in Ohio

Ohio is garnering a reputation for providing some of the best online distance education programs in the nation. This reputation comes from the numerous fully online four-year degree programs in Ohio. These accredited programs offer the same curriculum, professors, and admissions requirements as their on-site equivalent, giving students the ability to earn an online degree identical to those granted on campus. With convenience in scheduling, accessibility, and tuition assistance, Ohio online colleges are an excellent value. To help in your search, we’ve created a directory of the finest online schools in Ohio. Ordered from lowest tuition to highest, you’ll find a perfect match for your educational needs at one of these Ohio schools.

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Ohio University-Southern Campus

1804 Liberty Ave, Ironton, Ohio 45638

Ohio University at the Southern campus offers distance-learning degrees at the associate, bachelor's and master's levels with delivery through the "eCampus" program. Blended learning, hybrid and fully online college degrees can be found in subjects such as business, criminal justice, education, engineering and several additional areas. Certificates, endorsements and non-credit courses also provide other online options to students.


Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus

101 University Drive, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601-0629

Ohio University at the Chillicothe campus offers wholly online college degrees at the undergraduate and graduate degrees through its "eCampus" program. Students can also complete certificates, endorsements and non-credit courses through distance learning. Courses and programs provide students with online options in areas that include, but are not limited to, business, criminal justice, health administration, education, and engineering.


Ohio University-Lancaster Campus

1570 Granville Pike, Lancaster, Ohio 43130-1037

Ohio University at the Lancaster campus offers fully online college undergraduate and graduate degrees to students who seek flexibility and portability in their learning. Example degrees include the Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and the Master's of Science in Civil Engineering. Other distance-education degrees utilize blended learning and hybrid formats, and students can also find certificates and non-credit courses among the school's "eCampus" options.


Miami University-Hamilton

1601 University Blvd, Hamilton, Ohio 45011

Miami University at Hamilton's distance-learning program, aka "eMiami," offers students several online degree options at the associate and bachelor's levels. School accreditation is through the Higher Learning Commission, and most e-learning occurs through the Niihka learning system. Students can find the delivery of course content, discussions and chats, quiz and surveys, and the posting of grades online.


Miami University-Middletown

4200 E University Blvd, Middletown, Ohio 45042

Miami University at Middletown offers several degree options via its "eMiami" distance-learning program to students seeking online undergraduate education. An associate degree in business technology and an RN-to-BSN degree are among the school's distance-learning options. The university, accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, makes use of Niihka software to deliver and administer its online college programs to students.

Kent State University - Trumbull

Kent State University at Trumbull

4314 Mahoning Ave N.W., Warren, Ohio 44483

Kent State University at Trumbull's distance learning program offers students a variety of online college degree options at the associate, bachelor's and master's levels. Students can also find blended programs among the distance-learning options as well as campus-based classes that feature online components. Fully online degrees include, but are not limited to, computer technology (associate), technical and applied studies (bachelor's) and public health (master's).


Kent State University at Ashtabula

3300 Lake Road West, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004

Kent State University at Ashtabula offers numerous online college degrees at the associate, bachelor's and master's levels. Certificates, endorsements and single courses are also available as e-learning options. Students can pursue online programs in areas that include, but not limited to, education, nursing, and public administration, and program delivery could be through wholly online, as well as blended and hybrid delivery formats.


Kent State University at Tuscarawas

330 University Dr N.E., New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663-9403

Kent State University at Tuscarawas provides online college degrees to students at the associate, bachelor's and master's levels. Programs fall into areas that include, but are not limited to, computer technology, education, nursing, and instructional technology. Some online degrees even offer areas of concentration. Other e-learning opportunities available through the school include certificates and endorsements.


Kent State University at East Liverpool

400 E 4th St, East Liverpool, Ohio 43920

Kent State University at East Liverpool is not limited to on-campus class offerings. Online college degree programs at KSU are available whenever and wherever you are for students seeking graduate degrees in the following fields: Education, Journalism and Mass Communications, Library Media, Music in Music Education, Liberal Studies, Library and Information Science, Knowledge Management, Health Informatics, Instructional Technology and Public Administration.


Kent State University at Salem

2491 State Route 45 South, Salem, Ohio 44460

Kent State University at Salem provides numerous online college options to students who want to complete an associate, bachelor's, or master's degree via distance learning. Degrees can be found in areas that include computer technology, education, nursing, and public health, with some programs being offered wholly online while others utilize blended formats. Certifications and endorsements are other online choices available to students interested in e-learning.


Kent State University at Geauga

14111 Claridon-Troy Rd, Burton, Ohio 44021

Kent State University at Geauga's distance-learning program offers students a variety of online options including endorsement and certification programs as well as degrees available at the associate, bachelor's and master's levels. Blended and hybrid programs also exist. The school's wholly online college degrees include an RN-to-BSN in nursing, a master's in liberal studies, and a master's in music education.


Kent State University at Stark

6000 Frank Ave NW, Canton, Ohio 44720-7599

Online education at Kent State University at Stark is offered at various degree levels and in many different subject areas. Among its distance-learning offerings are associate, bachelor's and master's degrees as well as online certificates and endorsements. Programs available through the online college include but are not limited to a certificate in online learning and teaching, an RN-to-BSN degree, and a master's degree in health informatics.


Central State University

1400 Brush Row Rd, Wilberforce, Ohio 45384-1004

Central State University offers a variety of online formats for courses leading to degrees. Classes may take place completely online using Blackboard technology conducted without in-person contact between students and instructors. Hybrid formats blend online college course participation with classroom instruction. Web-enhanced classes use a combination of Blackboard technology in face-to-face class settings and certain resources and participation may be online.


Ohio State University-Marion Campus

1465 Mount Vernon Ave, Marion, Ohio 43302-5695

Ohio State University Marion Campus is home to the OSU extension program at the Alber Enterprise Center. In addition to a selection of non-credit, online college adult education courses in fields such as Business, Management and Personal Enrichment, the Center hosts a non-credit online study program in partnership with Midwest Paralegal studies. Students earn a certificate upon successful completion of the 12-month program.


Youngstown State University

One University Plaza, Youngstown, Ohio 44555-0001

Youngstown State University provides numerous learning opportunities through its online college program "eYSU." Degrees in allied health, early childhood education, public health, and respiratory care are among the options available. Teachers primarily use Blackboard software to interact with students, who can find online bachelor's and master's degrees among the university's distance-learning options.

Approach to Online Learning

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

YSU's approach to online learning is to support the delivery of high-quality, accredited, fully online degree programs, and provide world-class customer service to assist in the gainful employment of YSU online learners. Additionally, YSU's approach is to supports and assist in the creation, delivery, training, and student support for our faculty teaching distance learners in all online degree programs offered.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

At YSU, we offer both high quality and highly sought after degree programs. We have world-class faculty and top-notch student service being offered out of the office of Distance Education. This will ensure current and future service an unparalleled experience in pursing their online degree.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

In the next five years, we at YSU expect more online program offerings and for those to be unique, media rich and state-of-the-art in terms of design, development, and delivery. We also expect them to remain affordable and be exceptionally diverse in our student population by hopefully seeing enrollments from all 50 states and many other countries.


University of Toledo

2801 W Bancroft, Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390

The University of Toledo provides an extensive number of degrees to students who prefer the portability of online college learning. Degrees at the associate, bachelor's and master's levels can be found in areas such as accounting, criminal justice, and information technology. The University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, also offers graduate-level certificates online.


Cleveland State University

2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214

Students at Cleveland State University can find a wide range of online college degrees available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Online learning options include an RN-to-BSN degree, a bachelor's degree in business administration, a master's degree in adult learning and development, and a one-year online MBA program. E-certificates are also offered by the university, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Franklin University

201 S Grant Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215-5399

Franklin University offers a vast number of undergraduate and graduate degrees to students desiring online education. E-learning options exist in computer science, criminal justice, nursing, public relations and sundry additional fields. Students access content and materials through web-based learning and will find the bookstore, library and students services available through online college services.


Kent State University at Kent

Executive Office, 2nd Floor Library, Kent, Ohio 44242-0001

Kent State University at Kent provides a diverse number of educational options to its online college student learners. Bachelor's and master's degrees can be found fully or partially online while e-certificates provide additional learning options. The school, accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, features online degrees in fields such as health informatics, music education, nursing, and many additional areas.


University of Akron Main Campus

302 Buchtel Common, Akron, Ohio 44325-4702

The University of Akron offers a variety of degree options to its online college student learners. Bachelor's and masters degrees are available through e-learning, but students can also pursue certificates entirely online. The e-coursework allows for interaction with instructors, collaboration with peers, and flexible scheduling. The school, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, also offers individual classes online.


Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

220 McFall Ctr, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403

The Bowling Green University main campus offers a variety of online college options to students who prefer the portability of distance learning. Students can seek online bachelor's and master's degrees as well as online certificates and endorsements. These distance-learning options are available in areas that include curriculum and teaching, fire administration, nursing, special education and sundry others.


University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

2624 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0063

The University of Cincinnati main campus offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees for students wanting to pursue distance learning. The school, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, provides associate, bachelor's and master's degrees via e-learning. The online college degrees are fully comparable with their campus-based counterparts, and available in fields such as criminal justice, health administration, nursing, and sundry others.


Miami University-Oxford

501 East High St, Oxford, Ohio 45056

Distance learning at Miami University at Oxford includes blended and online college courses and programs as well as two-way interactive videoconferencing. An RN-to-BSN degree and bachelor's degree in engineering technology are among the e-options. Most teachers use the Niihka online learning system for instruction at the university, which is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.


University of Northwestern Ohio

1441 N Cable Rd, Lima, Ohio 45805

The University of Northwestern Ohio offers online college learning opportunities to students at the associate and bachelor's degree levels. Diploma programs and an MBA program are also available through the school's "Virtual College." Student education is entirely online using an asynchronous format. Additionally, students can access registration, the student services department and the library online.


Ohio Christian University

1476 Lancaster Pike, Circleville, Ohio 43113-9487

Ohio Christian University makes it possible for busy adults to earn an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree online or during weekends and evenings on campus. Online college programs in Agribusiness, Healthcare Management, Ministry and Psychology are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and earn students the same degree as on-campus programs.


Tiffin University

155 Miami Street, Tiffin, Ohio 44883

Griffin University's online college learning options are available in fields such as business, criminal justice, and professional studies. Many e-degrees present students with concentrations to allow them to specialize their learning. The university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, provides online undergraduate degrees and graduate certificates.


Franciscan University of Steubenville

1235 University Blvd, Steubenville, Ohio 43952-1763

The Franciscan University of Steubenville offers graduate-level programs available through a distance-learning format. These online college degrees include a Master's of Science in Education and an MBA program. Blackboard software provides for course delivery, allowing for teacher and student interaction and collaboration. The university is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and founded on a Catholic heritage.


Antioch University-Midwest

900 Dayton St, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387

Antioch University-Midwest offers low-residency programs that blend online college coursework with minimal face-to-face time. The online portion of the coursework is conducted using Sakai, Antioch’s online course management system. Residency requirements vary by academic program from one week per semester to one week per month. Online learning facilitates sharing the learning experience with students nationally and internationally.


Mount Vernon Nazarene University

800 Martinsburg Rd, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050-9500

Mount Vernon Nazarene University offers a variety of business education programs through an online college format to help facilitate student learning. Students can purse online degrees that include an associate of applied science in business, a bachelor's in business administration, an MBA, and a master's in management. Concentrations are available for the bachelor's and MBA programs, and the university is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.


Malone University

2600 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, Ohio 44709-3897

Malone University provides distance-learning opportunities to students wanting to expand their knowledge in the business field. Online college degrees are available in business management and organizational leadership, with an MBA being one of the e-learning offerings. The school is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and also provides single undergraduate and graduate level courses to students through e-learning.


College of Mount St. Joseph

5701 Delhi Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45233-1670

The College of Mount St. Joseph offers a variety of distance-learning options to students who prefer online instruction. The college, accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, provides several degrees as well as certifications and endorsements through e-learning. These online college programs include, but are not limited to, an RN-to-BSN degree, a pre-K special needs endorsement, and a master's degree in multicultural special education.


Notre Dame College

4545 College Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44121-4293

Notre Dame College is a small liberal arts college in Ohio that has expanded its reach with online college degree programs. Earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN), Master of Arts in Security Policy, or Master of Education. Classes are conducted 100% online. For students who qualify, financial aid may be available.


Baldwin-Wallace College

275 Eastland Rd, Berea, Ohio 44017-2088

Baldwin-Wallace College's distance-learning programs offer students numerous degree options at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. The college, accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, features many online college courses using Blackboard software. Online options available to students include a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership, a master's degree in education, and a hybrid MBA program, which U.S. News & World Report ranked among the best online graduate programs in business.


Ohio Dominican University

1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219

Ohio Dominican University, a Catholic liberal arts institution, provides a variety of online college degrees to students seeking flexibility and portability in their education. Its distance-learning opportunities include undergraduate courses, graduate level courses and degrees, and non-credit professional development opportunities. An MBA and master's in education are among the degrees available to students online.


Wilmington College

1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington, Ohio 45177

Wilmington College gives students 60 different online college programs from which to choose a degree. Earn a bachelor’s or graduate degree, or become certified in your chosen field. Areas of study for a bachelor’s degree include Nursing, Business Management, Behavioral Science or Criminal Justice. Online master’s degree programs are available in Business Administration, Administration of Justice, and Management.


The University of Findlay

1000 N Main St, Findlay, Ohio 45840-3653

Online graduate programs offered at Findlay University are available in areas such as business administration, education and health informatics. The university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, emphasizes online discussion and faculty-to-student interaction in its e-learning programs. Online college classes are taught by the same professors providing campus-based instruction, and students can also choose to pursue an online doctoral degree in education.


Ashland University

401 College Ave, Ashland, Ohio 44805

From individual courses to full online college degrees, Ashland College provides extensive offerings to online students. Real-time access and high-tech collaboration are features of the schools' e-learning programs, which are available in areas such as business, criminal justice, education, and nursing. Students can also find very specific training through seminary degrees and an online MBA program.


Marietta College

Irvine Bldg, Marietta, Ohio 45750

Marietta College offers online courses to students who are able to handle the special requirements of learning online. If you are self-directed, comfortable with the technology and have good self-management skills, the flexibility and convenience of Marietta’s online college classes may be a good learning option. Their Student Online Readiness Tool can help you find out.


University of Dayton

300 College Park, Dayton, Ohio 45469

The University of Dayton provides numerous education degrees to online college students. Programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels in areas such as early childhood leadership, educational leadership, literacy, and music education. Teacher certificates, endorsements, and licensures help to round out the online offerings in education.


Antioch University-PhD Program in Leadership and Change

900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387

Antioch University PhD Program in Leadership and Change promotes leadership and change for the betterment of the global community. Low-residency courses blend online study with occasional face-to-face interaction. Using a cohort model, students are encouraged to collaborate with their peers instead of compete. An international faculty and library and writing support services provide structure to guide students to their dissertations.


Payne Theological Seminary

1230 Wilberforce-Clifton Rd., Wilberforce, Ohio 45384

Payne Theological Seminary offers an online Master of Divinity degree program. Students who apply should have a computer and high-speed Internet access. The coursework requires prior proficiency with word processing, email and using the Internet. Successful completion of online study further requires self-motivation and time management skills. The Association for Theological Schools (ATS) accredits Payne Theological Seminary’s degree programs.


United Theological Seminary

4501 Denlinger Rd., Dayton, Ohio 45426-2308

United Theological Seminary provides a hybrid online learning program to serve the needs of students seeking a Master of Arts in Christian Ministries or a Master of Divinity. Students for these degree programs attend classes both online and face-to-face. Students who just want a course for ordination or for personal enrichment may choose from classes with a strictly online format.

Finding an Affordable Higher Education in Ohio

Ohio has a large population of well over eleven million people. While many of the people live in places such as Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati, the rural portions of the state have quite a few residents as well. The people of Ohio know that getting a good education is very important for those who want to do well and get a good job. 85.6% of the people have a high school diploma, and 22.7% of them have a bachelor’s degree or higher. 7.4% have an advanced degree. While traditional schooling is possible for those in the state, many are choosing affordable online schools in Ohio instead. The online schools are able to offer some benefits that rural students, as well as urban students, really enjoy. Choosing online classes for your own degree might be a perfect option for you too.

Pursuing a Degree in Ohio

Because of the size of Ohio and because it has such as larger population, you will find a large number of schools in the area. They have 159 two-year or more schools, and 112 four-year or more schools. Many of these schools have a good reputation too, but that does not mean that they are going to be the right choice for all students. You may find that choosing affordable online colleges in Ohio is simply going to be a much better option for you. Because advancements in technology have come so far, it really is going to be possible to receive an education through the web, and to be sure that the experience is going to be as worthy as that which a traditional school can offer. Online classes are going to let you start earning your associate’s degree, your bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and doctorate.

Benefits of Choosing Online Classes in Ohio

You may want to know just what it is that makes the affordable online colleges in Ohio such as good option. You will find quite a few things actually. Students are going to be able to learn from anywhere that they have a connection to the web, and they do not have to rush just to get to class. Even when they are feeling under the weather, they can get onto the computer and do their lesson for the day. It is a simple and convenient way to learn and to get a good education. While the convenience and quality are both nice, they are not the only reason that many are starting to gravitate toward this form of learning. You will find that you can get degrees in many different fields. For example, you could study art, business, education, psychology, and many other areas.

Saving Money with Online Education

A large number of people would love the chance to go to school and earn their degree. The problem they face most often is financial. Finding the money to go to school, and finding an affordable school is not always easy. In Ohio, the cost of a two-year public school is $3,816 on average, while the cost of the four-year school is going to be an average of $9,190. In addition to the tuition, you also have to consider room, board, and general cost of living. This can be quite expensive. Instead, choosing affordable online colleges in Ohio could be the best option.

You should take the time to find a school that is going to be able to provide you with a high quality degree in the field that you want to enter. Having a degree is going to make your life better and it is going to make it easier for you to get the type of job that you want. Make sure that you choose a quality school that can offer accreditation.

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AC Online: Ranking the Highest ROI Colleges in Ohio
AC Online: Ranking the Highest ROI Colleges in Ohio

Choosing a higher education investment strategy can be tough. For example, which college or university might give you the biggest bang for your tuition buck? Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System, PayScale, and the Carnegie Foundation, we located the colleges in Ohio with low net costs (tuition + fees), and whose graduates enjoy the highest lifetime earnings when compared to non-degree holders. See which colleges offer the best return on investment in Ohio:

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Ohio Colleges Analyzed: 389
Ohio Colleges Ranked: 44
# College Name City ROI Tuition Type Photo
1 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland $956,000 $38,760 Private not-for-profit
2 Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) Delaware $793,100 $37,580 Private not-for-profit
3 Ohio Northern University (ONU) Ada $739,300 $34,140 Private not-for-profit
4 University of Cincinnati (UC) Cincinnati $673,800 $8,805 Public (In-State)
5 University of Dayton Dayton $643,900 $30,340 Private not-for-profit
6 Ohio State University (OSU) - Main Campus Columbus $635,000 $8,856 Public (In-State)
7 Oberlin College Oberlin $597,400 $42,842 Private not-for-profit
8 University of Toledo Toledo $578,300 $7,598 Public (In-State)
9 Wilmington College - Wilmington, OH Wilmington $573,100 $26,340 Private not-for-profit
10 Miami University - Oxford, OH Oxford $572,400 $10,880 Public (In-State)
11 Denison University Granville $544,100 $39,330 Private not-for-profit
12 Kenyon College Gambier $533,300 $41,090 Private not-for-profit
13 University of Akron - Main Campus Akron $530,900 $8,004 Public (In-State)
14 The College of Wooster Wooster $530,800 $38,000 Private not-for-profit
15 Ohio University - Main Campus Athens $523,000 $9,936 Public (In-State)
16 Xavier University Cincinnati $503,000 $30,230 Private not-for-profit
17 John Carroll University University Heights $498,400 $30,660 Private not-for-profit
18 University of Mount Union Alliance $493,400 $25,400 Private not-for-profit
19 Cedarville University Cedarville $481,000 $24,400 Private not-for-profit
20 Cleveland State University Cleveland $463,200 $8,952 Public (In-State)
21 Youngstown State University (YSU) Youngstown $445,100 $7,222 Public (In-State)
22 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton $431,000 $7,781 Public (In-State)
23 Ursuline College Pepper Pike $405,100 $24,660 Private not-for-profit
24 Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, OH Bowling Green $381,100 $8,614 Public (In-State)
25 College of Mount St. Joseph Cincinnati $378,900 $23,500 Private not-for-profit
26 Capital University Columbus $363,000 $30,450 Private not-for-profit
27 Kent State University (KSU) Kent $353,100 $9,346 Public (In-State)
28 University of Findlay Findlay $318,900 $27,290 Private not-for-profit
29 Wittenberg University Springfield $294,900 $35,884 Private not-for-profit
30 Defiance College Defiance $292,700 $25,300 Private not-for-profit
31 Baldwin-Wallace College Berea $282,200 $26,396 Private not-for-profit
32 Hiram College Hiram $281,300 $26,452 Private not-for-profit
33 Lourdes University Sylvania $280,500 $11,616 Private not-for-profit Lourdes-College
34 Muskingum University New Concord $267,300 $21,000 Private not-for-profit
35 Otterbein College Westerville $253,600 $29,550 Private not-for-profit
36 Columbus College of Art And Design Columbus $245,000 $26,112 Private not-for-profit
37 Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville $242,500 $20,800 Private not-for-profit
38 University of Rio Grande Rio Grande $217,500 $19,520 Private not-for-profit
39 Malone University Canton $206,200 $22,832 Private not-for-profit
40 Ohio Dominican University Columbus $200,000 $26,260 Private not-for-profit
41 Notre Dame College Cleveland $145,500 $24,002 Private not-for-profit
42 Bluffton University Bluffton $136,600 $25,704 Private not-for-profit
43 Central State University Wilberforce $105,800 $3,430 Public (In-State)
44 Tiffin University Tiffin $36,420 $19,124 Private not-for-profit