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  • 116 Colleges

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  • 1,969 online programs

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    in 2014

  • 487 online graduate degrees

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Best Online Colleges in Ohio for 2015

Pursuing a college degree is a huge undertaking, regardless of the circumstances. For many in the past, that pursuit was next to impossible given any number of reasons such as costs, distance to campus, and work, family and time commitments. The Internet has changed all that as distance learning now brings the possibility of a quality, affordable college education to nearly everyone, everywhere. The challenge for the prospective student today, in Ohio and elsewhere, is in finding a degree or certificate program that is both accessible and whose excellence sets it apart from its peers. The list below has been compiled to meet that challenge with rankings of the Best Online Colleges in Ohio for 2015.

RANK COLLEGE Score Student-Teacher Ratio Financial Aid Cost MORE INFO
1 Wilmington College 98.2715:1100%

Wilmington College offers dozens of graduate, undergraduate and certificate programs in a range of fields and concentrations. No matter what path students choose, online study requires a critical focus on reading and writing skills, due to the manner in which the coursework is delivered. Courses are offered in two formats: seven and 15 weeks. Students participate in post assignments, class discussions and faculty/peer feedback sessions on a weekly basis. Online courses are not self-paced, and students are expected to participate in the discussion board or other assignments three to five times a week.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Allied Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science
  • Bachelor of Science Business Management
2 University of Dayton 98.1514:198%

The online programs offered by the University of Dayton boast small class sizes and maximum flexibility. Students are guided by faculty through their coursework, and then meet online with instructors and other students to discuss their learning experience. The school offers a wide range of degrees, licensure programs and certificates, with a specific focus on education and health sciences. The school is so dedicated to leadership in distance learning that it maintains its own Curriculum Innovation and e-Learning center, which is complete with its own e-Learning lab. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Programs Offered:
  • Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy B.S.E.
  • Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy M.S.E.
  • Interdisciplinary Educational Studies M.S.E.
3 Hiram College 97.6311:1100%

Online students can pursue two different online bachelor degrees at Hiram College, both of which have six different start times throughout the year: two each in the spring, summer and fall. Up to 60 credits may be transferred from accredited, qualifying programs from other institutions, contingent on the student having received a C or better in the course. All courses are offered completely online through the Moodle program, and students receive instruction exclusively from approved Hiram faculty, many of whom also teach traditional classes on campus. Online students receive an on-campus ID card and may attend on-campus graduation. Students should expect to spend between 10 and 15 hours per week on each class.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelors in Accounting and Financial Management
  • Bachelors in Business Management
4 Tiffin University 97.3518:198%

Established in 1888 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, Tiffin University offers completion programs in four online undergraduate degrees, four graduate degrees and two certificate programs. Online students can choose between a BA or BS degree with a focuses in business, criminal justice, security, information technology or healthcare. Classes begin at six different times throughout the year and are taught by expert faculty with real-world experience. Online students receive the same accredited degrees as on-campus students. Students must have completed some coursework at another institution before enrolling in Tiffin University.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Government and National Security with a concentration in Intelligence and Security Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Applied-Human Services
5 Baldwin Wallace University 97.1713:1100%

Baldwin Wallace University offers most of its courses and degree programs fully-online, but also offers several hybrid options, which are completed mostly online, but require face-to-face meetings two or three times during an academic term. The school utilizes Blackboard as its online-learning platform. The school offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and online licensure and certificate programs. Online students receive tutoring, email services, career placement, academic advising and access to the bookstore. Schedules are designed for flexibility to cater the lifestyles of busy students, and all students receive support through the Campus Computer helpdesk.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • MBA - Management
6 Ashland University 97.099:197%

Ashland University offers a wide range of degrees fully-online across several different fields of study, including bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, RN to BSN, school nurse licensure programs, and even a seminary program. The university is accredited by several major governing bodies, including the Commission on Higher Learning. The university maintains a dedicated information technology department that is always available to help students with any technical issues. The university accepts credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities from transfer students in good standing. Some courses require students to participate in occasional face-to-face study.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • RN to BSN
  • Master of Arts in Health & Risk Communication
7 Malone University 95.8811:1100%

With course materials available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the Learning House Online Learning system, Malone University offers online degree programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. Malone’s programs include a BA in Business Management with degree programs in accounting, management, health services, organization and project management. Graduate student can obtain a master’s degree in business administration or organizational leadership. Malone University Online students follow a specific course schedule and are expected to complete assignments by a deadline. They are not, however, required to be online at a specific time of day to complete assignments.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
8 University of Toledo 95.6121:196%

The University of Toledo offers associate and bachelor's degrees, and at the graduate level, students may pursue both master's and doctoral degrees. There are also several post-baccalaureate certificate programs available fully online. Students learn from tenured faculty and receive comprehensive support services from UC Online, as well as from Learning Ventures, which is a department that exists solely to support online students. The university welcomes students from other schools, and maintains a "Transferology" page to guide incoming students through the process of transferring previously earned credits. All programs are fully-accredited.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelors in Accounting
  • Bachelors in Applied Organizational Technology (Degree Completion)
  • Bachelors in Criminal Justice
9 Cleveland State University 95.4219:192%

The online study program at Cleveland State University contains 10 graduate and five undergraduate programs. The college focuses on degree completion programs, helping students with existing experience or college credit complete their bachelor’s degrees. Students may also take individual online courses without pursuing an official degree. All online coursework is completed through the Blackboard system, and CSU offers some self-paced coursework combined with traditional semester-based coursework. Students are expected to complete assignments by specified due dates, and class discussions must take place within a set time frame – usually one to two weeks. All online programs are taught by the same instructors as traditional, face-to-face courses.

Programs Offered:
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Completion
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership Degree Completion
10 Kent State University at Kent 95.3421:191%

Kent State University offers not only bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees completely online, but several certificate programs as well. The university integrates the latest distance-learning technology into their programs to ensure students will receive the same education online that their counterparts receive through traditional, on-campus study. The office of Continuing and Distance Education has created adaptive online programs to prepare students for the realities of the fields they will enter when they graduate, not the fields as they are today. Kent is a distance-learning pioneer, with more than 15 years experience in offering online education.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health - Allied Health concentration
  • Bachelor Degree in Insurance Studies
  • Nursing (RN to BSN)
11 Youngstown State University 94.6217:196%

Both undergraduate and graduate students can pursue degrees at Youngstown State University completely online. All courses are fully-accredited and offered fully online. The Distance Learning program serves around 1,500 students per year. The web-based instructional system delivers learning materials in a variety of formats and caters to students who might need to balance work or family schedules. All degree programs must meet the YSU general education degree requirements, and all academic programs and course developments are based on the Best Practices for Online Education, the National Education Technology Standards and Quality Matters Rubric.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN Completion Program)
12 Ohio Christian University 93.9513:161%

Ohio Christian University offers both associate and bachelor’s degrees completely online. The school’s unique approach puts students who start the program at the same time together in a cohort group and moves them forward through the program, one class at a time. Students may self-pace and are not required to be online at any specific time. Students complete assignments and interact with instructors and peers on a weekly basis. All programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the Ohio Board of Regents and the Association for Biblical Higher Learning.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Accounting Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Business Management
13 Kettering College 93.4010:194%

Online education at Kettering College requires the same amount of time and focuses on the same studies as comparable courses of learning in the traditional, on-campus setting. Not only will students register online, but they will access their syllabus, coursework, grades and transcripts, and even pay for their education completely virtually. Depending on the individual, students can expect to commit between 12 and 18 hours a week in order to complete six to nine credits – or two to three courses – per semester. Online tutoring is available to students, and all books can be purchased online through the college’s bookstore.

Programs Offered:
  • RN to BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
14 Wright State University 93.1921:188%

The Wright State University Distance Learning program strives to maintain the structure and level of academic activity associated with traditional courses, while providing students the needed flexibility of scheduling. In 2014, the university instituted an interactive video program that moves beyond traditional e-learning. Courses and programs are completed through the Pilot learning program. Wright offers a range of completion programs, bachelor's programs, master's programs and doctoral programs. Students can always receive technical support for online coursework through the CaTS system. The university, which is named after the famous aviation pioneers, is fully-accredited.

Programs Offered:
  • RN-BSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Administration of Nursing and Health Care Systems
15 Ohio State University 92.3919:183%

The Ohio State University Main Campus College of Nursing offers undergraduate degrees – as well as master’s and doctoral – through online programs. Each level of study offers students the ability to choose from several different concentrations and minors. Aside from programs available through the College of Nursing, the university maintains an Office of Distance Education and eLearning, which offers extended education programs for adult learners, and Program 60, which enables students to take classes offered by OSU completely online. The nursing programs at all degree levels are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • RN to BSN
  • Master of Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research
16 Franklin University 92.1013:174%

Among the 36 undergraduate and nine graduate programs at Franklin University are accounting, healthcare, marketing, public relations and social sciences. Students may transfer up to 84 semester hours of credits earned at other qualifying colleges. Online graduates will receive the same degree as Franklin University students educated through campus-based instruction and online course instructors are the same faculty who teach traditional, campus-based courses. Online students also have the opportunity to interact with instructors from all over the world.

Programs Offered:
  • ACCOUNTING
  • ALLIED HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT
  • APPLIED MANAGEMENT
17 Bowling Green State University 90.8418:196%

Bowling Green State University offers several bachelor’s degrees, nearly two dozen master’s degrees, a doctoral program and more than a dozen certificate programs –completely online. All programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and are recognized by the Ohio Board of Regents. Courses are taught by the same professors who teach on campus, many of whom are award-winning authors, researchers and experts in their fields of study. Students can attend class from anywhere in the world, and are able to work with the career center to pursue work in their field after graduation.

Programs Offered:
  • BS - Learning Design & Technology
  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science - Fire Administration
18 University of Cincinnati 89.9017:183%

The University of Cincinnati offers a diverse range of associate, bachelor's and master's degrees completely online through their distance learning program. The online programs require comparable coursework and culminate in the same degree as their on-campus counterparts. The university also offers dozens of certificate programs at the graduate and undergraduate level, as well as general education online studies that enable students to complete required coursework online. Students may also pursue professional development and continuing education programs online. UC is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Higher Learning Commission.

Programs Offered:
  • RN to BSN
  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood
  • with a specialization in children ages Birth -5
19 Miami University-Middletown 88.7916:180%

Miami University Middletown offers not only online and hybrids programs, but also live, two-way interactive video courses. Online-only courses are completed through a secure online learning resource called Niihka. Students may access course content and learning materials 24 hours a day, and there are several different ways in which they communicate with their instructors and peers. The amount of classroom time required for hybrid courses varies from program to program. For students who want to take the same classes their counterparts take on campus, they may participate in live, two-way videoconferencing of classes as they take place.

Programs Offered:
  • RN-BSN
  • Associate of Applied Business - Business Management Technology
  • Associate in Arts
20 College of Mount St Joseph 88.4611:1100%

Mount St. Joseph University accepts students from nearly three dozen states, including Ohio Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Pennsylvania and Washington. Mount St. Joseph online offers one online bachelor’s degree program in nursing, one master’s degree program in reading sciences and several endorsement and certificate programs. Students must have completed an associate degree in nursing before applying to the online bachelor’s program. Some credits earned through traditional, on-campus coursework may be transferred to the school's online program. Students may transfer from online to on-campus study after they complete one semester, or two courses.

Programs Offered:
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Arts: Reading Science
21 The University of Findlay 87.7114:1100%

The University of Findlay's distance learning programs are offered completely online and aimed at working professionals who require flexibility in scheduling. All online classes are designed to mimic the coursework of the same classes taken in the traditional on-campus setting, with students learning from the same faculty who teach on-campus courses. When they aren't teaching, the university's instructors conduct research, author books and lead professional organizations. Students may pursue master's degrees, bachelor's degrees and associate degrees in a range of different fields completely online. Admission requirements vary depending on the chosen program.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics
22 Kent State University at Geauga 87.6126:176%

Students can pursue graduate and undergraduate degrees as well as certificate programs completely online at Kent State University at Geauga. Online students will receive the same quality education that students receive at the physical university, but distance learners have the added benefit of learning from – and alongside of – a global network of instructors and peers from around the world. In addition, the Office of Continuing and Distance Learning also offers credit and non-credit workshops and conferences for working professionals seeking career advancement or further job-related training and education. These workshops can be taken completely online.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN to BSN)
  • Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
23 University of Akron 87.3020:190%

The University of Akron offers a wide range of bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and certificates completely online. All courses are taught by the same faculty who teach traditional courses at the university's campus. Online courses begin and end on the semester schedule and all coursework is expected to be completed by a set deadline. Courses are taken through the Springboard system, which provides complete interaction with instructors and other students. Students are advised to log in regularly to keep up with any changes to their curriculum or learning materials. An online orientation is available to students who are interested.

Programs Offered:
  • Nursing RN/BSN
  • Bachelors in Teaching and Training Technical Professionals
  • Master of Public Health
24 Antioch University 79.234:178%

Antioch University offers online degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level with the AU Connected program, including five undergraduate and two at the master’s level. Undergraduate degrees include bachelor’s in human services administration, humanities, liberal studies, or management, and master’s degree plans include an MA in clinical mental health counseling policy studies. Students can expect to spend between 15 and 20 hours per week for each 3-credit course offered in seven or eight week long sessions. Antioch offers flexible schedules for online students that they may complete assignments and coursework at their own pace. All programs at Antioch are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Services Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies: Individualized Concentration

Search Accredited Ohio Online Colleges

The most effective way to find the online college program that best suits one’s needs is to start by itemizing the most important points. For most students, the list will include items such as field of study, ultimate degree level and career goals, total cost and time available, both long-term and within one’s daily schedule. After that, it becomes a matter of matching the individual’s list with the program that best satisfies the items on it. The search tool below is designed to help students in Ohio quickly and effectively do just that.

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116 results TUITION ACCEPTANCE RATE STUDENT POPULATION SCHOOL TYPE
Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus, Ohio Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 56% STUDENT POPULATION 57,466 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
  • Bachelor of Science in Health And Wellness Innovation in Healthcare
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Rn To Bsn)
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master Degree in Global Engineeringleadership
  • Master Degree in Plant Health Management
  • Master of Science Inagriculture And Extension Education
  • Master of Science in Welding Engineering
  • Master Degree in Applied Pre-Clinical And Clinical Research
  • Master Degree in Dental Hygiene
  • Master of Science in Nursing
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Cincinnati, Ohio Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 73% STUDENT POPULATION 34,379 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • AAS?Early Childhood Care and Education?[Tracks:? Infant/Toddler; Preschool]
  • AAS?Health Information Systems Technology
  • AAS?Fire Service Technology?[Combination of print based materials,email and the web]
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • BSHS?Health Information Management? Administration
  • BS?Early Childhood Education? [Birth-Age 5; PreK only licensure]
  • BS?Medical Laboratory Science
  • BS?Nursing
  • BS?Respiratory Therapy
  • BS?Fire Science Technology?[Combination of print based materials, email and the web]
  • BS?Substance Abuse Counseling
MASTERS DEGREES
  • MBA
  • MEd?Educational Leadership
  • MS?Taxation
  • MS?Criminal Justice
  • MEd?Curriculum and Instruction
  • MEd?Medical Education for Health Care Professionals
  • MEd?Special Education?[For individuals with existing valid Ohio Teaching License]
  • Teacher Leader?program
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • MEng?Engineering Tracks
  • MS?Health Informatics
  • MA?Speech-Language Pathology?[Communication Sciences and Disorders]
  • MHA?Health Administration
  • MS?Nursing Tracks
  • MS?Pharmaceutical Sciences: Cosmetic Science
  • MEd?Foundations in Behavioral Analysis
  • Gifted, Creative, and Talented?program
  • MEd?Literacy & Second Language Studies
  • STEM?program
Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, Ohio 2+ years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 27,910 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate of Applied Business/Business Management - International Business
  • Associate of Applied Business/Captioning And Court Reporting
  • Associate of Applied Business/Marketing
  • Associate of Applied Business/Purchasing And Supply Chain Management
Columbus State Community College Columbus, Ohio 2+ years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 25,249 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate of Applied Science in Digital Design And Graphics
  • Associate of Applied Science in Digital Photography
  • Associate of Applied Science in Business Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Direct Marketing
  • Associate of Applied Science in Finance
  • Associate of Applied Science in Marketing
  • Associate of Applied Science in Supply Chain Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Geographic Information Systems
  • Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
  • Associate of Applied Science in Interactive Media
  • Associate of Arts
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor in Business Administration - Finance - Walsh College
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor in Business Administration - General Business - Walsh College
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor in Business Administration - Management - Walsh College
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor in Business Administration - Marketing - Walsh College
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor of Arts in Business Management - Ohio Christian University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management - Ohio Christian University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor of Arts in Leadership And Ministry - Ohio Christian University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor of Arts in Logistics Management - Ohio Christian University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Ohio Christian University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor of Business Administration - Florida International University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor of Public Administration - Florida International University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Accounting - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Accounting - Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Allied Healthcare Management - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Applied Management - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Business Administration - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Business Administration - Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Business Economics - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Business Forensics - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Business Information Systems - Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Emarketing - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Financial Management - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Financial Planning - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Forensic Accounting - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Healthcare Administration - University of Toledo
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Healthcare Management - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Human Resources Management - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies Management - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Management - Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Management Information Sciences - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Marketing - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Marketing - Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Operations & Supply Chain Management - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Public Relations - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Business Administration - Devry University
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Business Administration - Mount Vernon Nazarene College
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Management - Devry University
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Sport Management - United States Sports Academy
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor of Criminal Justice - Ohio University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Criminal Justice - Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Criminal Justice - Florida International University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Education, Early Childhood Education, Fast-Track (Non-Licensure) - University of Toledo
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Advanced Technological Education - Bowling Green State University
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Special Education - Sign Language Interpreting Track - University of Cincinnati
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor of Applied Science - Electro-Mechanical Engineering - Miami University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Computer Science - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Healthcare Information Systems Management - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Information Technology - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Information Technology - University of Toledo
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Web Development - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Health Information Management - University of Toledo
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Nursing (Rn To Bsn) - Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Clinical Laboratory - University of Cincinnati
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Health Information Management - University of Cincinnati
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Nursing - Florida International University
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Nursing (Rn To Bsn) - Bowling Green State University
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Nursing (Rn To Bsn) - University of Toledo
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Science in Nursing (Rn To Bsn) - Ohio University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor in Liberal Studies - University of Toledo
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - Ohio Christian University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Ohio Christian University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor of Liberal Studies - Bowling Green State University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Biblical Studies - Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Fire Science - University of Cincinnati
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Addictions Counseling - Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Applied Psychology - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Organizational Communication - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Public Safety Management - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Safety, Security & Emergency Management - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor of Technical And Applied Studies - Ohio University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's Degree in Individualized And Special Programs - University of Toledo
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Applied Organizational Technology - University of Toledo
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in General Studies - Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Associate Degree To Bachelor's in Interactive Media Design - Franklin University
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Addiction Studies - University of Cincinnati
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Early Childhood - University of Cincinnati
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Fitness And Wellness - California University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Sport Coaching - United States Sports Academy
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Technical Management - Devry University
  • Associate Degree To Bs in Technology - Quality Systems - Bowling Green State University
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Bachelor's Degree To Master of Applied Politics - University of Akron
University of Akron Main Campus Akron, Ohio Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 96% STUDENT POPULATION 24,932 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Teaching And Training Technical Professionals
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Taxation Program
  • Master of Arts in Educational Foundations - Assessment And Evaluation
  • Master of Arts in Educational Foundations - Instructional Technology
  • Master of Science in Teaching And Training Technical Professionals
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Applied Politics
University of Toledo Toledo, Ohio Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 91% STUDENT POPULATION 20,743 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Accounting Technology
  • Business Administration (Pre-Business)
  • Business Management Technology?
  • Criminal Justice
  • Computer Network Administration
  • Computer Software Specialist
  • Programming and Software Development
  • Information Services and Support
  • Intermodal Transportation Technology
  • Technical Studies
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education - Fast-Track Degree Completion?(Bachelor of Education, Non-Licensure)
  • Health Information?Administration (Degree Completion)
  • Nursing, RN to BSN
  • Liberal Studies?(ALS)
  • Applied Organizational Technology (Degree Completion)
  • Individualized Studies Programs?(IDVP)
  • Professional Studies?(Degree Completion)
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education?(non-licensure)
  • Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.)
  • Educational Technology
  • Special Education/Early Childhood?(ECIS)
  • Engineering
  • Nurse Educator
  • Liberal Studies
  • Recreation Administration
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN-DNP)
Miami University-Oxford Oxford, Ohio Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 67% STUDENT POPULATION 17,901 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate of Applied Busines - Marketing Management Technology
  • Associate of Applied Business - Accounting Technology
  • Associate of Applied Business - Business Management Technology
  • Associate of Applied Business - Business Software Technology
  • Associate of Applied Business - Real Estate Technology
  • Associate in Arts - Saturdayselect
Cleveland State University Cleveland, Ohio Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 63% STUDENT POPULATION 17,497 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business
  • Bachelor in Health Education
  • Bachelor in Physical Education
  • Bachelor in Allied Health
  • Bachelor in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Rn To Bsn)
  • Bs in Nursing (Rn To Bsn)
  • Bachelor in Gerontology
  • Bachelor in Psychology
  • Bachelor in Sociology
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Education With A Specialization in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Science in Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Science in Nursing/Master in Business Administration
  • Mobile Accelerated MBA
  • M.Ed. in School Counseling
  • Master of Education in Adult Learning And Development
  • Master of Education in Community Health
  • Master of Education in Curriculum And Instruction
  • Master of Education in Curriculum And Instruction With Talented And Gifted Learner License
  • Master of Education in Curriculum And Instruction/Gifted Intervention Specialist Certification
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Human Factors Engineering
  • Master of Science in Information Systems
  • M.S. Administration of Nursing And Health Care Systems
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences/Graduate Certificate in Advanced Study in Bioethics
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences/Graduate Certificate in Culture, Communication, And Health Care
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences/Graduate Certificate in Ergonomics/Human Factors
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences/Graduate Certificate in Gerontological Studies
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences/Graduate Certificate in Occupational And Physical Therapy in The Schools
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader (Cnl)
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Forensic Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Forensic Track
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Specialized Populations
  • M.S. Degree in Counseling
  • M.S. Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice
Wright State University-Main Campus Dayton, Ohio Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 16,656 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • RN-BSN Nursing Degree Completion Program (B.S.N.)
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Science in Logistics & Supply Chain Management (M.S.)
  • Master of Education in Curriculum And Instruction
  • Master of Science in Human Factors Engineering (M.S.)
  • Master of Science in Information Systems (M.I.S.)
  • M.S. Administration of Nursing And Health Care Systems
  • Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.)?
  • Rehabilitation Counseling for Severe Disabilities (M.R.C.)
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice (Dnp)
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Ohio Online Colleges Spotlight

Online Departments in Ohio

Youngstown State University

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.

Online Colleges in Ohio: A Guide

In all states, including Ohio, private for-profit institutions dominated online learning for years. For over 10 years, traditional colleges in Ohio have been incorporating distance learning into their curricula, giving students the option of working toward certificates and degrees remotely. That trend is continuing, with an increasing number of Ohio schools entering the online education market or expanding their current programs.

The leading providers of online learning in the public college sector are the 14 universities of the University System of Ohio, whose biggest two campuses are Ohio State University in Columbus and the University of Cincinnati. Among programs of note offered by private, not-for-profit online colleges in the state are the University of Dayton in Dayton, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and Tiffin University in Tiffin. Distance learning programs are also offered by more than 25 2-year Ohio public community colleges.

One of the best methods of gauging a state’s current college environment is to take a look at what is happing in education in its biggest cities. Located in the center of the state, Columbus is both Ohio’s capital and its largest city, with approximately 800,000 residents. Its size and importance makes it one of the state’s postsecondary education centers. The next two sections focus on higher education in the Columbus metropolitan area.

Colleges and Universities in Columbus

Ohio’s state capital and largest city, Columbus has a celebrated past in higher education, primarily for its flagship campus of the Ohio State University (OSU). OSU offers 137 undergraduate degrees and hosts 57,466 undergrad students with the largest percentage of enrollments in engineering, business, arts and sciences, and education. OSU was ranked 16th among the best public universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The other public college in the city, Columbus State Community College, features 2-year degree programs targeting industries such as human services, business, health, information systems, technology, law and paralegal assisting.

Among private institutions, Ohio Dominican University has a Catholic foundation but serves students of all backgrounds. ODU provides a selection of 45 undergraduate and 11 graduate degree programs as well as a degree-completion program offered at night school. Columbus is home to several independent colleges and universities, including Franklin University, Ohio Business College, Capital University Law School, the Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio Institute of Health Careers, and Bradford School.

Plugging In: Columbus Colleges Online

Columbus residents can complete a college degree without ever stepping on campus. Columbus State Community College is the largest Ohio provider of distance education, delivering offerings in entirely online or blended (hybrid) formats. Its extensive selection of associate degree programs include accounting, architecture, business management, digital design, environmental health and safety, finance, health information management, marketing, nursing and supply chain management. OSU has been nationally recognized for its digital programs: U.S. News & World Report has ranked them among the best online offerings for bachelor’s programs and graduate programs in education, engineering and nursing.

Columbus is a city built of neighborhoods with diverse cultural and educational opportunities such as the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), the zoo, the Columbus Museum of Art and festivals throughout the year. Many of the city’s 810,000 residents enjoy the Short North Arts district, the bar crawl in the Arena District or the German Village Book Loft with over 32 display rooms, in addition to Buckeyes football games.

Cost Matters: Paying for College in Ohio

College hopefuls looking to study in Ohio need to be mindful of the numerous costs that come with higher education. At the most basic level, tuition serves as the principle college-related expense, and varies depending on school, location and residency. In 2012, Ohio students who had established residency in the state paid an average of $13,665 per year in tuition, placing Ohio 14th nationally when it comes to the priciest in-state tuition.

On top of tuition, most colleges and universities have fees associated with attendance, which can include parking, technology fees, lab fees and a small fee to secure access to the recreational facility. In 2012, fees at Ohio colleges averaged $479 per student per year, bringing the total tuition + fees for Ohio students to $14,144 per school year.

While tuition and fees make up the primary education costs for students, they also need to think about living expenses, most notably room and board. In general, the state of Ohio has a cost of living approximately 7 percent lower than the national average, a great sign for students on a budget. Here’s a closer look at the cost of living (COL) for Ohio’s major metropolitan areas compared to the national average (100).

Urban Area Composite Index Housing Groceries Utilities Transportation Health Care Misc.
Akron 100.21 99.68 105.09 107.94 107.08 86.81 95.99
Ashland 88.54 72.11 100.70 92.06 98.19 88.78 94.19
Cincinnati 93.81 81.94 96.41 103.82 97.99 95.83 98.66
Cleveland 101.05 93.32 108.07 109.03 101.45 104.26 102.07
Columbus 92.00 86.21 91.59 100.20 99.11 107.65 90.65
Dayton 91.43 74.54 89.17 106.12 103.07 93.24 99.02
Findlay 94.26 76.98 102.26 95.80 100.62 91.24 104.35
Lima 93.13 69.81 101.94 102.47 100.69 107.66 103.22
Troy-Miami County 95.40 83.89 96.42 123.27 99.20 89.20 96.21
Wooster 92.64 72.12 99.49 123.42 103.00 94.59 95.21
Youngstown-Warren 90.35 77.65 92.55 110.22 92.42 86.85 94.40

When it comes to making college affordable, Ohio students have a number of national, state and school-based options. Federal financial aid, for instance, can make a serious difference for students at all college educational levels. Federal aid starts with filling out the required FAFSA forms so Uncle Sam can distribute funds based on need. In Ohio, 71 percent of undergraduate students received federal aid in 2012, putting the state 16th in the nation.

Scholarships offer students another avenue of financial assistance, many of which can be used in conjunction with federal aid. In Ohio, students can receive scholarships from the schools themselves, or from top non-profit organizations, private companies and local governments. Some of Ohio’s major entities that offer scholarships include:

  1. AA Plumbing
  2. Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
  3. Kiwanis Club of Sydney, OH
  4. McColloch-Baker Insurance Agency
  5. NTA Ohio
  6. Ohio Baptist Education Society
  7. Ohio Safety Officers
  8. Ohio Travel Association
  9. PMI-NEO Leadership Institute
  10. Ratermann Insurance Agency
  11. RCF, Inc.
  12. Robert E. Grubbs Foundation
  13. Shelby County, OH – Law Student Assistance Fund
  14. The Ohio Academy of Science

Accreditation for Ohio Online Colleges

Whether receiving federal aid, a scholarship or another sort of funding, every Ohio college hopeful needs to consider accreditation. In order to receive financial assistance of any kind, the school you plan to attend must meet certain quality standards, often set by a regional or a national accrediting agency. The primary accrediting body active in Ohio is the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.This private agency visits post-secondary institutions in Ohio (and elsewhere in the region) to ensure they adhere to peer-reviewed quality criteria. Also, Ohio universities may seek accreditation for special programs or schools within the institution. For example, Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law receives accreditation from the American Bar Association.

Great Resources for Online Students in Ohio

The internet is responsible for the biggest explosion in education innovation in several generations. Not only is it now possible to earn a quality, fully-accredited postsecondary degree from a well-established and reputable college or university, anyone with a high-speed internet connection has access to an impressive number of education-related resources to support his or her academic success. The range of these resources is incredible, with databases, applications, books and other reference materials only a Google search and mouse click away. The list below offers a small but representative sample of the tools and resources available today, online and free of charge.

Major Ohio Educational Resources: