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Online Colleges in Ohio

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The Buckeye State is growing jobs that demand postsecondary education, and that's great news for students considering online colleges in Ohio. Online programs can provide a number of benefits to students: They often are available asynchronously, meaning that students are not required to log on at particular times of day, and students can complete their studies at a time and place that's convenient for them.

Here's what prospective online college students in Ohio can choose from:

  • Over 100 institutions offer distance learning, evenly split between public and private schools.
  • Of the private, nonprofit online colleges in Ohio, 25-plus are faith-based institutions.
  • Almost 80 colleges offer online associate degree programs, more than 60 offer online bachelor's degree programs, and over 50 offer online master's degree programs.
  • Franklin University and Tiffin University offer the most online degree programs.

The state's political and higher education leaders are working to grow the pool of qualified, educated workers by expanding the number of online programs, making them more accelerated, and improving affordability in order to improve student access. One example is Ohio's Three-Year Degree Plan, which can help students earn their bachelor's degree faster — offering potential cost savings and speedier entry into the workforce.

There are numerous online colleges in Ohio to choose from, and selecting the right program can be an intimidating task. We've pulled together information to help make the process easier for you. Explore this guide to find multiple rankings to help you narrow your search, and state-specific resources like grants and scholarships that may reduce your degree costs.

What Makes a Good Online College?

On this page, we have established several comprehensive rankings of the best online colleges in Ohio. Each school's position on the list was earned based on how well they performed on various metrics. All schools on this page are accredited at the institutional or programmatic level by corresponding agencies, such as:

  • The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

See our "What is College Accreditation?" page for more information about accreditation and why it matters, or visit the Ohio Department of Education to check whether or not a particular school's accreditation is recognized in the state.

In order to drill down to the heart of what makes a good online college, we chose the metrics for our rankings with great care. We took into account factors that were indicative of general educational quality — such as cost of tuition and student retention rate — and factors that were very specific to online education — such as number of online programs offered and amount of electronic library resources. For more insight into the factors we chose and why we believe they represent quality in online education, take a look at the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section of our "About Us" page.

Best Online Colleges in Ohio for 2018-19

Students interested in distance learning can use our ranking of the best online universities in Ohio to help them find the right school for their needs. To make this list, we analyzed data gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). You can read more about the methodology we used to generate this list at the bottom of this page, and use our Top Colleges Tool to create similar rankings based on your own preferences.

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University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,000
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
40%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
48
School Type
4-year

The University of Cincinnati is a public research university that offers online degree and certificate programs in subjects such as fire service, taxation, substance abuse counseling, respiratory therapy and radiation science technology. Students in these programs have a wealth of resources at their fingertips, including:

  • Academic advising and coaching
  • One-on-one learning assistance
  • Exam proctoring services
  • Access to the Academic Writing Center
  • Math and science support

The majority of the online programs offered through UC are 100 percent online, with no on-campus components required, and follow an asynchronous format.

 
2

University of Toledo

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,547
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
37%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
29
School Type
4-year

The University of Toledo is a school that you just can't keep down. Founded in 1872 as the Toledo University of Arts and Trades, it was forced to move to the basement of a church when the city stopped funding it two years later. In 1878, the school finally closed due to lack of funds… only to reopen six years later, in two rooms of a high school! When a formal building was finally built for the tenacious university in 1914, it took on the name we know it by: the University of Toledo.

UT's online platform, UT Online, offers distance learning programs at all degree levels: associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral. There are also various certificates, endorsements and education specialist programs that can be earned through this university, most of them focused on the field of education.

 
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Ohio University-Main Campus

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,896
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
41%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
28
School Type
4-year

Ohio University served a student body of over 18,000 in the 2016-2017 academic year — and more than 8,200 of those students were enrolled in e-learning courses. A few of the programs available through OU's eCampus have on-campus requirements, but most are 100 percent self-paced distance learning.

OU's Student Knowledge Center strives to be of service to distance learners by offering a variety of tools for their needs: Blackboard help, a career and development center, free online writing and tutoring services, counseling and psychological services, and language assistance. This university also has partnerships with many Ohio community colleges, helping students of those colleges to easily transfer into a bachelor's program at OU.

 
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Tiffin University, Tiffin

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$24,000
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
48%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
52
School Type
4-year

Private, nonprofit Tiffin University hosts several online degree programs through their online portal, TU Online. These programs can be begun at six different start dates throughout the year, and available subjects of study include:

  • Homeland security
  • Crime analysis
  • Creative writing
  • Justice administration

First-year and transfer students at TU — online or otherwise — are matched with professional academic advisers to help them choose classes and establish clear scholastic goals. Meanwhile, TU's online students also have access to the Murphy Academic Support Center, which offers tutoring and learning assistance. The university's Career Services Office can help online students with career planning, while the IT services department is available to assist with technical issues.

 
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Kent State University at Kent

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,012
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
50%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
44
School Type
4-year

Students hailing from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are served by Kent State University each academic year, taking advantage of the school's wide variety of education options. Through Kent State Online, the university offers multiple online undergraduate and graduate degree programs — including public health, respiratory care, insurance studies and user experience design — as well as a number of online certificate programs, mostly focused on health care or education.

Kent State Online students can access a variety of student services, including:

  • University helpdesk
  • Career services
  • Proctored testing
  • Library instruction
  • Veteran's services
 
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Ashland University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$20,700
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
47%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
12
School Type
4-year

Ashland University is a private Christian institution with a focus on liberal arts and sciences, in particular health care and nursing. There is an online program for every degree level at Ashland, ranging from an associate program in general studies to a online Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). More religious subjects can be pursued through the Ashland Theological Seminary, which offers multiple courses for its programs online (though not entire programs).

Students enrolled at Ashland also have access to the Ohio eTutoring Collaborative, a source of online tutoring in writing, physics, statistics, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, accounting and math from developmental levels through calculus II.

 
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Herzing University-Toledo

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$13,850
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
65%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
25
School Type
4-year

This university was founded in 1965 by the Herzing family and remains within the family to this day. The Herzing community prides itself on offering career-oriented programs that address the needs of employers. The university's aim is for students to learn about their field of study in great depth, not just at a basic level.

Herzing's online offerings & mdash;collectively called the Everywhere Classroom — range from diploma programs to associate, bachelor's or master's degree programs. Available subjects include technology, business, health care and continuing nursing education, to name just a few. What's more, if a fully online curriculum is not your preference, you may opt to complete your studies in a hybrid format, combining online coursework with regular face-to-face instruction at one of the school's 10 campuses.

Accreditation:

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (as well as numerous specialized accreditations for individual programs)

Location:

5212 Hill Ave., Toledo,
OH 43615
 
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Ohio State University-Main Campus

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,592
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
23%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
10
School Type
4-year

The oldest institute for higher education in the state of Ohio, Ohio State University has campus locations in Columbus, Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark and Wooster. All classes offered through Ohio State Online are taught by OSU faculty from these campuses.

Online OSU students can take advantage of many student services, including academic advising, the Dennis Learning Center, the testing center, the math and statistics learning center, library services and more. These resources can be quite helpful to students who are pursuing the university's distance learning degree programs, offered in specialty areas such as:

  • Plant health management
  • Clinical and pre-clinical research
  • Bioethics
  • Global engineering leadership
 
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Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,057
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
23%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
28
School Type
4-year

Bowling Green State University, which has a section on its "History & Traditions" page to introduce its mysterious theater ghost Alice, is a public research university located south of Toledo. Between Alice, the secret spirit organization SIC SIC, and the many traditions regarding the official University Seal, BGSU is a university overflowing with rich, vivid personality.

BGSU's online courses run in a seven-week format, and with six start dates every year, it's easy for students to start their courses whenever is most convenient for them. Online programs at the university range from criminal justice and curriculum & teaching to autism spectrum disorders and food and nutrition.

 
10

Miami University-Oxford

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$14,958
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
17%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
4
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1809, Miami University-Oxford is the second-oldest university in Ohio. The university has a main campus in Oxford, as well as regional locations in Hamilton, Middletown and West Chester. On- and off-campus students alike can benefit from eLearning Miami (ELM), which offers online undergraduate courses and a handful of master's degree programs, including:

  • Instructional design and technology (fully online)
  • Educational technology (fully online)
  • Biology or biological sciences (hybrid format)
  • Creative writing (hybrid format)

Online students can engage with faculty through email and online office hours, and even schedule one-on-one videoconferencing for more extensive feedback on assignments and test scores. Student services, such as the Miami University library, the IT help desk, and online writing help through the Howe Writing Center, are also available.

 

Affordable Online Colleges in Ohio for 2018-19

The following is a list of schools in Ohio that offer programs at a low tuition cost. This list was made by comparing the in-state, campus-based tuition each school reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

If you are interesting in seeing a ranking of Ohio schools based on quality, adjusted to account for many other factors of your choosing, check out the Top Colleges Tool.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Clark State Community College$3,35940%14clarkstate.edu
    Belmont College$3,54117%1belmontcollege.edu
    North Central State College$3,59128%3ncstatecollege.edu
    Eastern Gateway Community College$3,64562%4egcc.edu
    Sinclair Community College$3,67434%35sinclair.edu
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Ohio University-Eastern Campus$4,80635%3eastern.ohiou.edu
    Ohio University-Southern Campus$4,80635%4southern.ohiou.edu
    Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus$5,06036%4ohio.edu
    Ohio University-Lancaster Campus$5,06031%4lancaster.ohiou.edu
    Ohio University-Zanesville Campus$5,06029%3zanesville.ohiou.edu

Financial Aid Resources in Ohio

If you're an Ohio resident who is considering going to college in your home state, you may be pleased to know that there are a number of state-sponsored financial programs that can help make college more affordable. In addition to the federal financial aid you could be eligible to receive, you should take some time to explore these state aid offerings from Ohio. If you qualify, you could significantly reduce the total out-of-pocket cost of your college education.

What Grants and Scholarships are Available in Ohio? 

Grants and scholarships are types of "gift aid," which means they do not have to be paid back. For students who fit the criteria, these awards can be a wonderful way to help offset the cost of college. Here are a few to consider.

1.Ohio College Opportunity Grant
Type : Grant
Criteria:
Applicant must be an Ohio resident who demonstrates the highest levels of financial need with an expected family contribution of $2,190 or less and a maximum household income of $75,000 as determined by the FAFSA results. Applicant must be enrolled at an eligible Ohio or Pennsylvania institution.
Award Amount
$1,872
Application Deadline
October 1
Renewable
Renewable if FAFSA is filed each year.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
2.Ohio War Orphans Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be an Ohio resident between the ages of 16 and 25 attending a participating Ohio college or university. Applicant must be the child of a veteran who served at least 90 days active duty during a period of war and must now be either disabled or deceased.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
May 15
Renewable
Recipient must maintain academic progress and full-time status.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
3.Appalachian Regional Grant
Type : Grant
Criteria:
Applicant must live in Appalachian County as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Award Amount
$500
Application Deadline
August 1
Renewable
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
4.Otto and Isabel Frings Memorial Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a graduating senior from Tippecanoe High School who will attend an accredited post-secondary institution. Financial need must be demonstrated.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
March 20
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL

Learn more about how grants work and how to qualify for them by reading the Ultimate Guide to Grants. For similar information about scholarships, see our Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

Ohio Loans

Ohio's financial aid focuses on scholarship and grant programs rather than state-specific student loans. However, there is a state-sponsored loan program for students in the field of nursing called the Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program. This loan program provides assistance to Ohio students enrolled for at least half-time study in an approved Ohio nurse education program. For most other students, if grants and scholarships aren't enough to cover your tuition, you can use federal or private student loans to bridge the gap. To qualify for federal student loans, you'll need to fill out a FAFSA.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Ohio

  • The Forever Buckeyes program offers in-state tuition to anyone who graduated from an Ohio high school and has returned to Ohio to establish residency. Because of the program, these college students are able to waive the year-long waiting period that would normally be required to regain residency.

Costs for Out-of-State Students in Ohio

Ohio can be a great state for college, even for those from other states who might dread the expensive out-of-state tuition. At Ohio State University, where both football and academics are taken quite seriously, out-of-state students have several scholarship opportunities available. Among them are the National Buckeye Scholarship for non-Ohio residents and the Eminence Fellows Program and Scholarship for students in the Honors College.

There are a variety of ways to become an Ohio resident for tuition purposes at Ohio State and to thus receive in-state tuition, the main one being that you need to reside in Ohio for at least 12 months. Ohio State also classifies veterans and active members of the military as Ohio residents for tuition purposes. The university offers a handy questionnaire that will help you sort out if you qualify.

For incoming Ohio resident students, there's some very good news: the Board of Trustees has frozen tuition rates, meaning that there will be no increase in tuition, general fees, or room and board through 2021-2022 as part of the Ohio State Tuition Guarantee.

 
 
Article Sources
Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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