2022 best colleges in Ohio best-colleges

Columbus Ohio serves the dual purpose of state capital and penultimate college town, where the Buckeye's play in front of 100,000+ diehards every Saturday. Amongst those diehards are scores of students from a number of famous (at least in the Midwest) liberal arts colleges located in beautiful towns throughout the Ohio countryside.   A number of additional colleges and universities are located in and around Cleveland - notably Case Western, which shares its campus with top rates University hospital and has an excellent medical school - and Cincinnati, a short drive from another great public university, Miami Ohio University.  

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Ohio

Ohio Northern University

Ada, Ohio

Admission rate: 66%

Grad rate: 73%

Net cost: $24,072

Payback: 2.1 Years

Earnings: $72,235

Vs. state average: + $23,836

Economic score: 1.40

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#2 in Ohio

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, Ohio

Admission rate: 31%

Grad rate: 85%

Net cost: $35,428

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $78,330

Vs. state average: + $29,931

Economic score: 1.68

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#3 in Ohio

Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Columbus, Ohio

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 82%

Net cost: $17,650

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $61,074

Vs. state average: + $12,675

Economic score: 1.87

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#4 in Ohio

Kettering College

Kettering, Ohio

Admission rate: 22%

Grad rate: 51%

Net cost: $18,853

Payback: 2.3 Years

Earnings: $58,526

Vs. state average: + $10,127

Economic score: 1.93

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#5 in Ohio

Ursuline College

Pepper Pike, Ohio

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 62%

Net cost: $16,760

Payback: 2.3 Years

Earnings: $55,319

Vs. state average: + $6,920

Economic score: 2.05

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#6 in Ohio

Union Institute & University

Cincinnati, Ohio

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 72%

Net cost: $16,585

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $57,590

Vs. state average: + $9,191

Economic score: 2.06

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#7 in Ohio

Ohio State University-Main Campus

Columbus, Ohio

Admission rate: 69%

Grad rate: 78%

Net cost: $17,616

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $55,332

Vs. state average: + $6,933

Economic score: 2.07

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#8 in Ohio

University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio

Admission rate: 82%

Grad rate: 78%

Net cost: $31,003

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $66,384

Vs. state average: + $17,985

Economic score: 2.22

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#9 in Ohio

John Carroll University

University Heights, Ohio

Admission rate: 88%

Grad rate: 75%

Net cost: $25,759

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $60,293

Vs. state average: + $11,894

Economic score: 2.30

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#10 in Ohio

Walsh University

North Canton, Ohio

Admission rate: 77%

Grad rate: 58%

Net cost: $16,075

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $52,533

Vs. state average: + $4,134

Economic score: 2.56

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#11 in Ohio

Xavier University

Cincinnati, Ohio

Admission rate: 82%

Grad rate: 70%

Net cost: $32,250

Payback: 3.5 Years

Earnings: $62,015

Vs. state average: + $13,616

Economic score: 2.70

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#12 in Ohio

Wittenberg University

Springfield, Ohio

Admission rate: 98%

Grad rate: 63%

Net cost: $22,886

Payback: 3.1 Years

Earnings: $53,430

Vs. state average: + $5,031

Economic score: 2.80

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#13 in Ohio

Miami University-Oxford

Oxford, Ohio

Admission rate: 92%

Grad rate: 79%

Net cost: $24,323

Payback: 3.2 Years

Earnings: $54,650

Vs. state average: + $6,251

Economic score: 2.84

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#14 in Ohio

Denison University

Granville, Ohio

Admission rate: 29%

Grad rate: 85%

Net cost: $28,614

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $57,435

Vs. state average: + $9,036

Economic score: 2.85

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#15 in Ohio

The College of Wooster

Wooster, Ohio

Admission rate: 66%

Grad rate: 75%

Net cost: $24,692

Payback: 3.5 Years

Earnings: $51,866

Vs. state average: + $3,467

Economic score: 3.25

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#16 in Ohio

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio

Admission rate: 95%

Grad rate: 48%

Net cost: $17,630

Payback: 3.2 Years

Earnings: $48,039

Vs. state average: - $360

Economic score: 3.27

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#17 in Ohio

Kenyon College

Gambier, Ohio

Admission rate: 37%

Grad rate: 89%

Net cost: $32,897

Payback: 4.3 Years

Earnings: $61,998

Vs. state average: + $13,599

Economic score: 3.36

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#18 in Ohio

Ashland University

Ashland, Ohio

Admission rate: 75%

Grad rate: 65%

Net cost: $20,111

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $48,165

Vs. state average: - $234

Economic score: 3.37

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#19 in Ohio

Cedarville University

Cedarville, Ohio

Admission rate: 60%

Grad rate: 72%

Net cost: $21,727

Payback: 3.5 Years

Earnings: $49,074

Vs. state average: + $675

Economic score: 3.42

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#20 in Ohio

Capital University

Columbus, Ohio

Admission rate: 75%

Grad rate: 58%

Net cost: $22,642

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $49,133

Vs. state average: + $734

Economic score: 3.54

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