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Top Ohio Colleges

10 of the Top Colleges and Universities in Ohio

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Ohio has some excellent private and public colleges and universities. The schools below have been chosen for a variety of factors: reputation, first-year retention rate, 4- and 6-year graduation rates, selectivity and student engagement. The colleges vary so much in size and type of school that I have simply listed them alphabetically rather than force them into any sort of artificial ranking.

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Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University
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College of Wooster

College of Wooster
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Denison University

Denison University
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Kenyon College

Kenyon College
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Miami University of Ohio

Miami University in Oxford
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Oberlin College

Oberlin College
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Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University
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  • Location: Ada, Ohio
  • Enrollment: 3,721 (2,745 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: small comprehensive university affiliated with the United Methodist Church
  • Distinctions: 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio; first-year classes average 23 students; most students receive significant grant aid; strong blend of liberal arts and professional programs
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Ohio Northern University profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for ONU

Ohio State University

Ohio State University
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University of Dayton

University of Dayton Chapel
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  • Location: Dayton, Ohio
  • Enrollment: 10,920 (7,731 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: comprehensive private university affiliated with the Catholic church
  • Distinctions: program in entrepreneurship has been ranked highly by U.S. News and World Report; high level of student happiness; one of the country's top Catholic colleges; Dayton Flyers compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the University of Dayton profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for the University of Dayton

Xavier University

Xavier University Basketball
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  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Enrollment: 6,584 (3,923 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: comprehensive private university affiliated with the Catholic church
  • Distinctions: one of the country's top Catholic colleges; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; strong preprofessinal programs; Musketeers compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Xavier University profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Xavier

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