Ohio Private Colleges and Universities

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Ohio Private Colleges and Universities: University of Dayton - St. Mary's Hall

Ohio private colleges are conveniently situated place between the East and Midwest. As such, they are able to draw on the strengths of both regions. Private schools, colleges, and universities in the "Buckeye State" boast the diversity of the Atlantic and the hospitality and charm of the heartland. This unique combination provides the ideal environment for academic learning and cultural growth.

Private Colleges in Ohio

Ohio private colleges and universities offer a wide range of education programs with degrees and certificates up to the doctoral level, as well as professional degrees such as law and medicine.

There are 142 colleges in Ohio, 70 public and 72 private colleges. These Ohio private colleges are wide-ranging in character, academic emphasis, and origins. Some private colleges or schools have a religious affiliation; others are secular. Private colleges and universities may be profit or non-profit institutions. Typically, Ohio independent colleges or private schools give weight to personal characteristics and activities in addition to considering Grade Point Average (GPA) and SAT and ACT test scores. Here are the top 5 qualities colleges look for in a high school student: Strong Work Ethic; Leadership; Service; Curiosity; and Likeability.

Private Colleges and Universities in Ohio includes:

  • Oberlin College (Oberlin)
  • Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Case) in Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus)
  • University of Dayton in Dayton, OH
  • Ashland University (Ashland College) in Ashland, OH
  • Baldwin - Wallace College (B-W) in Berea, OH
  • Capital University in Columbus, OH
  • Cedarville University (CU) in Cedarville, OH
  • College of Mount St. Joseph (College of Mount Saint Joseph) in Cincinnati, OH
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville (Franciscan) in Steubenville, OH
  • John Carroll University (JCU) in University Heights, OH
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) in Mount Vernon, OH
  • Muskingum University (Muskingum) in New Concord, OH
  • Notre Dame College in Cleveland, OH
  • Ohio Christian University (OCU) in Circleville, OH
  • Ohio Dominican University (ODU) in Columbus, OH
  • Ohio Northern University (Northern) in Ada, OH
  • Otterbein University in Westerville, OH
  • The University of Findlay (UF) in Findlay, OH
  • Tiffin University in Tiffin, OH
  • University of Mount Union in Alliance, OH
  • University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande, OH
  • Walsh University (Walsh College) in North Canton, OH
  • Xavier University (XU) in Cincinnati, OH

The largest being University of Dayton with 9,333 full time students. Oberlin College is the most expensive with an in-state tuition of $44,512. On average, how much does it costs to attend private college in Ohio? The average annual in-state private college tuition in Ohio is $20,403 in 2013.

Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO)

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) is a voluntary membership organization serving 51 private colleges and universities in the state.

Ohio's independent institutions include research universities, traditional liberal arts colleges, comprehensive universities, single-purpose institutions, religiously affiliated colleges, and a historically black university.

"AICUO conducts public relations, research and government relations work for its members. It represents the interest of its members to Ohio's lawmakers, regulators, and citizens. AICUO seeks to strengthen financial aid programs for students and bring about a greater understanding of the impact and contributions of independent colleges and universities in Ohio. At the same time, AICUO works to promote the well-being of Ohio's higher education system as a whole, with special regard for the dual private/public nature of that system and its responsibility to serve the educational, social and cultural needs of the state and nation."

The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC)

The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) is a nonprofit organization that solicits corporation and foundation funds statewide to support 34 Ohio private liberal-arts colleges and universities and provide scholarship assistance to Ohio's students. Since its founding in 1950 OFIC has distributed more than $135 million to its member institutions and has facilitated collaborative efforts for group procurement, student job placement, faculty/staff development and campus diversity programs.

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