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2021 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio

28 Colleges
4,322 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,421 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in OhioEducation is one of the most popular subjects to study in Ohio. With 4,322 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 5th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that 4.9% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

For this year's Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio ranking, we looked at 28 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great education programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the education program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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The education school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students.

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2021 Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying education.

Top 10 Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Ashland University

Ashland, OH

Ashland University has taken the #1 spot in this year's education ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the town of Ashland, Ashland is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

About 3.7% of Ashland students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 2,415 of Ashland students are exclusively distance learners. 2,103 students are part time. Ashland does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Kent State University at Kent earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Kent State is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Kent. Kent State also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Ohio rankings.

There are approximately 11,117 students at Kent State that take at least one class online. 6,422 of Kent State students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Bowling Green State University - Main Campus as the #3 school in this year's rankings. BGSU is a large public school located in the fringe town of Bowling Green. BGSU also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Ohio rankings.

The student loan default rate at BGSU is lower than is typical, just 8.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 4,273 students at BGSU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,217 part time students in attendance at BGSU. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Ohio State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Education in Ohio list.

The student loan default rate at Ohio State is lower than is typical, just 4.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 18,037 students take at least one class online at Ohio State. There are roughly 8,041 part time students in attendance at Ohio State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Cincinnati - Main Campus comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. UC is a very large public school located in the large city of Cincinnati. UC also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Ohio rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.9%. Approximately 10,520 students take at least one class online at UC. There are roughly 9,231 part time students in attendance at UC. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Miami University - Oxford as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Oxford, Miami University - Oxford is a public college with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Miami University - Oxford, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Ohio ranking.

The student loan default rate at Miami University - Oxford is lower than is typical, just 7.4% of students default in three years. Approximately 3,132 students take at least one class online at Miami University - Oxford. 2,222 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#7

Capital University

Columbus, OH

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Capital University. Capital is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Columbus. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Capital has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Ohio ranking.

About 4.2% of Capital students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 464 students take at least one class online at Capital. 414 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

Malone University

Canton, OH

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Malone University. Malone is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Canton.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.7%. Approximately 391 students take at least one class online at Malone. About 524 of the students at Malone are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Walsh University

North Canton, OH

Walsh University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best education schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large suburb of North Canton, Walsh is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

About 4.0% of Walsh students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 442 students take at least one class online at Walsh. 724 of Walsh students are attending part time. Walsh does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Ohio Dominican University

Columbus, OH

Ohio Dominican University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Columbus, ODU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The student loan default rate at ODU is lower than is typical, just 6.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 383 students at ODU that take at least one class online. About 602 of the students at ODU are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Education Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 2,643
Illinois 3,364
Indiana 2,895
Wisconsin 2,573

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 3,023
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1,524
Special Education 1,279
Educational Administration 888
General Education 771

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Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 5,072
Psychology 4,715
Communication & Journalism 4,209
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 1,306
History 1,008

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

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