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2021 Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Ohio

8 Colleges
1,053 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,181 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities School for You

Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in OhioLiberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities is the #17 most popular major in Ohio with 1,053 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that 2.3% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Ohio ranking analyzed 8 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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The liberal arts / sciences and humanities 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 Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools.

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2021 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools in Ohio

The following schools top our list of the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for the Money.

Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools in Ohio

#1

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Xavier University. Located in the city of Cincinnati, Xavier is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Xavier also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Ohio rankings.

The average student at Xavier graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $37,511. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Xavier is $153,795. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Kent State University at Kent. Located in the suburb of Kent, Kent State is a public college with a very large student population. Kent State also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Ohio list, coming in at #5.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Kent State is 4.4 years, and it costs about $26,092 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Kent State is $115,848. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Ohio State is a very large public school located in the city of Columbus. In addition to being on our best value list, Ohio State has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Ohio ranking.

The average student at Ohio State graduates in less than 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $34,273. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State is about $148,402. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Bowling Green State University - Main Campus comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the fringe town of Bowling Green, BGSU is a public college with a fairly large student population. BGSU also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Ohio rankings.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at BGSU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,327. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from BGSU be around $101,706. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#5

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH

Youngstown State University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Youngstown State University is a large public school located in the city of Youngstown. Youngstown State University did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Ohio list.

The average student at Youngstown State University graduates in less than 4.9 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $16,447. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University be around $79,768. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ohio University - Main Campus. Located in the town of Athens, Ohio U is a public college with a very large student population. Ohio U did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Ohio list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Ohio U is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,780. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio U is $133,893. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#7

Shawnee State University

Portsmouth, OH

Shawnee State University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Shawnee State University is a small public school located in the town of Portsmouth.

At Shawnee State University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $19,834. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Shawnee State University is $88,460. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Ohio Christian University

Circleville, OH

Ohio Christian University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value liberal arts / sciences and humanities schools. Located in the distant town of Circleville, OCU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at OCU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,180. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from OCU is $91,709. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 597
Illinois 1,333
Indiana 1,507
Wisconsin 325

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 1,053

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 3,343
English Language & Literature 1,432
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 831
Philosophy & Religious Studies 413
Theology & Religious Vocations 349

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 8 schools only.

  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Jacques Sablet (Switzerland, Morges, 1749-1803).

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