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2020 Best Colleges for Social Work in Ohio

Social Work is a popular major and Ohio is the 5th most popular state for students studying this major. 2,592 of the 55,945 Social Work diplomas earned last year were given by colleges in Ohio. With so many options it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Social Work in Ohio ranking analyzed 17 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in social work. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 2 colleges for Social Work students in Ohio.

Choosing a Great Social Work School

Best Colleges for Social Work in Ohio Your choice of social work school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Graduates Earn More After College

A social work degree from colleges on this list usually translates into higher than average salaries after graduation. A social work bachelors degree from a college in Ohio helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $31,122 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Social Work students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other social work students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized social work related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Social Work students in Ohio.

Best Schools to Study Social Work in Ohio

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study social work.

Top 10 Best Social Work Colleges in Ohio

Any student pursuing a degree in social work needs to look into Ohio State University - Main Campus. Located in the city Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a very large student population.

Students who graduate from this program report average early career wages of $31,000.

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It's hard to beat University of Cincinnati - Main Campus if you wish to study social work. Located in the large city Cincinnati, Cincinnati is a public college with a very large student population.

After graduation, social work students generally make about $32,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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Miami University - Oxford is among your best bets if you're planning on studying social work. Miami of Ohio is a fairly large public school located in the fringe town of Oxford.

Soon after graduating, social work students generally make an average of $32,400 in the first five years of their career.

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University is one of the finest schools in the United States for social work. Located in the town Mount Vernon, MVNU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After graduation, social work students generally earn around $28,900 in their early careers.

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Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

Located in the city Cincinnati, Xavier is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.More…

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Located in the town Athens, Ohio U is a public school with a very large student population.

Graduates of the social work program earn an average of $29,400 in the first couple years of working.

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Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH

Cedarville is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Cedarville.More…

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Capital University

Columbus, OH

Located in the suburb Columbus, Capital is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Graduates of the social work program make about $31,800 for their early career.

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University of Toledo

Toledo, OH

Located in the city Toledo, University of Toledo is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career income of $31,700.

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Mount St. Joseph University

Cincinnati, OH

Mount St. Joe is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Cincinnati.More…

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Best Social Work Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Social Work Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 316 2,590
Illinois 306 2,664
Indiana 291 1,073
Wisconsin 290 1,014

One of 5 majors within the Public Administration & Social Service area of study, Social Work has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration 16,874
Human Services 14,962
Public Policy 5,550
Community Organization & Advocacy 2,775
Other Public Administration 957

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 Army Medicine.

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