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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio

62 Colleges
$27,265 Avg Cost*
4.3 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

There are lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Value in Ohio Schools ranking - to help you make that decision.

We analyzed 62 colleges and universities to determine which were the best for overall value in Ohio. This ranking doesn't just identify the colleges with the lowest costs. Rather, it highlights those institutions that offer excellent educational experiences for a lower cost than other schools of roughly the same caliber. So it is possible that College A may rank better than College B, while College B is less expensive to attend.

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Our average cost calculation adds up all expenses, such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses, and then subtracts the average financial aid awarded to a student. This gives a rough estimation of how much money you can expect to pay out-of-pocket or through loans each year.

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Top Colleges for the Money in Ohio

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Ohio State University - Main Campus tops this year’s ranking as the best school for overall value in Ohio. Ohio State is a public institution located in Columbus, Ohio. The school has a large population, and it awarded 11,596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Ohio State to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,419. This means that the average student pays around $92,744 to get a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. In addition to its great value ranking, Ohio State is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges in Ohio list.

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Out of the 62 schools in Ohio that were part of this year’s ranking, Miami University - Oxford landed the #2 spot on the list. This fairly large public school is located in Oxford, Ohio, and it awarded 5,139 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Miami of Ohio is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,341. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Miami of Ohio is $109,842. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. Miami of Ohio also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges in Ohio list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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A rank of #3 on our Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio list means University of Cincinnati - Main Campus is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Cincinnati is a public institution located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school has a large population, and it awarded 6,175 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Cincinnati, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,714. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Cincinnati is $107,899. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#4

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon, Ohio

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Mount Vernon Nazarene University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Ohio list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and it awarded 371 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at MVNU is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,207. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the MVNU is $85,071. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

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Out of the 62 schools in Ohio that were part of this year’s ranking, Franciscan University of Steubenville landed the #5 spot on the list. Located in Steubenville, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 509 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Franciscan U is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,052. This means that the average student pays around $123,213 to get a bachelor’s degree from Franciscan U. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.2%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. Franciscan U excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges in Ohio list.

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Bowling Green State University - Main Campus landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Ohio ranking. Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, the fairly large public school awarded 3,167 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

At BGSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $19,861. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from BGSU is $86,594. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#6

Cedarville University

Cedarville, Ohio

Cedarville University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Ohio ranking, coming in at #6. Located in Cedarville, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 759 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

At Cedarville, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and it costs about $29,133 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $121,776 to get a bachelor’s degree from Cedarville. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.1%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. Cedarville also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges in Ohio list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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Ohio Northern University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Ada, Ohio, and it awarded 415 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at ONU about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs about $30,355 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $128,402 to get a bachelor’s degree from ONU. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.7%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, ONU also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges in Ohio ranking.

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Ohio University - Main Campus landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Ohio ranking. This large public school is located in Athens, Ohio, and it awarded 7,349 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Ohio U graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,268. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ohio U be around $114,266. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#10

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio

University of Toledo did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Ohio ranking, coming in at #10. University of Toledo is a public institution located in Toledo, Ohio. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,077 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at University of Toledo graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,748. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo is $99,606. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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With a ranking of #11, Kent State University at Kent did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio list. Located in Kent, Ohio, the large public school awarded 5,465 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Kent State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and it costs about $21,693 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Kent State is $96,317. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Kettering College

Kettering, Ohio

Kettering College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Ohio ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Kettering, Ohio, and it awarded 144 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Kettering College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,680. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Kettering College is $98,272. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

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Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, Ohio

With a ranking of #13, Ohio Wesleyan University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio list. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 395 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at OWU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,186. This means that the average student pays around $131,963 to get a bachelor’s degree from OWU. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.9%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. In addition to its great value ranking, OWU is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges in Ohio list.

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#14

Denison University

Granville, Ohio

Denison University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Ohio ranking. Denison is located in Granville, Ohio and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 643 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at Denison graduates in less than 4.0 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $38,232. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Denison is about $154,075. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Denison also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges in Ohio rankings.

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Gods Bible School and College

Cincinnati, Ohio

With a ranking of #15, Gods Bible School and College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and it awarded 24 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Gods Bible School and College is 5.0 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $12,588. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Gods Bible School and College is about $62,940. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The impressive student-to-faculty rate of 7 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools.

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Otterbein University

Westerville, Ohio

Otterbein University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Ohio ranking. Otterbein University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Westerville, Ohio that handed out 579 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Otterbein about 4.2 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,736. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein is $128,784. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The low student loan default rate of 4.0% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

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Ohio State University - Mansfield Campus came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking. Located in Mansfield, Ohio, the small public school handed out 69 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Ohio State University - Mansfield Campus is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,369. This means that the average student pays around $88,129 to get a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University - Mansfield Campus. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The low student loan default rate of 4.5% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

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Cleveland Institute of Music

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Institute of Music came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio ranking. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 50 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Cleveland Institute of Music graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $35,777. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music is $146,328. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 1.0%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Cleveland Institute of Music also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges in Ohio list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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With a ranking of #19, Wright State University - Lake Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Ohio list. Located in Celina, Ohio, the small public school awarded 136 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

At Wright State University - Lake Campus, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,109. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Wright State University - Lake Campus is $83,124. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#20

The College of Wooster

Wooster, Ohio

The College of Wooster landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Ohio ranking. Wooster College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Wooster, Ohio. It awarded 522 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Wooster College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.0 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $37,087. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Wooster College is $149,831. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.7%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Wooster College also did well on our Best Colleges in Ohio list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#21

Wittenberg University

Springfield, Ohio

Wittenberg University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Ohio ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Springfield, Ohio, and it awarded 434 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Wittenberg to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,642. This means that the average student pays around $121,829 to get a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Mount Union

Alliance, Ohio

University of Mount Union landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Ohio ranking. Alliance, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 511 students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Mount Union graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,717. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Mount Union is $115,857. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Mount Carmel College of Nursing did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Ohio ranking, coming in at #23. Mount Carmel College of Nursing is located in Columbus, Ohio and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 333 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Mount Carmel College of Nursing is 4.2 years, and it costs about $27,822 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Mount Carmel College of Nursing is $116,852. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.7%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio

University of Dayton landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Ohio ranking. Located in Dayton, Ohio, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at U of Dayton about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $40,465. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of Dayton be around $172,381. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.1%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, U of Dayton is ranked #5 for overall quality in Ohio.

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John Carroll University

University Heights, Ohio

John Carroll University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Ohio ranking, coming in at #25. John Carroll University is a small private not-for-profit school located in University Heights, Ohio that handed out 831 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at John Carroll to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,435. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll is $150,477. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. John Carroll also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges in Ohio list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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