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2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio

70 Colleges
$43,152 Avg Salary*
58% Avg Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when you have so many options available. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can to make the best decision possible for you.

We analyzed 70 colleges and universities across Ohio to determine which were the best for non-traditional students. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on over 20 objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as loan default rate, degree completion, and distance learning options to name a few.

If you fall into the category of non-traditional, you are a part-time student, a returning or transfer student, or older than 24. We designed this ranking to meet your unique needs.

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Top Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio

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#1

Union Institute & University

Cincinnati, Ohio

Our 2021 rankings named Union Institute & University the best school in Ohio for non-traditional students working on their bachelor’s degree. Union is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 403 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $545 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $42,400 a year.

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#2

Ashland University

Ashland, Ohio

One of the best schools for adult learners and other non-traditional students is Ashland University. The school came in at #2 in Ohio in this year’s ranking. Located in Ashland, Ohio, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 801 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.7%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. The school charges $940 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Ashland is $40,400 during the early years of their career.

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#3

Ursuline College

Pepper Pike, Ohio

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Ursuline College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for non-traditional learners in Ohio. Ursuline College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Pepper Pike, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 165 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A high percentage of the school is made up of adult learners. 59% of the students are 25 years or older. The school charges $1,104 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Ursuline College make an average of $47,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Cincinnati - Main Campus helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for non-traditional learners in Ohio. University of Cincinnati - Main Campus is a large public school located in Cincinnati, Ohio that handed out 6,175 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $395. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UC is $42,300 during the early years of their career.

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Adult learners and other non-traditional students will be in good company if they decide to attend Ohio State University - Main Campus. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio list. Ohio State is a large public school situated in Columbus, Ohio. It awarded 11,596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.5%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $425. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $46,100 a year.

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#6

Walsh University

North Canton, Ohio

Walsh University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio list. Walsh University is a small private not-for-profit school located in North Canton, Ohio that handed out 511 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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%. The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $970. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Walsh is $43,500 during the early years of their career.

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#7

University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio

University of Dayton did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio ranking, coming in at #7. Located in Dayton, Ohio, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,167 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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%. The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $1,610. During the early years of their career, graduates from UDayton make an average of $55,100 a year.

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Bowling Green State University - Main Campus ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio list. Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, the fairly large public school awarded 3,167 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $387 per credit hour. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $40,500 a year.

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Miami University - Oxford landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio ranking. Miami University - Oxford is a fairly large public school located in Oxford, Ohio that handed out 5,139 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $610 per credit hour. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $47,100 a year.

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Baldwin Wallace University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio ranking, coming in at #10. Baldwin Wallace College is located in Berea, Ohio and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 929 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $835. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace College is $44,400 during the early years of their career.

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#11

Cleveland State University

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland State University landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio ranking. Cleveland, Ohio is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,879 students in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $448 per credit hour. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $41,300 a year.

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#12

Malone University

Canton, Ohio

Malone University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio ranking. Malone is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Canton, Ohio. It awarded 325 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $510. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Malone go into careers with an average salary of $41,700 during the early years of their career.

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#13

Xavier University

Cincinnati, Ohio

Xavier University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and it awarded 1,253 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $740 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $51,600 a year.

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#14

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio

With a ranking of #14, University of Toledo did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio list. 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 school charges $352 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from University of Toledo make an average of $43,800 a year.

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With a ranking of #15, Franciscan University of Steubenville did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio list. Located in Steubenville, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 509 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.2%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. The school charges $947 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Franciscan U go into careers with an average salary of $37,700 during the early years of their career.

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Ohio University - Athens Campus ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio list. Located in Athens, Ohio, the large public school awarded 7,349 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The school charges $595 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from OHIO Athens make an average of $40,500 a year.

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#17

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Mount Vernon Nazarene University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio ranking, coming in at #17. MVNU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 371 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $618 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from MVNU make an average of $43,600 a year.

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Wright State University - Main Campus landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio ranking. Wright State University - Main Campus is a fairly large public school located in Dayton, Ohio that handed out 2,315 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $409 per credit hour. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University - Main Campus go into careers with an average salary of $39,500 during the early years of their career.

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Kent State University at Kent landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio ranking. Kent State is located in Kent, Ohio and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,465 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $480 per credit hour. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $38,000 a year.

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#20

Mount St. Joseph University

Cincinnati, Ohio

Mount St. Joseph University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio ranking, coming in at #20. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and it awarded 280 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $555. During the early years of their career, graduates from Mount St. Joe make an average of $41,400 a year.

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#21

Capital University

Columbus, Ohio

Capital University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio list. Capital is located in Columbus, Ohio and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 678 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

There are 845 adult students enrolled in the school, which is 25% of the student body. The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $1,218. During the early years of their career, graduates from Capital make an average of $44,000 a year.

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#22

Wittenberg University

Springfield, Ohio

Wittenberg University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio ranking. Wittenberg is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Springfield, Ohio. It awarded 434 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $1,289 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg make an average of $43,200 per year during the early years of their career.

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#23

Ohio Dominican University

Columbus, Ohio

With a ranking of #23, Ohio Dominican University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio list. Ohio Dominican University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Columbus, Ohio that handed out 267 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $735. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $41,000 a year.

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#24

Muskingum University

New Concord, Ohio

Muskingum University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio ranking. Located in New Concord, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 331 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $625. During the early years of their career, graduates from Muskingum make an average of $39,600 a year.

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University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Ohio list. UC Blue Ash College is a medium-sized public school situated in Blue Ash, Ohio. It awarded 56 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $221 per credit hour. During the early years of their career, graduates from UC Blue Ash College make an average of $42,300 a year.

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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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