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More than 160 colleges and universities throughout Ohio offer some form of online education and many of them feature bachelor’s and graduate degrees that can be completed entirely online. Ohio is also one of first states to adopt the Quality Matters process, a method of assessing and certifying online and hybrid programs. Currently, Ohio has the largest pool of faculty who are trained in accordance with the QM rubric, perhaps one of the reasons why 30% of postsecondary students in the state are receiving some amount of education in digital form.

Before we look at the very best Ohio has to offer in online schools, let’s start with the state of higher education and online education in particular in Ohio today.


A Brief Overview of Higher Education in Ohio

In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that Ohio had 225 degree-granting institutions, broken down as follows: 60 public schools, 92 for-profits and 73 nonprofits. An Ohio Higher Ed report noted that, in 2014, Ohio’s public institutions alone awarded 45,887 bachelor’s degrees, a 25% increase since 2005. Associate degrees, in the same vein, saw total degrees awarded increase by 39%.

Tuition-wise, the College Board found that, in the ’15-’16 school year, the average in-state tuition and fees for four-year public schools was $10,200, increasing by only 3% over the last five years, while the out-of-state average was $22,880, only increasing by 2% over the same time.

As for the state’s financial aid efforts, in an extensive survey conducted by the National Association of State Student Grant & Aid Programs (NASSGAP), Ohio was found to award $80.85 million in need-based grants and $38.52 million in nonneed grants for the ’13-’14 school year.

With stable tuition prices, a huge pool of schools and committed financial aid initiatives, Ohio’s postsecondary system remains one of the nation’s educational leaders.


The State of Online Higher Education in Ohio

To date, there are two key organizations driving online education in Ohio: OhioLearns and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. OhioLearns is essentially the definitive catalogue of online programs and courses currently on offer throughout the state. The site’s database is highly filterable, letting students narrow their choices down by subject, school, method of delivery and start dates, to name only a few criteria. The tool makes it incredibly simple to identify single courses they’d like to audit remotely or to plan for the specific fully online program they’d like to pursue.

The Midwest Higher Education Compact, meanwhile, is an organization that facilitates affordable online education opportunities for students residing in states throughout the region. Ohio has partnered with 11 other states, giving its students greater access to the entirety of the region’s excellent online opportunities. One of the compact’s biggest draws is reduced tuition, which lets students pursue online courses and programs outside Ohio at heavily reduced rates, bordering on in-state level pricing.

As far as the overall picture of online education in Ohio goes, the NCES estimates that in fall 2012, 9.6% of students enrolled in Ohio’s Title IV institutions were in fully online programs. Of those, 81% were undergraduates and 77.6% lived in Ohio. It’s reasonable to expect that the number of online students in Ohio will continue to climb for the next several years.


Best Online Colleges in Ohio

Below you will find our rankings of the best online four-year programs in Ohio. Our profiles look at how schools approach online education and then list out their services for distance students and their popular, fully online degrees. After reviewing our best of Ohio, explore our state resources, like a database of every college and university in Ohio or our index of popular in-state scholarships.

Want to know what it takes to make our rankings? Check out our distinct approach.

Methodology

To determine the best online colleges in each state, we examined the factors most important to prospective students: Academic quality and reputation, online program strength, and cost and student aid. At the most basic level, we use the following formula to determine the best online colleges: Academic Quality + Online Offerings + Cost and Student Aid = Final Score. Of course, there's more to these calculations than meets the eye. Visit our methodology page to discover the data points that shape our formula and to learn more about the process we use to rank schools.

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Mount Carmel College of Nursing

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Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Columbus
$12,016

An Online Education at Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Online students engage in coursework, lectures and discussion forums through the online student portal CARMELink and the Canvas learning management system, which the school will be fully-transitioned to by the summer of 2016. Canvas allows students and professors to record videos for feedback, customize their class views with user friendly drag and drop features, use integrated apps such as Amazon Cloud for accessibility. As this is a new system, Canvas trainers are available for help and tech support.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • RN-BSN Completion Program

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Nursing Education

Licensed professional nurses can earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing in two years via the fully accredited, online degree completion program. Applicants for the graduate program require an accredited bachelor's degree in nursing, a minimum GPA of 3.0, one year of clinical experience and an interview. Students wishing to apply to the online programs should take note of application deadlines, as the online school only admits students twice per year.

Contact Information

127 So. Davis Ave
Columbus, OH 43222-1504
(614) 234-5800

Ohio State University

2
Ohio State University
Columbus
$10,037
$25,757

An Online Education at Ohio State University

Ohio State University offers numerous online degree programs and is currently transitioning to the Canvas learning management system from the current Carmen platform. Some programs require an associate's degree for admission and function as flexible and affordable degree-completion programs. Graduate degrees are more autonomous, and students can expect to receive the same high quality instruction as traditional on-campus classes.

The online format is ideal for working professionals, and students have access to a number of digital resources designed to help guide them through their online education. OSU's Office of Distance Education and eLearning gives Ohio residents aged 60 and older an opportunity to take non-credit-earning online courses free of charge.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Master of Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research
  • Master of Science in Dental Hygiene
  • Master of Global Engineering Leadership
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master in Plant Health Management

Contact Information

190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-6446


Acclaim for online programs

  • #8on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #19on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs
  • #6on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Ohio University

3
Ohio University
Athens
$10,446
$19,410

An Online Education at Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public higher learning institution in the state. Online learners at OU will gain dexterity and expertise in professional, behavioral and leadership-based skills. Students holding an associate degree can complete bachelor's degrees in a multitude of subjects either fully online or in a hybrid format. They also have an extensive collection of fully online graduate degrees.The list below comprises only a small sampling of their 18 master's level programs.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Applied Communication
  • Applied Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Customer Service
  • Rn-To-BSN
  • Technical & Applied Studies
  • Technical Operations Management

The university has an additional unique correspondence course offering specifically targeted towards incarcerated students and those who do not have access to the internet.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Social Sciences
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Communication
  • Master of Information and Telecommunication Systems
  • Master's of Reading Education
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Health Administration

Blackboard hosts the virtual learning classroom at Ohio University, and all course materials will be accessed through a single login and password. This will also be the platform through which students will turn in assignments, as well as take quizzes and tests. The university has been recognized by student-focused publications and surveys as one of the most cost-effective and affordable in the country. Financial aid is available to all who qualify.

Contact Information

020 Chubb Hall
Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-1000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #36on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs
  • #68on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #89on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online MBA Programs

University of Cincinnati

4
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati
$10,784
$25,816

An Online Education at University of Cincinnati

The highly acclaimed University of Cincinnati was established in 1819. Among the perks enjoyed by UC students are the impressive number of online and hybrid degree programs offered by the university. General education is available online for the convenience of students looking to complete core competencies. There are also certificate programs and opportunities for continuing education. The online degree offerings cover a wide range of fields.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BS Early Childhood Education
  • BSHS Health Information Management Administration
  • BS Medical Laboratory Science
  • BS Nursing
  • BS Respiratory Therapy
  • BS Substance Abuse Counseling

UC is also one of the first universities in the nation to offer a for-credit MOOC. The course in innovation & design thinking is completely free and has no prereqs or admissions requirements.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MA Speech-language Pathology
  • MHA Health Administration
  • MEd Curriculum & Instruction
  • MEd Foundations in Behavioral Analysis
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering
  • MS Criminal Justice
  • MBA Business Administration

The university's virtual learning portal has been dubbed Canopy, and is run on the Blackboard platform. Those uninitiated to virtual learning can explore the schools online tutorial site to develop a feel for the process.The school provides a number of resources for online students to help them succeed in their degrees; they can access everything from a writing lab to career services without ever visiting to UC's campus.

Contact Information

2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0063
(513) 556-6000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #23on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #27on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
  • #31on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #45on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs
  • #61on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
  • #66on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online MBA Programs

Hiram College

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Hiram College
Hiram
$30,290

An Online Education at Hiram College

Hiram College, founded in 1850, is committed to providing its undergraduate students with an affordable education. For this reason, the school offers the Hiram Tuition Guarantee, which locks in a student's tuition rates for four years. At present, there are three undergraduate degree programs available in a fully web-based learning environment, with plans to expand their offerings in the near future.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Accounting & Financial Management
  • Business Management
  • Communication

The online curriculum at Hiram allows for asynchronous course management, meaning students can learn at their own pace according to their calendar. Though students have the ability to set their own schedules, they should expect to spend at least 10-15 hours per week in the virtual classroom hosted by Moodle. To qualify for financial aid, students must be taking at least 6 credit hours.

Contact Information

Hinsdale Hall Third Floor
Hiram, OH 44234-0067
(330) 569-3211


Acclaim for online programs

  • #148on U.S. News & World Report's Best National Liberal Arts Colleges

Bowling Green State University

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Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green
$10,726
$18,034

An Online Education at Bowling Green State University

Since Bowling Green State University awarded its first degrees in 1917, it has garnered accolades and awards for its quality educational programs and faculty. BGSU provides financial aid to 80% of its students. Bowling Green offers five online bachelor's degrees in the arts and liberal sciences, amongst a host of other graduate and certificate programs.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Learning Design & Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Quality Systems

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Biology - Interdisciplinary Science
  • Master of Education in Learning Design
  • Master of Education in Special Education
  • Master of Food & Nutrition
  • Master of Technology Management
  • Ph.D. in Technology Management

Canvas powers the virtual classroom at this university, and a free video introduction is provided to introduce interested applicants to the system. The distance learning programs at BGSU offer students flexible learning schedules, but affords them the same connection to the quality educators that students enjoy on campus. Courses are primarily asynchronous, but the school does recommend students log on to courses at least four times per week and has compiled a guide to success for those applicants new to online learning.

Contact Information

220 McFall Ctr
Bowling Green, OH 43403
(419) 372-2531


Acclaim for online programs

  • #17on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
  • #154on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

University of Dayton

7
University of Dayton
Dayton
$35,800

An Online Education at University of Dayton

Online students at Dayton make use of the online learning management system Isidore, which runs on the Sakai Virtual Learning Environment engine. Through this platform, they can access numerous online tools through E-Learning Lab, including Blackboard Collaborate, which the university uses for synchronous class meetings, and Isidore training tutorials.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy
  • Master of Science in Education in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies
  • Master of Science in Education in Literacy
  • Master of Science in Education in Music Education
  • Master of Science in Education in Teacher as Leader
  • Master of Science in Education in Technology-Enhanced Learning
  • Master of Science in Education in Transdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

The online graduate degrees are designed for the working professional seeking career advancement and convenient, engaging classes that can be completed on a busy schedule. Though online students participate in their courses asynchronously, they have access to their instructors and the individual attention that many need in order to succeed.

Contact Information

300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469
(937) 229-1000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #30on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Baldwin Wallace University

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Baldwin Wallace University
Berea
$27,840

An Online Education at Baldwin Wallace University

Baldwin Wallace University delivers online courses and materials through the Blackboard learning management system. Offering several online and hybrid programs, all classes are designed with the busy working adult in mind, and students will find the school particularly sensitive to these needs. Online students have access to 24/7, online tech support through the IT HelpDesk's chat feature. After logging into MyBW, students can access their school email account, Blackboard and support services.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership

In addition to the above undergraduate degree, Baldwin Wallace offers two completely online education licensure programs, one online reading endorsement and a hybrid MBA in Management program.

Contact Information

275 Eastland Rd
Berea, OH 44017-2088
(440) 826-2900


Acclaim for online programs

  • #52on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #168on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Kent State University

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Kent State University
Kent
$9,816
$17,776

An Online Education at Kent State University

Kent State University is an active research facility and the second largest public university in Ohio. KSU began as a teacher-training college, and today is a vehicle for cultural, economic and workforce development. Kent State began offering online study programs over 15 years ago. Today, KSU has over 30 degree and certificate programs available in a fully online curriculum, including four bachelor's degree programs.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Technical & Applied Studies
  • Public Health
  • Insurance Studies
  • Nursing

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Information Architecture & Knowledge Management
  • Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Cultural Foundations
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Public Administration
  • Liberal Studies

Blackboard provides the platform for Kent State's virtual classroom. Applicants can visit Kent State's online campus to tour the features and support that will be available to distance learners. Students taking online courses will have access to the full range of student services available to on-campus students, including library resources, career services, tutoring and the writing center. During the 2012-13 school year, the university awarded financial aid to 80% of students.

Contact Information

Executive Office, 2nd Floor Library
Kent, OH 44242-0001
(330) 672-3000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #142on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Mercy College of Ohio

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Mercy College of Ohio
Toledo
$12,000

An Online Education at Mercy College of Ohio

The Distance Education Department at Mercy College of Ohio is comprised of a dedicated staff committed to delivering high-quality education online. The learning management system Desire2Learn (D2L) is the primary hub of coursework and communication for online students. Applicants can apply, browse courses, register and pay tuition all online. Low student to teacher ratios ensure students receive personalized attention with the same quality of instruction as traditional, on-campus classes. Professors are comprised of a select team of professionals with real-world experience healthcare settings.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration Completion Program
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Completion Program
  • RN to BSN

Mercy also offers an associate of science degree and a certificate program fully online. Students must fulfill all prerequisites before they can begin classes in the degree completion programs.

Contact Information

2221 Madison Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604-1132
(419) 251-1313

Gods Bible School and College

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Gods Bible School and College
Cincinnati
$7,010

An Online Education at Gods Bible School and College

Online learning is conducted through the Aldersgate Distance Education Program (ADEP) and the student platform that's powered by Three Rivers Systems, Inc. Programs are Christian centered, designed for those interested in ministry and religious studies. Degrees can be completed 100% online and are accredited regionally by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

The school believes class participation and communication with teachers are important components of education. Some credits may be transferrable but are subject to degree program requirements.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BA in Biblical and Theological Studies
  • BA in Ministerial Education
  • BA in Church and Family Ministries

The ministerial education major gives online learners the choice of six concentrations, including urban ministry and world missions. GBS also offers two associate degrees completely online. Students can pursue 72 courses available online, including Greek and Hebrew language, Bible studies and Advanced Homiletics and Hermeneutics.

Contact Information

1810 Young Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202-6838
(513) 721-7944

Wright State University - Lake Campus

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Wright State University - Lake Campus
Celina
$5,740
$13,744

An Online Education at Wright State University - Lake Campus

Through Pilot, the current online learning gateway, students can organize coursework, engage in lectures and submit homework. All courses are available fully online and are backed up by technical support for CAMPUS, the online student portal, and Wings, the course workflow management tool. Online learners can take advantage of many of Wright's academic resources. Though many, such as the tutoring services, are geared towards on-campus students, online students are given options to help them succeed.

In 2014, many online courses began implementing interactive video instruction, a new lecture format that improves upon traditional video content and lecture formats by providing additional functionality and communication options for students.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • RN-BSN Degree Completion Program

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Human Factors Engineering
  • Master of Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing education
  • Master of Education in Principalship
  • Master of Rehabilitation Counseling for Chemical Dependency
  • Master of Education in Teacher Leader: Curriculum and Instruction

Contact Information

7600 St. Rt. 703
Celina, OH 45822-2952
(419) 586-0300


Acclaim for online programs

  • #53on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #47on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #38on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs

Mount St. Joseph University

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Mount St. Joseph University
Cincinnati
$25,800

An Online Education at Mount St. Joseph University

Students engaged in online learning benefit from a supportive staff with real-world knowledge, accessible coursework that can be completed even with a busy working schedule and career changing and advancing opportunities. Mount St. Joseph University is backed by over 90 years of education professionalism and offers students the same high quality degree programs as traditional on-campus courses. Applicants should be sure to consult the list of approved states that are able to participate in online coursework at St. Joseph University.

Students can take orientation courses before actual online classes begin to familiarize themselves with the Blackboard learning management system. Students with acceptable grades and completion records can opt to switch between on-campus and online courses. Students can apply online, and admission is considered on the basis of eligibility and academic preparation. Students access their course catalog, schedule, email, finance and assignments via the myMount student portal.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • RN to BSN

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Reading Science

Contact Information

5701 Delhi Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45233-1670
(513) 244-4200

Ashland University

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Ashland University
Ashland
$29,836

An Online Education at Ashland University

Ashland University began in 1878 as a private, nonprofit institute, associated with the Judeo-Christian Brethren Church. The school offers several undergraduate and graduate degree offerings. Those interested in the RN-to-BSN program should already be licensed as registered nurses.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor's in Criminal Justice
  • RN to BSN

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Health & Risk Management
  • MBA
  • M.Ed.
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

The learning management suite at Ashland is called Angel, an online introduction is available to view free of charge. Courses in the criminal justice program are only five weeks in length and are taught one at a time by experts in the field. Electronic textbooks and a Chromebook laptop are included in the cost of tuition for this program.

Students at Ashland are eligible for generous financial aid packages; according to the National Center for Education Statistics, 72% of Ashland's undergraduates receive financial aid, with 97% of students receiving assistance during their first year in 2012-13.

Contact Information

401 College Ave 206G Founders Hall
Ashland, OH 44805
(419) 289-4142

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Mount Vernon
$23,690

An Online Education at Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a Christian teaching university that was founded in 1968. The college offers fully online undergraduate degree programs in business administration and early childhood education, and students can count on a rigorous academic curriculum framed by a Christian worldview. Mount Vernon Nazarene University's philosophy is informed by the Bible and is committed to furthering the gospel of Jesus Christ to both traditional and mature learners in a variety of mediums.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Management

Moodle hosts the online learning platform at MVNU, named myMVNU. While the programs are tailored towards working professionals, class structure is left to the discretion of the professor. Students should be sure to refer to the syllabus to ensure that a course fits with their schedule. The school will feature several career oriented events targeted towards adult students during the academic year.

Contact Information

800 Martinsburg Rd
Mount Vernon, OH 43050-9500
(740) 392-6868

Tiffin University

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Tiffin University
Tiffin
$20,700

An Online Education at Tiffin University

Tiffin University, founded in 1888, has made it their mission to offer quality and professionally-centered academics to traditional and nontraditional students. The university offers 4 different types of bachelor's degrees online with a variety of concentrations.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Humanities
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Applicants can view a series of videos to introduce them to the online learning environment at Tiffin, powered by Moodle. Tiffin isn't just accessible; it is also one of the most affordable Ohio universities; more than 90% of its students receive an average financial aid package of nearly $10,000.

Contact Information

155 Miami Street
Tiffin, OH 44883
(800) 968-64466446


Acclaim for online programs

  • #6on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
  • #89on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #153on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #168on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Kettering College

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Kettering College
Kettering
$10,032

An Online Education at Kettering College

Founded on the Adventist faith, Kettering College offers a faith-based learning environment that strives for innovation. Online learning resources include MERLOT, a collection of online learning materials for higher-education; the Ohio Learning Network, a statewide educational platform; and the Online Learning Consortium, a consortium geared towards the improvement of online programs.

Students access their online coursework, schedules, tests, lectures and grades via the Canvas learning management system. The IT help desk is available 24/7. It should be noted that all health science courses can be completed online, and degree core classes may be transferred if they meet school requirements. Courses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences – Completion Degree
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Completion Degree

Contact Information

3737 Southern Blvd
Kettering, OH 45429-1299
(937) 395-8601

Youngstown State University

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Youngstown State University
Youngstown
$8,129
$8,358

An Online Education at Youngstown State University

Established in 1908 as a research facility, YSU has a history of being a successful commuter school. The college reports that 1,500 students take advantage of the school's distance education opportunities each year; these options include fully online, hybrid and video-integrated learning formats. Among the degree completion programs and certificates, the school hosts two fully online B.S. degrees and six master's degrees.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Science, Allied Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Science, Public Health

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Financial Economics
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Engineering
  • Master of Science in Teacher Education
  • Master of Respiratory Care

Blackboard is the LMS hosting the virtual classroom at YSU. The school offers an interactive walkthrough detailing the online experience, allowing interested students an opportunity to experience a course without enrolling. Learners at YSU can take advantage of online tutoring that can be accessed remotely, including a writing lab and math assistance center. The college offers some of the best tuition value among Ohio's 11 largest public universities and distributes over $150 million in grants and financial aid to 96% of its students.

Contact Information

One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555-0001
(877) 468-6978

Cleveland State University

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Cleveland State University
Cleveland
$9,499
$12,678

An Online Education at Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University is a highly active, research-based facility that was established in 1964. The institution is committed to encouraging diversity, engaged learning and academic excellence among its students and faculty. CSU offers several online undergraduate degree completion programs. Graduate students will be excited to find a number of completely online options for pursuing a master's degree. There are also several specialized certificate programs available.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Mobile Accelerated MBA
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences
  • Master of Education in Adult learning and Development
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology
  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with Gifted Intervention Specialist Endorsement
  • Master of Education in Community Health Promotion

Blackboard host the online classroom at Cleveland State and students receive a free orientation course upon registration. The school also offers a 24/7 online help portal to aid distance learners accessing their courses at all hours. Nontraditional students can expect the same quality education online as they would from an on-campus classroom. Students unsure about what is required for an online education, or unsure if they are prepared, should refer to the university's successful online learner assessment.

Admissions requirements vary widely by program, interested individuals should refer to the admissions page to see the steps necessary for their particular program.The cost per credit hour at Cleveland State for the 2014-15 school year was $401.50 per credit hour for in-state students, and approximately 70% of CSU's student body receives some form of financial aid.

Contact Information

2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
(216) 687-2000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #44on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #78on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
  • #153on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs

Malone University

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Malone University
Canton
$25,678

An Online Education at Malone University

Originally called the Cleveland Bible College, the university is affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, and faculty are required to submit a statement of faith as a condition of employment, though students need not declare any denomination in order to enroll. Undergraduate students may pursue an online bachelor's of arts degree in business management with one of several specializations. Graduate students may choose from one of two master's degrees.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business Management (B.A.)

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

The virtual classroom at this university is referred to as the eCollege and it runs on the Moodle LMS. Malone's courses are asynchronous, allowing students to log on at whatever time is convenient for them. However, students should still expect to maintain strict deadlines in regards to assignments, tests and quizzes. The school provides a brief introduction to help students better understand what an online degree entails.

Contact Information

2600 Cleveland Avenue NW
Canton, OH 44709-3897
(330) 471-8100


Acclaim for online programs

  • #40on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #133on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online MBA Programs

University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College

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University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College
Blue Ash
$6,010
$14,808

An Online Education at University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College

Though over 50 traditional degree programs are offered at University of Cincinnati – Blue Ash College, currently only one fully online degree is offered. The online Bachelor of Radiation Science Technology is geared towards those seeking a supervisor position in the radiation science field and is intended to prepare working students for career advancement.

Applicants must hold an associate degree and relevant certification. Work experience is not required for admission. Deadlines for this online program are earlier than other programs, and applicants should check the dates for fall, spring and summer sessions. Courses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and delivered via the Blackboard learning management system.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Radiation Science Technology

Contact Information

9555 Plainfield Rd
Blue Ash, OH 45236-1096
(513) 745-5600

The University of Findlay

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The University of Findlay
Findlay
$29,798

An Online Education at The University of Findlay

Founded in 1882, this institution is a private college affiliated with the Churches of God General Conference. The student-faculty ratio is 15:1, and 99% of the students at the University of Findlay receive financial aid. The school offers a fully online bachelor's degree completion program for business management with several different specializations, as well as graduate degrees and certificates in a variety of areas.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Environmental, Safety and Health Management
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics

Moodle hosts the virtual classroom at University of Findlay. A variety of tutorials, introductions, and explanations concerning the system are available for free access. Live support is available 24/7 for those who prefer to login to classes late at night. The university's Office of Internships and Placement has career placement specialists available to help ensure that students get the one-on-one support needed to find internship and career opportunities, as well as to ensure their success in and out of college.

Contact Information

1000 North Main Street
Findlay, OH 45840-3653
(419) 422-8313


Acclaim for online programs

  • #49on U.S. News & World Report's Best Regional Universities (Midwest)
  • #19on U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges for Veterans

Notre Dame College

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Notre Dame College
Cleveland
$26,344

An Online Education at Notre Dame College

Notre Dame College, founded in 1922 as a Catholic institute, aims to provide students with a faithful, mission-based higher learning experience. The number of online courses offered at Notre Dame College is impressive. Ranging from certificate programs and licensure to several master's degree programs, students may earn a variety of degrees in a hybrid or fully online environment at NDC.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Arts in National Security & Intelligence Studies
  • Master of Education

The Moodle LMS powers all the online offerings at Notre Dame College. Online course requirements are at the discretion of the professor, so the student should check the course description as to whether the class meetings will be asynchronous or synchronous. Tuition varies by program. Financial aid is available to qualifying students and the school offers discounts to members of the military. Every program has individual requirements for admission, students should refer to the admissions page to find out what is needed.

Contact Information

4545 College Rd
Cleveland, OH 44121-4293
(216) 381-1680


Acclaim for online programs

  • #59on U.S. News & World Report's Best Regional Colleges (Midwest)

Ohio University - Chillicothe Campus

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Ohio University - Chillicothe Campus
Chillicothe
$4,974
$9,510

An Online Education at Ohio University - Chillicothe Campus

Online students at Ohio University can access all of the tools and resources they need through the eCampus Student Portal. Online classes are delivered via the Blackboard learning management system, where students can access all coursework, schedules, tests and grades.

All online courses adhere to a strict policy of quality control, and students can expect the same standards in online learning as in traditional, on-campus classrooms. They may also make use of academic and career advising, counseling services, the library's resources and tutoring. A special division is also available to help veterans and active military students with online learning.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Management
  • Bachelor of Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Applied Human and Consumer Sciences in Customer Service
  • RN to BSN
  • Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Technical Operations and Management

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Social Sciences
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Communication
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Advanced Master's in Curriculum and Instruction

Along with the numerous online degrees listed above, OU offers three master's degrees that are mostly online. Each requires students to visit campus once during the entirety of their degree program.

Contact Information

101 University Drive
Chillicothe, OH 45601-0629
(740) 774-7200

University of Akron

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University of Akron
Akron
$10,054
$18,418

An Online Education at University of Akron

Regarded as the world leader in the research of polymers, UA is the site of some of the first ever instruction in rubber chemistry, thanks to the school's proximity to and partnership with leading tire corporations like Goodyear and Firestone. UA offers no fully online bachelor's degrees, but they do host a number of degree completion, graduate degrees and certificates for interested individuals. The same well-qualified faculty who teach classes on campus are responsible for the quality academic content available online.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Nursing RN/BSN
  • Teaching and Training Technical Professionals

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Applied Politics
  • Master of Taxation
  • Master of Teaching and Training Technical Professionals

U of A's virtual online learning portal, hosted on the Desire2Learn platform, is called Springboard. Applicants wishing to sample a course may log in to Springboard with username and password sbguest, sbguest to receive a full online preview. Each course will feature its own homepage and students will interact through online tests, quizzes and threaded discussions. Tuition at the UA is $345 per credit hour and nearly 78% of the full-time undergraduate students at this university receive scholarships. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Contact Information

302 Buchtel Common
Akron, OH 44325-4702
(330) 972-7111


Most Affordable Online Colleges in Ohio

Below you’ll find a second list of the online colleges in Ohio, this time sorted by tuition rate.

Want to know what it takes to make our rankings? Check out our distinct approach.

Methodology

Our list of the most affordable online colleges is based on in-state yearly tuition, or annual tuition rates if a school does not differentiate between in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition rates are based on a full course load each semester or term. All colleges on the list offer at least one bachelor's degree completion program available entirely online. Those institutions with the lowest tuition are ranked highest, providing prospective students with a true list of the most affordable online colleges in their state.

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Youngstown State University

1
Youngstown State University
Youngstown
$8,129
$8,358

University of Toledo

2
University of Toledo
Toledo
$9,275
$18,395

Cleveland State University

3
Cleveland State University
Cleveland
$9,499
$12,678

University of Northwestern Ohio

4
University of Northwestern Ohio
Lima
$9,565

Kent State University

5
Kent State University
Kent
$9,816
$17,776

University of Akron

6
University of Akron
Akron
$10,054
$18,418

Ohio University

7
Ohio University
Athens
$10,446
$19,410

Franklin University

8
Franklin University
Columbus
$10,681

Bowling Green State University

9
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green
$10,726
$18,034

University of Cincinnati

10
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati
$10,784
$25,816

Union Institute & University

11
Union Institute & University
Cincinnati
$11,904

Ohio Christian University

12
Ohio Christian University
Circleville
$17,720

Tiffin University

13
Tiffin University
Tiffin
$20,700

Urbana University

14
Urbana University
Urbana
$22,012

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

15
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Mount Vernon
$23,690

Malone University

16
Malone University
Canton
$25,678

Notre Dame College

17
Notre Dame College
Cleveland
$26,344

The University of Findlay

18
The University of Findlay
Findlay
$29,798

Ashland University

19
Ashland University
Ashland
$29,836

Hiram College

20
Hiram College
Hiram
$30,290


Scholarships and Financial Aid in Ohio

Battelle Scholarship

Deadline: April 13, 2016
Scholarship Amount $45,000 See Scholarship

Denison University offers the Battelle Scholarship to incoming freshmen. This competitive award is a grant for undergraduate research and internships. The program is open to central Ohio residents only, and selection is based on academic achievement. The amount is $45,000 per year for 4 years.

Dr. Betty Lovelace Scholarship

Deadline: January 15, 2017
Scholarship Amount $45,000 See Scholarship

Denison University awards this scholarship to freshmen who demonstrate superior academic achievement and leadership qualities, and who will contribute to the cultural diversity of the university. To be eligible, students must be nominated by the admissions committee. Award is $45,000 per year.

Honors College Scholarship

Deadline: January 15, 2017
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

Open to freshmen entering Kent State University with a GPA of 3.6+, and an ACT score of 27+ or SAT score of 1210+. Students who meet these requirements will be sent an invitation to apply to the Honors College. The award ranges from $1,000 to $6,000 per year.

Presidential Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is open to freshmen entering the University of Akron. Recipients are selected based on high school academic records and test scores. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The award ranges from $3,000 to $4,000, renewable for 8 semesters.

President’s Grant

Deadline: open
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

Open to out-of-state freshmen entering Kent State University. To be eligible, student must be the child or stepchild of a Kent State graduate. Recipient is selected based on their application to the university. The award is $3,980 per year, and may be renewed annually.

President’s Scholarship

Deadline: January 15, 2017
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

Open to out-of-state freshmen entering Kent State University with a GPA of 3.25+, an ACT score of 23+ or an SAT score of 1070+. Recipient is selected based on their application to the university. The award is $3,980 per year, and may be renewed annually.

Scholarship Program (Merit/Need-Based)

Deadline: December 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount $48,000 See Scholarship

Merit-based scholarships are available to Miami University of Ohio freshmen with competitive high school academic records. The amounts of the awards vary based on GPA and test score range. The maximum award is valued at $48,000 per year for students with a 3.5+ GPA and ACT score of 32+.

Trustee Scholarship

Deadline: January 15, 2017
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

Open to freshmen entering Kent State University with a GPA of 3.25+, and an ACT score of 21+ or SAT score of 980+. Recipients are selected based on their application to the university. The award ranges from $1,000 to $4,500 per year.


Higher Education Resources in Ohio