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Ohio - Buckeye State

Located in the Midwestern part of the United States, Ohio is the 7th most populated state (and 34th largest by area) with more than 11.75 million inhabitants. This state is enclosed by the Great Lakes Region and experiences a humid continental climate. The summers in Ohio are hot and humid, whereas the winters are snowy and cold. The capital and the most populated city of the state is Columbus, which is also home to The Franklin University, Ohio State University, Capital University, and Ohio Dominican University.

'Buckeye State' is the nickname commonly used for the state of Ohio because of how the surrounding areas of the state are covered by numerous Buckeye trees. The state is undoubtedly a beautiful place to explore and is also renowned for its diverse tourist destinations, the most notable ones being Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, National Museum of the US Air Force, Cedar Point Amusement Park, and various others. Ohio is a beautiful state to live in, with regards to the culture, people, atmosphere, lifestyle, and most importantly, work and education. It has one of the best universities such as Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus, and a lot more, which will offer the best of education and facilities.

Major Cities in Ohio


Also known as the 'Arch City', Columbus is the capital city of the state of Ohio. It is the most densely populated city and holds the 14th position in the US for its population density. As the name suggests, the capital city is named after Christopher Columbus, the famous Italian explorer. Columbus has also got major diverse tourist attractions that include various museums, and parks.


Lake Eerie's largest city and the second-largest city of Ohio, Cleveland was founded in the year 1796. It is also popularly named the 'Forest City' because the city is mostly surrounded by its rich flora and green landscapes. Cleveland got its name from its founder, General Moses Cleveland. The city is home to various outdoor attractions such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Orchestra, and much more.


Marked as "the most beautiful of America’s inland cities" by Winston Churchill, Cincinnati is the state's third-largest city located in Hamilton County. Founded in 1788, the city got its name from Roman leader Lucius Cincinnatus. The University of Cincinnati-Main Campus is a prestigious university located here.


In the south of the Michigan border, lies the fourth-largest city of Ohio, Toledo. It was nicknamed 'The Glass City' because of its eminence in the glass manufacturing industry and was an abode to several big glass producing companies such as Owens-Illinois, Owens Corning, and Libbey Glass, and so on. It is rightly called the glass city for its nationally acclaimed Glass Pavilion, in the Toledo Museum of Arts. The University of Toledo is also situated in this city.


Situated in Summit County and established in the year 1825 by Paul Williams and Simon Perkins, Akron is the state of Ohio's fifth-biggest city. It was once popularly known as the "Rubber Capital of the World" because of its past records of rubber and tire productions. The major tourist attractions in the city include Akron Art Museum, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Goodyear World of Rubber Museum, The Archives of the History of American Psychology, National Inventors Hall of Fame, American Marble and Toy Museum, Harry London Chocolate Factory, and much more.

Economy/Job Market

Ohio's geographic location is an asset for its economic growth and expansion. The economy of Ohio is transitioning from manufacturing to the service sector. The top sectors in the state include Aerospace and Defense, Healthcare, Pharmacies, Rubber and plastics, and Chemicals. Ohio also has almost 28 fortune 500 companies such as Kroger Co, Wal-Mart, Kroger, Cardinal Health, AK Steel Corporation, Procter & Gamble to name a few. Some of the fastest-growing jobs and fields in Ohio are Healthcare Practitioners, Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, Sales, Healthcare Support, Business, and Financial Operations, Nursing, Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, Education among others. In 2021, most of the economic sectors are estimated to show significant growth in the GDP and increase employment.

Tuition fee and Living Cost in Ohio

In terms of cost of living, Ohio is one of the least expensive states in the country. The median household income, 2021, in Ohio is around $57,000. In fact, Ohio's cost of living is nearly 35% less than that of California. The best part about studying in Ohio is the fact that students can get top-notch education without spending a lot. The tuition fee can always vary depending upon the type of institution (public/private) and the chosen academic program. The fees structure for in-state students is different as compared to that for out-state students. The fees for in states student is comparatively lower. To be more specific the tuition fees for out states candidate is almost double the amount paid by in-state candidates. The tuition cost of the Ohio state university for undergraduates, for instance, is $12545 for in-state students and $34499 for out-of-state students along with other expenses. For top private universities such as the Case Western Reserve University, the tuition and fees are approximately $54,000.

List of few major universities/colleges

The students have almost 130 institutions of higher education to select from, in this Buckeye State. This state is known for agriculture business degrees, research in medical fields. Many notable people have been educated from Ohio such as Albert Beveridge, Neil Armstrong, and Benjamin Harrison. The University System of Ohio on average enrolls over 500,000 students yearly making this state the third largest in terms of state systems in the nation. Numerous universities in Ohio are ranked as the top in the nation including Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Dayton, Bowling Green State University, Youngstown State University, Miami University (public), Ohio University, Xavier University, University of Cincinnati and Kent State University. Apart from this, Ohio also has several two-year institutions along with religiously affiliated schools where the students can choose varying specialties. Not just students from the US but also from all around the globe choose Ohio for higher education. International students in the state of Ohio, according to the institute of international education were ~38,000 in 2017, which gives the state the 8th position in the nation. Most of the international students studying in Ohio are from countries like China, South Korea, India, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia.
Following are the top five universities in the state of Ohio:
  1. Ohio State University Situated in the capital city of Columbus, the Ohio State University is the state's most prestigious university. It was founded in the year 1870. In 1918, the Association of American Universities chose Ohio State University as the very first university in the state of Ohio to be a member. This university has the most renowned faculty and offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in areas related to science, agriculture, economics, accounting, education, finance, medicine, psychology, languages, and a lot more. According to US Mews, 2021 edition of the best colleges, the university ranks 53 on a national level.
  2. Case Western Reserve University Essentially known for its academic excellence, best faculty, and high-quality research, Case Western Reserve University is a private university located in the city of Cleveland. It was founded by David Hudson in the year 1826. This university ranks 42 nationally, according to the US News, 2021. It has also got miscellaneous degree programs for both undergraduate and graduate students to choose from, with around 140 dual degree programs.
  3. Kenyon College Founded in the year 1824 by Philander Chase, Kenyon College can be described as the oldest private college in the Buckeye state. It is an esteemed institution that offers a vast curriculum and a well-rounded education, offering popular courses like English Language and Literature, Economics, Foreign Languages, Dance and Music, Sciences, and so on. In the Best Colleges (National Liberal Arts Colleges) 2021 edition, Kenyon College holds the 28th position.
  4. Oberlin College Widely acclaimed as one of the finest music Institutes for undergraduates, in the nation, Oberlin College ranks 36 in the Best Colleges (National Liberal Arts Colleges) 2021 edition, according to US News. It is situated in Oberlin, and was founded in the year 1833, and is also known as the first private institution in the country to admit women, in the year 1837. It encompasses the College of Arts, the Conservatory of Music, and an Art Museum, within the campus. Popular majors include music, English Language and Literature, Environmental Studies, History, and so on.
  5. University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Founded in the year 1819, the University of Cincinnati is considered the oldest public university in Cincinnati, with an acceptance of around 46,000 students every year. It is known for its excellent academic life and extremely high research activity. The university provides a wide range of degree programs for students, such as Business, Management, Marketing, Health Professions, and Related Programs, Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts, and miscellaneous others.

Scholarships and financial aid for students

Most grants are provided by the State government considering specific requirements. These are most beneficial for the residents of the state. The ' Free Application For Federal Student Aid ' (FAFSA) is to be filled by the residents of Ohio prior to the application for any kind of financial aid. Every financial aid supported by the federal or the state government depends on the FAFSA to determine the qualification of the candidate for grants and scholarships.


Ohio is undoubtedly a beautiful place to explore and is also renowned for its diverse tourist destinations, the most notable ones being Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, National Museum of the US Air Force, Cedar Point Amusement Park, and various others. Brandywine Falls (Sagamore Hills Township), Oak Openings Metro Park (Swanton), Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens (Akron) are some of the loveliest to travel and explore in this Buckeye State. The Buckeye Candy is a popular confection of Ohio, that should be tried at least once during the visit.

Universities & Colleges in Ohio

University (city) Total StudentsUG (in) / UG (out)G (in) / G (out)
Ohio State University-Main Campus (Columbus) 66178$12545 / $34499$13590 / $38681
Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland) 12755$53317 / $53317$49136 / $49136
Kenyon College (Gambier) 1711$52272 / $52272$N/A / $N/A
Oberlin College (Oberlin) 2939$59590 / $59590$30318 / $30318
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus (Cincinnati) 43692$12545 / $28227$15681 / $28227
University of Dayton (Dayton) 11250$41817 / $41817$16727 / $16727
University of Toledo (Toledo) 22439$11499 / $20908$16727 / $28227
Cleveland State University (Cleveland) 19039$11499 / $16727$11499 / $18818
Miami University-Oxford (Oxford) 22010$16727 / $36590$15681 / $34499
Ohio University-Main Campus (Athens) 29157$12545 / $21954$10454 / $18818
University of Akron Main Campus (Akron) 21260$12545 / $18818$10454 / $16727
Kent State University at Kent (Kent) 30067$11499 / $19863$11499 / $19863
Wright State University-Main Campus (Dayton) 17070$9409 / $18818$13590 / $24045
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus (Bowling Green) 20534$12545 / $20908$10454 / $16727
The College of Wooster (Wooster) 2050$47045 / $47045$N/A / $N/A
Ohio Northern University (Ada) 3070$35545 / $35545$32408 / $32408
Xavier University (Cincinnati) 8274$42863 / $42863$13590 / $13590
Cedarville University (Cedarville) 3654$29272 / $29272$10454 / $10454
The University of Findlay (Findlay) 5561$37636 / $37636$17772 / $17772
Capital University (Columbus) 3649$38681 / $38681$13590 / $13590
Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville) 3600$30318 / $30318$13590 / $13590
Otterbein University (Westerville) 3368$34499 / $34499$1045 / $1045
John Carroll University (University Heights) 3673$39727 / $39727$15681 / $15681
Ohio Dominican University (Columbus) 2256$33454 / $33454$12545 / $12545
University of Mount Union (Alliance) 2453$33454 / $33454$35545 / $35545
Mount Saint Joseph University (Cincinnati) 2488$33454 / $33454$14636 / $14636
Cleveland Institute of Art (Cleveland) 606$40772 / $40772$N/A / $N/A
Heidelberg University (Tiffin) 1409$33454 / $33454$13590 / $13590
Youngstown State University (Youngstown) 14373$9409 / $10454$7318 / $10454
Mercy College of Ohio (Toledo) 1739$16727 / $16727$13590 / $13590
Marietta College (Marietta) 1331$36590 / $36590$35545 / $35545
Wright State University-Lake Campus (Celina) 1172$6272 / $15681$14636 / $24045
Ursuline College (Pepper Pike) 1419$35545 / $35545$22999 / $22999
Ashland University (Ashland) 5677$21954 / $21954$6272 / $6272
Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Mount Vernon) 2131$18818 / $18818$9409 / $9409
Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus) 1124$38681 / $38681$38681 / $38681
Defiance College (Defiance) 636$35545 / $35545$11499 / $11499
Lourdes University (Sylvania) 2788$25090 / $25090$15681 / $15681
Malone University (Canton) 2195$33454 / $33454$12545 / $12545
Wilmington College (Wilmington) 1112$26136 / $26136$N/A / $N/A
Hiram College (Hiram) 1364$39727 / $39727$7318 / $7318
Bluffton University (Bluffton) 839$35545 / $35545$11499 / $11499
Urbana University (Urbana) 2042$24045 / $24045$10454 / $10454
Muskingum University (New Concord) 2427$27181 / $27181$9409 / $9409
Art Academy of Cincinnati (Cincinnati) 207$29272 / $29272$11499 / $11499
Wilberforce University (Wilberforce) 762$14636 / $14636$14636 / $14636
Notre Dame College (Cleveland) 2094$30318 / $30318$N/A / $N/A
Central State University (Wilberforce) 1804$7318 / $14636$9409 / $15681
Mount Carmel College of Nursing (Columbus) 1352$24045 / $24045$13590 / $13590
University of Phoenix-Ohio (Beachwood) 259$12545 / $12545$17772 / $17772
Ohio University-Eastern Campus (Saint Clairsville) 1247$5227 / $7318$N/A / $N/A
Kent State University at Geauga (Burton) 2531$6272 / $14636$11499 / $19863
Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus (Chillicothe) 2320$6272 / $10454$N/A / $N/A
Kettering College (Kettering) 732$11499 / $11499$35545 / $35545
Antioch University-PhD Program in Leadership and Change (Yellow Springs) 147$N/A / $N/A$25090 / $25090
Denison University (Granville) 2254$50181 / $50181$N/A / $N/A
Ohio University-Southern Campus (Ironton) 2073$5227 / $7318$N/A / $N/A
Ohio University-Lancaster Campus (Lancaster) 2488$6272 / $10454$N/A / $N/A
Franklin University (Columbus) 5102$12545 / $12545$16727 / $16727
Lake Erie College (Painesville) 1365$33454 / $33454$13590 / $13590
Ohio University-Zanesville Campus (Zanesville) 2162$6272 / $10454$N/A / $N/A
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion-Cincinnati (Cincinnati) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Tri-State Bible College (South Point) 52$8363 / $8363$11499 / $11499
Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland) 423$48090 / $48090$44954 / $44954
Chamberlain College of Nursing-Ohio (Columbus) 757$19863 / $19863$N/A / $N/A
Walsh University (North Canton) 2860$29272 / $29272$12545 / $12545
Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware) 1671$45999 / $45999$N/A / $N/A
Ohio State University-Lima Campus (Lima) 1161$8363 / $30318$12545 / $36590
Cincinnati Christian University (Cincinnati) 802$18818 / $18818$4181 / $4181
Shawnee State University (Portsmouth) 3994$8363 / $14636$10454 / $24045
Antioch University-Midwest (Yellow Springs) 176$20908 / $20908$20908 / $20908
Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Columbus) 93$N/A / $N/A$11499 / $11499
Ohio State University-Mansfield Campus (Mansfield) 1396$8363 / $30318$12545 / $36590
Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (Cincinnati) 100$21954 / $21954$N/A / $N/A
University of Rio Grande (Rio Grande) 2077$25090 / $25090$19863 / $19863
Gods Bible School and College (Cincinnati) 362$8363 / $8363$9409 / $9409
Ohio State University-Marion Campus (Marion) 1463$8363 / $30318$12545 / $36590
Ohio State University-Newark Campus (Newark) 3319$8363 / $30318$12545 / $36590
Allegheny Wesleyan College (Salem) 63$7318 / $7318$N/A / $N/A
Ohio Mid-Western College (Cincinnati) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Athenaeum of Ohio (Cincinnati) 209$N/A / $N/A$21954 / $21954
Winebrenner Theological Seminary (Findlay) 74$N/A / $N/A$16727 / $16727
Kent State University at Ashtabula (Ashtabula) 2288$6272 / $14636$11499 / $19863
Bryant & Stratton College-Cleveland (Cleveland) 416$17772 / $17772$N/A / $N/A
Northeast Ohio Medical University (Rootstown) 922$N/A / $N/A$10454 / $11499
Wittenberg University (Springfield) 1876$40772 / $40772$N/A / $N/A
Payne Theological Seminary (Wilberforce) 174$N/A / $N/A$13590 / $13590
Kent State University at East Liverpool (East Liverpool) 1245$6272 / $14636$11499 / $19863
University of Northwestern Ohio (Lima) 4383$12545 / $12545$11499 / $11499
Union Institute & University (Cincinnati) 1399$14636 / $14636$15681 / $15681
Kent State University at Stark (Canton) 4755$6272 / $14636$11499 / $19863
The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati (Cincinnati) 310$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
United Theological Seminary (Dayton) 542$N/A / $N/A$14636 / $14636
Kent State University at Trumbull (Warren) 2579$6272 / $14636$11499 / $19863
Kent State University at Tuscarawas (New Philadelphia) 2179$6272 / $14636$11499 / $19863
Methodist Theological School in Ohio (Delaware) 148$N/A / $N/A$20908 / $20908
Tiffin University (Tiffin) 3845$28227 / $28227$14636 / $14636
University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College (Blue Ash) 5065$7318 / $16727$N/A / $N/A
Pontifical College Josephinum (Columbus) 152$28227 / $28227$31363 / $31363
Kent State University at Salem (Salem) 1739$6272 / $14636$11499 / $19863
Miami University-Hamilton (Hamilton) 3311$7318 / $17772$8363 / $16727
Baldwin Wallace University (Berea) 3996$31363 / $31363$13590 / $13590
Ohio Christian University (Circleville) 4498$15681 / $15681$12545 / $12545
Miami University-Middletown (Middletown) 2335$7318 / $17772$8363 / $16727
Bryant & Stratton College-Eastlake (Eastlake) 340$16727 / $16727$N/A / $N/A
Air Force Institute of Technology-Graduate School of Engineering & Management (Wright-Patterson AFB) 910$N/A / $N/A$18818 / $18818
Bryant & Stratton College-Parma (Parma) 436$17772 / $17772$N/A / $N/A

*UG - Undergraduate
*G - Graduate
*in - In-state Fees
*out - Out-of-State Fees
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