Ohio Colleges & Universities

Colleges in Ohio are supported by a population enthusiastic about higher education. The government and citizens know that supporting Ohio schools is the best way to ensure future statewide success. Ohio colleges can help you to help the state thrive. Learn more here about careers and colleges in Ohio.

Technology and More: Ohio Colleges and Careers: Schools in Ohio reside in a region that supports higher education, as verified in 2002 when Ohio voters approved the Third Frontier program, a 10-year, $1.6 billion investment project that supports university-based technology-focused research. Such support of Ohio colleges reveals the population's understanding that their state economy is directly linked to the quality of their educational programs.

Colleges in Ohio: The Buckeye State offers a range of college programs in a variety of geographic settings: bigger cities such as Cleveland, funky college towns like Oxford, and small rural college towns like Oberlin. According to the Ohio Board of Regents, there were 522,009 students attending Ohio colleges in 2004. Schools in Ohio include:

4-year Public Ohio Colleges
  • • Ohio State University
  • • Bowling Green State University
  • • University of Cincinnati
  • • Miami University

2-year Public Ohio Colleges
  • • Cincinnati College Community & Technical College
  • • University of Cincinnati - Clermont and Raymond Walters
  • • Jefferson Community College
  • • Lakeland Community Colleges

Private Ohio Colleges
  • • The Cleveland Institute of Art
  • • Kettering College of Medical Arts
  • • Notre Dame
  • • Oberlin College

Costs of Colleges in Ohio: According to the National Center for College Costs, community and technical colleges in Ohio costs as little as $2,400 a year for in-district students, up to $3,000-$4,000 a year. Many public 4-year Ohio colleges charge between $8,000 and $10,000 a year. Private colleges vary the most, with annual costs usually between $24,000 and $36,000. Room & board adds between $5,000 and $10,000 a year at most Ohio colleges.

From Ohio Schools to Jobs: Outlook for Ohio College Graduates: Ohio's committment to new technologies goes beyond Third Frontier: in 2010, Ruralogic, a start-up information technology firm potentially adding 500 jobs in Northwest Ohio, was awarded job creation tax credits by the state, according to the Archbold Buckeye. This could be good news for those who graduate in computer and IT programs from Ohio schools. As the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) points out, computer and mathematical science occupations can bring in a very good salary in Ohio: the 123,580 computer/mathematical science employees there, including computer programmers, computer support specialists, and database administrators, earned a 2009 mean annual salary of $68,700.

The BLS also points to business and management occupations as big in Ohio: 219,920 employees in business and financial operations earned a 2009 mean annual salary of $60,470; 177,280 in management earned a $99,910 mean salary. Ohio.gov lists the following as Ohio's biggest industries for those in business/management:

  • • Iron & Steel
  • • Motor Vehicles
  • • Rubber & Plastics
  • • Food Processing
  • • Insurance
  • • Aerospace/Defense

Graduates of Ohio colleges should also be aware of these big-hiring occupations in the state, as mentioned by the BLS:

  • • Healthcare practitioner/technical: 317,400 employees; $66,170 mean salary.
  • • Education, training, and library: 301,060 employees; $48,910 mean salary.
  • • Installation, maintenance, and repair: 200,150 employees; $41,290 mean salary.

Ohio's employment statistics correlate with the BLS's "Education Pays" outlook, which points out that those with higher degrees suffer less unemployment and enjoy higher salaries. According to the BLS, 2009 unemployment rates/median weekly earnings were as follows:

  • • All workers: 7.9% unemployment; $774/week
  • • Associate degree graduates: 6.8% unemployment; $761/week
  • • Bachelor degree graduates: 5.2% unemployment; $1025/week
  • • Master degree graduates: 3.9% unemployment; $1257/week
  • • Professional degree graduates: 2.3% unemployment; $1529/week

Would you like to learn more about schools in Ohio? Read more here.

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