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Ohio Colleges and Universities

Ohio Colleges & Universities

Ohio is rich in options for higher education, with 14 four-year public universities with 24 branch campuses, 23 two-year community and technical colleges and more than 50 four-year private colleges and universities.

The institutions on this page are four-year state colleges and universities established under Ohio Revised Code and governed by the Ohio Board of Regents.

The University of Akron

Location: Akron
Founded: 1870
Enrollment: 25,117
Colors: Blue and Gold
Nickname: Zips
Mascot: Zippy the Kangaroo

Akron is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

Bowling Green State University

Location: Bowling Green
Founded: 1910
Enrollment: 16,912
Nickname: Falcons
Colors: Orange and Brown
Mascot: Freddy and Frieda Falcon

Bowling Green State University offers a transforming and defining educational experience for its diverse community of students. BG&YOU - Changing the world by degrees.

Central State University

Location: Wilberforce
Founded: 1887
Enrollment: 2,171
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Nickname: Marauders
Mascot: Marauder

Central State University is a historically black university that provides access to public higher education for all citizens of Ohio, and throughout the country. The University is dedicated to excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, and public service in a values-based environment.

Cleveland State University

Location: Cleveland
Founded: 1964
Enrollment: 16,936
Colors: Forest Green and White
Nickname: Vikings
Mascot: Magnus

Recent research shows that at nearly 1,000 businesses across the country, a Cleveland State graduate is at the helm as founder, chairman, CEO, president, or top executive.

University of Cincinnati

Location: Cincinnati
Founded: 1819
Enrollment: 43,691
Colors: Red and Black
Nickname: Bearcats
Mascot: Bearcat

Ranked as one of America’s top 25 public research institutions, Cincinnati professors and grads are responsible for inventing the first antihistamine (Benedryl), developing the first oral polio vaccine, and designing the Golden Gate Bridge.

Kent State University

Location: Kent
Founded: 1910
Enrollment: 41,214
Colors: Blue and Gold
Nickname: Golden Flashes
Mascot: Flash

Kent State’s eight-campus network is one of the largest regional campus systems in the country.

Miami University

Location: Oxford
Founded: 1809
Enrollment: 23,364
Colors: Red and White
Nickname: RedHawks
Mascot: Swoop the RedHawk

With an 81 percent graduation rate and strong undergraduate research, Miami is annually named among the nation’s top public universities.

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Location: Rootstown
Founded: 1973
Enrollment: 791

Northeastern Ohio Medical University is a public medical school partnered with The University of Akron, Kent State University, Youngstown State University and Cleveland State University (for Pharmacy) offering a combined B.S./M.D. program and a Pharm. D. program.

The Ohio State University

Location: Main campus, Columbus
Founded: 1870
Enrollment: 66,058
Colors: Scarlet and Gray
Nickname: Buckeyes
Mascot: Brutus the Buckeye

As one of the largest universities in the nation, Ohio State offers more than 160 academic programs, from accounting to zoology.

Ohio University

Location: Athens
Founded: 1804
Enrollment: 36,126
Colors: Green and White
Nickname: Bobcats
Mascot: Rufus the Bobcat

Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory.

Shawnee State University

Location: Portsmouth
Founded: 1986
Enrollment: 4,114
Colors: Royal Blue and Dove Gray
Nickname: Bears
Mascot: Shawn E. Bear

Shawnee State is Ohio’s newest four-year public university, and continues to grow each year in enrollment and offerings.

The University of Toledo

Location: Toledo
Founded: 1872
Enrollment: 26,381
Colors: Midnight Blue and Gold
Nickname: Rockets
Mascot: Rocky the Rocket

The University of Toledo is recognized as a major force in contributing to the discovery of new technology and knowledge, offering a vast array of resources for undergraduate, graduate and faculty-led research opportunities with 125 patents and $60 million in research and grants.

Wright State University

Location: Dayton
Founded: 1967
Enrollment: 18,059
Colors: Green and Gold
Nickname: Raiders
Mascot: Rowdy Raider

Wright State is a leader in the number of graduates who live and work in Ohio, contributing to the growth of the state’s economy. Approximately two-thirds of its more than 75,000 graduates live in Ohio, with nearly half staying in the Miami Valley.

Youngstown State University

Location: Youngstown
Founded: 1908
Enrollment: 12,227
Colors: Red and White
Nickname: Penguins
Mascot: Pete and Penny Penguin

YSU offers the lowest tuition among the 11 largest public universities with in-state tuition costing just $7,711.92.

All enrollment nubmers include graduate, undergraduate and professional students at each university (generally Fall 2015 or Fall 2016).