Best Value Colleges in Ohio

There are 36 Ohio colleges and universities included in PayScale's 2015 College ROI Report.  Read More

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1Case Western Reserve University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$583,000
Total 4 Year Cost$220,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,800
2University of Cincinnati (UC)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$444,300
Total 4 Year Cost$108,700
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,480
3Miami University - Oxford, OH(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$412,800
Total 4 Year Cost$120,200
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,280
4University of Dayton(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$392,000
Total 4 Year Cost$181,000
Grad Rate77%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,000
5University of Cincinnati (UC)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$385,200
Total 4 Year Cost$167,800
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,480
6Ohio State University (OSU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$359,900
Total 4 Year Cost$103,100
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,520
7Miami University - Oxford, OH(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$351,500
Total 4 Year Cost$181,500
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,280
8Ohio University - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$327,200
Total 4 Year Cost$95,800
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,720
9Wright State University - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$318,800
Total 4 Year Cost$94,200
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,920
10Cleveland State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$313,700
Total 4 Year Cost$99,300
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,000
11Cedarville University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$310,700
Total 4 Year Cost$132,400
Grad Rate73%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,160
12University of Toledo(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$310,500
Total 4 Year Cost$92,500
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,240
13Cleveland State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$301,500
Total 4 Year Cost$111,500
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,000
14University of Akron - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$301,400
Total 4 Year Cost$91,600
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,280
15Ohio State University (OSU) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$299,700
Total 4 Year Cost$163,300
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,520

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

This list, which compares the return on investment of each school based on alumni earnings, helps students and their families identify the Ohio colleges that offer the highest return on investment. Students who attend college in the Buckeye State not only enjoy incredible value for their college educations, but they can take advantage of living in a large, centrally located state with an eclectic array of cities and regions. From Toledo, which sits on the banks of Lake Erie, to Cincinnati, which is positioned on the mighty Ohio River, Ohio is a study in contrasts. Regardless of why you'd like to go to school there, consider availing yourself of PayScale's data to quickly locate the best value colleges in Ohio before you apply.

First up in the Ohio College ROI Report rankings is Case Western, which is located in the vibrant city of Cleveland. Located in the city's University Circle neighborhood, the school dominates the landscape in a variety of ways. The average cost of an education from Case, as it's commonly referred, is $220,000. Still, it is among the best value colleges Ohio students can consider because alumni report a median return of investment of $583,000 over the 20 years following graduation. When financial aid is factored in, that figure skyrockets to $705,900. The prestigious school is associated with 16 Nobel laureates, and it is highly regarded for its exceptional research capabilities. Some of the most popular degrees are in biomedical engineering, biological sciences, mechanical engineering and psychology, so the school attracts students with many different career objectives in mind.

Offering a number of nationally ranked programs, including programs in aerospace engineering, architecture, criminal justice, medicine and law, the University of Cincinnati is high on many prospective students' lists. The fact that it is ranked 159th nationally in terms of 20 Year Net ROI makes it an alluring choice too. Indeed, while the average cost to earn a degree here is $108,700, alumni report a median return on investment of $444,300 20 years following graduation. With financial aid, that number rises to $474,100. There's no doubt about it: UC offers a college return on investment Ohio residents can benefit from in many ways.

With one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world, Miami University -- which is located in Oxford, Ohio -- is a compelling option for students who are interested in studying a wide range of subjects. Ranked 189th nationally for 20 Year Net ROI, the school provides a value of college education Ohio students can use to build successful careers. The median return of investment reported by alums in the 20 years after graduating is $412,800, and it increases to $442,800 with financial aid. The school boasts a number of highly ranked programs, including its accountancy program and business program.