Best Value Colleges in Ohio

This year, PayScale has ROI data for more than 30 colleges and universities in Ohio to help you find a college that will provide you with a good value, as well as a quality education.

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.  Read More

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1Case Western Reserve University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$549,000
Total 4 Year Cost$228,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
2Miami University - Oxford, OH(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$473,000
Total 4 Year Cost$121,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,800
3University of Dayton(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$443,000
Total 4 Year Cost$191,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,100
4Miami University - Oxford, OH(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$411,000
Total 4 Year Cost$183,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,800
5University of Cincinnati (UC)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$405,000
Total 4 Year Cost$109,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,200
6Ohio State University (OSU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$401,000
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,700
7John Carroll University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$348,000
Total 4 Year Cost$190,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,800
8University of Cincinnati (UC)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$345,000
Total 4 Year Cost$169,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,200
9 (tie)University of Akron - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,600
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
9 (tie)University of Toledo(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,100
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,300
11Ohio State University (OSU) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$338,000
Total 4 Year Cost$166,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,700
12Ohio University - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$327,000
Total 4 Year Cost$96,500
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
13 (tie)Cleveland State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$322,000
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
13 (tie)Youngstown State University (YSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$322,000
Total 4 Year Cost$82,400
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,200
15Youngstown State University (YSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$321,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,300
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,200

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

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 to, is $228,000. Still, the data says that it is the best value college for Ohio students because alumni report a median return of investment of $549,000 over 20 years following graduation. When financial aid is factored in, that figure skyrockets to $672,000. 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.

With one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world, Miami University, located in Oxford, Ohio, is a compelling option for students as well. The school provides a college education that prepares students to build successful careers. The median return of investment reported by alums in the 20 years after graduating is $473,000, and it increases to $503,000 with financial aid. The school boasts a number of highly ranked programs, including its accountancy program and business program.

Offering a number of nationally ranked programs, including programs in aerospace engineering, architecture, criminal justice, medicine and law, the University of Dayton is high on many prospective students' lists. Indeed, while the average cost to earn a degree at this private school is $191,000, alumni report a median return on investment of $479,000 20 years following graduation. With financial aid, that number rises to $506,000. There's no doubt about it: the University of Dayton offers a college return on investment Ohio residents can benefit from in many ways.