Best Value Colleges in Ohio

p>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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16Ohio University - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$272,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
17John Carroll University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$259,000
Total 4 Year Cost$197,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,800
18Cleveland State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$255,000
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
19Cedarville University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$252,000
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,900
20Wright State University - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$250,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
21University of Akron - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$248,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
22Youngstown State University (YSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$247,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,600
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,200
23Youngstown State University (YSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$246,000
Total 4 Year Cost$85,600
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,200
24Cleveland State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$243,000
Total 4 Year Cost$115,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
25Marietta College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$234,000
Total 4 Year Cost$181,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,900
26 (tie)Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, OH(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$219,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,800
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,900
26 (tie)Denison University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$219,000
Total 4 Year Cost$230,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,000
28Xavier University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$208,000
Total 4 Year Cost$188,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,700
29Walsh University - Ohio(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$207,000
Total 4 Year Cost$158,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,700
30Wittenberg University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$197,000
Total 4 Year Cost$203,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,800

*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.

Case Western is located in the famous city of Cleveland. Located in the city's University Circle neighborhood, the school dominates the landscape in a variety of ways. 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 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. The University of Dayton offers a college return on investment Ohio residents can benefit from in many ways.