2016 Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in Ohio

Ohio is home to numerous colleges and universities that offer a quality online education. You can find these online programs at public schools in the Ohio System of Universities as well as in private online colleges in Ohio.

There are more than 48 post-secondary institutions in Ohio. Of these schools, 48 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, eight are public four-year colleges or universities and 11 are public community or technical colleges and 29 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 999 online certificate programs, 7,385 online associates programs, 9,443 online bachelors programs, 3,820 online masters programs, 4,671 online professional programs, and 851 online doctoral programs. In these programs, students may study subjects ranging from real estate to electrical technology to forensic psychology.


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    Of the online colleges in Ohio, the University of Cincinnati, a 4-year research university, offers 77 online programs.

    Job Outlook

    There are a total of 4.9 million workers employed in the state. he unemployment rate in Ohio was at 7 percent as of April 2013, slightly lower than the national average. The state’s largest industries are:

    • Agriculture: 1 percent
    • Arts and entertainment: 9 percent
    • Administration: 9 percent

    The average wage in Ohio is approximately equal to the national average. The national average annual income is $42,871, while employees in Ohio earn an average annual income of $40,890. The median income for employees is $32,150 per year, with the top 10 percent earning over $73,510 per year and the bottom 10 percent earning under $17,080 per year.


    Tuition for online college courses varies based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. The average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities in Ohio was $8,616 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $3,141 per year. Annual tuition at private accredited online colleges ranged from $8,398 to $37,300.


    Accredited online colleges in Ohio receive their accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is a part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HCA), which is one of six regional institutional accrediting agencies for colleges and universities in the U.S. The HLC is recognized by the Department of Education as a legitimate accrediting institution responsible for ensuring that schools in Ohio meet their academic standards of excellence.

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      Distance Learning Resources

      • Ohio E-Student Services is astate-sponsored resource for prospective online students featuring a comprehensive list of available online classes and degrees in the Ohio System of Universities.
      • 2009 Distance Learning Report is the latest report on distance education in Ohio as conducted by the Ohio Department of Higher Education featuring the facts and statistics about the many online schools and programs in the state.
      • iLearnOhio is an e-learning platform designed by the Ohio General Assembly to help students find useful and quality online study aids, from free courseware to instructional support materials.
      • Ohio Employment Data provides Ohio’s employment outlook from the  U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
      • State Library of Ohio lists libraries, book, journals, and other academic resources that could supplement your studies while you’re in college.
      • Ohio Financial Aid links to the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s financial aid page, featuring state-specific information about available grants, scholarships, and loans.

      More Information

      Located in the Ohio Valley region of the United States, Ohio was named from the Iroquoian word “ohiyo” meaning “great river”. With an area of 44,826 square miles, it is the 18th smallest state in the US. It has an average annual temperature of about 51°F.

      Ohio has the 7th largest population in the nation. The state has 88 counties and 11,536,504 residents living in these counties. Approximately 39 percent of Ohio’s population is under the age of 30. With approximately 19 percent of its population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group, the state has one of the least diverse populations in the US.

      Ohio’s capital city, Columbus, is the largest city in the state. It has a population of 787,033 residents. An estimated 14.66 percent of the state’s residents live in the Columbus metropolitan area. Other large cities in the state are Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Akron.

      As compared to residents in other states around the nation, Ohio residents generally have a higher than average level of education. According to the 2010 Census, a reported 23.6 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school, 4.8 percent have at least an associate degree, 3.6 percent have degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.