Accredited Online Colleges in Ohio

Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Ohio.

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Accreditation Agencies

The following agencies accredit schools in New Jersey. However, it’s important to understand that this list only includes institution-wide accreditors, rather than agencies that only award program-specific accreditation. For details on program-specific accreditation, look through our subject pages.

Higher Education Links

For more information about higher education reforms and propositions in the state, visit the state’s higher education boards and council websites. In addition, contact them or individual schools for more general college and university information.

Notable Schools

Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.


Especially from a sports perspective, Ohio is home to several of the most famous public universities in the world. Learn more about some of these choices below.

Ohio State University


Ohio State faculty and staff top the list of Fulbright Scholars at research institutions, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s compilation of Fulbright-producing universities; 14 Ohio State faculty and staff earned the academic recognition in 2013-14 alone. OSU moved up two spots to 16 in the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the nation’s “Top 50 Public Universities,” and OSU was also ranked 12th in the nation this year for “sought-after graduates” by the Wall Street Journal. Best College Reviews ranked the Ohio Union third in its “Top 25” ratings, citing it as one of the country’s most “amazing” student unions.

University of Cincinnati


The University of Cincinnati was again named in the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings in the Top Tier of the country’s “Best National Universities” where it moved up four spots to 135th in the 2014 issue. UC was also listed third among 23 national universities identified as “Up-and-Coming Schools” by college administrators surveyed by U.S. News, and made the list of the top 13 colleges with the best co-op or internship opportunities. UC is widely recognized as a beautiful campus: Forbes, Travel & Leisure magazine, and Yahoo Travel all named UC among the nation’s most beautiful college campuses.

Ohio University


Ohio University has received the prestigious Carnegie Classification as a research university for high activity. U.S. News & World Report ranked OU 65th among public national universities in 2012, a year which saw the university’s student body and faculty won 84 major awards including eight Fulbright Scholarships. Ohio University has also won the dubious distinction of being ranked the number one “party school” by the Princeton Review; it has been a frequent resident of the top ten list of party schools, a fact which has ostensibly delighted students and vexed administrators.


Private universities in Ohio give students excellent alternatives to public schools. Find out more about the most notable ones below.

Case Western Reserve University


In its 2012 “America’s Best Colleges” ratings, U.S. News and World Report ranked Case Western Reserve University 38th among 280 national universities, 37th on the “Best Values” list, and the best university in the state of Ohio until it was dethroned by Oberlin. The Washington Monthly College Guide from 2011 ranked Case Western Reserve 7th overall on its list. The university also received the distinction of a “Very High Research Activity” Carnegie classification.

Oberlin University


Though it is perhaps best known for its Conservatory of Music, Oberlin is an excellent liberal arts school, a greater proportion of whose graduates have gone on to earn PhDs than have the graduates of any other American baccalaureate college. Oberlin has always been a university that values innovation; in 1835 it became the first educational institution in America to adopt an admissions policy accepting students of color, to be followed by its 1841 policy allowing the award of bachelor’s degrees to women in a coeducational program. Oberlin’s Science Center also features a 64-bit supercomputer, which is the first of its kind in a four year, liberal arts college in the United States. U.S. News and World Report ranks Oberlin 25th among national liberal arts colleges, and Forbes ranks the school 50th overall and 6th in the Midwest.

University of Dayton


The University of Dayton is the largest private university in Ohio and a Catholic institution. Located about an hour north of Cincinnati and about an hour west of the state capital of Columbus, the UD’s ranking in the 2014 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges is National Universities is 112. Forbes ranks UD 54th in the Midwest and 120th on the list of research institutions.