2017 Best Colleges in Ohio

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    Ohio State University

    • Columbus, OH
    • 4,706 reviews
    Sophomore:Why go to Ohio State? How do I even begin?? Not only are the academics incredible, but campus feels like home. Throughout my senior year, a plethora of people would ask "but aren't you afraid you'll feel like a number?", but the answer is no, and I probably never will feel that way. As buckeyes we are all linked together. We all dislike Michigan, we all love the great state of Ohio (even if you're not from here you'll grow to love it to), and we all worked hard to get where we are. Campus is home. Beyond these facets of campus culture, nothing can describe the amazing feeling of the shoe on game day, or campus as a whole a week before the Michigan game. With all of that said, classes will push you hard and academics aren't easy. But, the professors genuinely care about your well-being. All in all, OSU has something to offer for everyone!
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    Kenyon College

    • Gambier, OH
    • 346 reviews
    Freshman:Kenyon College is a great place to learn and grow. Due to the small size of the school, it truly is a tight knit community. People are connected to each other in many intricate and unexpected ways, which gives Kenyon students a sense of commonality, despite the wide variety of interests and views that the students of this school hold. From the beginning, classes are small and personal. Professors will get to know you and they will help you in any way that they can in an academic environment that is both challenging and fulfilling. Ultimately, I am very happy with my choice of Kenyon college.
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    Case Western Reserve University

    • Cleveland, OH
    • 1,567 reviews
    Freshman:Case Western is a near-perfect mix of a small and big school. There are always new people to meet, but I can't walk across campus without seeing at least a few people I know. School spirit isn't Case Western's strong suit, but the school's prestige makes up for it. I haven't met many people who would say Case Western is their top choice, but it's definitely a great place to be!
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    Oberlin College

    • Oberlin, OH
    • 577 reviews
    Freshman:It's gone pretty well so far. Oberlin is a complicated place with a lot of politics underlining the community. I love the academics here but socially I feel that Oberlin is difficult in a number of ways. In the context of being a POC, the community is small so it can feel difficult to really have some distance from others when needed. I will say that overall most people are well meaning though usually people are very self serving/ selfish though not in a mean way. This something that can be understood when spending time on campus. The campus is alright, it's pretty flat. The winters are typically harsh though this year was very lax. Even though I've said many things that are negative, I love Oberlin because the people here are very smart and are willing to engage about almost anything.
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    College of Wooster

    • Wooster, OH
    • 1,206 reviews
    Senior:I love Wooster! Wooster truly is a hidden gem of the Midwest. From the mentored research opportunities to the beautiful campus, Wooster takes pride in the details. By the end of my senior year, I will be able to proudly say that I completed an undergraduate research thesis: something that I honestly never would have thought was possible when I started at Wooster. I know that I would never have been able to complete such a challenging and rewarding process if it weren't for the compassion and care that the professors display towards there students. They genuinely care and want to help each student be the best student and even person that they can be. Having such a big project under my belt is going to set me apart form many other applicants for both graduate school and job interviews. Again, the academic rigor and the experiential opportunities lead me to believe that the return on my investment at the College of Wooster is far greater than what I could have ever anticipated.
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    Denison University

    • Granville, OH
    • 622 reviews
    Sophomore:Denison University has a small, beautiful campus in the quant town of Granville, Ohio. The community is very close-knit with only about 2,000 students. However, there are always new people to meet and new organizations to become involved with. One problem that the campus faces is that it is know to be segregating into cliques. Most students are very academically driven and focused. Classes are small and often quite challenging but professors are always willing to help. Professors and students work very closely and often conduct research together over the summers and through out the school year. Overall, Denison fosters an amazing community environment and provides a great education in almost any field. However, there are not many major options, so look into their options before applying. The dorms are very average and so is the food. There are not many options for food on campus but the restaurants in the town are quite delicious.
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    Miami University

    • Oxford, OH
    • 2,829 reviews
    Sophomore:I have loved my experience at Miami University. The buildings, the professors, the activities and the friends I have made have made this the best experience of my life so far. The reason I did not give it five stars is becuase my counselor did not give me the best scheduling advise from the beginning. I knew at freshman orientation that I was going to be a Chemisty major with a dental concentration. By the end of sophomore year I was missing one Physics class that I will have to complete in the summer. Miami University does offer amazing studying abroad opportunities. I am looking forward to two weeks in Italy this summer studying Chemistry!
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    University of Dayton

    • Dayton, OH
    • 1,247 reviews
    Freshman:Overall it's a great campus, with a really good vibe. Lots of events that take place and allow you to get involved on campus. Very supportive of every sports team! Multiple places on campus to get great food, along with Brown Street that has just about every variety of food you can think of. Professors are very friendly and helpful. Class sizes are fairly small compared to other schools. The campus all over from landscaping to dorms is amazing! One thing I wish for is a little more diversity considering myself a minority. Dayton is a great place to be with many opportunities and memories to look forward to!
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    Ohio Northern University

    • Ada, OH
    • 505 reviews
    Alum:Ohio Northern University was a great experience. Firstly, they are committed to helping their students attend by providing extensive financial aid to those who need it. The professors are all very committed to the students, and do all they can to help you not only in class, but with anything you might need outside of class. There are many student organizations on campus, including religious groups, multicultural groups, academic groups, and even for fencing, video games, dance, and writing. The Student Planning Committee (SPC) is also committed to hosting at least one to two big event(s) each month. The campus is beautiful, and the facilities are great. As a student you have access to a lot of great technology and resources. It's also very safe. The format of ONU's degree requirements pushes for a well-rounded education, and guarantees that you will have opportunities to put your learning into practice, ensuring you will graduate with real-world experience.
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    University of Cincinnati

    • Cincinnati, OH
    • 3,242 reviews
    Sophomore:I love attending the University of Cincinnati! I'm originally from Columbus so I decided to attend the University of Cincinnati in Fall of 2015. I love the diversity of the students and faculty! The campus is beautiful! The games are a blast! Also Over-the-Rhine, Downtown Cincinnati, and Kentucky is a 10 minute drive at the most! There are so many little shops, cafes, and local businesses to explore in Over-The-Rhine and Clifton, there's always a new adventure! It's great. On the flip side, the areas the border the university are a bit intimidating, especially to a college student. Avondale, Walnut Hills, and OTR tend to be high crime areas. The criminals see the students as "easy prey" to rob them for things like their phones, laptops and wallets. Because the city of Cincinnati is aware that crime can occur on campus, the university has taken the initiative of having their own police which does reduce the crime. Overall, I pretty safe on campus.
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    John Carroll University

    • University Heights, OH
    • 747 reviews
    Alum:During my first year at John Carroll, I struggled a little bit adjusting. However, I quickly fell in love after I started getting involved on campus. I became a part of service programs, immersion trips, and retreats. I made friends through both students and faculty that will last a lifetime. John Carroll is a close-knit community that cares for each other; everyone is family. The campus is beautiful, the academics are top-notch, and the athletics teams are always exciting to watch!
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    Xavier University

    • Cincinnati, OH
    • 967 reviews
    Sophomore:When I first applied to Xavier, I had every intention of pursuing an Occupational Therapy degree. Then I decided to come in as a freshman undecided. Xavier was great helping me decide what I wanted to major in. Its important to remember that because it is a Jesuit and liberal arts university that the Core Curriculum is a little more extensive. Those classes can honestly be rough unless its something that you really are interested in. However, now I am an Early Childhood Education major and the program is incredible. The faculty and professors really want what is best for you as a student and future independent adult. I have met some of the best friends of a lifetime here and the basketball scene is always a blast. Go X!
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    Ohio University

    • Athens, OH
    • 3,197 reviews
    College Student:This is my first semester at Ohio University and so far I've enjoyed every second of school. I love my professors and my classmates are friendly and they make me feel welcome. The walks in between classes are a breeze thanks to the beautiful scenery here on campus. I've taken full advantage of the student study sessions in math and they are really helping. Diverse is probably the best word to describe the students here at OU. Not only can you notice a difference in ethnicity but also in interest and age. If I could change anything, I would have started school here in the Fall of 2014 after finishing high school instead of waiting this long to experience such an amazing school!
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    Baldwin Wallace University

    • Berea, OH
    • 925 reviews
    Sophomore:BW is great! As a mid-year transfer student I was really nervous having to start everything over again. I went from a huge state school to a very small school. The faculty & staff are very kind. My professors know me by name and want what's best for me, in & outside of the classroom. From understanding the course work to finding an internship or getting involved on campus, they truly make an effort to make sure that we are taking advantage of all the opportunities that are provided here at Baldwin Wallace University.
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    Wittenberg University

    • Springfield, OH
    • 683 reviews
    Alum:Witt was a great experience for me! Great faculty, good friends, beautiful campus, close-knit community, excellent opportunities off campus and especially abroad. Everyone should spend a semester or summer abroad or off campus. Witt does expect initiative and creatIt's. Not everything is handed to you.
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    Ohio Wesleyan University

    • Delaware, OH
    • 562 reviews
    College Sophomore:Course are hard and push you. It is important to talk to the professor with questions or if you aren't doing as well as you life and they will help you with study suggestion, what to work on, etc. I do wish there was more class options, but there is also an independent study option I haven't taken advantage of. Scheduling can be stressful but the school and teachers work with you to figure stuff out.

    Class sizes are personal and great! It is so much easier to learn with smaller class sizes! Most of mine are like, 10-25, but it varies depending on class level and subject.

    There are many different class styles; the OWU Connection, travel abroad, Honors, labs, independent study classes, travel-learning courses (which are sweet!), and more!

    Professors are great and really know their stuff! They want you to do well. You have to go to them for help, but then they definitely work with you!
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    Bowling Green State University

    • Bowling Green, OH
    • 2,198 reviews
    Freshman:BG is great! The faculty are helpful; whether for a passing question, or working with me for extended periods of time. They've encouraged me about goals I want to pursue, big or small. My teachers have been fantastic, as well; they're enthusiastic about their subjects and always willing to help students out if they don't understand the material. The courses themselves have challenged me intellectually, which I appreciate. I'm impressed by the wide range of clubs. It's also great to have so many Christian groups on campus; I never feel uncomfortable about my faith. I can always find something I like to eat at the dining areas, which is an impressive feat. I have had no issues with my housing and the campus feels safe, which I really appreciate since I've had to walk around at night a few times. The only thing I would wish to change is the BG website. Although it's really helpful when you know what you're doing; it can be extremely hard to navigate. Overall, BG has been phenomenal!
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    Otterbein University

    • Westerville, OH
    • 595 reviews
    Alum:Otterbein is a small community with a large heart. You will know most of everyone including professors not in your major if you are involved in anything outside of your classes. The campus is like its own little bubble but surrounded by so much - Uptown Westerville, Polaris, Easton and Downtown Columbus. If you want to have a close college experience while it not being too close Otterbein is perfect for that!
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    Cedarville University

    • Cedarville, OH
    • 979 reviews
    College Freshman:I love Cedarville! Immediately during getting started weekend my family was approached by a student. We just talked, and I got valuable info and a great new friend. It was one of many overwhelming, welcoming feelings on the campus that week. The unit mates in my dorm, Printy, are fantastic! Yes the rooms are small, but in such tight quarters the relationships one builds become very strong. I love my acadeic advisor. Not only is she honest about my options and what courses make the most sense for my major, but she is compassionate to my situation and willing to pray with me and give life advice as well. The professors are awesome and a majority of them are extremely helpful during office hours, and graciously willing to explain any subject or topic you're struggling with. Chapels are refreshing to my mind and spirit, especially with my hectic schedule. As a minority on campus, it's been fantastic to have MISO (Multicultural International Students Org) exist and I love the opportunity to be around other interesting and culturally different students on a campus that is predominately one ethnicity. One Voice has been fun to be a participate in and I appreciate that you only need to love worshipping your Lord and Savior. Oh, and Campus Christmas is the icing on the cake. It's literally magical! Overall, from Cedarvile's campus to its downtown, the sense of community, security, and Christ's love permeates through everything and everyone. Yep... I'm in love with my school! :D
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    Walsh University

    • North Canton, OH
    • 462 reviews
    College Junior:My overall experience has been wonderful at my school! Walsh is very resident friendly, meaning a lot of activities are towards residents. However, I myself am a commuter and Walsh provides plenty of friendly opportunities for commuters to get involved, The professors are amazing and care so much about their students! The overall Walsh community is fantastic! I love my school!
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    Marietta College

    • Marietta, OH
    • 334 reviews
    Alum:When I attended MC, it was nearly perfect. The student body was incredibly involved and respectful of one another—from athletes to Greeks to independents—and you would likely find yourself actively involved in several different clubs and hanging with a variety of friend groups (it's small, so it can't be cliquey). Professors truly go above and beyond—increasing your intellectual curiosity is not the only thing that drives them. They want you to succeed in life, no matter your political philosophy or outside interests, in fact, they take the time to get to know you as an individual, and will not hesitate to call you out on your crap (which you need sometimes when you are 18-22). The administration has changed A LOT over the last couple of years (killing some of the soul that made Marietta awesome), but they have responded by turning the reigns over to a leadership team that has their sights set on making Marietta the place it should and ALWAYS should have been.
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    Ashland University

    • Ashland, OH
    • 637 reviews
    Freshman:I love Ashland University for many reasons. Because we are a small private school, the professors know you very well. The professors are also very dedicated to helping their students with their futures. I also love our Center for Academic Support. The Academic Advisors help each student in creating a four year degree plan, which helps each student plan out their major/minor courses as well as their cores. AFter the first year each student is assigned to a faculty advisor; the advisors also "green lights" the student to make sure they are on the right course. Overall, I just love the school because of the faculty and the types of courses offered. Not to mention, the food is fantastic.
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    Franciscan University of Steubenville

    • Steubenville, OH
    • 724 reviews
    Sophomore:A fantastic education combined with a fantastic atmosphere make for a wonderful experience! Best programs are Theology, Catechetics, Education, and Nursing, but all of the programs are wonderful. Campus is very safe, with the city being less safe but not horribly dangerous. The only downside is that there is not much to do nearby, but Pittsburgh is 45 minutes away!
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    Kent State University

    • Kent, OH
    • 4,001 reviews
    College Sophomore:I have not yet had just a "bad" professor. They all seem super knowledgable with great credentials and history in the subject they are teaching on; even for GenEds. I took a Media/Journalism entry level class and the professor had worked for a newspaper and a recording company for years! He worked with Madonna, Michael Jackson, and some big name actors too. I am also a dance minor and one of my modern teachers who teaches the May O'Donnel technique which is a super old technique actually learned it from May herself. Every class is covered by someone who was and still may be very active in the field. They are full of connections and just good advice.
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    Union Institute & University

    • Cincinnati, OH
    • 101 reviews
    Sophomore:Union Institute & University has changed my outlook on college. I have a learning disability and have never had much luck with receiving the support needed to be successful. At Union the support received is amazing especially, the unlimited tutoring options. Union's semesters are set up in two different sessions with courses being eight weeks long. This allows their students who also work full-time to further their education with a program that is manageable.
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