2017 Best Colleges in Ohio

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    Ohio State University

    • Columbus, OH
    • 4,686 reviews
    College Sophomore:I cannot say enough good things about The Ohio State University. Everyone is so passionate about what they do, and I could not ask for a better place to complete my undergrad.
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    Kenyon College

    • Gambier, OH
    • 345 reviews
    College Senior:Kenyon has been an amazing experience overall. Despite majoring in international studies I am all set with a job in finance when I graduate. Have been able to study abroad and see the world fully supported by financial aid. Campus is beautiful although winter in Ohio is not the best.
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    Case Western Reserve University

    • Cleveland, OH
    • 1,562 reviews
    College Sophomore:Case has a brilliant mix of STEM and the arts--perhaps more STEM than the arts, but everybody knows somebody who is a double major in, say, Aerospace Engineering and Dance, or CompSci and Theater. It makes for some very interesting dynamics and juxtapositions of interests.
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    Oberlin College

    • Oberlin, OH
    • 575 reviews
    College Sophomore:Having not looked into Oberlin beyond the front page of the website and having never seen the campus, I'm still not sure how I ended up there. It was a very last minute decision that I caused a giant ant hill of stress and aggravation, as soon as I got used to the idea another worry would suddenly pop out of the blue. Thank goodness I think the ants have finally moved out and now I know that I couldn't have ended up anywhere better. There are simply too many opportunities to take advantage of at Oberlin, something which drives me crazy to no end. Why should I have to choose between joining the circus, the equestrian team, the fencing team, going to talks with incredible professors who have such intriguing research and still have to find time for quidditch practice? Even without a full schedule of fun, albeit downright impossible classes it would be hard to try everything that Oberlin has to offer. Somehow though, everyone does. I might have a friend who knows a professor who recommended a lecture being given by his or her friend from another school. My teammate might be involved in entirely different activities from myself and that gives me a window into their world and a totally different Oberlin experience. There are no boundaries for Obies other than the ones we might have to create merely to ensure that we do actually sleep sometimes or even to maintain our own sanity. Everyone can be involved in everything and therefore everyone comes away with a different patchwork of Oberlin culture. I can say with certainty that what I take away from Oberlin when the time comes, will be in its entirety completely unique from anyone else who walks across the stage that day. It is this understanding of differences which makes Oberlin students and alumni such a supportive community.
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    College of Wooster

    • Wooster, OH
    • 1,206 reviews
    College Senior:Wooster is a school unlike any other; while the journey throughout a collegiate career will not be smooth and painless, it comes with such great reward. As a rising senior, I can honestly say I am holistically a better person as result of the caring, compassionate and brilliant mentors I've received on campus, through both faculty, staff and my fellow students. I've had my academic and cultural limits consistently pushed and have learned how to articulate and fight for what I believe and want to see done on campus. During my time here, I've seen a great shift to where students' opinions are now much more highly valued than they were in the past, both in staffing decisions and administrative decisions around campus and that is so important. Because of Wooster's career planning team, I've had incredible summer internship experiences each and every summer, have networked with distinguished Alum, and am on a path I never saw for myself. The vibrancy of Wooster's students is hard to miss, and while the Ohio winters can sometimes suck (theres snow around for basically half the school year..be prepared for that), its the people that fill this campus that makes it what it is. I would choose Wooster over and over again.
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    Denison University

    • Granville, OH
    • 619 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love the diversity of my school and the opportunities it offers. The extracurricular are variant and engaging and the programs that my school offers to help with career opportunities have been amazing.
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    Miami University

    • Oxford, OH
    • 2,813 reviews
    College Junior:I have had a wonderful experience at Miami University. The professors and staff have always been helpful. I have had the wonderful opportunity of studying abroad and plan to do so again. I also belong to campus organizations and the equestrian team. The overall experience at MU has been very fulfilling. I would tell anyone to take a look at this university because there is something for everyone.
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    University of Dayton

    • Dayton, OH
    • 1,245 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love the University of Dayton, i would not have picked a better school to attend. Everyone here is so nice and come from good places. You can tell these people were raised right. Also the campus itself is gorgeous, it just has that home feeling.
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    Ohio Northern University

    • Ada, OH
    • 502 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love attending ONU. Yes, it is difficult, but in the end the teachers are proving an invaluable education as well as th.e resources they are willing to share with the students are innumerable.
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    University of Cincinnati

    • Cincinnati, OH
    • 3,226 reviews
    College Sophomore:My school is unique because of it's beautiful scenery on campus. You can almost take an amazing picture anywhere. I haven't met a rude or unprepared professor thus far. I would definitely choose this school again if I had to because my first choice was Miami University and I did not like attending there. The environment was stale and the professors lacked. I wish I would have chosen UC sooner. I am a transfer student so I commuted my first two years but I wish I would have commuted here and then lived on campus like I do now.
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    John Carroll University

    • University Heights, OH
    • 745 reviews
    College Sophomore:I appreciate the fact that we have nearly a center for everything, especially the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion. As a minority student, I get to find representatives and advocates who are willing to support me for who I am. But nothing's all easy street because I have to fend for myself from a population that's psychographically alcoholic and smoking by a whopping majority despite policies and Jesuit legacy.
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    Xavier University

    • Cincinnati, OH
    • 966 reviews
    College Junior:I at first was reluctant to go to Xavier, but I love it. It's a small school where everyone is there for each other and knows each other. It's fun but with a personal touch.
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    Ohio University

    • Athens, OH
    • 3,173 reviews
    College Sophomore:Ohio University is amazing in so many aspects. From the beautiful campus, to the knowledgeable peers and professors. I have already learned so much during my short time here.
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    Baldwin Wallace University

    • Berea, OH
    • 920 reviews
    College Sophomore:I would have liked for Dance to have been a major here at BW. The major I chose is not my first choice of career for me, so this is kind of a backup plan. The school spirit here is not good at all. I'm not having the college experience I want from here. If they didn't give away so much money, then I would have not been here.
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    Wittenberg University

    • Springfield, OH
    • 679 reviews
    College Sophomore:Wittenberg is an amazing school! Everyday I go to class, I learn something new and enjoying doing so. The student body here is welcoming and diverse. Most weekends I stay on campus because so much is happening, I don't want to miss out on anything. Witt is a small school so you get one on one time with your professors and they actually know you by your first name!
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    Ohio Wesleyan University

    • Delaware, OH
    • 562 reviews
    College Junior:There are many people with strong passions on this campus. It is difficult to attend OWU and not have your mind changed or viewpoint altered on a social justice issue. I was nervous about this being a residential campus at first but living in close proximity to others encourages relationships to flourish. I have made incredible friendships. Many of my professors, especially the younger/newer ones, are fantastic.
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    Bowling Green State University

    • Bowling Green, OH
    • 2,189 reviews
    College Senior:I love my school the teachers really help you and want you to make it and I will graduate because of their non stop help and advice. The students at my school are really involved and helpful to other students as well. The campus is a kind and welcoming place that makes you proud to get an education.
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    Otterbein University

    • Westerville, OH
    • 594 reviews
    College Sophomore:Great place to get an education. Professors are awesome. I just have a hard time getting involved on campus because I like to go home a lot.
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    Cedarville University

    • Cedarville, OH
    • 973 reviews
    College Sophomore:What makes Cedarville University unique is that we have chapel five days per week as compared to other christian colleges and universities only having chapel three times per week.
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    Walsh University

    • North Canton, OH
    • 460 reviews
    College Senior:It was small and intimate like I wanted, personal attention was great, all they promised has been met.. I would choose same school only big complaint is food. Too limited and with many places to go off campus you still need money and transportation to do that.
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    Marietta College

    • Marietta, OH
    • 333 reviews
    College Senior:Graphic design has its pros and cons. There's a lot of individual attention thanks to small class styles, but then again diversity is a good thing for art.
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    Ashland University

    • Ashland, OH
    • 633 reviews
    College Sophomore:Ashland University is a great school but it feels so restricting at times. The college experience is non existent when all friends leave to go home on the weekends or go to other colleges to party there.
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    Franciscan University of Steubenville

    • Steubenville, OH
    • 722 reviews
    College Sophomore:It is big enough to have diverse and strong academic programs, but small enough to see someone you know everyday. Households are special and unique in the way they allow students to develop their Faith in a brotherhood or sisterhood setting.
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    Kent State University

    • Kent, OH
    • 3,986 reviews
    College Sophomore:All of the professors I have had for each of my classes have been amazing. They are attentive, knowledgeable and passionate. I wish there were more classes that focused on things like environment and meditating though. Kent State could learn a lot from some classes provided at Hiram.
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    Union Institute & University

    • Cincinnati, OH
    • 101 reviews
    College Freshman:I love my school. It is online, which makes it possible for me to be able to be full time and be a mother. The tuition is extremely high for an online school though. Wish they made it more affordable!
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