By BVS Staff
Welcome to our best value ranking of online colleges in Ohio.
Ohio is packed full of great universities that offer students the freedom to never step foot in a classroom again. In-state tuition and scholarships make many of the online schools in Ohio extremely affordable. Potential students can expect to find all of the following ranked schools to be regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commision and many of the programs accredited too.
With only 30% of the schools in Ohio offering any sort of online opportunity, this list will prove to impress potential students with dual-enrollment programs, assisted online tutoring, or earned credit programs that seek to provide professionals with an accelerated track towards getting their degree.
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5. Ohio Christian University
Ohio Christian University rivals many of the top schools in this list in both academics and affordability. They created multiple programs intended to cater to each stage of life. Student programs for those recently graduating high school, adult programs intended to earn a degree in as little as 2 years, or dual enrollment for those who wish to supplement their online learning with in-person engagement.
OCU offers a unique credit-earning program which allows professionals with real-life experience and certifications to earn college credit towards their degree. Credit could be granted for experience in any of the following: workshops, seminars, self-study, non-credit classes, training programs, or work experiences.
4. Cleveland State University
CSU offers 5 different online programs, ranging from bio-ethics to counseling. They have an impressive accreditation list ranging from their regional accreditation to program specific accreditations. Giving students in the professional track opportunity to pursue further education in fields such as psychology, law, and nursing.
Cleveland falls inline on affordability as well with a yearly tuition of about $10,000 plus fees, better-yet, out of state students can expect to only need to pay an additional $3,000 on average.
3. University of Toledo
The University of Toledo works to create an environment that people of many different backgrounds can attend. With scholarship opportunities built into their online programs they make it easy for military personnel, transfer students, and those looking to become certified in their fields to find scholarships.
At only $335 per credit hour, U of T offers an extremely affordable degree for those who live in Ohio, and have self-committed to price locking for students for their 4-year stay there. Traditionally students can expect to find a 3/4% increase per year at their time there, so that's a substantial cost savings built right in.
2. Franklin University
Franklin University is consistently recognized in various college rankings as a top-tier school. With nearly 80% of their students taking online courses they purport many fully accredited degrees that are fully accomplishable for the working professional.
Franklin is one of the few programs in this list that offers business programs. You can find details for programs ranging from finance & accounting, business management, to marketing & communication. Franklin will work hand in hand with you to make sure your credits transfer as seamlessly as possible.
1. Kent State University at Kent
Kent State at Ohio offers a whole host of programs for professionals looking to further their education. From bachelor's or graduate programs to certificate programs. Students are likely to find programs specializing in Information Technology or other similar fields at Kent. Their certificate programs range from college teaching training to healthcare and nursing programs. Students can expect to see accelerated programs that allow them to work in their time with weekly assignments that can be completed at any time of the day.
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