2022 Top Private Universities in Ohio

Private universities frequently top the lists of the best schools in the U.S. These institutions offer rigorous academic programs for students looking for a personalized college experience.

Private universities generally cost more than their public counterparts, but students often receive the benefits of smaller class sizes, strong alumni networks, and generous financial aid opportunities.

Unlike public universities, private institutions do not differentiate between in-state and out-of-state tuition. This means students from anywhere can enroll in Ohio’s private universities without paying higher out-of-state rates.

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    #1

    Cleveland Institute of Music

    Cleveland, OH

    Graduation Rate

    71%

    Enrollment

    381

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $41557

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $41557

    A private institution, Cleveland Institute of Music grants degrees from its campus in Cleveland, Ohio. The college offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. The institution's bachelor's programs incorporate lower-division and upper-division coursework. Students also complete general education credits. Upper-division classes emphasize advanced concepts within the major. Learners benefit from support services like tutoring and career counseling. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Learners at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Cleveland Institute of Music has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, an independent accrediting body.

    #2

    Kenyon College

    Gambier, OH

    Graduation Rate

    89%

    Enrollment

    1,615

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $54720

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $54720

    From its campus in Gambier, Ohio, Kenyon College grants degrees and certificates as a top school. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The school's academic and technical tracks help learners meet diverse career goals. Completing a program can take anywhere from a few months to seven years depending on degree or certificate type and whether the student chooses part-time or full-time enrollment. Applicants may qualify for a standardized test score waiver. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to apply. Admission advisors can help applicants complete the process. Learners at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover educational costs. Kenyon College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #3

    Oberlin College

    Oberlin, OH

    Graduation Rate

    86%

    Enrollment

    2,658

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $57654

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $57654

    Oberlin College, located in Oberlin, Ohio, enrolls students as a private institution. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. The school offers academic and technical programs for students planning to enter the workforce or pursue further studies. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited institution, learners qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. A total of 87% of students receive financial aid and 36% take out loans at the institution. The private institution reports a graduation rate of 86%. The admission rate is 35% for hopeful students. Contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. Oberlin College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #4

    Denison University

    Granville, OH

    Graduation Rate

    80%

    Enrollment

    2,258

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $55420

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $55420

    From its Granville, Ohio campus, Denison University enrolls students in 48 programs. The institution's top-ranked programs offer students a challenging course of study. The school reports a 9-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. According to the the school's reports, 99% of its students receive financial assistance. Students graduate from the school at a rate of 80%. Hands-on experience helps graduates stand out on the job market. The admission rate is 28% for prospective students. Some programs waive the test score requirement for qualified applicants. Prospective applicants can contact the admissions office for more information about applying.

    #5

    Case Western Reserve University

    Cleveland, OH

    Graduation Rate

    85%

    Enrollment

    11,465

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $52448

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $52448

    From its campus in Cleveland, Ohio, Case Western Reserve University grants degrees as a private institution. Students earn an accredited degree that prepares them for careers and professional advancement. Learners benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Multiple programs at the school appear in national rankings. The school charges an average per-credit fee of 1500. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #6

    Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences

    Canton, OH

    Graduation Rate

    25%

    Enrollment

    355

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $17850

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $17850

    A top-ranked school, Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences enrolls learners in programs from its campus in Canton, Ohio. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. Academic and technical programs help students reach their professional goals. Consult the institution's website to find information on the typical timeline for program completion. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department can help applicants determine the next steps. At the accredited institution, learners also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #7

    Kettering College

    Kettering, OH

    Graduation Rate

    42%

    Enrollment

    763

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $13824

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13824

    Kettering College, located in Kettering, Ohio, enrolls students as a private institution. Learners learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, degree-seekers qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. A total of 87% of students receive financial aid and 58% take out loans at the school. Learners graduate from the school at a rate of 42%. The admission rate for incoming students is 21%. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #8

    Gods Bible School and College

    Cincinnati, OH

    Graduation Rate

    43%

    Enrollment

    335

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6000

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6000

    Gods Bible School and College, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, offers 21 programs for degree-seekers. The institution's top-ranked programs offer a rigorous course of study. The school reports a student-to-faculty ratio of 9-to-1. The institution reports that 100% of students receive some form of financial aid. The school reports a graduation rate of 43%. Hands-on experience helps graduates stand out on the job market. The admission rate is 81% for new students. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. Prospective students can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying.

    #9

    Mercy College of Ohio

    Toledo, OH

    Graduation Rate

    49%

    Enrollment

    1,561

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $16200

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16200

    Mercy College of Ohio ranks as a top school from its campus in Toledo, Ohio. Instructors bring expertise in their fields. The programs offer academic and technical tracks to help learners meet their career goals. Typical time for program completion ranges from a few months to seven years depending on the type of degree or certificate offered. Applicants may qualify for a test score waiver. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. The admissions department provides more information about the application process. At the accredited institution, students also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Mercy College of Ohio is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #10

    The College of Wooster

    Wooster, OH

    Graduation Rate

    74%

    Enrollment

    1,924

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $53550

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $53550

    The College of Wooster is a private institution located in Wooster, Ohio. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The cost per credit is unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The institution reports that 99% of students receive aid, and 48% receive loans. Students earn their bachelor's degree from the school at a rate of 74%. Applicants can expect admission rates of 65%. Prospective students can contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #11

    The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences

    Cincinnati, OH

    Graduation Rate

    36%

    Enrollment

    1,015

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14236

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14236

    From its Ohio campus, The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers 7 academic programs. Students enjoy rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15-to-1. Approximately 100% of students at this school offset educational expenses with financial aid. Students in the school's programs graduate at a rate of 36%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates on the job market. The admission rate is 71% for incoming students. Some programs offer test-optional admission policies. Applicants can reach out to the admission department to learn more about enrolling.

    #12

    Union Institute & University

    Cincinnati, OH

    Graduation Rate

    38%

    Enrollment

    809

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $15510

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15510

    From its campus in Cincinnati, Ohio, Union Institute & University awards degrees as a private institution. Students leave the school with an accredited degree that prepares them for the workforce. Learners benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school offers nationally ranked programs in diverse fields. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners at the school choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Union Institute & University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #13

    Tri-State Bible College

    South Point, OH

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    20

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8400

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8400

    Tri-State Bible College, located in South Point, Ohio, often ranks as one of the best schools. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The programs offer academic and technical tracks to help students meet their career goals. Academic programs can take as little as a few months or as many as seven years to complete, depending on the degree or certificate type and the student's enrollment status. Applicants may qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. This makes it easier to enroll. Admission advisors can provide additional information on submitting an application. At the accredited institution, enrollees also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Tri-State Bible College is accredited by the Association for Bibical Higher Educaiton.

    #14

    Franciscan University of Steubenville

    Steubenville, OH

    Graduation Rate

    79%

    Enrollment

    3,304

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $29720

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $29720

    Franciscan University of Steubenville enrolls students at its Steubenville, Ohio campus as a private institution. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The cost per credit is unknown. The accredited institution meets the requirements for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. A total of 99% of students receive financial aid and 61% take out loans at the school. The school reports a graduation rate of 79%. Prospective learners can expect admission rates of 73%. Applicants can reach out to the admissions office to learn more about enrolling. Franciscan University of Steubenville has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #15

    University of Dayton

    Dayton, OH

    Graduation Rate

    81%

    Enrollment

    11,650

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $44890

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $44890

    From its Ohio campus, University of Dayton offers 190 degree-granting programs. The institution offers top-ranked programs that provide a rigorous course of study. The student-to-faculty ratio at the institution is 15-to-1. According to the school, 97% of students receive some form of financial aid. The school reports a 81% graduation rate for bachelor's programs. Hands-on experience helps graduates stand out on the job market. The school offers internships, research opportunities, and other forms of experiential learning. Applicants can expect admission rates of 81%. Some programs no longer require test scores for admission.

    #16

    Cedarville University

    Cedarville, OH

    Graduation Rate

    74%

    Enrollment

    4,461

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $32364

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $32364

    From its campus in Cedarville, Ohio, Cedarville University grants degrees as a top school. The college offers multiple degree-granting programs. Academic and technical programs help learners reach their unique professional goals. Typically, it takes students two years to complete an associate degree, four years to earn a bachelor's degree, 1-2 years for a master's degree, or 3-7 years for a doctoral degree. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. The admissions department can help prospective students determine the next steps. Degree-seekers at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. Cedarville University has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #17

    Global Tech College

    Toledo, OH

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    2

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8500

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8500

    Located in Toledo, Ohio, Global Tech College operates as a private institution. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. The accredited institution meets the requirements for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. At the institution, 100% of students receive financial aid and 57% take out loans. The percent of students who graduate is unavailable. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements. The institution's accreditation status is currently unavailable.

    #18

    Felbry College School of Nursing

    Columbus, OH

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    288

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $13335

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13335

    From its campus in Ohio, Felbry College School of Nursing enrolls students in 6 programs. Degree-seekers enroll in rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. The school reports a student-to-faculty ratio of 22-to-1. The institution reports that of its total enrollees, 97% receive financial aid. The graduation rate is unknown. The institution understands that hands-on experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The admission rate is 72% for hopeful students. Some programs no longer require test scores for admission. Applicants can reach out to the admission department to learn more about enrolling.

    #19

    Ohio Northern University

    Ada, OH

    Graduation Rate

    76%

    Enrollment

    2,817

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $33470

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $33470

    Located in Ada, Ohio, Ohio Northern University grants degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps students reach their educational goals. The institution's bachelor's programs incorporate lower-division and upper-division requirements. Students also take general education coursework during their bachelor's degree. Upper-division courses typically focus on advanced concepts within a major. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. At the accredited institution, learners qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Ohio Northern University has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #20

    American Institute of Alternative Medicine

    Columbus, OH

    Graduation Rate

    47%

    Enrollment

    341

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $11274

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11274

    Located in Columbus, Ohio, American Institute of Alternative Medicine operates as a private institution. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. Students who complete a technical or academic program may enter the workforce. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. At the accredited school, learners qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The institution reports that 100% of learners receive financial aid, while 69% take out loans. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 47%. The admission rate for prospective students is 67%. Prospective students can contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. American Institute of Alternative Medicine is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, an independent accrediting body.

    #21

    Hondros College of Nursing

    Westerville, OH

    Graduation Rate

    23%

    Enrollment

    2,159

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $10766

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $10766

    From its Westerville, Ohio campus, Hondros College of Nursing enrolls students in 5 programs. Students choose from rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. The school reports a student-to-faculty ratio of 15-to-1. A total of 98% of students receive some form of financial aid. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 23%. The institution understands that real-world experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. Prospective enrollees can expect an 75% admission rate. Some programs no longer require standardized tests for admission. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates.

    #22

    John Carroll University

    University Heights, OH

    Graduation Rate

    75%

    Enrollment

    3,278

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $42676

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $42676

    From its campus in University Heights, Ohio, John Carroll University awards degrees and certificates as a top school. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for students with a variety of professional goals. Completing a program can take anywhere from a few months to seven years depending on degree or certificate type and whether the student chooses part-time or full-time enrollment. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. Admission advisors can provide additional information on submitting an application. At the accredited institution, enrollees also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. John Carroll University holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #23

    Mount Vernon Nazarene University

    Mount Vernon, OH

    Graduation Rate

    62%

    Enrollment

    2,140

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $22400

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $22400

    Mount Vernon Nazarene University, which operates a campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, often ranks as a top school. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for students with a variety of professional goals. Enrollees earn their degree or certificate in as little time as a few months or as much time as seven years depending on program type and enrollment status. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. This makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department can help prospective students complete their application. Learners at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover educational costs. Mount Vernon Nazarene University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #24

    Mount Carmel College of Nursing

    Columbus, OH

    Graduation Rate

    80%

    Enrollment

    903

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $21837

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $21837

    From its campus in Columbus, Ohio, Mount Carmel College of Nursing offers multiple programs as a private institution. Students earn an accredited degree that prepares them for the workforce. The institution's affordable programs provide a rigorous course of study. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical programs. Students complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Mount Carmel College of Nursing is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #25

    Cleveland Clinic Health System-School of Diagnostic Imaging

    Euclid, OH

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    34

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $9540

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $9540

    Cleveland Clinic Health System-School of Diagnostic Imaging hosts 1 certificate programs, making the school a top choice for professional training in Ohio. Programs deliver rigorous curricula and meet high academic standards. Students gain skills necessary to succeed in professional roles. The school's experiential learning opportunities help enrollees apply their knowledge in the real world. The institution maintains accreditation, signifying high-quality academic programs. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. As an accredited institution, learners enrolled in a program at the school qualify for federal financial aid. Prospective degree-seekers can learn about requirements through the school's website. The institution holds programmatic accreditation from Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

    #26

    Dayton School of Medical Massage

    Dayton, OH

    Graduation Rate

    79%

    Enrollment

    286

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $17545

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $17545

    A private institution based in Ohio, Dayton School of Medical Massage ranks among the top schools in the state. Learners interested in a faster course of study can choose from 1 certificate programs at the school. Program curriculum covers core topics and specialized training. Enrollees complete a rigorous curriculum. After completing a certificate, graduates pursue opportunities in related fields. The number of learners awarded financial aid to pay for school is 83%. Learners can receive federal financial aid at this accredited school. Students should contact the school's admissions department for information about the application process. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

    #27

    Xavier University

    Cincinnati, OH

    Graduation Rate

    69%

    Enrollment

    7,061

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $42230

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $42230

    A private institution in Cincinnati, Ohio, Xavier University offers a variety of degree-granting programs. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. Students who complete an academic or technical program often enter the workforce right away. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. At the accredited school, learners qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. According to the institution, 100% of students receive aid and 54% receive loans. The private institution reports a 69% graduation rate. Prospective learners can expect admission rates of 81%. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #28

    Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science

    Cincinnati, OH

    Graduation Rate

    29%

    Enrollment

    372

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $13605

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13605

    From its campus in Cincinnati, Ohio, Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science enrolls students as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their career goals. Students prepare for a successful career by completing the program's coursework. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Test-optional policies make it easier to enroll. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #29

    The North Coast College

    Lakewood, OH

    Graduation Rate

    59%

    Enrollment

    48

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $21000

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $21000

    From its campus in Lakewood, Ohio, The North Coast College enrolls students as a private institution. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. At the accredited school, students qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. At the institution, 100% of students receive financial aid and 91% take out loans. Students earn their bachelor's degree from the school at a rate of 59%. The admission rate is 41%. Prospective students can contact the admission department for more information about applying. The North Coast College has received accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, an independent accrediting body.

    #30

    Otterbein University

    Westerville, OH

    Graduation Rate

    66%

    Enrollment

    2,652

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $32624

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $32624

    From its campus in Westerville, Ohio, Otterbein University enrolls students as a private institution. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or a bachelor's degree. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. The accredited institution meets the requirements for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. According to the institution, 100% of students receive aid and 78% receive loans. The institution reports a 66% graduation rate. The admission rate for incoming students is 76%. Prospective students can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying. Otterbein University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.