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

    85%

    Enrollment

    373

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $42006

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $42006

    A private institution, Cleveland Institute of Music grants degrees and certificates from its campus in Cleveland, Ohio. Instructors bring expertise in their fields. The school offers academic and technical programs for students planning to enter the workforce or pursue further studies. The school's cost per credit is unknown. Students can fund their education with financial aid such as federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The institution reports a graduation rate of 85%. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Prospective students can contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. The school is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, an independent accrediting body.

    #2

    Kenyon College

    Gambier, OH

    Graduation Rate

    91%

    Enrollment

    1,750

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $58570

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $58570

    Kenyon College, located in Gambier, Ohio, enrolls students in 31 programs. Degree-seekers enroll in rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. The average student-to-teacher ratio is currently unknown. Data on the average amount of aid students receive is unavailable. Students in the school's programs graduate at a rate of 91%. The institution understands that real-world experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Applicants may qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements.

    #3

    Oberlin College

    Oberlin, OH

    Graduation Rate

    86%

    Enrollment

    2,863

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $56822

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $56822

    Oberlin College offers programs from its campus in Oberlin, Ohio. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. The programs offer academic and technical tracks to help learners meet their career goals. Visit the program's website to find information on the typical timeline for completion. Many schools no longer require admissions tests such as ACT or SAT. The waiver makes it simpler to enroll. The admissions staff can provide more information on the process. At the accredited institution, enrollees also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Oberlin College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #4

    Denison University

    Granville, OH

    Graduation Rate

    82%

    Enrollment

    2,293

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $53830

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $53830

    A top-ranked school, Denison University enrolls learners in programs from its campus in Granville, Ohio. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. The programs offer academic and technical tracks to help students 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 standardized test score waiver. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. The admissions department provides additional resources on submitting an application. At the accredited institution, learners also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Denison University has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #5

    Case Western Reserve University

    Cleveland, OH

    Graduation Rate

    84%

    Enrollment

    11,874

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $50924

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $50924

    A private institution located in Cleveland, Ohio, Case Western Reserve University offers a variety of programs. Enrollees complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. Students pay a per-credit fee of around 1500 at the school. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Learners at the institution choose from academic and technical programs. Students complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements depending on their program. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #6

    Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences

    Canton, OH

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    305

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $18950

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18950

    Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences, a private organization located in Canton, Ohio, offers multiple programs. Enrollees complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Students complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements depending on their program. Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #7

    Kettering College

    Kettering, OH

    Graduation Rate

    45%

    Enrollment

    815

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $13392

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13392

    A private institution, Kettering College enrolls students on its campus in Kettering, Ohio. The school offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to bolster their knowledge. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. The school supports enrollees with tutoring and career services. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Learners at this accredited school also qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Kettering College has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #8

    Gods Bible School and College

    Cincinnati, OH

    Graduation Rate

    49%

    Enrollment

    347

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7150

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $7150

    Gods Bible School and College, which is often listed among the best schools, operates from its main campus in Cincinnati, Ohio. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help learners meet their professional 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. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. These policies make it easier to enroll. The admissions department can help students apply to the school. Financial aid helps enrollees cover their educational expenses. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #9

    Mercy College of Ohio

    Toledo, OH

    Graduation Rate

    53%

    Enrollment

    1,560

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $15900

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15900

    From its campus in Toledo, Ohio, Mercy College of Ohio enrolls students in programs as a private institution. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. The institution offers an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. Students can enroll in nationally ranked programs. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. Learners at the institution choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their major, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Mercy College of Ohio is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #10

    The College of Wooster

    Wooster, OH

    Graduation Rate

    77%

    Enrollment

    1,942

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $52000

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $52000

    A private institution located in Wooster, Ohio, The College of Wooster enrolls learners in multiple programs. The school offers programs that prepare learners for the workforce. Learners benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The College of Wooster holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #11

    The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences

    Cincinnati, OH

    Graduation Rate

    50%

    Enrollment

    938

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $16021

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16021

    From its Cincinnati, Ohio campus, The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences enrolls learners in 3 programs. The institution's top-ranked programs offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-faculty ratio is unknown. The amount of aid students receive on average is currently unknown. The school reports a 50% graduation rate. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates on the job market. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs operate with a test-optional policy for admissions. Prospective students can contact the admission department for more information about applying.

    #12

    Union Institute & University

    Cincinnati, OH

    Graduation Rate

    58%

    Enrollment

    860

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $13256

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13256

    Located in Ohio, Union Institute & University offers 28 programs for students. Students enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. Information on the average student-to-faculty ratio is unavailable. The amount of aid students receive on average is not currently known. Students earn their degree from the school at a rate of 58%. The institution understands that hands-on experience makes graduates more competitive in the job market. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs let applicants apply without submitting test scores. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements.

    #13

    Tri-State Bible College

    South Point, OH

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    29

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $9100

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $9100

    A private institution, Tri-State Bible College enrolls students on its campus in South Point, Ohio. With both academic and technical programs, this school can help learners reach their educational goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to bolster their knowledge. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to enroll. The school provides support such as tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. The accredited school qualifies for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Tri-State Bible College has received accreditation from the Association for Bibical Higher Educaiton, an independent accrediting body.

    #14

    Franciscan University of Steubenville

    Steubenville, OH

    Graduation Rate

    77%

    Enrollment

    3,039

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $28880

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $28880

    Located in Steubenville, Ohio, Franciscan University of Steubenville operates as a private institution. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The private school reports a 77% graduation rate. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Prospective applicants can contact the admissions office for more information about applying. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #15

    University of Dayton

    Dayton, OH

    Graduation Rate

    82%

    Enrollment

    11,473

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $44100

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $44100

    From its campus in Dayton, Ohio, University of Dayton enrolls learners in 159 programs. The institution's many rigorous academic programs rank among the best in the nation. The average student-to-faculty ratio is currently unknown. The average amount of aid awarded to students is unknown. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 82%. Real-world experience helps candidates stand out on the job market. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs no longer require standardized tests for admission. Prospective applicants can contact the admissions office for more information about applying.

    #16

    Cedarville University

    Cedarville, OH

    Graduation Rate

    75%

    Enrollment

    4,302

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $31322

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $31322

    From its campus in Cedarville, Ohio, Cedarville University enrolls students as a private institution. Learners take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. Students who complete an academic or technical program enter the workforce or pursue a bachelor's degree. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. Bachelor's students graduate from the school at a rate of 75%. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Applicants can reach out to the admission department to learn more about enrolling. Cedarville University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #17

    Global Tech College

    Toledo, OH

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    7

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $8415

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8415

    Located in Toledo, Ohio, Global Tech College enrolls students as a private institution. The school offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. Students complete coursework to prepare them for advanced roles. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. Learners receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs. Our databases do not provide information on this school's accreditation status.

    #18

    Ohio Northern University

    Ada, OH

    Graduation Rate

    77%

    Enrollment

    2,958

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $33440

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $33440

    From its Ada, Ohio campus, Ohio Northern University enrolls learners in 87 programs. The institution's many rigorous academic programs rank among the best in the nation. Information on the average student-to-teacher ratio is unavailable. Data on the average amount of aid students receive is unavailable. Students graduate from the school at a rate of 77%. Job seekers often benefit from hands-on experience, which makes them more competitive job candidates. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Some programs offer test-optional admission policies. Prospective students can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying.

    #19

    American Institute of Alternative Medicine

    Columbus, OH

    Graduation Rate

    45%

    Enrollment

    396

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14338

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14338

    Located in Columbus, Ohio, American Institute of Alternative Medicine awards degrees and certificates as a private institution. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The school's academic and technical programs prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited institution, learners qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 45%. We do not currently have data on the school's admission rate. Prospective applicants can contact the admissions office for more information about applying. American Institute of Alternative Medicine is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

    #20

    Hondros College of Nursing

    Westerville, OH

    Graduation Rate

    40%

    Enrollment

    1,596

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $19047

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $19047

    From its Westerville, Ohio campus, Hondros College of Nursing offers 3 program options for students. The institution's rigorous programs rank among the best in the nation. The average student-to-teacher ratio is currently unknown. The amount of aid students receive on average is currently unknown. Learners graduate from the school at a rate of 40%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning makes graduates more competitive. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Many schools no longer require test scores for admission. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements.

    #21

    John Carroll University

    University Heights, OH

    Graduation Rate

    76%

    Enrollment

    3,506

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $42910

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $42910

    From its campus in University Heights, Ohio, John Carroll University enrolls students in 75 programs. Degree-seekers benefit from rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. The average student-to-teacher ratio is unknown. The average amount of aid awarded to students is unknown. The private school reports a 76% graduation rate. The institution understands that real-world experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs no longer require test scores for admission. Prospective students can contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements.

    #22

    Mount Vernon Nazarene University

    Mount Vernon, OH

    Graduation Rate

    68%

    Enrollment

    2,205

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $30404

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $30404

    Located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Mount Vernon Nazarene University attracts students with their well-regarded programs. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. Academic and technical programs help learners reach their unique 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. Applicants may qualify for a standardized test score waiver. Test-optional policies make it easier to apply. The admissions department can provide additional resources on applying. Degree-seekers also use financial aid to cover their educational costs. Mount Vernon Nazarene University holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #23

    Mount Carmel College of Nursing

    Columbus, OH

    Graduation Rate

    74%

    Enrollment

    946

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14372

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14372

    From its Columbus, Ohio campus, Mount Carmel College of Nursing enrolls learners in 10 programs. The institution's programs offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-teacher ratio is unavailable. The amount of aid students receive on average is currently unknown. The private institution reports a 74% graduation rate. The institution understands that hands-on experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs operate with a test-optional policy for admissions. Prospective students can contact the admissions office for more information about applying.

    #24

    Dayton School of Medical Massage

    Dayton, OH

    Graduation Rate

    76%

    Enrollment

    292

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $17120

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $17120

    Dayton School of Medical Massage, located in Dayton, Ohio, enrolls students as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their educational goals. Students complete courses and experiential learning opportunities to bolster their knowledge. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. A test score waiver makes it easier to enroll. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal student aid programs. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

    #25

    Xavier University

    Cincinnati, OH

    Graduation Rate

    73%

    Enrollment

    6,973

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $40450

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $40450

    Xavier University enrolls learners from its Cincinnati, Ohio campus. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. Academic and technical programs help learners reach their unique 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 may offer test-optional admission policies. A test score waiver makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department provides more information about the application process. Financial aid helps degree-seekers pay for their education. Xavier University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #26

    Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science

    Cincinnati, OH

    Graduation Rate

    54%

    Enrollment

    351

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $15470

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15470

    From its campus in Cincinnati, Ohio, Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science enrolls students as a private institution. Instructors bring expertise in their fields. Students who complete an academic or technical program enter the workforce or pursue a bachelor's degree. The cost per credit is unknown. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Students graduate from the school at a rate of 54%. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Prospective students can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #27

    The North Coast College

    Lakewood, OH

    Graduation Rate

    40%

    Enrollment

    77

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $20700

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $20700

    Located in Lakewood, Ohio, The North Coast College grants college degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their professional goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to strengthen their skills. Applicants may qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Learners at this accredited school also qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The North Coast College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

    #28

    Otterbein University

    Westerville, OH

    Graduation Rate

    66%

    Enrollment

    2,853

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $32474

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $32474

    Located in Westerville, Ohio, Otterbein University grants college degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their educational goals. Students complete courses and experiential learning opportunities to bolster their knowledge. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to enroll. Learners benefit from support services like tutoring and career counseling. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Otterbein University has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #29

    Baldwin Wallace University

    Berea, OH

    Graduation Rate

    65%

    Enrollment

    3,504

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $33530

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $33530

    Baldwin Wallace University is a private institution located in Berea, Ohio. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for a successful career. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. At the accredited school, enrollees qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The private school reports a graduation rate of 65%. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Prospective applicants can contact the admission department for more information about applying. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #30

    Ohio Business College-Sandusky

    Sandusky, OH

    Graduation Rate

    65%

    Enrollment

    134

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $9385

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $9385

    Ohio Business College-Sandusky is a private institution located in Sandusky, Ohio. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 65%. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Prospective applicants can contact the admission department for more information about applying. Ohio Business College-Sandusky holds accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education.