Commends Ohio’s Best Online Schools

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Top Two- and Four-Year Programs Scored on Overall Quality, Offerings to Students

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best two- and four-year colleges with online programs in the state of Ohio for 2017. Among four-year schools a total of 41 made the list, with University of Akron, University of Toledo, University of Cincinnati, Ohio University and Ashland University coming in as the top five schools. The state’s top 18 two-year schools were also honored, with Sinclair College, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Belmont College, Edison State Community College and Columbus State Community College taking the top five spots. Schools were ranked based on over a dozen different data points.

“Student enrollment in schools within the University System of Ohio has grown 8 percent over the past decade,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of “As more students pursue post-secondary degrees, the schools on our list are providing more flexible, high-quality learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom.”

To be included on the Best Online Schools list, colleges must meet specific base requirements, including being institutionally accredited and public or private not-for-profit institutions. Each college is scored based on additional criteria that includes its employment and counseling resources, student/teacher ratios, graduation rates and financial aid availability.

For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit:

Ohio’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following:
Ashland University
Baldwin Wallace University
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
Case Western Reserve University
Cedarville University
Cleveland State University
Defiance College
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Franklin University
God’s Bible School and College
Hiram College
Kent State University at Kent
Kent State University at Salem
Kettering College
Malone University
Miami University-Oxford
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Mount Saint Joseph University
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Muskingum University
Notre Dame College
Ohio Christian University
Ohio University-Main Campus
Otterbein University
Shawnee State University
The University of Findlay
Tiffin University
Union Institute & University
University of Akron Main Campus
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
University of Dayton
University of Mount Union
University of Northwestern Ohio
University of Rio Grande
University of Toledo
Urbana University
Ursuline College
Walsh University
Wright State University-Lake Campus
Wright State University-Main Campus
Youngstown State University

Ohio’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following:
Belmont College
Bowling Green State University-Firelands
Central Ohio Technical College
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Clark State Community College
Columbus State Community College
Cuyahoga Community College
Edison State Community College
Hocking College
Lakeland Community College
Lorain County Community College
Marion Technical College
North Central State College
Northwest State Community College
Rhodes State College
Sinclair College
Stark State College
University of Akron Wayne College

About Us: was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.

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