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Online and On-Campus Colleges in
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Online and On-Campus Colleges in & Ohio

Article Sources
  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, accessed March 2, 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
  • Most Recent Cohorts (All Data Elements): 2014-15, College Scorecard, U.S. Department of Education, accessed March 2, 2016, https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/data/
  • School pages, accessed April 26, 2017: About Ohio University Zanesville, Ohio University, https://www.ohio.edu/zanesville/about/index.cfm; Administration, Lake Campus, Wright State University, http://lake.wright.edu/about/administration; Lancaster, Ohio University, https://www.ohio.edu/lancaster/; Ohio University Eastern, Ohio University, https://www.ohio.edu/eastern/; Southern Campus, Ohio University, https://www.ohio.edu/southern/; About Miami University Regionals, http://miamioh.edu/regionals/about/index.html;
  • CIO, accessed April 26, 2017: Top 10 metro areas for STEM jobs, http://www.cio.com/article/3036116/careers-staffing/top-10-metro-areas-for-stem-jobs.html#slide11; About Us, http://www.cio.com/about/about.html;
  • University of Cincinnati, U.S. News Best Online Colleges, U.S. News & World Report, accessed April 26, 2017, https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/university-of-cincinnati-main-campus-201885
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There are more than 100 colleges and universities — both campus-based and online schools — in the state of Ohio, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The public colleges and universities in Ohio are administered at the state level by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and there are also private schools.

Having that many options to choose from can make it tough to narrow down your educational choices, particularly if you don't have much detailed information about the ways in which they compare to one another. We wanted to make it a little easier for Ohio students to sort out which schools in their state might be best for them, so we pulled loads of data from the NCES and other U.S. Department of Education sources and analyzed it to uncover the best traditional and online colleges in Ohio. We looked at the flagship campuses and satellite locations of the state's larger universities as separate schools.

While the rankings below focus on four-year schools, keep in mind that the Ohio Transfer to Degree Guarantee can help community college students line up their two-year education with the transfer requirements of a four-year school.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Ohio

Here's our list of the best places in Ohio to earn a bachelor's degree, with details about why each school ranked where it did. Select the "methodology" button to read a full explanation of our 13-point system.

Methodology
1University of Toledo+
ADMISSION RATE
93%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$40
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
46

Our No. 1 school emerged from our analysis as the best one overall and also one of the best online colleges in Ohio. The University of Toledo ranked No. 2 in the state for its number of degrees offered via distance education — 46 of them, to be precise — and reported a healthy 36 percent of students enrolled in at least some online coursework. One of the larger schools on our list, UT also provided its students with a No. 4-ranked selection of degrees available on campus.

Financial aid was also a bright spot for this riverside institution. Only three other schools in the state provided their students with a greater proportion of institutional grant aid relative to average tuition and fees costs than UT, according to NCES data for 2014-15.

Additional Info
2Ohio University-Zanesville+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$20
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
3

Overall affordability helped this central Ohio school take the No. 2 spot. It placed in the statewide top three for its amount of institutional grant aid awarded as a percentage of tuition and fees, and that financial aid focus helped it also land in the top three on a more comprehensive metric of affordability.

Average net price is an out-of-pocket cost measure that subtracts the average expected amount of scholarship and grant aid from the projected costs of tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies and other school-related expenses. Students at the Zanesville campus paid the third-lowest average net price in the state in 2014-15; the average tuition and fees for campus-based and online students came in at No. 5 statewide.

Additional Info
3Wright State University-Lake Campus+
ADMISSION RATE
99%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
2

The Lake Campus of Wright State University is an up-and-coming institution, posting a 14 percent increase in enrollment between fall 2015 and fall 2016. That growth may be due to its No. 1 most affordable average net price, which not only beat out every other four-year school in Ohio but ranked in the top 40 of all 1,647 schools across the country that we surveyed for this analysis.

This Celina school also earned a place among the best online colleges in Ohio, thanks to its 45 percent of students enrolled in at least some distance education courses. Only three other schools on our list posted a higher percentage of online students. The Lake Campus also had the No. 3-ranked graduation rate among our top ten schools.

Additional Info
4Ohio University-Lancaster+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$20
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
3

The Lancaster campus of Ohio University tied for No. 3 in the state in the tuition and fees affordability category and ranked No. 4 among schools on our list for its amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded per dollar of tuition and fees. It also had the fourth-ranked average net price in the state, for middle-income as well as low-income students.

Students local to OUL who are hoping to pursue a bachelor's degree that falls outside the scope of the offerings available online or on campus can earn their first few semesters of credits at the Lancaster campus and then shift to a program at another OU school via the Ohio Transfer to Degree Guarantee. Make sure to talk with your advisor about the best way to proceed if you're thinking to take that route to graduation.

Additional Info
5Ohio University-Eastern+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$20
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
2

This St. Clairsville school is the smallest Ohio University campus on our list, but that doesn't mean that big opportunities aren't available here. OUE charged students the state's lowest raw price for tuition and fees in 2015-16, and its average net price came in at No. 7 statewide despite a ranking for institutional grant aid percentage that fell right in the middle of the pack.

Distance education was also a high point for OUE, where more than 59 percent of students took at least some of their coursework in the virtual classroom in 2016. No other school in our top ten reported a higher percentage of online enrollment, making OUE a top destination for students on the path to an online bachelor's degree in Ohio.

Additional Info
6Ohio State University-Main Campus+
ADMISSION RATE
49%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$60
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
8

The main Columbus campus of Ohio State University comes in at No. 6 on our list, thanks in part to high marks in financial aid categories at both ends of the college journey. The main OSU campus took the top spot in the state for its percentage of institutional grant aid awarded, and nearly 75 percent of graduates reported that they were able to pay off their student loans within three years of completing their degrees. OSU's main campus also posted the best graduation rate among the schools on our list.

Another advantage for OSU students comes in the form of its home city's rising prominence in cutting-edge employment fields. Columbus was recently named as one of the top ten metro areas for science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) jobs by CIO magazine, in a study that cited the city's expected growth of IT startup companies and projected growth to around 274,000 STEM positions in the region by 2018.

Additional Info
7Ohio University-Southern+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$20
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
2

The Southern campus of Ohio University shared the No. 1 spot in the state for its affordability of tuition and fees. Perhaps even more impressively, it placed among the 20 most affordable institutions out of all 1,647 U.S. schools we included in our analysis. It was also one of the best online colleges in Ohio in 2016 — just one other school on our list posted a higher distance education enrollment percentage than Ohio University Southern.

Thanks to its location close to Ohio's southern border, OUS extends special considerations to students from neighboring counties in northern Kentucky. Qualifying Kentucky residents have access to in-state tuition rates, and those eligible for discounts through the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program can apply them at the Ironton school.

Additional Info
8Ohio University-Chillicothe+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$20
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
2

Tuition and fees affordability at this central Ohio school tied for the No. 3 spot in the state in 2015-16, and the average net price for middle- and low-income students at Ohio University Chillicothe ranked No. 8 and No. 10 in the state respectively. Its 40 percent distance education enrollment rate was good for the No. 5 spot among schools on our list.

OUC was founded as the first regional campus of Ohio University, beginning its life in 1946, and it hasn't lost the small-campus sensibility that can help students feel like they won't get lost in the crowd. The NCES reports a total enrollment of just 2,320 students at OUC in 2015.

Additional Info
9University of Cincinnati-Main Campus+
ADMISSION RATE
86%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
52

Variety of available academic programs was one of the bright spots on the stat sheet for the University of Cincinnati. This large university in the southwestern corner of the state offered 388 degree programs in 2015-16, enough to earn it the No. 2 spot statewide. Students also tended to persevere through their degree programs at UC, according to the numbers. The Cincinnati school ranked No. 2 for both graduation rate and first-year student retention rate among our top ten schools.

Students seeking an online bachelor's degree in Ohio have some major upside here: UC featured 52 online degrees in 2015-16, the most of any school in the state, and U.S. News & World Report named it as one of the top 100 schools in the country for online bachelor's degrees.

Additional Info
10Miami University-Hamilton+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
2

Our No. 10 school features the state's sixth-lowest average cost of tuition and fees and an average net price that ranked No. 7 on our list for both low- and middle-income students. Graduates also paid back their student loans within three years at the highest percentage of any school on our list.

Miami Hamilton may not have been one of the strongest online colleges in Ohio, by the numbers, but it does provide on-campus students with eight of the ten flexibility measures counted on our analysis. Available credit for life experiences, advanced placement (AP) credits, remedial services and degree programs that can be completed entirely on weekends and evenings were just a few of the accommodations made for students at this southwestern Ohio school.Additional Info

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Most Popular Degree Programs in Ohio

Certain major subjects were more popular than others among Ohio students in this past academic year. Take a look at this list and find out where most of your potential classmates are concentrating their efforts in today's educational climate.

In-Demand Careers in Ohio

Working with advisors and professors to align your studies with the needs of the statewide career market can help take some of the pain out of the job search once you've graduated. Find out if any of these in-demand Ohio careers fits with your personal academic goals.

Career Title Projected Job Growth Total Employment Annual Salary
Occupational Therapy Assistants47.8%3,480$59,070
Home Health Aides39.6%65,710$21,450
Physical Therapist Assistants39.1%6,210$58,080
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians36.5%940$22,030
Physical Therapist Aides35.2%910$27,160
Statisticians31.8%670$85,530
Hearing Aid Specialists31.8%410$51,260
Physical Therapists29.7%7,570$86,180
Physician Assistants28.2%3,180$104,680
Nurse Practitioners28%6,650$99,680
Operations Research Analysts27.8%3,790$82,290
Occupational Therapists26.7%4,620$84,910
Web Developers26.4%3,130$59,950
Optometrists26.2%1,130$126,570
Interpreters and Translators25.5%1,750$41,100
Speech-Language Pathologists25.4%5,170$76,760
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs25.3%7,510$23,450
Massage Therapists25.1%1,930$38,550
Forensic Science Technicians23.5%370$63,590
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics23.2%11,160$31,070
Audiologists23.1%540$70,790
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other22.5%4,370$40,780
Medical Assistants22.1%22,950$29,940
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians21.5%1,690$37,170
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists21.4%90$69,580
Nurse Midwives21.4%240$96,370
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists21.1%3,110$73,700
Residential Advisors20.6%3,040$29,950
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians20.4%3,370$34,390
Computer Systems Analysts20.3%27,200$88,310
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Ohio

Ohio students may be able to make use of state- and profession-based financial aid programs, including the following:

  • The Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) awards need-based aid to students in qualifying associate degree, bachelor's degree and nursing diploma programs.
  • The Forever Buckeyes program extends in-state tuition rates to Ohio high school graduates who return for college after having left the state.
  • The John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program (JRJ) offers student debt repayment assistance for law graduates who pledge to work in public defense or state prosecution for at least three years.
 
Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship
Applicants must be freshmen with a high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and reside in Ohio. Students must have participated in considerable co-curricular activities. Applicants must major in one of the following areas: biochemistry, biology, biology education, chemistry, chemistry education, computer science, engineering, environmental science, forensic chemistry or science, marine biology, mathematics, math education, pre-dental, pre-medical or pre-veterinary.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$125,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

January 11

 

 

 
Battelle Scholarship
Applicant must be a resident student of Ohio who demonstrates potential for superior academic work and outstanding leadership qualities. Selection depends on the candidate's potential to contribute both to the university's classroom and community, as well as the strength of academic record, extracurricular achievements, essay, and secondary counselor and teacher recommendations. Nominations will be made based on the regular Denison application.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$44,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

January 15

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable each year if the recipient maintains stipulated GPA.

 
Shackelford Scholarship
Applicant must be a high achieving graduate of a Columbus City School. Selection is based on academic record, extracurricular achievements, essays, and secondary counselor and teacher recommendations. Individual on-campus interview by January 15 is required.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$44,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

January 15

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable for three years if recipient maintains the minimum stipulated GPA.

 
Park National Bank
Applicant must be a resident of Ohio, preferably from Licking County, and be able to demonstrate superior academic and leadership potential.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$22,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

January 15

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable for three years if recipient maintains stipulated GPA.

Additional Resources

Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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Miami University-Hamilton
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1601 University Blvd
City
Hamilton
State
OH
Zip Code
45011
Website
www.regionals.miamioh.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
3,030
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
No
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,173
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
17
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
25%
Ohio State University-Main Campus
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
190 N. Oval Mall
City
Columbus
State
OH
Zip Code
43210
Website
www.osu.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
560-670
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
610-720
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
560-660
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
27-31
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
45,289
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$60
Admission Rate
49%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,037
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
8
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
20%
Ohio University-Eastern Campus
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
45425 National Rd W
City
Saint Clairsville
State
OH
Zip Code
43950
Website
www.eastern.ohiou.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Rural: Fringe
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
1,247
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$20
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
No
In-State Tution & Fees
$4,872
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
21
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
59%
Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
101 University Drive
City
Chillicothe
State
OH
Zip Code
45601
Website
www.chillicothe.ohiou.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Distant
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,320
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$20
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
No
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,060
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
16
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
40%
Ohio University-Southern Campus
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1804 Liberty Ave
City
Ironton
State
OH
Zip Code
45638
Website
www.southern.ohiou.edu/
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,073
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$20
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
No
In-State Tution & Fees
$4,872
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
47%
Ohio University-Lancaster Campus
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1570 Granville Pike
City
Lancaster
State
OH
Zip Code
43130
Website
www.lancaster.ohiou.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Rural: Fringe
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,488
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$20
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
No
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,060
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
21
Number of Online Programs Offered
3
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
33%
Ohio University-Zanesville Campus
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1425 Newark Rd
City
Zanesville
State
OH
Zip Code
43701
Website
www.zanesville.ohiou.edu/
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Distant
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,162
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$20
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
No
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,092
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
3
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
46%
University of Toledo
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
2801 W Bancroft
City
Toledo
State
OH
Zip Code
43606
Website
www.utoledo.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
450-580
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
470-620
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
430-560
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
20-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
16,064
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$40
Admission Rate
93%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,547
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
20
Number of Online Programs Offered
46
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
36%
Wright State University-Lake Campus
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
7600 St. Rt. 703
City
Celina
State
OH
Zip Code
45822
Website
lake.wright.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
400-480
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
470-520
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
385-440
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-23
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Rural: Fringe
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
1,158
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
99%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,842
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
27
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
45%
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
2624 Clifton Avenue
City
Cincinnati
State
OH
Zip Code
45221
Website
www.uc.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
510-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
530-660
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
490-620
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
23-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
25,009
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
86%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$11,000
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
52
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
39%
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