2020 Best Online Colleges in Ohio

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This list highlights the best online schools in Ohio, based on alumni salaries and affordability. Ranked #1, Wright State University-Lake Campus has the highest median salary at $95,300 and an annual tuition of $8,904 and offers online degrees such as an RN to BSN and a Master of Business Administration. God's Bible School and College has the most affordable tuition rate, at $6,000, and offers online programs such as a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and an M.A. in Ministerial Education.

Alumni salaries were provided by PayScale. View our methodology for more details or learn more about Guide to Online Schools. To see all online schools in Ohio, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 $8,904 $95,300
#2 #2 $7,010 $87,000
#3 #3 $8,213 $81,400
#4 #4 $7,200 $80,600
#5 #5 $40,220 $83,700
#6 #6 $9,829 $79,300
#7 #7 $14,260 $78,700
#8 #8 $9,042 $77,700
#9 #9 $9,578 $76,900
#10 #10 $8,340 $72,800
#11 #11 $14,508 $73,600
#12 #12 $28,100 $75,400
#13 #13 $15,500 $73,700
#14 #14 $10,725 $72,700
#15 #15 $30,100 $73,900
#16 #16 $11,940 $69,800
#17 #17 $11,850 $68,700
#18 #18 $15,810 $66,700
#19 #19 $11,250 $63,200
#20 #20 $14,250 $62,400
#21 #21 $14,260 $60,000
#22 #22 $16,350 $55,500
#23 #23 $12,480 $51,200
#24 #24 $6,868 $46,300
#25 #25 $6,000 $42,200
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2020 Online Colleges in Ohio Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,904
  • Median Salary: $95,300
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Celina
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Wright State University-Lake Campus offers a variety of online undergraduate and graduate programs. Certificates, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees are offered in fields such as nursing, business, education, engineering, and cyber security. Courses are delivered through the university’s WINGS web portal. Through WINGS, distance learners can retrieve administrative information, including course schedules, grades, and transcripts The Lake Campus Library & Technology Center gives online students access to the university's database and catalogs. Support services include advising, academic resources, and career services. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,010
  • Median Salary: $87,000
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Columbus, Lima, Marion
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Ohio State University-Main Campus offers online programs at every level, from certificates to doctoral degrees. Fields of study include healthcare, nursing, education, social work, applied clinical and preclinical research, engineering, and leadership. Distance learners may access their online courses through the CarmenCanvas online learning platform. The university’s BuckeyeLink web portal gives distance learners access to administrative information, including course schedules, grades, and transcripts. Ohio State's online programs are taught by on-campus instructors, allow students to complete coursework at their convenience, and are offered in both part- and full-time formats. Online students receive in-state tuition rates and resources such as academic advising, career services, and tech support.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,213
  • Median Salary: $81,400
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Toledo
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The University of Toledo hosts a large catalog of online programs, with certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees all available. Programs span a range of academic areas, including accounting, business administration, liberal studies, computer network administration, criminal justice, education, general studies, information services and support, nursing, programming and software development, and technical studies. Courses are delivered through the Blackboard online learning platform and are taught by the same instructors that teach on campus. Distance learners receive a variety of services to support their academic journey; access to library services, technical support, and online tutoring are some of the available resources.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,200
  • Median Salary: $80,600
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Ohio University-Main Campus offers a wide variety of online programs across several academic areas, which include applied communication, applied management, criminal justice, human and consumer sciences, psychology, nursing, and business management. Courses are delivered through the Blackboard online learning platform, which is available through the school’s eCampus. Through eCampus, distance learners can check their CatMail student email accounts and access a host of other online services, like academic advising, financial aid, the Student Success Center, veteran services, tech support, the campus directory, and the Testing Center. Upon enrolling, distance learners must take part in an orientation session to become acquainted with the online learning platform.

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  • Annual Tuition: $40,220
  • Median Salary: $83,700
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cincinnati
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Xavier University offers online certificate and degree programs across several academic areas, including business administration, coaching education and athlete development, criminal justice administration, health economics and clinical outcomes research, education, nursing, and organizational leadership. Courses are delivered through the Canvas online learning platform and are offered in a mostly asynchronous format. Students will interact with their peers and instructors through a variety of tools, including discussion boards, video conferencing, and email. The university’s Student Hub web portal gives distance learners access to administrative information, including course schedules, grades, and transcripts. Distance learners must take part in an orientation session to become acquainted with the online learning platform.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,829
  • Median Salary: $79,300
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cleveland
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Cleveland State University (CSU) offers more than 15 online certificates, bachelor's, and master's degrees in fields such as business administration, nursing, organizational leadership, adult learning and development, and education. Courses, which are delivered through the Blackboard Learn online learning platform, utilize a variety of interactive tools to allow for communication between peers and instructors. Online classes at CSU are mostly asynchronous, allowing distance learners to access course materials at their convenience. However, students will still be required to adhere to deadlines. Online learners have access to a host of resources including the library, tech support, and academic support services.

  • Annual Tuition: $14,260
  • Median Salary: $78,700
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Findlay
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The University of Findlay offers an extensive catalog of online programs across more than 10 academic areas, including applied security and analytics, business administration, education, environmental safety and health management, health informatics, and professional communication. Courses are delivered through the Canvas online learning platform. The university’s MyFindlay web portal gives distance learners access to administrative information, including course schedules, grades, and transcripts. Distance learners also receive many of the same resources as on-campus students. These services include access to the library, financial aid, online tutoring, tech support, and dedicated support staff.

 

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,042
  • Median Salary: $77,700
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Akron
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The University of Akron offers online degree programs in nursing, speech-language pathology, and taxation. Courses are delivered through the Brightspace online learning platform. Student support resources include access to tutoring labs, academic advising, the campus bookstore, the MyAkron student web portal and a student @zips email account, career services, a job database, financial aid planning, technical support, and access to the Bierce Library’s catalog and databases. Distance learners are encouraged to take part in an orientation session to become acquainted with the online learning platform. The University of Akron online degree programs are taught by the same high-quality faculty who teach classes on campus.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $9,578
  • Median Salary: $76,900
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Dayton
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Wright State University-Main Campus offers more than 20 online degree and certificate programs across numerous academic areas, including nursing, business, education, literacy, logistics and supply chain management, and cyber security analytics. Licensure programs and over a hundred individual courses are also offered online at Wright State. Classes may be comprised of videos, online lectures, web conferencing, and more. Students submit coursework and communicate with instructors through PIlot, the university’s learning management system. Distance learners have access to the same resources that on-campus students receive; this includes academic services, career counseling, and tech support.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,340
  • Median Salary: $72,800
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Portsmouth
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Shawnee State University offers online degree programs in fields such as health science, curriculum and instruction, mathematics, and nursing. Courses are delivered through the Blackboard online learning platform and span seven weeks. Students may access coursework as their schedules allow, but will still be required to meet deadlines. Distance learners are not required to come to campus at any time; tests are also delivered online. Support resources offered to online students include library services, tutoring, career services, and access to on-campus facilities.

  • Annual Tuition: $14,508
  • Median Salary: $73,600
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Kettering
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Kettering College opened in 1967 and is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The main campus is located in Kettering, but the institution offers online degree programs to distance learners. Among the online degrees offered are an RN to BSN and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences; both are degree completion programs with accelerated courses to allow for a faster time to completion. The health sciences degree offers several different emphasis areas: respiratory care, management, education, sonography, and advanced imaging. Distance learners receive access to support services such as library resources, an online bookstore, and online tutoring.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $28,100
  • Median Salary: $75,400
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: New Concord
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Muskingum University offers several specialized online certificate and degree programs in fields such as nursing, information systems, and occupational therapy. Courses are delivered through the Blackboard platform and are taught by experienced instructors. Through the web portal, distance learners can check on assignments and grades, submit work, and access discussion boards to chat with their peers. Resources for distance learners include personal advising, academic services, and the opportunity to earn credit for previous work or life experience.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $15,500
  • Median Salary: $73,700
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Walsh University offers online degrees and certificates across many subject areas, including accounting, communication, cybersecurity, healthcare administration, nursing, business, education, interdisciplinary studies, and organizational development and leadership. Online programs, offered through Walsh’s Digital Campus, are accessed through the university’s MyWalsh web portal. An independent, Catholic university, Walsh aims to develop the mind, body, and spirit of its students. All students, whether attending on-campus or online, are provided with individual attention, small class sizes, and an advisor that will help guide them throughout their program.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,725
  • Median Salary: $72,700
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Columbus
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Mount Carmel College of Nursing offers distance learners the opportunity to earn a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree completely online. Among the programs offered are an RN to BSN, a master’s degree in nursing education, and a doctoral degree in nursing practice. The university's online catalog also includes certificate programs in nursing. Courses are delivered through the Canvas online learning platform, which is available through the university’s myMCCN web portal. The portal also allows distance learners to retrieve grades, transcripts, and other institutional information. Distance learners have access to many resources, such as the MCHS eLibrary, free tutoring, and an online writing lab.

  • Annual Tuition: $30,100
  • Median Salary: $73,900
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cincinnati
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Mount St. Joseph University offers online undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing and teaching. Nursing programs are offered at the bachelor's (RN to BSN), master's (clinical nurse leader, nurse administration, and nursing education), and doctoral (nursing practice in health systems leadership) levels. Teaching programs are offered at the certificate (pre-kindergarten special needs) and master's (reading science) levels. Online courses are delivered in both asynchronous and synchronous formats; asynchronous courses do not require simultaneous communication between students and instructors, while synchronous courses have set times for live interaction. Online students have access to the library, academic resources, and financial aid.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $11,940
  • Median Salary: $69,800
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Columbus
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Franklin University offers more than 50 online undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields, including business administration, accounting, healthcare management, communications, public administration, social sciences, and information technology. Franklin's online courses are delivered through the university’s myFranklin web portal, which also gives distance learners access to administrative information, including course schedules, grades, and transcripts. Remote students have access to many online resources, such as ordering ebooks via the campus bookstore's website, academic advising and tutoring, and the library and its databases.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • Median Salary: $68,700
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Defiance
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Defiance College offers an online bachelor’s degree in nursing. The program is offered in two formats: 100% online RN to BSN and 1+2+1 BSN degree. The fully online RN to BSN completion program is intended for associate degree or diploma nurses who have their RN licensure. The 1+2+1 program allows students to spend their freshman year on campus, earn their associate degree in nursing as a sophomore or junior at Northwest State Community College, and complete their senior year online. Individual courses are also offered online in both fully online and hybrid formats. Courses are delivered through the Moodle online learning platform. Distance learners have access to the Pilgrim Library, academic support services, career development, financial aid, and more. 
 

  • Annual Tuition: $15,810
  • Median Salary: $66,700
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Canton
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Malone University offers a variety of online certificates, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees across several academic areas, including business administration, organizational management, nursing, marketing, social work, education and teaching, and organizational leadership. Online courses, which are delivered through the Moodle online learning platform, offer a high level of communication between students, instructors, and peers; chat rooms, online discussion, and whiteboards are some of the tools used for interaction. Affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, Malone’s programs integrate Christian principles into students’ academic experience. 
 

  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • Median Salary: $63,200
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Yellow Springs
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Antioch University-Midwest offers online certificate and degree programs across several academic areas, including education, liberal studies, human development, human services administration, counseling, and management. With a history at the forefront of social activism, Antioch’s academic programs focus on personal growth, pragmatic idealism, and the achievement of professional goals. Courses are delivered through the university’s AUDirect web portal, which also gives distance learners access to administrative information, including course schedules, grades, and transcripts. Online programs are identical to those delivered on campus and allow students to balance their studies with other commitments. Support resources are offered and financial aid is available. 
 

  • Annual Tuition: $14,250
  • Median Salary: $62,400
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cleveland
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Notre Dame College offers online degrees and certificates across several academic areas, including business, criminal justice, education, psychology, nursing, and national security and intelligence studies. Programs at Notre Dame College Online are offered in both fully online and hybrid formats. They are designed for working adults and are delivered in a mostly synchronous format. Affiliated with the Catholic church, courses at NDC incorporate principles of Catholicism with a liberal arts education. Distance learners receive a dedicated support team consisting of enrollment counselors, tuition planners, a transcript team, online advisors, and more.

  • Annual Tuition: $14,260
  • Median Salary: $60,000
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Tiffin
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Tiffin University offers an extensive catalog of online certificates and degrees in fields such as health and wellness, business, the humanities, criminal justice, education, and psychology. Courses are delivered through Moodle and allow students to access material at any time. TU's online programs provide opportunities for distance learners to interact with their instructors and peers; chat rooms, discussion forums, and direct messaging are some of the tools utilized to communicate. Distance learners have access to the library, peer tutoring, online writing tools, and more.

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,350
  • Median Salary: $55,500
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cincinnati
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Union Institute & University offers more than 25 online certificate and degree programs in fields such as business management, health & wellness, creativity studies, counseling, history & culture, psychology, social work, and organizational leadership. Courses are delivered through the university’s web portal, CampusWeb. Through CampusWeb, distance learners can access the university’s writing center, tutoring services, the IT help desk, eForms, and university offices. A nonprofit university, Union also offers hybrid courses that allow distance learners to blend online and traditional classroom instruction.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,480
  • Median Salary: $51,200
  • Accreditation: HLC and ABHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Ohio Christian University offers more than 50 online degrees and 10 certificates across several academic areas, including accounting, biblical studies, business, Christan ministry, criminal justice, emergency management, history, human services, interdisciplinary studies, information technology, political science, psychology, data analytics, and substance abuse counseling. Courses are delivered through the university’s myOCU web portal and are asynchronous, allowing students to access the material at any time. Distance learners are placed in a cohort of peers and move through their programs together. The online programs include weekly assignments and communication between other students and facilitators. Students with previous work or life experience may be able to earn credit for prior learning.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,868
  • Median Salary: $46,300
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Warren
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There are many online programs available at Kent State University at Trumbull, including undergraduate degrees in technical and applied studies, computer technology, environmental management, and office technology. Courses can be accessed through Blackboard Learn, a learning management system that hosts all assignments and discussion forums. Through its website, the university gives distance learners access to administrative information, including course schedules, grades, and transcripts. Kent State Trumball offers an extensive list of student support resources, including academic advising, career services, tutoring services, and counseling. All students also receive Microsoft Office for free.


 

  • Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • Median Salary: $42,200
  • Accreditation: HLC and ABHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cincinnati
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God's Bible School and College offers online undergraduate and graduate degree programs across five academic areas: biblical and theological studies, ministerial education, church and family ministry, intercultural studies and world missions, and general studies. Courses can be viewed through the university’s web portal, which also gives distance learners access to administrative information, including class schedules, grades, and transcripts. Students in need of assistance can utilize the R. G. Flexon Memorial Library’s online services, as well as the Student Success Center, counseling services, and academic advising. 
 

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Ohio (88)

Ohio houses many colleges that offer online programs for students seeking higher education. Ohio’s most affordable online college is Clark State Community College, which starts at an annual tuition of $6,271. The most common online programs taken by students in Ohio include both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Early Childhood Education, Business Administration, and Nursing. However, there are other unique programs within various colleges. Ohio University - Main Campus offers a Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Sciences in Customer Service as well as a Master of Athletic Administration degree. Notre Dame College offers a Master of Arts in National Security and Intelligence Studies.

At a Glance:

  • The state of Ohio offers College Advantage, a 529 savings plan, in which families in Ohio can save money for their children’s college education by using direct deposit or automatic payroll deduction, even if their child chooses not to attend college in Ohio.
  • The Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Program offers financial aid to students whose parents served in the armed forces and were killed or disabled during a war or conflict.
  • The Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) program provides tuition assistance to Ohio residents enrolled in a public or private university in Ohio who demonstrate the highest levels of financial need.
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