Students in Ohio seeking additional education or training beyond high school have a variety of institutions to choose from.  These institutions are located across the state in urban areas such as Columbus and more rural areas such as Ada, Ohio.  The classes and degrees provided by these institutions vary based on a number of factors including a school’s type or category.  To ensure you choose the right school, it’s important to learn about the different categories of universities and colleges in Ohio.


Community Colleges

Ohio has community colleges located in various cities around the state.  These two-year institutions focus on providing job-readiness training and general education courses that students need to transfer to a four-year college.  Benefits of attending a community college in Ohio often include a reduced cost and a lower student-to-teacher ratio.  Examples of community colleges in Ohio include Owens Community College, Clark State Community College and Southern State Community College.


Trade Schools

Similar to community colleges, trade and technical schools provide students with the training needed to enter the workforce in a specific trade.  These trades can include welding, machining, drafting, nursing or more.  Ohio’s technical and trade schools include Belmont Technical College, Marion Technical College and Central Ohio Technical College.


Public, Four-Year Colleges

The public colleges and universities in the state of Ohio are governed by the Ohio Board of Regents.  These institutions generally cost less for students to attend than for-profit schools since part of their funding comes from the state.  Wright State University, Bowling Green University and the Ohio State University are all public, four-year colleges in Ohio.


For-Profit Colleges

University of Phoenix and Capella University are just some of the for-profit colleges that offer degree programs in Ohio.  These colleges provide a variety of degree and program options for students, but they generally cost more than public colleges.  Since they receive no money from the state for student enrollments, they charge more tuition per credit hour to cover their expenses.