<span>Liberal Arts in Ohio</span>

Best Liberal Arts Colleges & Programs in Ohio

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Case Western Reserve University

Founded by the merger of Western Reserve University and Case School of Applied Science, Case Western Reserve University is a 4-year private research institution in Cleveland. Case Western features nine schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 95...

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The classes are very challenging and you definitely have to earn your grade, but when you look back at all you've learned, its worth it!

” – Meaghan from Harrah, OK
Denison University

Founded in 1831, Denison University is a private school in mid-Ohio and the second oldest liberal arts college in the state. Denison grants bachelor’s degrees in 54 academic majors and its First-Year Program provides academic and co-curricular...

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Denison University has amazing and engaging professors, who genuinely care about your intellectual, moral, and social development. Moreover, the learning environment is friendly and encouraging to students of all backgrounds, while challenging...

” – Stetson from Valley View, OH
Marietta College

Marietta College is a small, private liberal arts college that was founded in 1835. All first-year students are required to take a College Life and Leadership Laboratory course as well as a first-year seminar. Students can compete for places in the...

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Professors are professors for a reason, and the ones at Marietta are by and large very good teachers as well. Knowledgeable and passionate about their subject matter, the only thing stopping an ambitious student from learning from them is laziness or...

” – Thomas from Falls Church, VA
Miami University-Oxford

Founded in 1809, Miami University is a 4-year public research institution in southwest Ohio and the state’s second oldest university. Miami of Ohio confers bachelor’s degrees in over 120 fields of study. For recreation, Miami is home to a unique...

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Several teachers teach from the course textbook, but also draw from their own experiences and other media/texts. Miami gives a well-rounded education because they stress that non academic activities are important, too. Learning comes from the...

” – Samantha from Erlanger, KY
Xavier University

Xavier University is a Jesuit Catholic institution in Cincinnati and the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. Xavier is home to colleges of Arts & Science, Business, and Professional Sciences offering bachelor’s degrees in over 90 fields...

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I am majoring in Natural Sciences at Xavier University. They provide a mass load of science help and much more, such as, Supplemental Instructions and tutoring. Supplemental Instructions are sessions in which upperclassman teach and review material...

” – Rachel from Fort Wayne, IN
Wittenberg University

Founded in 1845, Wittenberg University is a 4-year liberal arts college in western Ohio affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The third oldest Lutheran college in the United States, Wittenberg confers bachelor’s degrees in over...

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I am learning things that I have never heard of at this school. The professors are friendly and always willing to help you.

” – Stephanie from Chicago, IL
Mount Saint Joseph University

Founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Charity, Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic liberal arts college in the Cincinnati area. The Mount offers undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic majors and several degrees can be completed in 3 years. As a...

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When I first came to Mount Saint Joseph, I felt uncomfortable and unconfident because I didn't know a lot about the field I was studying. Luckily for me the professors are kind and respect students and will do anything to help them succeed. Its not...

” – Courtney from Cincinnati, OH
Malone University

Malone University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Canton, OH. Founded in 1892, Malone has grown to offer 91 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs, some of which are available online. Standing out from the 50-plus majors...

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The courses are invigorating and interactive. It seems like the teachers are enjoying you and so you enjoy being there. Classes are tough, but if your heart is in the right place, you get a lot out of classes. It's not like high school where subjects...

” – Lillian from Martinsville, VA
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

Founded in 1910 as a teacher’s college, Bowling Green State University is a 4-year public research institution in northwest Ohio. Bowling Green State is home to eight colleges conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an honors college. In addition...

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I have learned a lot, but it has been tarnished by a few professors who are not as sympathetic to first year students' struggles while adjusting to college life/schoolwork/expectations.

” – Amanda from Findlay, OH
Ursuline College

Ursuline College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Ursuline provides over 30 bachelor’s degree programs, pre-professional programs, minors, and certificate programs, as well as 20 graduate programs. Ursuline...

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As a nursing student at Ursuline college, I have had a very full schedule due to the strenuous nature of studying for a successful career in the health field. Although I have heard great things about their other majors offered which range from...

” – Nicole from Chagrin Falls, OH
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Ohio Dominican University is a private, 4-year institution established in the city of Columbus. The college utilizes a unique core curriculum which consists of four seminars that revolve around one deep, philosophical question per year. Students...

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I am a learning a lot at ODU through the small classes and intimate learning experiences. As a Business major in my sophomore year, I have begun to learn about real skills that I will need in my career. Also, as ODU is a Liberal Arts College, I...

” – Elise from Cleveland, OH
Otterbein University

Otterbein University is a 4-year, liberal arts institution located in Westerville, OH, minutes from the 14th largest city in the US, Columbus. Founded in 1847, Otterbein has been co-educational from the beginning and takes pride in its diversity and...

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The small class sizes and individual attention from one's professor (as opposed to a graduate assistant as is the case at most large schools) sets students up for success. It's impossible to just blend in during a class.

” – Tara from Columbus, OH
Ohio University-Main Campus

The first university chartered by an Act of Congress; Ohio University is a 4-year public research institution in southeast Ohio. The Athens, Ohio, campus is home to nine colleges, including the highly regarded Honors Tutorial College, conferring...

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Ohio University is a great academic school and I feel I have learned so much in just a year of attending this university. Although, freshman year is based on tier one classes and usually are only review and basics, they are great refreshers and help...

” – Caitlynn from Norwalk, OH
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Founded in 1919, the University of Cincinnati is a 4-year public research institution and the second largest university in the state of Ohio. UC is home to 14 colleges and schools conferring degrees and is renowned as the first school to offer a co...

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I was delighted to find that most of the professors at UC really know their stuff and they are willing to help if you don't understand them on the first go. However, it certainly is useful to ask around about potential professors. I had a Chemistry...

” – Nathan from Edgewood, KY
Antioch College
Yellow Springs, OH
Antioch College

Founded by the Christian Connection, Antioch College is a 4-year liberal arts college in western Ohio. Antioch offers bachelor’s degrees in nine fields of study and students also have the option to design their own major in arts or sciences...

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Don't expect everything to be all hammered out within the next couple of years. Antioch is still just restarting up, and they are trying to rebuild the old ties that they lost. Don't let that dissuade you, though! It's a wonderful college.

” – Katherine from Hillsboro, OH
Cedarville University

Founded by the Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1887, Cedarville University is a 4-year Baptist school in southwest Ohio. Cedarville offers undergraduate degrees in more than 150 biblically integrated academic programs and each program features a...

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Cedarville University has much to offer its students in everything from academics to volunteer ministry opportunities. Its faculty are all top notch, with most having their doctorate in their chosen fields. They are all passionate about teaching and...

” – Melody from De Pere, WI
University of Akron Main Campus

As one of Ohio’s most influential public urban research universities, the University of Akron is home to five colleges and three regional campuses in Orrville, Lakewood, Medina, Ohio. Akron offers highly ranked degree programs in engineering...

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The classes are generally small and the professors are fantastic. After you finish your electives, all the major-specific class are enticing and exciting. I'm glad I chose Akron over a smaller school. There are tons of opprotuniteis here for...

” – Abby from Bellville, OH
University of Toledo

Founded in 1872, the University of Toledo is a public research institution in northwest Ohio and a member of the state university system of Ohio. Toledo is home to 13 colleges and schools conferring over 300 undergrad and graduate degrees. For...

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The University of Toledo is an excellent school. In the classes that I am taking right now, I am learning a lot. I feel like by the time I graduate, I will have received an excellent education.

” – Sarah from Sagamore Hills, OH
Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University is a 4-year public school and urban research university based in northeast Ohio. Youngstown State awards undergraduate degrees in over 115 academic majors and is home to research centers including the Center of Excellence...

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Of course. The teachers are very helpful and will lend a hand whenever you need it.

” – Shanelle from Jeannette, PA
Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University is a public research institution in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Among the university’s 10 colleges hosting over 175 degree-granting academic programs, Cleveland State is home to the only film school in the state of...

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Cleveland State has proved to me that you do not need to go to an Ivy League School to be challenged. When Cleveland State says that their students experience engaged learning, they really are telling the truth. The professors really want you to...

” – India from Columbus, OH
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Wilmington College was founded in 1870 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It is a career-focused liberal arts institution situated in rural Wilmington, Ohio. It is the only private college in the state that offers an Agricultural program...

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The professors here are very understanding and treat you like another human being. They treat you like an adult and are very easy to get along. They are willing to meet with you and assist you in any way possible. They get you hand on experience. It...

” – Paige from Bloomingburg, OH
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Kent State University at Stark is the largest regional campus in the Kent State system and the only public university in Stark County, Ohio. Kent State Stark offers degrees in over 25 subjects as well as the opportunity to begin courses in more than...

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I am learning TONS of stuff that I thought I already knew. I'll be ready for Jeopardy! very soon!!!!!!!

” – Shelley from Kensington, OH
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Originally founded to serve the educational needs of a large group of returning World War II veterans, Ohio University Eastern is a regional campus in the OU system. OUE grants 13 bachelor’s and two associate degree programs entirely on campus as...

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Kent State University at Tuscarawas is a regional campus in the Kent State system located in eastern Ohio. The Tuscarawas campus offers 11 bachelor’s degree and 17 associate degree programs and its Veterinary Technology major is one of seven such...

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Teachers and Staff are absolutely amazing!

” – Tuscarawas County
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Established in 1946, Ohio University in Zanesville is a public, 4-year institution located in Muskingum County and is one of seven Ohio University campuses and centers. OU Zanesville offers five associate degree programs, 13 bachelor’s degree...

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Established in 1954, Kent State University at Trumbull is a public, 4-year institution located on a 438-acre campus in Warren, Ohio. While Trumbull offers over 20 undergraduate degree programs and a Master of Public Health program, students at...

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Originally founded at the local high school, Kent State University Geauga is a regional campus of Kent State in northeast Ohio. The Geauga campus offers nine bachelor’s degree programs as well as the opportunity to begin classes in 282 other Kent...

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Located in eastern Ohio, Kent State University at Salem is a regional campus in the Kent State system. Kent State Salem partners with its sister regional campus at East Liverpool to offer 12 bachelor’s degree programs. The Salem campus consists of a...

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There are some great professors that are very knowledgeable and will help you when you need it.

” – D from OH
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Ohio University Lancaster is a regional campus in the OU system located southeast of Columbus. OUL offers 12 bachelor’s degree programs on campus including Sport and Lifestyle Studies and Middle Childhood Education as well as the option to begin...

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I think the small class size is a great learning environment. I believe student will succeed in a room where they can speak one on one with their professor. The academic, as well as, athletic programs are very strong and are a great place for...

” – Mason from Pickerington, OH
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Kent State University at Ashtabula is a public, 4-year institution located in Ohio. Kent State Ashtabula offers over 20 bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs, along with four certificate programs in Business Management, Computer Forensics...

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With campus on the banks of the Ohio River, Kent State University at East Liverpool is an eastern Ohio-based regional campus in the Kent State system. Housed in a former women’s residence, the East Liverpool campus hosts six Kent State bachelor’s...

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Notre Dame College is a Catholic liberal arts school dedicated to teaching students in the Sisters of Notre Dame tradition. NDC is based in South Euclid, Ohio, and houses the tolerance outreach center, the Abrahamic Center, which promotes interfaith...

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Notre Dame offers a very personal educational experience with lots of free support.

” – Jaimie from Galloway, OH
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Ohio University-Chillicothe is the original regional campus in the OU system and the first regional campus in the state. Ohio Chillicothe is home to more than 20 academic programs and foundational courses for degrees offered at other OU campuses. For...

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Just a few blocks from the Ohio River, Ohio University-Southern Campus is a regional campus in the OU system. OU Southern offers 30 degree and certificate programs available entirely on campus as well as the opportunity to begin classes in other OU...

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I am learning a lot in all of my classes so far, but I would have to say that the classes that I've learned the most in were General Psychology 101 and Math 102. The instructors made sure that EVERY student understood a topic before they progressed...

” – Brittany from Ironton, OH
Miami University-Hamilton

Miami University Hamilton is Miami of Ohio’s regional campus in the northern end of the greater Cincinnati area. Hamilton students have the option of completing a bachelor’s degree on campus in 12 academic departments or taking courses in over 100...

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The professors are awesome on this campus they really know their subjects and are very helpful. Also, there is a large student base on this campus full of tutors and the friendliest people who will certainly help you if you have a problem. Not only...

” – Sheree from Hamilton, OH
Lourdes University

Lourdes University is a 4-year Catholic and Franciscan institution established in Sylvania, Ohio. The 127-acre suburban campus offers majors in arts and sciences; business and leadership; social sciences; and nursing, as well as unique apartment...

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So far my Instructors have been great. I have found many that actually care about their students and pride themself on doing a good.

” – Mary from Toledo, OH
Miami University-Middletown

Originally founded to provide education for returning World War II veterans, Miami University-Middletown is a public university and a regional campus of the MU system in southern Ohio. MU Middletown offers 33 undergraduate majors as well as the...

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Miami Middletown is very awarding and prestigious to the student who will take advantage of it in a positive way. Miami Middletown is a great place for many opportunities and extra curricular activities. If you're an organized, smart person, you will...

” – Amanda from Franklin, OH
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Southern State Community College is a 2-year college with four campuses in southwest Ohio. SSCC offers 26 associate degree majors and 13 certificate-granting programs. Additionally, SSCC makes four degrees and one certificate available entirely...

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I've been here at Southern State for two quarters already and I can definitely tell you that I have learned a lot here. I was on a seven year hiatus from school and when I decided to come back to school, Southern State gave me the review I needed to...

” – Keith from Aberdeen, OH
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The University of Cincinnati Clermont College is an open-access regional campus in the UC system east of the Cincinnati metro area. In addition to over 50 associate degree fields of study, UC Clermont offers a bachelor’s degree in Applied...

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I love it! I have a personalized setting with my professor where they know me on a first name basis and can honestly help me and I can tell that they are enjoying they're job.

” – Sarah from Middletown, OH
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Stark State College is a community college with transferable higher education and career development programs. SSC primarily confers associate degrees, but students can earn a bachelor’s degree at Stark State College’s main campus through a...

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I have taken both online and in-person classes at Stark State. The professors here really care about your future and your quality of education, no matter what class type you attend. The smaller class sizes and individual attention from the professors...

” – Rachel from Cuyahoga Falls, OH
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Close by the shore of Lake Erie, Lakeland Community College is a 2-year community college in northeast Ohio. Lakeland features more than 130 degrees and certificates and several noncredit workforce and professional development courses. The Holden...

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The professors here are very knowledgeable. They are very welcoming and seem to truly care about their students. A lot of my professors are also my tutors! There is so much knowledge contained in these walls, it's hard not to learn a lot here!

” – Erin from Mentor, OH
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Lorain County Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Elyria, Ohio, with satellite locations in Wellington and North Ridgeville. With the second-lowest tuition rate in the state, LCCC offers nearly 300 programs within ten...

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Lorain County Community College is an excellent stepping stone for those who want to save money while getting a good start in they're college education. A year or two here will prepare you for whatever future you choose, whether its continuing your...

” – Mariah from Lorain, OH
Franklin University

Franklin University is a private, 4-year institution established in Columbus, Ohio. Along with its main campus, the college also maintains regional locations in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. The vast majority of students attending...

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The professors did a great job teaching the material and adapting the curriculum to reflect upcoming changes to the various career fields (e.g., health care reform laws and their impact on management in healthcare).

” – Hanna from Superior, WI
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Established in 1972, University of Akron Wayne College is a public, 2-year institution located in Orrville, Ohio. Wayne College offers over 100 major and minor programs of study, awarding certificates and associate’s degrees with the opportunity for...

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Specializing in adult education, Union Institute and University is a college with academic centers in Ohio, Florida, and California offering bachelor’s degrees in 12 undergraduate fields of study. UI&U also features several distance learning options...

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With a location just a short distance from Lake Erie, Bowling Green State University Firelands is a regional campus in the BGSU system. BGSU Firelands is home to five degree-granting academic departments. For students seeking bachelor’s degrees, the...

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The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College is a public, 4-year institution established in the state of Ohio. The college’s 135-acre woodland campus is home to over 40 degree and certificate programs, which are conveniently separated into career...

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started out here, got my associates. it was great, just didn't have a bachelor's option for my major. every college i have been to afterward does not measure up!

” – Danielle from Mason, OH
Columbus State Community College

Columbus State Community College is a two-year institution based in Columbus, Ohio. CSCC offers technical certifications and associate degree and college credit for life experiences. The most popular majors are nursing assistant, logistics and supply...

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CSCC is an outstanding college to attend. The atmosphere is friendly, there are a lot of campus-related activities to do, and is conveniently located in the downtown area. Here, besides an active social environment, there is a friendly staff that is...

” – Christian from Columbus, OH
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Northwest State Community College is a 2-year college with a main campus and two satellite locations in northwestern Ohio. NSCC is home to 70 degree and certificate programs as well as over 300 non-credit classes. As a rural institution, Northwest...

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Northwest State has been the best move I have ever made in my life so far. The classes are small so personal time with teachers is outstanding. Northwest welcomes students with open arms and i am greatful to be here.

” – Steve from Napoleon, OH
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Edison State Community College is a 2-year institution and the first technical college established in Ohio. Edison State offers two degrees for university transfer in Humanities and Science as well as five career pathway academic divisions. For...