Northeast Ohio: An Engine of Higher Education

Region Attracts Students From Across Nation, Globe

Home to more than 25 accredited colleges and universities, Northeast Ohio is a mecca of higher education. Year after year, college students flock to our region to take advantage of our many esteemed institutions, making Northeast Ohio a prime destination for students near and far.

While it may counter what we often hear, Ohio is a large importer of out-of-state students. As the below graphic illustrates, Ohio attracts more students from outside the state than it loses to other states. In 2016, Ohio attracted 6,000+ more students than it lost. While this is a recent trend, it speaks to the quality of colleges and universities available throughout the Buckeye State.

Ohio as an importer of college students

To this end, several Northeast Ohio colleges and universities are routinely ranked among the most elite in the nation, as highlighted in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings. In the publication’s most recent review, Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University was named among the top 50 in the nation overall, earning the highest spot of any Ohio university. In addition, several Northeast Ohio universities earned high marks in their respective specialty program areas, as noted below.

Best National Liberal Arts Colleges:

  • Oberlin College, (#24)
  • College of Wooster (#62)
  • Hiram College (#149)

Best Business Programs:

  • Case Western Reserve University (#38)
  • John Carroll University (#183, tied)
  • Kent State University (#183, tied)

Best Engineering Programs:

  • Case Western Reserve University (#37)
  • University of Akron (#151)
  • Cleveland State University (#170)

From small schools to sprawling campuses, Northeast Ohio has something for everyone. That is why the region is able to attract students from across the nation and globe.

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