Looking to further your education? Central Ohio has plenty of opportunities.
A historic landmark in Worthington, the Pontifical College Josephinum trains young men for the priesthood.
Courtesy Pontifical College Josephinum
The Central Ohio area provides potential students with myriad options for programs of study and academic settings. The wide-ranging choices include something for everyone, from the nation’s third-largest campus at Ohio State University to smaller liberal arts options such as Denison in Granville, Otterbein in Westerville and Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware. Among well-known areas of study are the graphic design programs at Columbus College of Art & Design, the medical and veterinary schools at OSU and the law school at Capital. Here is a look at 14 of the region’s leading institutions.
1 College Ave. and Main Street, 236-6101 or (866) 544-6175, capital.edu
Located in suburban Bexley, about four miles east of downtown Columbus, Capital is a 50-acre residential campus and the oldest higher-education institution in Central Ohio. Founded by the Lutheran Church in 1830, it remains affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It is regularly included in Barron’s 300 Best Buys in College Education and places among the top 20 Midwest regional universities in U.S. News & World Report.
Capital has a faculty of about 200 and offers its undergraduate students more than 60 majors and 40 minors through the School of Natural Sciences, Nursing and Health; the School of Management and Leadership; the School of Social Sciences and Education; the Conservatory of Music and School of Communication, and the School of Humanities.
Capital’s Law School, located downtown at 303 E. Broad St., awards the juris doctor degree and graduate degrees in tax and business law through day and evening classes. Master’s degrees are offered in business administration, nursing and music education, with a Kodály, instrumental or jazz pedagogy emphasis. The Adult Degree Program (236-6996) offers a bachelor’s degree completion program for adult learners and gives credit for job and volunteer experience.
Tuition: Undergraduate, $29,310 per year; Adult Degree Program, $425 per credit hour. Graduate (per credit hour): MBA, $550; Master of Science in Nursing, $450; Master of Music, $400; Law School, $1,106. Room and board: $7,864 per year.
Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Ave., 224-9101 or (877) 997-2223, www.ccad.edu
This distinguished visual arts college has a distinctive urban learning community that teaches applied creativity through a mix of art, design, humanities and a talented professional faculty. CCAD offers BFAs in advertising and graphic design, animation, fashion design, fine arts (including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and glassblowing), illustration, industrial design, interior design, media studies and photography, as well as an MFA in Visual Arts: New Projects, a multidisciplinary program that develops artistic, planning, communications and leadership skills.
A continuing education program offers courses designed to enhance the expertise of working professionals and provide fundamental art skills to beginners, and Saturday Morning Art Classes offer instruction to children and young adults. Exhibitions and visiting artist lectures are free and open to the public.
Tuition: $12,432 per term (full time, 12-18 credit hours). Room and board: First-year and transfer students, $3,580-$4,450; upper-division students, $3,925-$4,705.
Columbus State Community College
550 E. Spring St., 287-5353, cscc.edu
Columbus State is designed to enable students to complete an associate degree in two years and also offers “transfer degrees” that serve as springboards to any other state-funded, four-year institution in Ohio, as well as many private colleges and universities, for completion of a bachelor’s degree. Associate degrees are granted in more than 50 programs including business, health, human/public services and engineering technology.
With a Columbus campus downtown, a Delaware campus to the north and nine suburban centers, Columbus State serves more than 30,000 students and has more than 1,200 full- and part-time faculty members. The Delaware campus opened in 2010 and serves 900 students per quarter. The arts and sciences division offers courses in foreign languages, music, humanities, biological and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences and communications. Career and technical programs range from nursing, legal assisting, architecture and law enforcement to computer programming and business management. The college offers more than 550 online courses.
Tuition: $79 per credit hour, $948 per quarter for full-time enrollment of 12 credit hours.
Rt. 37, Granville, (740) 587-6276 or (800) 336-4766, denison.edu
Founded in 1831, Denison University is a highly selective, four-year, private, residential liberal arts college located in Granville, 27 miles east of Columbus. Around 2,100 men and women are enrolled from all 50 states and 35 other countries. Denison awards bachelor’s degrees in 48 academic majors and courses of study and has 11 pre-professional programs.
Tuition: $39,330. Activity and Health Center fees, $808. Room and board: $9,960.
1350 Alum Creek Dr., 253-7291, cols.devry.edu
DeVry University, with two locations in the area, has operated in Columbus for more than 40 years. The regionally accredited school provides career-oriented undergraduate programs through five colleges: Business and Management, Engineering and Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Media Arts and Technology. Graduate degree programs are offered through DeVry’s Keller Graduate School of Management, one of the largest part-time graduate schools in the country.
Tuition: Undergraduate, $580 per credit hour part-time, $7,430 per semester full-time; graduate, $2,100 per course.
201 S. Grant Ave., 797-4700 or (877) 341-6300, franklin.edu
Founded in 1902, Franklin University has become a leading educator of Central Ohio’s working adults; the average bachelor’s degree student is 33. More than 11,000 students attend Franklin each year, working toward associate and bachelor’s degrees in 25 undergraduate programs. Franklin also offers master’s degrees in computer science, business administration, marketing and communication, accounting, instructional design and performance technology. Its 14-acre main campus is located downtown.
Tuition: Standard undergraduate, $330 per credit hour; standard graduate, $515 per credit hour.
Methodist Theological School in Ohio
3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, (740) 363-1146 or (800) 333-6876, www.mtso.edu
MTSO offers fully accredited graduate-level programs to men and women preparing for a variety of ministries. Degree programs include masters in divinity, practical theology, theological studies and counseling ministries, and a doctorate in ministry. More than 240 students from 20 denominations are enrolled.
Tuition: Masters programs, $14,310 per year plus fees; Doctor of Ministry, $12,000 plus fees. Room and board (per semester): $721-$3,044, depending on accommodations and meal plan.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
127 S. Davis Ave., 234-5800 or (800) 556-6942, mccn.edu
Mount Carmel College of Nursing has one of the largest undergraduate nursing programs in Ohio. MCCN offers four track options leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, which includes a Second Degree Accelerated Program and an RN-BSN Completion Program. The graduate program offers a Master of Science degree with tracks in adult health, nursing education, nursing administration and nurse family practitioner. Continuing education offerings include a dietetic internship program and an online RN refresher program. All programs are fully accredited.
Tuition: $323-$748 per credit hour; online refresher course fee $700. Housing: Apartment-style living adjacent to the college ranges from $450 per month to $2,250 per semester.
Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Rd., 251-4500, www.ohiodominican.edu
Ohio Dominican is a fully accredited, four-year, private Dominican and Catholic liberal arts university serving approximately 3,000 students. ODU offers undergraduate degrees in more than 50 majors and master’s degree programs in theology, business administration, online MBA, liberal studies, education and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). ODU also serves nontraditional students through innovative programs such as the Online Master of Education degree program and LEAD, an accelerated degree program that offers working adults the opportunity to complete their degrees.
Tuition: $25,280 per year. Room and board: $8,322 per year.
Ohio State University
Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience, Enarson Hall, 154 W. 12th Ave., 292-3980. Office of Continuing Education, 224 Mount Hall, 1050 Carmack Rd., 292-8860. Visitor information, 292-6446, osu.edu
Ohio State University is one of the top public research universities in the country. Its 1,756-acre Columbus campus is two miles north of downtown Columbus. With a total enrollment of 56,064 students, Ohio State’s Columbus campus is the third-largest single campus in the nation. In addition, more than 8,000 students attend campuses in Newark, Marion, Mansfield, Lima and the Agricultural Technical Institute at Wooster. Ninety percent of first-year students come from the top 25 percent of their high school classes, and 54 percent from the top 10 percent.
Ohio State operates on a budget of more than $4.82 billion—including $590 million from the state, $376 million from other government funding such as research grants, $833 million from student fees and $1.83 billion in revenues from University Hospitals. Auxiliaries such as residence halls and the athletic department add $336 million.
Established as a federal land grant institution in 1870 by the Ohio General Assembly, Ohio State graduated its first class in 1878. Since then, the university has awarded 637,048 degrees. Its 14 colleges offer 12,000 courses and more than 170 undergraduate majors. In addition, Ohio State has 143 fields of graduate study leading to a master’s degree, 106 fields leading to a doctoral degree, and professional degrees in dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, optometry and veterinary medicine.
Ohio State is ranked as the state’s best public university and 18th nationally by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine also selected Ohio State graduate programs as the best in Ohio and among the top in the country. The National Science Foundation has rated Ohio State ninth among national public research universities in research spending and second among all universities in industry-sponsored research.
Tuition: $9,420 annually for new undergraduate Ohio residents on the Columbus campus, $6,102 annually for Ohio residents on regional campuses. Room and board: $10,164 (annual average for undergraduates on the Columbus campus).
Ohio Wesleyan University
61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, (740) 368-2000 or (800) 922-8953, owu.edu
Ohio Wesleyan, a small national university with a major international presence, provides a strong liberal arts/pre-professional education and a unique program of engaged learning experiences throughout the world. OWU offers 93 majors, sequences and courses of study, as well as 22 Division III varsity sports. Special programs include Economics Management Fellows, Education Fellows, Wesleyan in Washington, Summer Science Research, Schubert Honors and New York Arts.
Tuition and fees: $36,398 per year. Room and board: $9,276 per year.
College Avenue, Westerville, 890-3000, www.otterbein.edu
Otterbein University is a private, co-educational, comprehensive liberal arts institution founded in 1847 and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Located in Westerville, it enrolls more than 3,000 students, including full- and part-time undergraduates and students in the Graduate School and the Center for Continuing Studies. Otterbein offers 56 majors, as well as individualized fields of study. Master’s degree programs are offered in education, business administration and nursing, including courses in its newly accredited nurse anesthesia program in conjunction with Grant Medical Center. Otterbein’s first doctorate program, Doctor of Nursing Practice, began classes in spring 2011.
Otterbein’s 140-acre campus includes historic Towers Hall, which was constructed in 1872 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Students in the renowned Department of Theatre and Dance perform plays for the community in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall. The Department of Art displays works by students and faculty, the university collection and visiting exhibits in the new Miller Gallery, as well as the Fisher Gallery and Frank Museum of Art. The Department of Music offers public performances of opera, symphony, marching band and choral groups. Classes began in 2009 at the newly built Center for Equine Studies and the university’s Science Center, which has completed a $20 million renovation and addition.
Tuition: $24,413. Room and board: $7,887.
Pontifical College Josephinum
7625 N. High St., 885-5585 or (877) 725-4436, pcj.edu
The Pontifical College Josephinum is a Roman Catholic seminary and historic landmark located on 100 scenic acres near Worthington. Its mission is to prepare men for the ordained priesthood. The seminary consists of two academic divisions: The College of Liberal Arts is a four-year undergraduate program offering Bachelor of Arts degrees in philosophy and humanities, and the graduate School of Theology offers Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Theology and Bachelor of Sacred Theology degrees. A two-year Pre-Theology Program serves college graduates who need further academic preparation prior to entering a major seminary program.
Tuition, room, board and fees: College of Liberal Arts, $25,348; School of Theology, $29,090; Pre-Theology Program, $27,219.
Trinity Lutheran Seminary
2199 E. Main St., 235-4136, tlsohio.edu
Located adjacent to Capital University in Bexley, about three miles east of downtown Columbus, Trinity is one of eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. More than 200 men and women are enrolled in graduate-level courses that lead to master’s degrees in divinity, theological studies, church music, family and youth ministry, Christian education and sacred theology. Trinity also offers a Doctor of Ministry in a joint program with the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.
Tuition: $434 per credit hour; Bexley Hall Master of Divinity $509 per credit hour, not including housing and fees.