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There are more than 48 post-secondary institutions in Ohio. Of these schools, 48 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, eight are public four-year colleges or universities and 11 are public community or technical colleges and 29 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 999 online certificate programs, 7,385 online associates programs, 9,443 online bachelors programs, 3,820 online masters programs, 4,671 online professional programs, and 851 online doctoral programs. In these programs, students may study subjects ranging from real estate to electrical technology to forensic psychology.
Of the online colleges in Ohio, University of Cincinnati, a 4-year research university, offers the greatest number of programs online. It offers 77 online programs. These programs are offered in the following areas:
- Advanced Nursing
- Allied Health
- Business Administration
- Business Management
- Computer Networking
- Computer Programming
- Computer Science
- Construction Management
- Court Reporting
- Criminal Justice
- Early Childhood Education
- Educational Leadership
- Emergency Management
- Fire Science
- Forensic Accounting
- Health Information
- Health Information Management
Tuition for online college courses varies based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. The average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities in Ohio was $8,616 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $3,141 per year. Annual tuition at private accredited online colleges ranged from $8,398 to $37,300.
Each year, college students in Ohio received an estimated $51,625,335,059 worth of financial aid to help offset tuition costs. While some of this aid was in the form of loans that had to be paid back, around 39.82% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. About 93.68% of the scholarships and grants were in institutional grants. In 2010, the accredited Ohio online colleges granted their students $20,542,853,133 in institutional scholarships and grants.
Job and Careers
Based on the total gross state product for Ohio, which was $466.669 billion in 2010, Ohio has the 8th strongest economy amongst the states in the nation.
There are a total of 4,921,690 workers employed in the state. The state’s largest industries are:
- Arts and entertainment
Of Ohio employees, 1% are working in the agriculture industry. Another 9% of workers are employed in the arts and entertainment industry. Also, 9% are working in the administration industry.
The average wage in Ohio is approximately equal to the national average. The national average annual income is $42,871, while employees in Ohio earn an average annual income of $40,890. The median income for employees is $32,150 per year, with the top 10% earning over $73,510 per year and the bottom 10% earning under $17,080 per year. The highest paid employees are surgeons who can earn up to $238,780 per annum, while the lowest paid employees in the state are ticket takers who can earn as little as $17,500 per year. In the nation, surgeons earn an average income of $225,390 per year. On the other hand, ticket takers in the nation earn an average yearly income of $20,290.
Located in the Ohio Valley region of the United States, Ohio was named from the Iroquoian word “ohiyo” meaning “great river”. With an area of 44,826 square miles, it is the 18th smallest state in the US. It has an average annual temperature of about 51°F.
Ohio has the 7th largest population in the nation. The state has 88 counties and 11,536,504 residents living in these counties. Approximately 39% of Ohio’s population is under the age of 30. With approximately 19% of its population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group, the state has one of the least diverse populations in the US.
Ohio’s capital city, Columbus, is the largest city in the state. It has a population of 787,033 residents. An estimated 14.66% of the state’s residents live in the Columbus metropolitan area. Other large cities in the state are Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Akron.
As compared to residents in other states around the nation, Ohio residents generally have a higher than average level of education. According to the 2010 Census, a reported 23.6% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school, 4.8% have at least an associates degree, 3.6% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.