24 Ohio Colleges Make Money’s 2020-21 ‘Best’ List

Emilee Geist

COLUMBUS, OH — More than six months into the new coronavirus pandemic, colleges are struggling to resume in-person classes and, in some cases, reverting back to online courses only days into the new semester.

Such challenges raise a question: Is a college degree today worth the actual cost?

Enter Money magazine. The publication this week released its annual ranking of the best colleges for the money. The list, which includes 24 schools in Ohio, is meant to assuage the financial anxiety associated with the high price of college in the United States.

The following colleges in Ohio were included on this year’s list:

  • The Ohio State University, Columbus

  • Kenyon College, Gambier

  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland

  • Denison University, Granville

  • Miami University, Oxford

  • Cedarville University, Cedarville

  • John Carroll University, University Heights

  • Ohio Northern University, Ada

  • University of Dayton, Dayton

  • Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware

  • Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville

  • College of Wooster, Wooster

  • Oberlin College, Oberlin

  • Xavier University, Cincinnati

  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati

  • University of Mount Union, Alliance

  • Baldwin Wallace University, Berea

  • Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green

  • Hiram College, Hiram

  • Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus

  • Ohio University, Athens

  • Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland

  • Lake Erie College, Painesville

  • Kent State University, Kent

The 2020 list includes more than 700 colleges and universities.Colleges included in Money’s rankings had to meet certain criteria, such as having a graduation rate at or above the median and having at least 500 students. Colleges were then ranked based on 26 factors in three categories: quality of education, affordability and outcomes.

Each category is weighted equally in calculating the rankings.

See the full methodology used by Money.

According to Money, the top 10 colleges for your money are:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  2. Stanford University, Stanford, California.

  3. Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

  4. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

  5. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

  6. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

  7. Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

  8. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

  9. University of California-San Diego

  10. University of California-Davis

See the full rankings and read more about Money’s list.

This article originally appeared on the Across Ohio Patch

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