College 101 Winter/Spring 2022

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BACK TO SCHOOL Colleges share how changes brought on by the pandemic reshaped course offerings and the in-person student experience this fall

How Universities Use Instagram and TikTok to Reach Students

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Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid 06 HELPING HAND Ohio College2Careers helps students with disabilities 12 PLANNING AHEAD Take these steps in high school to find the right college for you 14 SOCIAL MEDIA How universities use Instagram and TikTok to reach students

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FUNDING YOUR FUTURE Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a vital first step toward achieving your college degree. BY RUTH CORRADI BEACH




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SAVE THE DATES Don’t miss these FAFSA deadlines to be eligible for federal student aid, scholarships, grants and loans. The deadline for state aid is different, so to be safe, file early. For the 2022-23 Academic Year The FAFSA form for the 2022-23 academic year opened on Oct. 1, 2021, and it is a good idea to fill it out as soon as possible. It must be submitted by 12:59 a.m. EST on June 30, 2023, and any updates must be submitted by 12:59 a.m. EST on Sept. 10, 2023. Ohio College Opportunity Grant For consideration for the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, which is awarded based on FAFSA information, be sure to file your FAFSA before Oct. 1, 2022, if you plan to attend college in fall 2022 through the 2023 school year. ISTOCK

tudents who are seeking financial assistance for their education need to keep these letters at top of mind: FAFSA. Prospective college students should be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to ensure they are aware of any financial help that could make their education more affordable. Often, students incorrectly think the FAFSA is not for them, based on the type of education they are seeking — a perspective the Ohio Department of Higher Education is seeking to correct by way of its FAFSA-focused website, “There are a lot of myths around the FAFSA,” says Carlos Bing, state director of GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). “Some individuals believe the FAFSA is only for a segment of students. Some believe it’s only for students to go to certain institutions. But there are so many different lanes in this space. Like the website highlights, it’s for you. Whether you’re going to a two-year, fouryear, tech center — this is a form you should fill out to see what financing you’re eligible for.” Students often assume they are not eligible for aid, which requires the message to be repeated frequently by high school counselors and teachers. The communication was made even more challenging by the remote learning brought on by the

pandemic. Filling out the FAFSA is crucial to unlocking not only federal aid, but also other forms of financial assistance, according to Jana Fornario, project manager for FAFSA initiatives. “The FAFSA is a gatekeeper,” she says. “Unless you fill it out, you won’t know what might be available to you. You need to fill it out to get state aid, not just federal aid, and many institutions will provide additional aid based on FAFSA status. If you want to get an Ohio College Opportunity Grant, the FAFSA is a key factor in determining it.” Filling out the FAFSA can help students focus their college search, because they’ll get an immediate idea of how much money might be coming their way. This especially applies to students who might otherwise not apply to college at all, thinking it’s financially out of their reach. “Filling out the FAFSA is really a way to see what’s possible,” Bing says, “because the [tuition] numbers can seem huge. But there’s the sticker price and the real price. You are able to say to a student, once the FAFSA is done, ‘This is the sticker price, but this may be what you’d have to pay.’ ” Even if a student changes his or her mind and decides not to pursue higher education, there is no harm in filling out the FAFSA. Keep in mind that federal aid is specifically set aside to assist students in achieving their goal of a degree. “It’s your money for your future,” advises Fornario. “Our big message is, ‘Don’t leave your money on the table.’ ”



Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities supports students with various needs by way of a program that dedicates counselors to campuses across the state. BY RUTH CORRADI BEACH



portunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. “What’s unique about Ohio C2C is that they are immersed counselors at the colleges they serve.” In the first year, 15 Ohio colleges took part in College2Careers, and now there are 17 institutions of higher education with a dedicated Ohio College2Careers counselor. Two career specialists also support the program. One such person is Dustin Schwab, a career development specialist who serves nine schools in southern Ohio. “Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities has a business relations team in the Employer and Innovation Services department and partnerships with over 600 employers in Ohio,” Schwab explains. “[Ohio College2Careers] works closely with them to see what careers and internships they have available ... I

help with internship preparation, mock interview skills and help find leads we share with students, both at employer partners and sometimes not.” Ohio College2Careers counselors can also help students procure adaptive technology, including connecting a student with someone who can help them determine exactly what equipment might be needed. In some cases, financial assistance is available through the program to help students purchase the equipment. Sean McDonald, a senior history major at The Ohio State University’s Newark branch, asked Cyndi Mignone, senior vocational rehabilitation counselor with Ohio College2Careers, for help with “soft skills, like communicating with an employer, interview stuff … That was very helpful to me.”


tudents with disabilities face additional hurdles when it comes to earning a degree and preparing to enter the workforce. Students with physical challenges may need adaptive equipment for work, while those on the autism spectrum may benefit from coaching to improve interviewing skills prior to their job search. In 2019, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, a state agency with the mission of helping empower Ohioans who have mental and physical disabilities, launched the Ohio College2Careers program in order to address these kinds of needs. “The plan was that college students with a disability would have a vocational rehabilitation counselor dedicated to just students with disabilities,” says Kim Jump, communications chief for Op-

McDonald, who has Asperger’s syndrome, heard about Ohio College2Careers from his career advisor at Ohio State Newark and is now working as a research intern for a criminologist at the university. Mignone and Schwab helped McDonald navigate how to talk about his disability during a job interview. “When I was interviewing, [they] helped with knowing how to disclose my disability in the interview process — the timing and how to do it properly,” he says. Joseph Duncan heard about Ohio College2Careers from an academic advisor at Central Ohio Technical College as he discussed the program in which he wanted to enroll. “I developed diabetic neuropathy and went from working 70 to 80 hours a week to where I couldn’t pick up a remote,” says the 44-year-old, who had worked with computers. “I couldn’t type on a keyboard. I decided to go back to school and complete a college degree. Ohio C2C offered help with job placement, working with my disability and building my resume. It had been so long since I had built my resume. I

also needed to refresh my interviewing skills. I hadn’t interviewed for a job since July 2017.” Duncan is on track to graduate with an associate degree in summer 2022. “I have lost 130 pounds and my neuropathy is getting better,” he says. “I’m looking into going back to work if my doctors approve it.” While he finishes his degree, Duncan is working part time on campus at his school’s IT department help desk. The success of these two students has been replicated many times over with the support of Ohio College2Careers counselors. “We’ve placed 50 internships over the last two years and 124 students have been placed into jobs,” says Kristin Garrett, program administrator for Ohio College2Careers. She explains that they have had 53 “successful closures,” in which employment has been maintained for at least 90 days and a counselor has determined a student has received the support to be successful. While both McDonald and Duncan attend schools with affiliated Ohio College2Careers counselors, any Ohio

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higher education student with a disability can receive support by starting at the website “[Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities] has local offices all across the state, and … we have liaison counselors all across the state who are not necessarily on campus all the time,” Garrett says. “Liaisons are vocational rehabilitation counselors who have a caseload of different types of cases but have formed relationships with support offices on the campus.” As Ohio College2Careers gains momentum, more on-campus counselors who are dedicated to a certain school will be added, according to Jump. “There are students with disabilities throughout Ohio, so we want to expand to more schools to serve more students,” she says. “[Presently], we are able to serve any college student with a disability … What’s unique about Ohio College2Careers is that those counselors are dedicated to the school.” To learn more about connecting with an Ohio College2Careers counselor, go to startnow









WHAT DID COLLEGES LEARN FROM THE RETURN TO CAMPUS THIS FALL? THREE INSTITUTIONS SHARE HOW CHANGES BROUGHT ON BY THE PANDEMIC ALTERED COURSE OFFERINGS AND THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE. BY KRISTEN HAMPSHIRE oing back to campus this fall in many ways felt like a return to normal life for students who desired in-person coursework and hallmarks of the campus experience like attending college sporting events and hanging out with friends face to face. “You can see it in the smiles and the fist bumps,” says Scott Markland, senior vice president of student development at Sinclair Community College in Dayton. “You can see a reinvigoration of campus spirit.” Students reconnected with friends, returned to college activities and were reminded of the valuable role that in-person relationships play in their lives. “Students have told us how much they appreciate the campus atmosphere and, when we were mostly remote, how much they missed interacting with peers,” Markland says. “Campus is a special place where you have these enriching, meaningful relationships and very interactional experiences — that’s what a college campus is all about.” Of course, the concept of campus life was upended at the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 and throughout the first half of 2021. But after a summer of readily available vaccinations and with health and safety protocols in place, Ohio colleges and universities welcomed students back to campus with caution. At Cleveland State University — aside from students wearing masks indoors — classrooms look similar to the way they did before the pandemic, according to Ali Martin Scoufield, interim dean of students. Vaccinations are encouraged (vaccines, boosters and testing are also available on campus), and the university rewards students at random for wearing masks by enlisting the help of community ambassadors, who hand out Starbucks gift cards and other little giveaways. Like many institutions of higher learning, Cleveland State University has seen aspects of its college experience altered permanently because of COVID-19 and in many cases for the better. Technology and online-learning platforms have accelerated. Student support and mental-health services are even more widely accessible. Classrooms are more flexible with online and hybrid options, as are faculty office hours. Overall, there is a heightened sense of serving students by also assisting them with the needs they face and the challenges of life. “Academics are a priority, and our students are connected to us through this academic community, but they are whole people and basic needs need to be met for them to focus on learning,” Martin Scoufield says. “If students can’t pay rent or do not have workable Internet in their homes, they are not going to be able to fully engage.”




Reinventing the Classroom The convenience and accessibility of online learning has opened a world of new possibilities. Students who aren’t feeling well can attend classes online, and those who might be limited by transportation issues can connect with higher education from their laptop. Remote learning provides peace of mind for the immunocompromised by allowing them to take the necessary steps to protect their health. Markland says Sinclair Community College doubled its number of online courses during the pandemic. As of fall 2021, the college had developed 74 fully online programs, and it had also added more than 500 sections of in-person classes to support workforce development and training for essential jobs. “We’ve been regularly surveying our students and asking them what they want and what modality they prefer,” Markland explains, noting that the college was already committed to developing more online coursework, but the pandemic accelerated efforts. “It also challenged us to be even more collaborative among departments, units, faculty and staff and to closely pay attention to how students learn — not only traditional students but our adult students — and what they need in terms of support.” Aside from ramping up online learning and keeping it in place as in-person classes returned, Sinclair Community College also focused on evolving the curriculum by asking, “How can college prepare students for essential, recession-proof jobs?” Although around 8,000 high schoolers take classes offered by Sinclair through the College Credit Plus program, the college caters to a lot of nontraditional students, who are older than 21 and face the realities of adult life while also trying to complete their education. “They have adult challenges, like taking care of kids or loved ones or parents, and they are trying to work their own jobs,” he says. “So, there are a wide set of issues they are facing along with being a college student.”

“I’ve been really impressed with our students’ dedication and drive and devotion in saying, ‘This is a barrier, and let’s work together to figure it out.’ ” Ali Martin Scoufield, interim dean of students, Cleveland State University

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Some universities embraced hybrid formats as students returned to campus to allow for in-person engagement while staying safe with ample student spacing. For example, if students are enrolled in a lecture, they are split into two groups and alternate between attending in person and attending remotely. Hybrid can also mean that students attend classes online and meet in small study groups throughout the week, says Joe B. Whitehead Jr., provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs at Bowling Green State University. “There are opportunities where we can enhance the student experience through virtual engagement,” Whitehead adds, relating a lesson learned during the pandemic. “Professors can use Zoom rooms for office hours with five or six students at one time, then they can listen to each other’s questions and hear answers. So, faculty can cover more material and engage more students at one time.” Virtual office hours can make asking questions easier for students who hesitate to raise a hand or are reluctant to show up in person at a faculty member’s office. “There are times where if you can check in with a five-min-

ute question virtually, it’s much easier than walking across campus from your dorm,” Whitehead says. Although in-person learning is back and students are embracing the return of what they imagined their campus experience to be, technology has altered how universities connect with their students and the way those students prefer to learn. Martin Scoufield says she sees technology as a tool that resilient students use to stay engaged with the coursework. “We’ve had students who were sick or hospitalized reaching out for support and saying, ‘I still want to engage. I have an exam tomorrow and I could probably take it the next day.’ ” she says. “I’ve been really impressed with our students’ dedication and drive and devotion in saying, ‘This is a barrier, and let’s work together to figure it out.’ ”

Supporting Students Collaboration is how campuses adjusted to the pandemic, adopting new processes and helping students navigate a very different college experience. Martin Scoufield says Cleveland State University looked at providing student assistance from a variety of angles. “We also became even more inclusive of the voices at the table because we were coming at issues from many different perspectives, from financial aid to residence halls,” she says. Providing student support became a top priority, and this focus has continued as students return to campus. That includes ramping up counseling services and making federal CARES Act funding available to pay for needs such as food, transportation, housing, daycare or technology.

“Most went directly back to the students in the form of grants,” Martin Scoufield says of Cleveland State University’s CARES funding support efforts. At Sinclair Community College, CARES Act dollars went toward emergency grants and additional resources that included social work support and expanded mental health services available during evenings and weekends, along with enlisting a third-party counseling partner. “We added additional capacity in our food bank and helped students with health screenings, along with bringing in a mobile grocery store to campus, which offers low-cost access to nutritious food, so students don’t have to go far,” Markland says. “We layer support for students of all different backgrounds. We had to be responsive across the spectrum.” Bowling Green State University had shifted to single-occupancy residence hall rooms during the height of the pandemic, but it now is back to assigning roommates, a move the university found vital to making healthy social connections. “The remoteness was not good for our students,” Whitehead says. “It was hard for them to have relationships, so we needed to make sure with the lower [COVID-19] case numbers, we went back to normal occupancy, so there was more engagement.” Looking ahead to winter and spring 2022 and beyond, the future of higher education’s return to a more traditional experience looks even brighter, Markland says, adding that the pandemic brought to light the reality of human fragilities and the need to serve students as people, not just learners. He adds that as the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve, college campuses will continue to adapt as well. “We are here to support students’ livelihoods and educational access,” he says. “We are learning and doing together.”




Planning for college can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s much more manageable when you break it down into steps throughout your high school career. BY RUTH CORRADI BEACH





For students who haven’t started to do so already, the second year of high school is the time to start thinking about specifics. “Sophomore year is a good time to consider factors of what you want in a college or university: distance, majors, activities, athletics, campus environment, size of student body and affordability, to name a few,” says Dysart Ford. All of these factors can help guide your class schedule soph-


The first year of high school is the time to start taking the courses that will set you on your path, and guidance counselors can help ensure you’re getting started on the right foot. “Freshmen should be taking classes in core academic subjects,” says Jennifer Folden, director of strategic communications and college relations at Zane State College, a community college in Zanesville. “Students want to be taking the most challenging classes they can in those core academic subjects.” For freshmen who have selective colleges they are considering, it is a good idea to look at the course requirements as well as GPA and applicable test score requirements for admission, adds Tracey Dysart Ford, vice president for enrollment management at Defiance College. “This way, you can work with your guidance counselor to make sure you are on track,” she says. Early coursework decisions are important so students can consider Advanced Placement or College Credit Plus classes. (Students ready for College Credit Plus classes can take them as early as seventh grade). Some institutions grant course credits for passing grades on Advanced Placement tests, while College Credit Plus work is guaranteed to transfer to Ohio public colleges or universities. Students can graduate high school with college credits free of charge.

“Freshman students also should be considering what they’re doing outside the classroom, be it athletics, student leadership or community service,” advises Elaine Ruse, associate vice president of student enrollment and business services at Youngstown State University. “The biggest thing would be to stay involved in school or community-based activities that interest them and even lets them explore career interests,” says Ruse. “Consider volunteering or working or both.” It is also a good idea for students to keep track of what they participated in over the course of their high school career. “Students should start keeping an extracurricular resume which will be helpful for future scholarship applications,” Folden says. “Leadership and community service are great application and resume builders.”

omore year. Folden notes that this is a good time to make decisions about Advanced Placement or College Credit Plus courses to pursue during the second half of high school. “Researching future careers can help narrow preferred colleges and options on what students want to do for the remainder of their high school careers, including staying at the high school or moving to college-level courses,” she says. If you know you’re interested in a particular school, be sure to keep up to date with their offerings. (For example, sophomore year is the time when students interested in Zane State College’s Pathways to Engineering and Pathways to Business programs should apply.) Also be sure to make sure your high school path is matching with the college you hope to attend. “Look again at what is required for colleges on your broad list,” Dysart Ford says. “Make sure you are on track with course selection and consider leadership opportunities for extracurricular activities.” Ruse encourages students to balance coursework and outside activities during the sophomore year of high school. “They should take enough classes that it’s a balanced year, so they’re not overloading themselves, so they can perhaps pursue volunteerism,” she says “At YSU, we have a robust honors college, where not only do we evaluate incoming students for merit-based scholarships, but our honors college also has school funding and separate applications that ask students to talk about their volunteerism and what they’ve been involved in.”


When it comes to college admissions, your junior year of high school is a pivotal time. Folden says that colleges and universities base their admissions and scholarship on work done to the point of application, “so, the junior year is extremely important, particularly for students who started off not so well.” The third year of high school is also the time to really concentrate on the colleges you’ll be targeting. Many schools require certain ACT or SAT scores, so consider a test prep class. If expense of such courses is a barrier, counselors can point you to free preparation assistance online. As far as campus visits, go to as many places as you can. Lots of colleges offer preview days or weekends for high school juniors. “If your school [of choice] requires a formal interview for admission, find out who your admissions counselor is at the school and when interviews are held,” recommends Dysart Ford. “Some schools consider how many times you have reached out to them as a sign of strong interest.” Find out as much as you can about financial aid available to you, both at your chosen college — many offer programs to help — and through the federal government. “[At YSU,] we have a financial-aid program we host every year on campus and in [area high schools],” explains Ruse, adding the college also hosts a virtual financial aid night each January. She encourages students to estimate their financial aid by using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid forecaster (find it at It helps students and parents estimate the amount of aid they could receive based on student and family income and asset information. Also start looking into outside scholarships by asking your counselor or researching one of the many free websites that

MANY SCHOOLS REQUIRE CERTAIN ACT OR SAT SCORES, SO CONSIDER A TEST PREP CLASS. IF EXPENSE OF SUCH COURSES IS A BARRIER, COUNSELORS CAN POINT YOU TO FREE PREPARATION ASSISTANCE ONLINE. list them. Finally, keep track of early-decision, early-action and regular-decision application deadlines for your chosen schools. It’s a good idea to make a calendar.


The final year of high school is packed, so it is a good idea to go into it with a plan to stay focused and organized as far as the college selection process goes. “Work on the college search process each week,” Folden says. “Do not let it build up or it will be overwhelming.” She advises assembling a binder so that everything is in one place, which makes it easier to juggle campus visits, scholarship information and college applications. Keep close track of application deadlines and ask for help meeting them if you need it. Your counseling department or English teacher can offer help with essays, and you may need to ask for letters of recommendation, so give yourself time to collect them. “Please give teachers, coaches and counselors plenty of advance notice,” says Dysart Ford. Another date to note is Oct. 1. That’s when the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, opens each year for students to complete (get more information about it on page 4). Once completed, you’ll have an idea of how much financial aid you might be able to receive from the federal government, but that’s only part of the financial equation. Colleges that accept your application will send financial-aid packages that include offers they are able to make, be it merit grants (which you don’t have to pay back) or loans (which you do). The aid a college offers you will likely influence your final decision, Folden notes. When it comes to cost, consider all the factors. A large offer at one school may be less valuable than a smaller offer at another. If you’re not satisfied with a school’s first offer, don’t be shy about asking again. Most financial-aid offices have specific forms for just this purpose. Finally, don’t stress about the decision. Or at least don’t stress too much. “Choose the college that is best for you and do not compare to what others are doing,” Folden says. “Choose the college where you feel at home.”




The popular social media platforms Instagram and TikTok give colleges a way to show what it’s like to be a student there. BY KRISTEN HAMPSHIRE




its presence by Rival IQ, a social-media analytics organization. That is up from No. 6 in 2020 and No. 189 in 2019. During that time, the university focused more intently on highlighting experiences, traditions, academics, photographs and lighthearted student-led videos that help connect people to campus. “We have a ton of success with user-generated content from students who share pictures and posts,” Burris

says, adding that it serves as just another way for potential students to experience what it would be like to attend college there. At University of Findlay, mascot Derrick the Oiler makes frequent appearances on Instagram and TikTok. “We did a segment for several weeks where Derrick stands in a spot on campus and when students find him, he tosses out free T-shirts,” says Natasha Lancaster, communication and design


chool spirit, mascot takeovers and campus tours are just a few of the ways Ohio colleges are capitalizing on the incredibly popular social media platforms Instagram and TikTok to highlight the many facets of student life. “When you scroll through the feed, you can get a sense of what it would be like to go to school here,” says Eli Burris, social media specialist at Ohio University in Athens, calling Instagram and TikTok the “front steps” of the university’s brand and a first point of contact for most 16- to 18-year-olds who are looking at colleges to attend. Ohio University ranked No. 4 for



specialist for University of Findlay. “We are a small campus, but we have a lot of hidden gems,” she adds, explaining that some TikTok videos reveal the best study spots on campus and “nooks you might not know about.” Instagram stories show traditions, such as how incoming freshmen walk through the campus arch. There’s even a fun Instagram series highlighting the campus’ squirrels. “We are able to be more personable with current and prospective students, and a lot of our alumni are on Instagram, as well,” Lancaster says. In many ways, these social media platforms give families an opportunity to visit campus in a small way without taking a drive. It can be an initial way to vet colleges to see if the feel is a fit. At Kent State University, the admissions department uses TikTok for a life-on-campus series and uses both Instagram and TikTok to target prospective students who want to learn more about the school, says Nicole Carlone Losi, director of digital content. Popular content includes backpack essentials, best study spots, how

to ace your finals and residence life. In fact, the customer-service side of social media has ramped up at Kent State as prospective students and their families message the university via social media platforms to ask questions. For students already on campus, their

college’s social media feeds can serve as a connecting point and way to engage with others. “Instagram and TikTok really encourage engagement,” Lancaster adds, “and it’s content you get excited about or want to be a part of.”

Ohio University uses its Instagram page to reflect the student experience (photos along top). University of Findlay’s Derrick the Oiler (above) was featured in a social media campaign that asked students to find him on campus. When they arrived, he passed out free T-shirts.





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Northwest State Community College Archbold • 855-267-5511 or 419-267-5511 or 419-267-1320 Advanced Manufacturing Training Center Toledo • 419-267-1493 Vantage Career Center Van Wert • 419-238-5411 Owens Community College • 567-661-6000 Findlay Campus 567-661-7777 Toledo Campus Perrysburg • 567-661-7000 Center for Emergency Preparedness Walbridge • 567-661-7600 Rhodes State College Lima • 419-995-8320 or 419-995-8010 Rio Grande Community College Rio Grande • 800-282-7201 or 740-245-7208 Sinclair Community College Dayton • 800-315-3000 or 937-512-3675 or Centerville Campus 937-512-2363 Englewood Campus 937-836-8750 Huber Heights Campus 937-233-5550 Mason Campus 513-339-1212 Wright-Patterson AFB Center Southern State Community College Hillsboro • 937-393-3431 or 800-628-7722 ext. 2607 Brown County Campus Mt. Orab • 937-444-7722 Fayette Campus Washington Court House 740-333-5115 Stark State College North Canton • 330-494-6170 Akron Campus 330-494-6170 ext. 4670 Barberton Satellite Center 330-494-6170 ext. 4670 Downtown Canton Satellite Center 330-494-6170 ext. 4138



Terra State Community College Fremont • 866-288-3772 or 419-334-8400

Cedarville University Cedarville • 800-233-2784 or 937-766-7700

Washington State Community College Marietta • 740-374-8716 or 740-568-1900 ext. 1410

Chatfield College St. Martin Campus 513-875-3344 Cincinnati Campus 513-921-9856

Zane State College Zanesville • 740-588-5000 •

INDEPENDENT COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES NOT-FOR-PROFIT, PRIVATE Allegheny Wesleyan College Salem • 330-337-6403 Antioch University Graduate School of Leadership and Change Yellow Springs • 937-769-1800 or 937-769-1340 Antioch University Midwest Yellow Springs • 937-769-1800 Art Academy of Cincinnati Cincinnati • 800-323-5692 or 513-562-6262 Ashland University Ashland • 800-882-1548 or 419-289-4142 (undergrad), (graduate) The Athenaeum of Ohio Cincinnati • 513-231-2223 or 513-231-6116 Aultman College Canton • 330-363-6347 Baldwin Wallace University Berea • 440-826-2900 or 440-826-2222 or Bluffton University Bluffton • 800-488-3257 or 419-358-3000 or 419-358-3257 Capital University Columbus • 614-236-6101 Trinity Lutheran Seminary 614-236-6856 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland • 216-368-2000 or 216-368-4450

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences Cincinnati • 513-585-2401 Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science Cincinnati • 888-377-8433 or 513-761-2020 or 513-618-1926 Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland • 800-223-4700 or 216-421-7418 Cleveland Institute of Electronics Cleveland • 800-243-6446 Cleveland Institute of Music Cleveland • 216-791-5000 or 216-795-3107 The College of Wooster Wooster • 330-263-2322 or 330-263-2000 Columbus College of Art & Design Columbus • 614-224-9101 or 614-222-3261 Defiance College Defiance • 800-520-4632 or 419-783-2359 Denison University Granville • 740-587-0810 or 740-587-6276 Firelands School of Nursing Sandusky • 419-557-7110 Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville • 800-783-6220 or 740-283-3771 Franklin University Columbus • 877-341-6300 or 614-797-4700 God’s Bible School and College Cincinnati • 513-721-7944 •

Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science Cincinnati • 513-862-2631 Heidelberg University Tiffin • 800-434-3352 or 419-448-2330 Hiram College Hiram • 330-569-3211 or 330-577-5003 John Carroll University University Heights • 888-335-6800 or 216-397-4294 Kenyon College Gambier • 800-848-2468 or 740-427-5000

Lourdes University Sylvania • 800-878-3210 or 419-885-5291

Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon • 740-397-9000 or 740-392-6868

Malone University Canton • 800-521-1146 or 330-471-8145

Muskingum University New Concord • 800-752-6082 or 740-826-8211

Marietta College Marietta • 800-331-7896 or 740-376-4600

Notre Dame College South Euclid • 877-632-6446 or 216-381-1680

Mercy College of Ohio Toledo • 888-806-3729 or 419-251-1313 Youngstown Campus 330-480-5374

Nyskc University Seville • 516-360-0201

Methodist Theological School in Ohio Delaware • 800-333-6876 or 740-363-1146

Kettering College Kettering • 937-395-8601 or 937-395-8628

Mount Carmel College of Nursing Columbus • 614-234-5800 or 614-234-4266 Lancaster Campus 740-689-6675

Lake Erie College Painesville • 440-375-7050 •

Mount St. Joseph University Cincinnati • 800-654-9314 or 513-244-4200

Lakewood University Cleveland Heights 800-517-0857 •

Oberlin College Oberlin • 800-622-6243 or 440-775-8413 or Ohio Christian University Circleville • 844-726-7937 or 877-762-8669 Ohio Dominican University Columbus • 800-955-6446 or 614-251-4500 Ohio Northern University Ada • 888-408-4668 or 419-772-2000

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Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware • 800-922-8953 or 740-368-3020

University of Mount Union Alliance • 800-992-6682 or 330-823-2590

Otterbein University Westerville • 614-890-3000 or 614-823-1500

University of Northwestern Ohio Lima • 419-998-3120

Payne Theological Seminary Wilberforce • 937-971-2867

Ursuline College Pepper Pike • 888-877-8546 or 440-449-4200

Pontifical College Josephinum Columbus • 614-985-2241 or 614-885-5585

Valor Christian College Columbus • 800-940-9422 or 855-219-6538

Rabbinical College of Telshe Wickliffe 440-943-5300

Walsh University North Canton • 800-362-9846 or 330-490-7090

Remington College Cleveland • 800-208-1950

Western Governors University Columbus • 866-903-0108 or 866-225-5948

Rosedale Bible College Irwin • 740-857-1311 or

Wilberforce University Wilberforce • 937-376-2911 or 937-708-5500

University of Rio Grande Rio Grande • 800-282-7201 Saint Mary Seminary & Graduate School of Theology Wickliffe • 440-943-7600 or 440-943-7667 Tiffin University Tiffin • 800-968-6446 or 419-448-3423 Transcontinental University Dublin • 614-812-7166 Tri-State Bible College South Point • 740-377-2520 • Tri-State Bible College North Akron • 330-906-2479 Union Institute & University Cincinnati • 800-861-6400 or 513-861-6400 United Theological Seminary Dayton • 800-322-5817 or 937-529-2201 University of Dayton Dayton • 800-837-7433 or 937-229-1000 University of Findlay Findlay • 800-472-9502 or 419-434-4732



Wilmington College Wilmington • 800-341-9318 or 937-382-6661 Blue Ash 513-793-1337 Cincinnati State 513-569-1806 Winebrenner Theological Seminary Findlay • 419-434-4200 Wittenberg University Springfield • 800-677-7558 or 937-327-6314 Xavier University Cincinnati • 513-745-3000 FOR-PROFIT, PRIVATE, BASED IN OHIO American Institute of Alternative Medicine Columbus • 614-825-6255 Davis College Toledo • 419-473-2700 or 800-477-7021 ETI Technical College Niles • 330-652-9919 Felbry College Columbus • 614-781-1085

Fortis College • 855-436-7847 Centerville Campus 937-433-3410 Cincinnati Campus 513-771-2795 Columbus Campus 614-882-2551 Cuyahoga Falls Campus 330-923-9959 Hondros College Westerville • 888-466-3767 or 855-906-8773 Fairborn Campus 855-906-8773 Independence Campus 855-906-8773 Maumee Campus 855-906-8773 West Chester Campus 806-966-8773 International College of Broadcasting Dayton • 855-896-3733 The Modern College of Design Kettering • 937-294-0592 The North Coast College Lakewood • 216-221-8584 Ohio Business College Sheffield Village 888-514-3126 or 888-875-0780 HVAC Learning Center Lorain • 888-514-3126 Sandusky Campus 888-627-8345 Truck Driving Academy Dayton • 937-226-1683 Ohio Technical College Cleveland • 800-322-7000 Ross College — Ohio Campuses Canton Campus 330-494-1214 Cincinnati Campus 513-851-8500 Dayton Campus 937-235-0510 Elyria Campus 440-328-8878 Mansfield Campus 419-747-2206 Niles Campus 330-505-1436 Sylvania Campus 419-882-3203 FOR-PROFIT, PRIVATE, BASED OUTSIDE OF OHIO American College of Education 800-280-0307 or 317-829-9400

Bryant & Stratton College — Ohio Campuses Cleveland Campus 216-771-1700 Akron Campus 330-598-2500 Parma Campus 216-265-3151 Solon Campus 440-510-1112 Chamberlain University Columbus • 614-252-8890 Cleveland Campus 216-361-6005 Daymar College Columbus Campus 800-621-0042 or 614-643-6682 DeVry University 866-339-7934 • Cincinnati Campus 513-583-5000 Columbus Campus 614-253-7291 Galen College of Nursing Cincinnati Campus 513-475-3636 Valley College Cleveland Campus 216-453-8201 Fairlawn Satellite Campus 330-997-8900 Walden University 844-683-6574

OUT-OF-STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES The following institutions have campuses in Ohio and/or have been issued a certificate of authorization to operate in Ohio. Bard College Cleveland • 216-838-9700 Central Michigan University – Wright Patterson AFB Center Wright-Patterson • 937-252-5600 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 800-522-6787 or 937-904-4859 Fielding Graduate University 800-340-1099 or 805-898-4026 Grace College and Seminary Akron • 330-422-3150 Hebrew Union College Cincinnati • 513-221-1875 Herzing University Akron • 800-596-0724 or 330-593-3034 Indiana University East Dayton • 866-498-4968 or 866-468-6498 Indiana Wesleyan University • 866-498-4968 Cincinnati Education Center West Chester 513-881-3600 or 800-621-8667 ext. 3600 Cleveland Education Center Independence 216-525-6160 or 800-621-8667 ext. 6160 Columbus Education Center Hilliard 614-529-7550 or 800-621-8667 ext. 7550 Dayton Education Center 937-298-4430 or 800-621-8997 ext. 4430 Lindsey Wilson College • 800-264-0138 Cincinnati Community Campus 513-569-5718 Hillsboro Community Campus 937-403-1949 Loyola University Institute of Ministry 800-456-9652 or 504-865-3240 Mansfield University 800-577-6826 or 570-662-4000 Nazarene Theological Seminary 800-831-31011 or 816-268-5400 Northern Baptist Seminary – Greater Cincinnati Center Fairfield • 630-620-2180 Nova Southeastern University 800-541-6682 Park University • 816-741-2000 Defense Supply Center Columbus Whitehall • 614-237-4229

Wright-Patterson AFB Campus 937-259-1289 • Southeastern University Columbus • 863-667-5018 or Spring Arbor University 800-968-0011 Trinity Evangelical Divinity School of Trinity International University 847-945-8800 or 847-317-4032 Christ Community Chapel Hudson • 330-650-9533 Xenos Christian Fellowship Columbus 614-823-6510 ext. 1226 Wheeling University 800-624-6992 or 304-243-2000

OHIO TECHNICAL CENTERS Ohio Technical Centers provide postsecondary career and technical education. Alliance Career Center Alliance • 330-829-2267 Apollo Career Center Lima • 419-988-2908 Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center Ashland • 800-686-3313 or 419-289-3313 Ashtabula County Technical and Career Center Jefferson • 440-576-6015 Auburn Career Center Concord Township • 440-357-7542 Buckeye Career Center New Philadelphia • 800-227-1665 or 330-339-2288 Buckeye Hills Career Center Rio Grande • 740-245-5334 Butler Technology & Career Development Schools Hamilton • 513-868-6300, 513-645-8200 (adult education) Canton City Schools – Adult Career & Technical Education Canton • 330-438-2556 Choffin Career & Technical Center Choffin • 330-744-8700



Collins Career Technical Center Chesapeake • 740-867-6641 Columbiana County Career & Technical Center Lisbon • 330-424-9561, 330-424-9562 (adult education) Columbus City Schools Department of Adult & Community Education Columbus • 614-365-6000 C-TEC Newark • 740-364-2333 or 740-364-2832 Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Brecksville • 440-526-5200

Scarlet Oaks Campus Cincinnati • 513-771-8810 Greene County Career Center Xenia • 937-372-6941 Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing Salem • 330-332-8940 Knox County Career Center Mount Vernon • 740-397-5820 Lorain County JVS Oberlin • 440-986-6601

Delaware Area Career Center Delaware • 740-548-0708

Madison Adult Career Center Mansfield 419-589-6363

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools Groveport • 614-836-4530

Mahoning County Career & Technical Center Canfield • 330-729-4100

EHOVE Career Center Milan • 419-499-4663

Maplewood Career Center Ravenna • 330-296-2892 ext. 551010 or

Four County Career Center Archbold • 800-589-3334 or 419-267-3331 Grant Career Center Bethel • 513-734-6222 Great Oaks Career Campuses Cincinnati • 513-771-8840 Diamond Oaks Campus Cincinnati 513-574-1300 Laurel Oaks Campus Wilmington 800-752-5480 or 937-382-1411 Live Oaks Campus Milford • 513-575-1900

Medina County Career Center Medina • 330-725-8461 Miami Valley Career Technology Center Englewood • 800-716-7161 or 937-854-6297 Mid-East Career & Technology Centers Zanesville • 800-551-1548 or 740-454-0101 Millstream Career Center Findlay 419-425-8277 Penta Career Center Perrysburg • 419-661-6555 Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center Chillicothe • 740-642-1288 Circleville Campus 740-642-1277 Ross County Aspire/GED Chillicothe • 740-779-2035 Pike County Career Technology Center Piketon • 740-289-2721 or 740-289-4172

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Pioneer Career & Technology Center Shelby • 877-818-7282 or 419-347-7744 Polaris Career Center Middleburg Heights • 440-891-7600 •

Portage Lakes Career Center Uniontown • 330-896-8200 • Sandusky Career Center Sandusky • sanduskycareercenter 419-984-1100 Scioto County Career Technical Center Lucasville • 740-259-5526 Southern Hills Career & Technical Center Georgetown • 937-378-6131 Toledo Public Schools – Career Tech Toledo 419-671-0001 Tolles Career & Technical Center Plain City • 614-873-4666 ext. 4248 Tri-County Career Center Nelsonville 800-637-6508 or 740-753-3511 Tri-Rivers Career Center Marion • 740-389-4682 Trumbull Career & Technical Center Warren • 330-847-0503 Upper Valley Career Center Piqua • 937-778-1980 Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers • 419-332-2626 Adult Education Fremont • 419-334-6901 Sentinel – SCTC Tiffin • 419-448-1212 Vanguard Tech Center Fremont • 419-332-2626 Vantage Career Center Van Wert • 419-238-5411 Warren County Career Center Lebanon • 513-932-8145 Washington County Career Center Marietta • 740-373-6283 Wayne County Schools Career Center Smithville • 330-669-7070 Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools – Career and Technical Education Willoughby 440-283-4300



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