2023’s Top Undergraduate Business Schools in Ohio

2022-2023 Business Colleges of Distinction

Published: September 1, 2022

By: Colleges of Distinction Staff

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Every school on this list has already gotten our stamp of approval for the way they enrich every students’ education through the Four Distinctions. And with the addition of the business badge, you can be sure that these institutions offer hands-on business programs that produce experienced, responsible leaders for the booming corporate world.

We have thoroughly researched the business programs at these Ohio Colleges of Distinction and verified that they exhibit all of the following characteristics:

  • Multidisciplinary exposure across all aspects of business
  • Real-world experience through internships and other forms of engagement with actual firms
  • Industry connections that help students build their network and access to professional growth
  • Business ethics that emphasize how a firm’s obligations extend beyond its shareholders
  • Collaborative learning, in both business and general education courses, that stress the nuances of an efficient team
  • Dedicated advisors and counselors who have a clear understanding of students’ academic and post-graduate milestones

Student success is the primary focus of our Colleges of Distinction, and these business degree-granting CoDs are no exception. With different types of business degrees to help students pursue their desired industry, the 2022-2023 Ohio Business Colleges of Distinction provide a stable foundation for entrepreneurial minds.


Bluffton University

Bluffton, OH ‧ Christian ‧ 4-year

At Bluffton University, faculty and staff believe nothing should stand in the way of the people their students are meant to become. This is why 98 percent of Bluffton graduates are employed, in graduate school, or in long-term service within six months of graduation.

BLUFFTON BLUEPRINT
How do students prepare for a future that will be different than anyone can imagine? At Bluffton University, the answer is through the Bluffton Blueprint—four foundational courses, one for each year of college, which altogether create a core of resiliency.

Featuring both traditional classroom learning and experiential components, each course relates to one of Bluffton’s enduring values of Discovery, Community, Respect, and Service.

Do you envision yourself as an entrepreneur owning your own business, working your way up in an established business or managing a non-profit organization? Bluffton can provide the steps to make your vision a reality.

In addition to a solid foundation of business courses, Bluffton offers many opportunities for hands-on learning, including internships and student organizations.

Acceptance rate 61%      •      Net price $22,125
Total Undergrad Population 691      •      Setting Town      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 55%      •      Retention rate 72%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 12:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 47

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Human Resources Management and Services
Marketing


Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH ‧ Private ‧ 4-year

Learn foundations in business management to shape your life and change the world.

Weatherhead offers six business-related majors, seven minors, five concentrations, and five integrated master’s programs. Students at Weatherhead also take advantage of internship and career development opportunities, study abroad programs, and student clubs that host events to network and connect with other undergraduates, alumni and potential future employers.

At the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, future leaders are built for the advancement of business and society through innovative curriculum that infuses business with analytics, technology and design thinking. Learn concepts from world-class faculty with industry experience and gain the skills to be competitive for in-demand positions upon graduation. Are you ready to discover the Weatherhead difference?

Acceptance rate 30%      •      Net price $36,002      •      SAT Range 1340-1520      •      Students submitting SAT scores 69%
Total Undergrad Population 5,430      •      Setting City: Large      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 85%      •      Retention rate 93%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 11:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 115

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Finance and Financial Management Services
Marketing


Defiance College

Defiance, OH ‧ Private ‧ 4-year

Defiance College emphasizes learning on the basis of its mission’s four pillars: to know, to understand, to lead, to serve. The liberal arts-based institution offers 40+ majors and pre-professional programs designed to prepare students to live in the world and change it for the better.

Defiance College is a comprehensive, private, coeducational college affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Founded in 1850, the 150-acre campus is located in Northwest Ohio, an area of picturesque farmland at the confluence of the Auglaize and Maumee rivers. Defiance offers bachelor’s, master’s, and associate degrees for learners at different stages of their educational journey.

BUILDING GLOBAL CITIZENS
Guided by experienced faculty members, Defiance College students build on existing interests to develop and explore new passions. They approach challenges with the habits of heart, mind, and spirit, altogether driven toward doing good in the world. 

Although they arrive with an astonishing range of ambitions and take off in every possible direction, Defiance provides each and every student with a strong liberal arts foundation that emphasizes critical thinking and character building. Ultimately, this shapes DC students into individuals who understand their impact on the world.

The business major is a professional program designed for students who want a solid foundation in all functional aspects of business. Students who have an interest in exploring economics or marketing in greater depth may elect to earn a minor in these areas. Faculty go beyond the training of technicians to develop students who can work and communicate productively as members of organizations and communities in which they work and live. Each student individualizes their experience by picking one or more concentration(s) to further develop areas of interest.

Acceptance rate 55%      •      Net price $25,251      •      SAT Range 890-1050      •      Students submitting SAT scores 35%
Total Undergrad Population 562      •      Setting Town      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 45%      •      Retention rate 60%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 12:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 23

Business Majors Offered

Business/Commerce General
Accounting and Related Services


Hiram College

Hiram, OH ‧ Private ‧ 4-year

Hiram College prepares students to answer tough questions, solve complex problems, and communicate their ideas through a broad, interdisciplinary curriculum rooted in liberal arts. Recognizing that learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom, 100 percent of Hiram students complete an internship, research, or study-away experience as they connect classroom learning with the “real world.”

THE HIRAM PLAN
Often referred to as the 12+3 plan, The Hiram Plan structures the College’s academic semester to include twelve weeks of traditional classes, a one-week break, and three weeks of a single-course intensive period. After a typical semester of multiple classes, students dive deeply into a particular topic of study. The three-week intensive period is often used for focused research, service-learning, internship experience, or a trip abroad.

HIRAM CONNECT
The Hiram Connect program gives students the opportunity to develop both personally and professionally throughout their undergraduate careers. Connect is a plan for students to obtain internships, go on study-away trips, and apply their education to real-world contexts. Together, each of Hiram Connect’s hands-on programs challenge students to discover what they want to do, who they are now, and who they want to become.

Acceptance rate 93%      •      Net price $20,072      •      SAT Range 890-1100      •      Students submitting SAT scores 13%
Total Undergrad Population 1,091      •      Setting Town      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 50%      •      Retention rate 75%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 11:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 66

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Marketing


Miami University—Oxford

Oxford, OH ‧ Public ‧ 4-year

THREE-YEAR PATHWAYS
Select first-year students who enter Miami with previously completed credits are given the opportunity to earn their degree in just three years. The Three-Year Pathways track is open to students who have completed college-level courses while in high school. Beginning their academic journey at an advanced level, three-year degree candidates hit the ground running with a cost-efficient plan that sends them straight to their future careers.

COMBINED BACHELOR’S-MASTER’S PROGRAM
Miami currently has 22 programs that offer a combined bachelors-masters degree. Students wishing to pursue a combined degree option may declare their interest at any point during their undergraduate experience. Of course, the earlier the better, as the programs take planning and academic advising. In a combined degree program, students complete their undergraduate courses first and then spend extra time on campus to complete their master’s through a shortened graduate-level curriculum.

At the Farmer School, faculty and staff are committed to undergraduate education and devote resources to our undergraduates that many other institutions reserve for their graduate students. We will help you explore your potential and develop the qualities and skills necessary to become a confident, ethical leader in a pluralistic, challenging world. 

Acceptance rate 92%      •      Net price $24,345      •      SAT Range 1160-1370      •      Students submitting SAT scores 29%
Total Undergrad Population 16,522      •      Setting Town      •      Public 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 82%      •      Retention rate 88%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 16:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 1,061

Business Majors Offered

Business/Commerce General
Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Finance and Financial Management Services
Human Resources Management and Services
Management Information Systems and Services
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Marketing


Otterbein University

Westerville, OH ‧ Private ‧ 4-year

Since its founding in 1847, Otterbein has been recognized for its pace-setting ideals: its nationally groundbreaking integrative studies curriculum; its standing among the country’s first coeducational institutions; its commitment to experiential learning; and its long-standing values in serving and advancing a greater good. Today, Otterbein continues to boldly anticipate its responsibilities to advancing the public good. The Point, Otterbein’s newest home to accelerating potential, is bringing industry, education, and community together in one space to grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem that will take product and process from ideation to the marketplace.

The Department of Business, Accounting, and Economics (B.A.E.) at Otterbein is dedicated to providing a personalized education of distinction that leads our graduates to inquiring, ethical, humane, and productive lives as global citizens. Our faculty is focused on action-oriented learning by integrating classroom knowledge with practice through internships, research, service projects, study abroad, participation in professional associations, and networking with employers, faculty, alumni, community leaders, and recruiters.

Acceptance rate 76%      •      Net price $23,229      •      SAT Range 990-1225      •      Students submitting SAT scores 22%
Total Undergrad Population 2,313      •      Setting Suburb      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 66%      •      Retention rate 78%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 11:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 77

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Business/Corporate Communications
Finance and Financial Management Services
Human Resources Management and Services
International Business
Management Information Systems and Services
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Marketing
Business Management Marketing and Related Support Services


University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH ‧ Public ‧ 4-year

Located in the bustling city of Cincinnati, UC offers students an unparalleled academic experience, the difference of which lies in the community, people, and ideas it fosters. Committed to serving the people of Ohio and beyond, UC equips students with the tools and experience to think critically about the world around them. The University of Cincinnati prides itself on its commitment to diversity and inclusion of students, faculty, and staff to create an environment where innovation and freedom of intellectual inquiry flourish.

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business empowers business problem solvers to tackle the world’s challenges

We fuel professional growth through our distinctive combination of academic and hands-on experiences: our problem-solving mindset, cooperative education, flexible pathways, inclusive community, and Cincinnati setting.

Acceptance rate 76%      •      Net price $22,767      •      SAT Range 1120-1330      •      Students submitting SAT scores 21%
Total Undergrad Population 29,933      •      Setting City: Large      •      Public 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 72%      •      Retention rate 88%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 19:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 1,091

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Finance and Financial Management Services
Human Resources Management and Services
International Business
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Marketing
Real Estate
Insurance
General Sales Merchandising and Related Marketing Operations


University of Dayton

Dayton, OH ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

At the University of Dayton’s, School of Business Administration, we are a tight-knit community of learners: faculty, staff & students. We strive to become creators, users, and integrators of knowledge while continuously pursuing servant leadership in our communities. 

In the School of Business Administration, we integrate business theory and practice supported by our Catholic and Marianist traditions. We develop our graduates’ success in their communities and professions by creating unique, experiential learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. 

Our unique approach to education allows us to make deeper connections with our student, business, community, and alumni partners. Through our activities, events, and centers we can help create and enhance practical wisdom while building a community focus on the whole person. 

Acceptance rate 81%      •      Net price $32,768      •      SAT Range 1080-1300      •      Students submitting SAT scores 34%
Total Undergrad Population 8,644      •      Setting City: Midsize • Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 81%      •      Retention rate 91%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 15:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 458

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Finance and Financial Management Services
International Business
Management Information Systems and Services
Marketing


Walsh University

North Canton, OH ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

Walsh University is a fully accredited, Catholic liberal arts and sciences university in North Canton, Ohio. The school offers nearly 100 programs, including eight graduate programs and an accelerated-degree program for working adults. As a Catholic university welcoming students of all faiths, Walsh’s ultimate mission is to develop leaders in service to others.

Walsh University believes in a small university setting that promotes academic excellence, a diverse exchange of ideas, and close student-teacher interactions. It provides its students an education that fosters critical thinking, effective communication, spiritual growth, and personal, professional, and cultural development. Ultimately, it encourages individuals to act in accordance with reason, guided by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ.

The DeVille School of Business offers a quality business education that prepares our graduates for success in today’s competitive, global economic marketplace. A unique interdisciplinary approach provides students access to a broad range of up-to-date business courses providing for a well-rounded education. Experiential learning opportunities and internships are readily available for students and are often a stepping stone to a graduate’s first full-time job. Many students opt to transition directly into Walsh University’s successful MBA program.

Acceptance rate 77%      •      Net price $19,792      •      SAT Range 978-1170      •      Students submitting SAT scores 15%
Total Undergrad Population 1,850      •      Setting Suburb      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 60%      •      Retention rate 71%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 15:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 76

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Business/Corporate Communications
Finance and Financial Management Services
Marketing


Wilmington College

Wilmington, OH ‧ Private ‧ 4-year

Wilmington College knows that within each of its students is a remarkable ability to change the world. This truth is exactly why WC emphasizes experiential learning across all of its programs; a curriculum with hands-on learning prepares and inspires a student to enact change with hands-on living.

WC is a community of action—one that graduates students with hundreds of hours of practical application under their belt. It provides the launching pad for promising futures through more than 25 majors, the most popular of which are agriculture, athletic training, business, sport management, and education.

The Business Administration major is suited for students who have career goals involving various aspects of management, marketing, or finance. Whether students seek careers after graduation in a Fortune 500 company or an entrepreneurial start-up, they will be presented with both the theoretical and practical applications of business concepts.

The broad academic curriculum and the highly interactive co-curriculum of student organizations and internships are infused with the core values of Wilmington College. Within the Business Administration major, students select a track for their concentration where they may choose either Banking, Finance, Management or Marketing.

Acceptance rate 73%      •      Net price $21,768      •      SAT Range 950-1170      •      Students submitting SAT scores 8%
Total Undergrad Population 1,165      •      Setting Town      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 52%      •      Retention rate 65%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 14:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 83

Business Majors Offered

Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Human Resources Management and Services


Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH ‧ Catholic ‧ 4-year

A Better Education for a Better World.
Rich history and traditions, great opportunities for academic and social growth, and the promise of a rewarding future come with a Xavier degree. Xavier University provides a holistic education. Over 145 academic clubs, student organizations, campus activities, international study opportunities in six continents, small student to faculty ratio, and an excellent reputation with employers offer Xavier students unlimited potential.

AN INTIMATE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
With a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, students are the primary focus at Xavier. They receive the personal attention needed to succeed.   Students at Xavier are encouraged to interact in discussion in all of their courses, serving as active rather than passive members of the classroom.

The Williams College of Business is the nationally known business college at Xavier University. The University has received accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for all of our Williams College of Business majors.

Our faculty educate students of business, enabling them to improve organizations and society, consistent with the Jesuit tradition. For undergraduates, the college builds on Xavier’s strong liberal arts program to provide each student with excellent technical skills in his or her specific major as well as those soft skills that are applicable for any career. In fact, 98 percent of students are employed, are attending grad school or are volunteering within six months of graduation. For MBAs, the college strengthens student proficiencies in the core competencies and enhances students’ business acumen.

Acceptance rate 81%      •      Net price $34,945      •      SAT Range 1060-1250      •      Students submitting SAT scores 33%
Total Undergrad Population 5,272      •      Setting City: Large      •      Private 4-year
Graduation rate (6 year) 69%      •      Retention rate 85%      •      Student-to-faculty ratio 11:1
Total undergrad business degrees granted last year 242

Business Majors Offered

Business/Commerce General
Business Administration, Management and Operations
Accounting and Related Services
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Finance and Financial Management Services
Human Resources Management and Services
International Business
Management Information Systems and Services
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
Marketing


What it’s like to attend business schools in Ohio and other FAQ:

What are average tuition costs in Ohio?

The average undergraduate tuition & fees for colleges in Ohio is $7,991 for in-state students at public institutions, $17,634 for out-of-state students at public institutions, and $20,904 for students at private institutions.

What are average salaries for business majors in Ohio?

The average salary for business graduates in entry-level positions is $52,132.

Most popular business degree programs in Ohio

Business Administration, Management and Operations – 3,331 degrees awarded in 2020
Marketing – 2,789 graduates
Finance and Financial Management Services – 2,474 graduates
Accounting and Related Services – 2,193
Human Resources Management and Services – 519 graduates

Cheapest business degree program in Ohio

Walsh University has an average net price of $19,792, making it the least expensive business degree program in Ohio that made our list.

Easiest business degree program to get into in Ohio

Hiram College has an acceptance rate of 93%, with an SAT range of 890-1100, making it the least exclusive college with a business program on our list.

Business degree program with lowest student debt in Ohio

University of Cincinnati has a median total debt after graduation of $21,537. This is the typical debt for a student who completed their undergraduate degree.

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