Best Colleges in Cleveland

Get the Most Out of the North Coast

The city center is emerging, but the education has always been great

Known as the "North Coast," Cleveland has everything you need for smooth sailing in your education and career. There are over 20 institutions that'll prepare you for a future in neuroscience, engineering, music, and more. Healthcare majors, you're in luck. Many companies call Cleveland home, including one of America's best hospitals, The Cleveland Clinic. This Ohio city is also a prime location for investments in technology and research, which makes the job search easy for science, computer and technology students. and to top it off, Cleveland has been ranked one of the most livable cities and was named an emerging global city, with a redevelopment plan including a recreation center, aquarium, and a skate park. Being in the Midwest means you'll be living and working with some of the nicest people in the country.

When you catch a break from the books, visit the Gateway Sports Complex to see MLB team, the Indians, or jump on the Lebron James bandwagon when you cheer on the Cavaliers. or if you're a football fan, you can find the Cleveland Browns at the North Coast Harbor along with several museums, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cleveland also invests in the arts and boasts one of the nation's best orchestras in the 2nd largest performing arts center in the US. For great food, go where the chefs go, the West Side Market, or sample the restaurant scene featured on TV. With a lakeside location and numerous parks, opportunities for recreation are abundant. So come and let Cleveland show you how to make the most of your college years.

*mycollegeoptions.org *National Center for Education Statistics *Wikipedia, "Cleveland" *www.city.cleveland.oh.us *Forbes.com

Best Four Year Universities in Cleveland

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH

Case Western Reserve University offers 330 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 3,374 students graduated with students earning 1,423 Master's degrees, 1,213 Bachelor's degrees, 704 Doctoral degrees, and 34 Certificates degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
2 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH

Oberlin College offers 106 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a outlying town. In 2015, 997 students graduated with students earning 987 Bachelor's degrees, 5 Certificates degrees, and 5 Master's degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
3 John Carroll University University Heights, OH

John Carroll University offers 135 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,008 students graduated with students earning 769 Bachelor's degrees, 239 Master's degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
4 Lee University Cleveland, TN

Lee University offers 174 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a small city. In 2015, 1,058 students graduated with students earning 918 Bachelor's degrees, 130 Master's degrees, and 10 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
5 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH

Cleveland State University offers 203 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 4,255 students graduated with students earning 2,464 Bachelor's degrees, 1,528 Master's degrees, 243 Doctoral degrees, and 20 Certificates degrees.

Based on 56 Reviews
6 Notre Dame College Cleveland, OH

Notre Dame College offers 84 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 383 students graduated with students earning 305 Bachelor's degrees, 78 Master's degrees.

7 Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Institute of Art offers 22 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 97 students graduated with students earning 97 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
8 Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH

Baldwin Wallace University offers 189 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,070 students graduated with students earning 826 Bachelor's degrees, 239 Master's degrees, and 5 Certificates degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
9 Delta State University Cleveland, MS

Delta State University offers 70 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a remote town. In 2015, 800 students graduated with students earning 477 Bachelor's degrees, 259 Master's degrees, 53 Certificates degrees, and 11 Doctoral degrees.

10 Ursuline College Pepper Pike, OH

Ursuline College offers 150 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 559 students graduated with students earning 298 Master's degrees, 243 Bachelor's degrees, 16 Certificates degrees, and 2 Doctoral degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Cleveland

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI

Lakeshore Technical College offers 98 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a far away rural. In 2015, 1,351 students graduated with students earning 989 Certificates degrees, and 362 Associate's degrees.

2 Cleveland State Community College Cleveland, TN

Cleveland State Community College offers 41 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,001 students graduated with students earning 632 Certificates degrees, and 369 Associate's degrees.

3 Lakeland Community College Kirtland, OH

Lakeland Community College offers 132 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,347 students graduated with students earning 1,049 Associate's degrees, and 298 Certificates degrees.

4 Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH

Lorain County Community College offers 139 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a small city. In 2015, 2,114 students graduated with students earning 1,358 Associate's degrees, and 756 Certificates degrees.

5 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH

Cuyahoga Community College District offers 148 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large city. In 2015, 4,867 students graduated with students earning 3,066 Associate's degrees, and 1,801 Certificates degrees.

6 Ohio Technical College Cleveland, OH

Ohio Technical College offers 19 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large city. In 2015, 802 students graduated with students earning 568 Certificates degrees, and 234 Associate's degrees.

7 Remington College-Cleveland Campus Cleveland, OH

Remington College-Cleveland Campus offers 18 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 403 students graduated with students earning 340 Certificates degrees, and 63 Associate's degrees.

8 Ohio Technical College-PowerSport Institute North Randall, OH

Ohio Technical College-PowerSport Institute offers 8 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 178 students graduated with students earning 118 Certificates degrees, and 60 Associate's degrees.

9 Virginia Marti College of Art and Design Lakewood, OH

Virginia Marti College of Art and Design offers 5 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 38 students graduated with students earning 38 Associate's degrees.

10 Ohio Business College-Sheffield Sheffield Village, OH

Ohio Business College-Sheffield offers 18 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 257 students graduated with students earning 144 Associate's degrees, and 113 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Case Western Reserve University Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
5/5
9 : 1 11,340
University Logo Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
5/5
9 : 1 2,929
John Carroll University John Carroll University University Heights, OH
5/5
14 : 1 3,673
Lee University Lee University Cleveland, TN
4/5
19 : 1 5,041
Cleveland State University Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
3/5
24 : 1 16,915
Notre Dame College Notre Dame College Cleveland, OH
5/5
19 : 1 2,094
Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland, OH
5/5
10 : 1 606
Baldwin Wallace University Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH
5/5
15 : 1 3,996
Delta State University Delta State University Cleveland, MS
2/5
19 : 1 3,454
Ursuline College Ursuline College Pepper Pike, OH
5/5
11 : 1 1,178
Lake Erie College Lake Erie College Painesville, OH
5/5
20 : 1 1,243
Truett-McConnell College Truett-McConnell College Cleveland, GA
4/5
29 : 1 2,017
Lakeshore Technical College Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI
2/5
22 : 1 2,837
Cleveland State Community College Cleveland State Community College Cleveland, TN
2/5
30 : 1 3,509
Lakeland Community College Lakeland Community College Kirtland, OH
2/5
30 : 1 7,941
Lorain County Community College Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH
2/5
40 : 1 11,520
University Logo Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
2/5
35 : 1 25,449
Kent State University at Geauga Kent State University at Geauga Burton, OH
2/5
34 : 1 2,531
Cleveland Institute of Music Cleveland Institute of Music Cleveland, OH
5/5
8 : 1 432
Ohio Technical College Ohio Technical College Cleveland, OH 24 : 1 1,072
Polaris Career Center Polaris Career Center Middleburg Heights, OH 7 : 1 173
Willoughby-Eastlake School of Practical Nursing Willoughby-Eastlake School of Practical Nursing Eastlake, OH
3/5
13 : 1 102
Auburn Career Center Auburn Career Center Concord Twp, OH 194
University Logo LaBarberia Institute of Hair Mayfield Hts, OH 19 : 1 95
ITT Technical Institute-Strongsville ITT Technical Institute-Strongsville Strongsville, OH
4/5
17 : 1 340

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Questions About Going to College in Cleveland

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in Cleveland?

LeBron James may have left Cleveland (only to think better of it and return), but college graduates should consider staying around. While manufacturing remains the city’s primary industry, science and engineering are a close second, and the city is emerging as a research base for biotechnology. Cleveland serves as the headquarters for American Greetings, Eaton, a multinational power management company, regional bank KeyCorp, Parker Hannifin, which specializes in motion and control technologies, and Sherwin-Williams. The city ranks 17th on the Bloomberg Best Cities for New College Grads list and 41st on entry-level employers. Cleveland makes it easy to find job openings. Potential employers such as Cleveland State University, the Cleveland Clinic and the city post job opportunities on their websites. The 24/7 news and information website Cleveland.com, which attracts an average of five million users each month, lists jobs by industry, skill, and company, and local employers such as Sysco entice job seekers with videos touting their benefits.

Growing industries? What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Cleveland?

A fire in the once-polluted Cuyahoga River may have given Cleveland the name "Mistake on the Lake," but there is no mistaking the city’s rapid economic growth. Its proximity to Lake Erie has made it a national leader in manufacturing and railroads. Cleveland is also home to 53 of America's 5,000 fastest-growing private companies, the most of any region in Ohio, according to Inc. magazine. The city’s top-10 can be grouped by technology/IT services (Asurint, Insight2Profit, LeanDog, and Vox Mobile), real estate (Accurate Group and Ohio Real Estate Title Agency), media (Content Marketing Institute), healthcare (Bravo Wellness and Cleveland HeartLab), and facility maintenance service (Predictive Service).

Is Cleveland more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family? What communities are best?

Although the draw to Cleveland may have been one of the more than 30 colleges and universities that surround it, the city has plenty to offer graduates. The urban area is an old one with diverse neighborhoods. With a high rate of public transit users and easy-to-navigate roads, professionals can brag that their average commute time falls just under 24 minutes. Live downtown in a loft or apartment in a mixed-use building in the Warehouse District and be surrounded by restaurants, shops, bars and nightclubs. Detroit Shoreway, anchored by the Cleveland Public Theatre and the city’s retail hub, is an up-and-coming neighborhood that appeals to young creative types. Ohio City, one of C-Town’s oldest neighborhoods, is known for tree-lined paths and restaurants like Pier W and Michael Symon’s Lola. Tremont is a vibrant urban community on the fringes of downtown. Those who live in Cleveland Heights boast their reputation for being liberal, Democratic and well read.

What do the locals in Cleveland like to do for fun?

Whether you like rock and roll or classical music, riding Top Trill Dragster at Cedar Point Amusement Park or the horses at the Merry-Go-Round museum, you’ll find endless entertainment options for your free time. The city is home to Playhouse Square Center, the second-largest performing arts center in the country, and the Cleveland Orchestra which ranks as one of the nation’s five major orchestras. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame offers concerts and more than 50 exhibits for locals and visitors alike. Fans of “A Christmas Story” can check out Ralphie’s house with the leg lamp in the window. The Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Cuyahoga Valley National Park come alive every spring with flora and fauna. Are you a fresh market fanatic? Filled with more than 100 vendors selling a variety of meats, cheeses, baked goods and fresh produce, the West Side Market sparks envy among other cities. The Browns may never figure out who their quarterback should be, but that doesn’t stop fans from being some of the best tailgaters in the country. With great local beers like Blackout Stout and Lake Erie Monster and Micro Woodie, the rentable portable beer truck, who cares if the team has never been to the Super Bowl?

What's the dating scene like in Cleveland? Will I meet my perfect mate?

If you’re past college and clubbing, but certainly not ready to change diapers, it can be a little hard to find a match in this somewhat family-oriented city. But not impossible. The Cleveland Museum of Art attracts more than 1,000 art and music lovers to its monthly Friday night mixers. And mingling is a must at the monthly Booker T. Cleveland Society for the Learned book swaps. The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club offers events focused on personal and professional networking and development. Bier Markt, Felice Urban Café, and Loop Coffee Shop are hot spots to nosh and chat. For LGBT singles, WH2 Women's Happy Hour gathers the fourth Friday, and the G2H2 Men's Happy Hour, the third Friday of each month, so you’ll be mingling like a pro. Not to mention MeetUp and LunchDate will introduce you to busy, single professionals.

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