Best Colleges in Dayton

Calling All Aviation Junkies

Small town feel with big city offerings

Best known as the birthplace of aviation, Dayton will charm you with its fantastic balance of history, culture, recreation offerings, shopping, and dining destinations. Home to 10 colleges, trade, and vocational schools, your major options include everything from web graphic design to hospitality management and even web game programming.* Major industries including defense and aerospace, technology, and healthcare make Dayton a booming city with an unemployment and cost of living rate lower than the national average.* Named to Forbes list of Best Places for Business and Careers and in the nation’s top 200 cities for job growth, Dayton’s innovation-centric culture will inspire you pre and post graduation.*

Dayton has a robust collection of aviation attractions including the National Museum of the United States Air Force and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.* But it's not all about taking flight. Dayton has 6 major shopping malls, countless specialty shops, and delicious eateries, including the local-beloved South American cuisine at El Meson.* Additionally, Dayton offers recreational outlets to locals with 300 plus hiking trails, fun trips to the Discovery Zoo, breathtaking waterfalls at Five Rivers Metropark, or enjoying a sunny day on the Cassel Hills Golf Course.* And if you’re a sports enthusiast, Dayton gives you something to cheer about with the Dayton Dragons and the Cincinnati Reds, who hold the professional sports record for most consecutive sold-out games.* You can also get in the spirit of March Madness each year as Dayton plays host to the first round of the Division I, II and III NCAA Tournament.* Dayton is a vibrant city that will keep you busy outside the classroom year around.

*daytoncvb.com *forbes.com *Wikipedia, “Dayton”

Best Four Year Universities in Dayton

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Dayton Dayton, OH

University of Dayton offers 174 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 2,983 students graduated with students earning 1,981 Bachelor's degrees, 796 Master's degrees, and 206 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 44 Reviews
2 Cedarville University Cedarville, OH

Cedarville University offers 169 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a outlying town. In 2015, 831 students graduated with students earning 800 Bachelor's degrees, 28 Master's degrees, 3 Certificates degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
3 Bryan College-Dayton Dayton, TN

Bryan College-Dayton offers 44 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a far away town. In 2015, 410 students graduated with students earning 336 Bachelor's degrees, 65 Master's degrees, and 9 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
4 Wright State University-Main Campus Dayton, OH

Wright State University-Main Campus offers 299 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 3,955 students graduated with students earning 2,406 Bachelor's degrees, 1,263 Master's degrees, 158 Doctoral degrees, and 128 Certificates degrees.

Based on 32 Reviews
5 Central State University Wilberforce, OH

Central State University offers 36 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a outlying rural. In 2015, 295 students graduated with students earning 291 Bachelor's degrees, and 4 Master's degrees.

6 Wilberforce University Wilberforce, OH

Wilberforce University offers 29 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a outlying rural. In 2015, 163 students graduated with students earning 156 Bachelor's degrees, and 7 Master's degrees.

7 Fortis College-Centerville Centerville, OH

Fortis College-Centerville offers 35 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 909 students graduated with students earning 768 Associate's degrees, 137 Certificates degrees, and 4 Bachelor's degrees.

8 Kettering College Kettering, OH

Kettering College offers 13 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 314 students graduated with students earning 141 Bachelor's degrees, 72 Certificates degrees, 61 Associate's degrees, 40 Master's degrees.

9 ITT Technical Institute-Dayton Dayton, OH

ITT Technical Institute-Dayton offers 16 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 101 students graduated with students earning 93 Associate's degrees, and 8 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Dayton

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Sinclair Community College Dayton, OH

Sinclair Community College offers 269 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 4,307 students graduated with students earning 2,534 Certificates degrees, and 1,773 Associate's degrees.

2 Edison State Community College Piqua, OH

Edison State Community College offers 149 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 552 students graduated with students earning 393 Associate's degrees, and 159 Certificates degrees.

3 Advertising Art Educational Services DBA School of Advertising Art Kettering, OH

Advertising Art Educational Services DBA School of Advertising Art offers 1 Degree program. It's a very small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 56 students graduated with students earning 56 Associate's degrees.

4 American National University-Dayton Kettering, OH

American National University-Dayton offers 19 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 58 students graduated with students earning 58 Associate's degrees.

5 International College of Broadcasting Dayton, OH

International College of Broadcasting offers 3 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 26 students graduated with students earning 26 Associate's degrees.

6 Miami-Jacobs Career College-Troy Troy, OH

Miami-Jacobs Career College-Troy offers 10 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 80 students graduated with students earning 42 Associate's degrees, and 38 Certificates degrees.

7 Miami-Jacobs Career College-Dayton Dayton, OH

Miami-Jacobs Career College-Dayton offers 8 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 56 students graduated with students earning 34 Certificates degrees, and 22 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Dayton University of Dayton Dayton, OH
5/5
16 : 1 11,250
Cedarville University Cedarville University Cedarville, OH
5/5
14 : 1 3,654
Bryan College-Dayton Bryan College-Dayton Dayton, TN
4/5
18 : 1 1,489
Wright State University-Main Campus Wright State University-Main Campus Dayton, OH
3/5
19 : 1 17,070
Central State University Central State University Wilberforce, OH
2/5
16 : 1 1,804
Wilberforce University Wilberforce University Wilberforce, OH
3/5
15 : 1 646
Sinclair Community College Sinclair Community College Dayton, OH
2/5
30 : 1 18,136
Fortis College-Centerville Fortis College-Centerville Centerville, OH
4/5
18 : 1 1,006
Edison State Community College Edison State Community College Piqua, OH
2/5
32 : 1 3,122
Upper Valley Career Center Upper Valley Career Center Piqua, OH 15 : 1 283
Kettering College Kettering College Kettering, OH
3/5
10 : 1 732
Hobart Institute of Welding Technology Hobart Institute of Welding Technology Troy, OH 14 : 1 371
Advertising Art Educational Services DBA School of Advertising Art Advertising Art Educational Services DBA School of Advertising Art Kettering, OH
5/5
15 : 1 172
Miami Valley Career Technology Center Miami Valley Career Technology Center Englewood, OH 7 : 1 345
University Logo Greene County Vocational School District Xenia, OH 3 : 1 27
University Logo Creative Images Institute of Cosmetology-South Dayton Dayton, OH 29 : 1 85
University Logo Dayton School of Medical Massage Dayton, OH
4/5
28 : 1 245
American National University-Dayton American National University-Dayton Kettering, OH
3/5
9 : 1 112
ITT Technical Institute-Dayton ITT Technical Institute-Dayton Dayton, OH
4/5
22 : 1 262
Ohio Medical Career College Ohio Medical Career College Dayton, OH 29 : 1 255
University Logo Antioch College Yellow Springs, OH
5/5
7 : 1 266
International College of Broadcasting International College of Broadcasting Dayton, OH
3/5
9 : 1 62
University Logo Creative Images Institute of Cosmetology-North Dayton Dayton, OH 36 : 1 213
Miami-Jacobs Career College-Troy Miami-Jacobs Career College-Troy Troy, OH
3/5
14 : 1 145
University Logo Dayton Barber College Miamisburg, OH 16 : 1 48

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