ODU Named a Top “Return on Investment” Institution

ODU Named a Top “Return on Investment” Institution


Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) is one of the top institutions in the state when it comes to its lifetime return on investment (ROI) according to Affordable Colleges Online (ACO). 

ACO ranked ODU in the top 11 percent of Ohio colleges analyzed (40 of 389) for its “Highest ROI Colleges in Ohio” list. ACO’s rankings are based on multiple criteria, including: 

  • Net tuition price. 
  • Graduates’ average starting salaries. 
  • Whether the institution is a fully accredited, four-year, not-for-profit institution. 

ACO provides prospective college students and their parents with information and resources to help them manage the cost of obtaining an education. It’s the first Web site to offer comprehensive lists of “Most Affordable Colleges” in different categories. The top 44 ROI-ranked universities in Ohio can be viewed at www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/ohio/

“We are proud that Affordable Colleges Online selected ODU as a top institution in Ohio with regard to its students’ lifetime return on investment, and recognizes ODU’s dedication to providing its students a quality, valuable and fulfilling education,” said ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. “This ranking is a testament to ODU’s record of providing students with an outstanding academic experience that prepares them for rewarding careers that demonstrate the true worth of their ODU education.” 

“These are important lists for prospective students to consider,” said ACO founder Dan Schuessler. “We’ve sifted through comprehensive data sources to find colleges and universities in Ohio that offer a high-quality education with consistent, long-term payoffs in the workplace.” 

To compile information, ACO used information from the following sources: 

  • NCES, the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. It provides consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate indicators of education status and trends. 
  • IPEDS, the primary federal source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary schools in the U.S. 
  • Carnegie Classification, a framework widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences, and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students or faculty. 
  • PayScale.com, a leading provider of career-related data on a national, state, local and individual basis.  

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 43 majors as well as nine graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.