BRIDGES TO COLLEGE
College Information: Students can choose between community colleges, public colleges, private colleges or for-profit institutions.
The KnowHow2Go site offers steps middle and high school students can take toward college.
Community colleges often offer the lowest tuition rates. Students can go to a community college and receive a two-year or associate’s degree or they can transfer those credits to a four-year university.
Community colleges usually don’t offer housing and students commute to class.
Nearby community colleges that offer Darke County residents in-state tuition rates:
Edison Community College
Wright State-Lake Campus
Sinclair Community College
FOUR YEAR COLLEGES & INSTITUTIONS
Four-year colleges and universities offer four-year or bachelor’s degrees. Many also offer advanced degrees. Some universities, such as Ohio State and Wright State, have branch campuses. Public universities have tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students, with out-of-state students paying more. Darke County students can also attend Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., at the school’s in-state tuition rate.
Ohio has 14 public universities. They include:
Bowling Green State University
Central State University
Cleveland State University
Kent State University
Northeast Ohio Medical University
Ohio State University
Shawnee State University
University of Akron
University of Cincinnati
University of Toledo
Wright State University
Youngstown State University
Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.
PRIVATE COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
Private colleges and universities usually have a higher tuition rate than public schools. However, many of these colleges also offer more financial aid. In some cases, it may be less expensive to attend a private school than a public school. If you are considering a private college or university, it may be wise to apply to a mix of public and private schools.
Some private colleges in Ohio include:
Baldwin Wallace University
Case Western Reserve University
College of Mount St. Joseph
Columbus College of Art and Design
John Carroll University
Lake Erie College
Ohio Northern University
Ohio Wesleyan University
University of Dayton
University of Findlay
University of Northwestern Ohio
For a complete list of Ohio’s private colleges, click here.
When considering careers, students should look at both the education required and the job outlook. Below are several websites that have useful information.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is the government's premier source of career guidance featuring hundreds of occupations.
The Ohio Labor Market Information site offers reports and data about employment levels, unemployment rates, wages and earnings, employment projections, jobs, training resources and careers.
The Career Key offers a career interest inventory.
PAYING FOR COLLEGE
For an overview of Federal Student Aid, click here.
FinAid! offers lots of helpful information on financial aid.
The Wall Street Journal has a special section on education and publishes articles frequently about paying for college.
The New York Times also offers a special section on college.
Throughout the school year, Bridges to College offers free educational materials and programs to high school students and their parents.
Early Awareness Programming for Greenville and Ansonia second-graders
Community volunteers discussed college, read the “I Know I Can” book, and gave each student a book during an early college awareness program for Greenville and Ansonia second-graders.
Sixth-grade trip to Edison Community College in Piqua
Greenville and Ansonia sixth-graders learned about college and took part in specially-designed classes during a visit to Edison Community College in Piqua this spring.
College Club for Greenville High School sophomores and juniors
Greenville High School sophomores and juniors visited Sinclair Community College, Wright State University, Ball State University and Miami University and learned about careers and majors, admissions and financial aid as part of the GHS College Club. The club is a collaborative effort between Bridges to College and GHS guidance counselors.
In addition, Bridges to College:
● Mailed planning calendars to parents of Greenville and Ansonia high school juniors and seniors.
● Offered a college planning night to high school students and their parents.
● Coordinated an early college awareness event for Greenville Junior High School students.
● Offering classroom presentations to high school students
● Worked with Edison Community College to offer a Financial Aid Night for high school seniors and their parents.