Ohio State University (OSU) was founded in 1870 and was ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country's best public universities in 2010. The university has more than 64,000 students and offers 175 bachelor's degrees alone. One of the state universities in Ohio offering online classes for credit, it is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Its online courses are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Some of its graduate offerings include music history, human histology, and advanced practice nursing. A few examples of its online bachelors degree classes consist of medical terminology, family financial management, and life span human development. In addition, OSU's online graduate engineering program offerings are ranked No. 9 on U.S. News & World Report in the student engagement and accreditation category.
Established in 1902 as the YMCA School of Commerce, it was renamed as Franklin University in 1933. The non-profit is one of the state's biggest private universities. It serves more than 7,000 students in undergraduate as well as graduate degree programs. As a Columbus NCA accredited online university, it also hosts a broad range of online associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Some of its online degrees consist of disciplines like accounting, business, computer information science, health and human services, and the arts and sciences. It prides itself in its lenient transfer policies, which allow students who earned credits at non-accredited colleges and universities to undergo a review process that will enable them transfer those credits if they meet university standards.
Columbus State Community College (CSCC) was founded in 1963. Today, its student body consists of 30,000, and it has expanded to a second campus in Delaware, Ohio, and nine off-campus centers throughout the area. It is accredited by the NCA and is another college in Ohio that offers online degrees and courses. The college offers its students both Web courses and hybrid courses, the latter of which combines traditional and online class instruction. Students can earn both certificates and their associates degree online. Some of CSCC's associate degree offerings are finance, nursing, and interactive media, though it offers 12 total online. It hosts some 30 online certificate programs, some of which are in geographic information systems, medical coding, and entrepreneurship.
Columbus, Ohio is home to several diverse industries; the industries with the largest number of employees in May of 2012 were, from greatest to least, the trade, transportation, and utilities industries, and the government. It is due to Columbus' very diverse industries that it was not nearly as affected by the recession as many other U.S. cities. Online students interested in trade, transportation, and utilities will find degrees in operations management, airline management, business management, computer science, information technology, and the like helpful in their pursuits. Znode, an e-commerce software company, is one of the fastest growing companies in this Columbus industry.
Columbus is the capital of Ohio, making government employment common among its citizens. In addition, it is home to the Defense Supply Center and several centers for the Department of Defense's Defense Finance and Accounting Services department. Online degrees helpful in this industry include logistics management, quality assurance, accounting, inventory management, finance, and general management.