Ohio is home to a number of highly recognizable Division II schools that are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. There are three divisions within the NCAA, ranging from larger schools in the Division I category to the smallest schools in the Division III category. Division II schools are comprised of medium-sized colleges and universities. Around 87 percent of Division II colleges in Ohio enroll fewer than 8,000 students, according to the NCAA.
Urbana University is just one hour away from the larger cities of Columbus and Dayton. This Division II school enrolls approximately 1,500 students each year and offers academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Among the undergraduate programs offered is a major in nursing and a number of pre-professional programs such as pre-veterinary studies. Urbana offers graduate programs in business, education and nursing. Several Urbana sports teams compete with other NCAA Division II schools and athletic programs that include baseball, basketball, football, softball, swimming and volleyball. Urbana University's mascot is the Blue Knight.
Urbana University 579 College Way Urbana, OH 43078 937-484-1400 www.urbana.edu
Division II colleges in Ohio include Tiffin University, which was founded in 1888 and currently enrolls approximately 2,000 students each year. Like Urbana University, this Division II school offers both graduate and undergraduate programs and sponsors a number of different athletic programs. Undergraduate degrees are offered in the arts and sciences, business and criminal justice, and social science. Master's level degrees are offered in criminal justice, humanities, education and business administration. The Tiffin University Dragons participate in NCAA Division II baseball, football, track and field, soccer, softball, basketball, cross country, tennis and golf.
Tiffin University 155 Miami St. Tiffin, OH 44883 419-448-3423 www.tiffin.edu
Lake Erie College
Division II colleges in Ohio also include Lake Erie College in Painesville - a small college that enrolls approximately 1,300 students on an annual basis. The college was founded in 1856 and offers students a wide variety of degree options and athletic opportunities. Undergraduate programs include education, equine studies, fine arts, language and communication, management, social studies, science and math. Graduate programs are offered in education and business administration. NCAA Division II Lake Erie Storm teams include baseball, softball, basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, golf, and track and field.
Lake Erie College 391 West Washington St. Painesville, Ohio 44077 440-296-1856 www.lec.edu
Other Ohio Division II Schools
Other excellent Division II colleges in Ohio are easy to find on the internet. Division II schools in Ohio offer strong academic programs as well as athletic opportunities. Additional examples of Division II schools in Ohio include the University of Findlay www.findlay.edu/; Ashland University www.ashland.edu/; Walsh University www.walsh.edu/; Ohio Dominican University www.ohiodominican.edu/ and Notre Dame College www.notredamecollege.edu.
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