Erie County has a skilled labor force of 42,600. A total of 43% of these workers have some college, an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, or a graduate or professional degree. Total enrollment at the 39 Ohio colleges and universities within a 100 mile radius of Erie County is almost 310,000 students.  These include Ohio State University, Kent State University, the University of Toledo, and the University of Akron. Bowling Green State University-Firelands College and EHOVE, a career and vocational school, are located right in Erie County itself. In Erie County, public school expenditures per student are $9,859, the student to teacher ratio is 17.6, and the graduation rate is 89.4%.

 Selected College and University Enrollment

Ohio State University– Enrollment 59,091: OSU is a public research university located in Columbus, Ohio and is the second largest university campus in the United States. The Lombardi Program on Measuring University Performance at Arizona State University’s detailed analysis and rankings of American universities currently places Ohio State as the 24th ranked university in America, the 10th ranked public university in the country, and the top overall university in Ohio.

Kent State University – Enrollment 34,491: Kent State is ranked among the nation's top 77 public research universities demonstrating high-research activity according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Liquid Crystal Institute, for example, conducts research that translates into technologies used globally in laptops, calculators and flat screen televisions. At the graduate level at Kent State University, students may engage in exceptional research opportunities through the 37 academic units across the eight different colleges that offer more than 50 master’s programs with over 100 areas of specialization, and 23 doctoral programs with over 50 different specializations can be selected.

University of Toledo – Enrollment 22,336: The University of Toledo is the third-largest public university in Ohio and offers more than 250 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs including 90 master's and 17 doctoral programs. For more than 20 years, the University of Toledo (UT) has been involved with advancing solar cell science and technology and is internationally recognized as an academic leader. UT has assembled a team of world class faculty whose research involved establishing science and technology platforms employing second and third generation photovoltaics (PV) materials and devices tailored for applications in clean electricity generation. The University's has 10 colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health Science and Human Service, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and University of Toledo's University College.

University of Akron – Enrollment 21,635: The University’s best-known program is its College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and it is regarded as a world leader in polymer research. As a STEM-focused institution (promoting science, technology, engineering and math), it focuses on industries such as polymers, advanced materials, and engineering. In the last decade, it has sought to increase its research portfolio and gain recognition for its productivity in technology transfer and commercialization. The University offers 300 academic degree programs

Bowling Green State University – Enrollment 18,989: Bowling Green offers more than 200 undergraduate majors and programs, 13 master's degree programs, 2 specialist degree programs, and 14 doctoral degree programs. The Princeton Review reported that BGSU's MBA program is among the nation's best. The MBA program ranks fifth among schools providing the greatest opportunity for minority students, according to the 2008 edition of the Review's “Best 290 Business Schools.” BGSU’s doctoral program in industrial/organizational psychology is ranked third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Cleveland State University – Enrollment 15,664: At CSU, more than 1,000 courses support 200 major fields of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as professional certificate and continuing education programs. Courses of instruction are offered in business administration, education and human services, engineering, law, liberal arts and social sciences, science, and urban affairs. As nearly 90 percent of Cleveland State’s students work full- or part-time, flexible academic programming and convenient class times are offered.

Case Western Reserve University  – Enrollment 9,095: Case Western Reserve University's research enterprise receives nearly $400 million in external grants each year. The university has collected more than $30 million in licensing revenues over the last three years, and the amount of industry-sponsored funding has increased by more than 50 percent in the last six years.

Ashland University – Enrollment 6,000:  A mid-sized university located halfway between Columbus and Cleveland, Ashland University is the educational home to some 2,200 undergraduates and 3,800 graduate students. Ashland offers more than 70 undergraduate majors including distribution and supply chain management Biotechnology Biotechnology Biotechnology and awards degrees at the certificate, associate’s, bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels.

 University of Findlay – Enrollment 4,400: The University of Findlay has nearly 60 majors leading to baccalaureate degrees and offers seven master’s degrees, as well as a doctor of pharmacy. Approximately 4,400 students are enrolled at Findlay with nearly 3,000 undergraduate and more than 1,400 graduate students.

Baldwin-Wallace College – Enrollment 4,600: Baldwin-Wallace is a private, liberal arts based college offering bachelors and master's degrees, as well as certificates and professional education programs. As a provider of non-credit training for over 35 years, B-W also focuses on opportunities for employers to help employees pursue professional excellence offering programs for Project Management, Business Analysis, and HR Management Development Certificates.

John Carroll University– Enrollment 4,101: John Carroll is a private, coeducational, Catholic and Jesuit university providing programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and business at the undergraduate and master's level. John Carroll University earned the #7 ranking among Midwest colleges and universities that grant master’s degrees in the 2009 edition of  U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” This is the 20th consecutive year John Carroll has achieved high rankings in this comprehensive source of college and university profiles.

Ohio Northern – Enrollment 3,666: Ohio Northern University is a competitive, comprehensive university affiliated with the United Methodist church. ONU is one of the few private universities to offer a distinctive blend of nationally ranked liberal arts and professional programs in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy, and Law. Ohio Northern ranks second overall, in the top 10 in ‘Great Schools, Great Prices’ in U.S. News & World Report.

Denison University – Enrollment 2,211: As one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, Denison offers an authentic education in the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. At Denison, nnovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in the pursuit of knowledge and the cultivation of independent thinking.

BGSU College Firelands – Enrollment 2,000: Firelands is one of Bowling Green State University’s seven undergraduate colleges and is located in the City of Huron in Erie County Ohio. Students can begin one of the more than 200 BGSU undergraduate majors and programs at BGSU Firelands. BGSU Firelands offers 4 certificate programs, 14 associate degree programs representing 22 areas of study, and 8 bachelor's degree programs.

EHOVE Career Center– Erie Huron Ottawa Vocational Education (EHOVE) Center is one of the best Career Tech Schools in Ohio. Students have the opportunity to learn skills to advance in the trade of their choice and take challenging academic classes to prepare them for a career or college. EHOVE Career Center is part of the “High Schools That Work” school improvement initiative and has been honored with many state and national awards in recent years. While Erie, Huron, and Ottawa counties are the primary served counties in the district, EHOVE also serves students in Lorain and Sandusky counties.

Erie County K to 12 Schools


Edison School District
David H. Snook, Superintendent
140 S. Main Street
Milan, OH 44846

North Point Educational Service Center
William Lally, Superintentent
2900 Columbus Ave.
Sandusky, Ohio 44870

Huron City School District
Fred Fox, Superintendent
712 Cleveland Road E.
Huron, OH 44839

Margaretta Local School District
Edward Kurt, Superintendent
305 S. Washington Street
Castalia, OH 44824

Perkins Public Schools
James Gunner, Superintendent
1210 Bogart Road
Sandusky, OH 44870

Sandusky Public Schools
Bill Pahl, Superintendent
407 Decatur Street
Sandusky, OH 44870

Vermilion Local School District
Philip Pempin, Superintendent
1230 Beechview Drive
Vermilion, OH 44089

EHOVE Career Center
Sharon Mastroianni, Superintendent
316 W. Mason Road
Milan, OH 44846
419-499-4663 or 419-627-9665


Sandusky Central Catholic School
Dr. Judy Monaghan, Superintendent
410 W. Jefferson Street
Sandusky, OH 44870

St. Peter Catholic School
Mrs. Linda Smith, Principal
429 Huron Street
Huron, OH 44839

Firelands Montessori Academy
Trevah Harvey, Administrator
329 Ohio St.
Huron, OH 44839