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The University of Toledo (UT) is one of thirteen public universities in the state of Ohio. It began as a private arts and trades school in 1872 and has grown into a comprehensive university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to over 20,000 students from around the world. The University of Toledo joined the state’s university system in 1967.


The University of Toledo offers more than 230 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in the following colleges: Adult and Lifelong Learning; Business and Innovation; Education, Health Science and Human Services; Engineering; Gateway Programs; Graduate Studies; Honors; Languages, Literature, and Social Sciences; Law; Medicine and Life Sciences; Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Nursing; Online Learning; Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Visual and Performing Arts.

Several University of Toledo programs are nationally ranked, including business; engineering; law; and occupational therapy. The most popular majors according to U.S. News and World Report are business, health professions and related sciences, education, engineering, and interdisciplinary studies.

Honors College

The University of Toledo Honors College exists to meet the needs of highly motivated and academically talented students. Having been established as an honors program in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1963, it was one of the earliest honors programs at a state university. The Honors College offers UT students a challenging yet nurturing environment both inside and outside the classroom.

Gateways Programs

The University of Toledo’s Gateways Programs are unique advising programs that include the QUEST Program and the Transition Program. The QUEST Program helps students that are undecided on a college major as well as students that are preparing to transfer to UT with an undeclared major, while the Transition Program offers assistance to students that are working on pre-requisites to gain acceptance to the UT college of their choice.

Online Learning

The University of Toledo’s online program offers “access to excellence” from any distance, as long as a student has a computer and reliable internet access. UT’s online courses use the Blackboard online learning platform.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Prospective University of Toledo students are encouraged to visit the campus in person or though a virtual tour on the school’s website. Campus preview days are also offered throughout the year, giving potential students and their families the opportunity to learn more about specific majors, attend information sessions regarding financial aid and scholarships, and learn their way around campus.

Undergraduate Admissions

Students can apply for admission to the University of Toledo online or by filling out a paper application, which is available as a PDF on the school’s official website. In addition to completing the application, undergraduates must pay a non-refundable application fee and have official high school and/or college transcripts sent directly to UT. Standardized test scores (SAT / ACT) are required to be considered for scholarships and for unconditional admission.

Graduate Admissions

Prospective graduate students must posess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a 2.7 cumulative GPA for all academic work. Once graduate applicants decide on a particular program of study, they must locate the proper application and apply online. Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be sent directly to UT. Certain program requirements for graduate applicants are program-specific, and students are encouraged to consult the University of Toledo College of Graduate Studies for full details.

Interested students may also want to join the University of Toledo’s mailing list to receive important admissions information, or contact the Admissions Office directly to speak with an admissions officer.

Financial Aid

The University of Toledo’s Office of Student Financial Aid is committed to helping students find ways to make a college education affordable for UT students and their families. The office offers a variety of services and programs to help students meet their educational expenses. During the 2010-11 school year, nearly 13,000 University of Toledo students received nearly $100 million in financial aid.

UT offers financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships. Students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application to apply for financial aid. Students will receive an Award Notification Letter from UT through the mail. The letter, which notifies students which financial aid they are eligible for, must be completed and returned to the office.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3665th for the average student loan amount.
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On-Campus Housing

The University of Toledo is home to nine on-campus residence halls which offer a choice of traditional or suite-style living options. Traditional dorms offer shared bathrooms on each floor while suite-style living includes 2 or 3 bedrooms with a common living area and shared bathroom facilities. The residence halls offer high-speed Internet, telephone, and cable TV. Students also have the choice of a variety of dining options. Potential students interested in attending UT can take virtual tours of the residence halls on the official school website.

Clubs and Organizations

The University of Toledo is home to over 200 clubs and organizations, including campus ministries; choral groups, concert band; student government; student newspaper; a student television station; and fraternities and sororities.

Student Enrollment Demographics

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The University of Toledo sports teams are known as the Toledo Rockets. Their official colors are midnight blue and gold, and the teams compete in the mid-American Conference. The Rockets football team holds nine Mid-American Conference championships and the Toledo Crew team is also widely known, despite being a club team.

Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross Country, football, golf, and tennis. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

The University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band performs pre-game shows and halftime shows at all home football games, and UT even has an official spirit crew known as Blue Crew that attends numerous athletic events throughout the year. Rocky the Rocket is the school’s official mascot.

Students that do not want to participate in intercollegiate sports still have the opportunity to stay fit and fight stress through a fun workout at the University of Toledo. Its student recreation center offers an indoor track, three pools, free weights, basketball courts, a golf simulator, rock climbing wall, and other various exercise equipment.


Freshman Camp

A three-day retreat known as Freshman Camp is a University of Toledo tradition that began in 1950. It is an informal introduction and orientation to college life, helping students make the transition from high school to college in a fun, nonthreatening social setting. Freshman Camp is sponsored by the University of Toledo YMCA and is available to all incoming freshmen during planned weekends in August prior to the fall semester.

Dance Marathon

The Dance Marathon is a pediatric cancer fundraising tradition that began at Penn State and has since been implemented at colleges and universities across the U.S. UT’s first Dance Marathon took place in 2002 and has evolved from a 12 hour affair to an overnight event. The 2010 University of Toledo Dance Marathon rose over $50,000 for charity.

Little Sibs Weekend and Parents and Family Day

Younger siblings of current University of Toledo students are invited to experience the life of a college student during Little Sibs weekend, and Parents and Family Day is a great way for parents to stay involved in their college-aged children’s lives by visiting the campus and attending various organized events and a Rockets football game.

Local Community

Toledo is located in northwest Ohio on the western end of Lake Erie. It borders the state of Michigan and is the fourth most populated city in the state of Ohio. The city is well-known for its glass and auto assembly industries, as well as for its art community and education. Like many other cities in the Great Lakes region, Toledo has a climate characterized by four distinct seasons. Summers are very warm and often humid while winters are typically cold and snowy.

University of Toledo students are lucky to have a multitude of popular attractions and activities available in the local community. The Toledo Zoo is rated as one of the best in the country, and the Toledo Area Metroparks offer a chance to enjoy nature at its finest. Students can enjoy walking, biking, and even cross country skiing during winter months on several different trails, and numerous outdoor concerts and special events with free admissions are scheduled regularly throughout the year.

For University of Toledo students who enjoy art and culture, the Toledo Museum of Art is home to some of the most famous paintings, prints, sculptures, and furniture in the world. The Toledo Symphony Orchestra brings music to Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, and the Toledo Opera has been northwest Ohio’s only professional regional opera company for nearly half a century.


Notable University of Toledo alumni include:

  • Danny Thomas, Hollywood legend and founder of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
  • Mel Long, NCAA Hall of Fame member
  • Lance Moore, wide receiver for New Orleans Saints and Super Bowl XLIV winner
  • Christi Paul, CNN Headline News anchor
  • Jeff Johnson, Black Entertainment Television social commentator
  • John B. Neff, named one of the 10 most influential investors of the 20th century by Barron’s magazine

Additional School Information

In 1961, the University of Toledo received a genuine rocket from the U.S. Army missile program. It was placed behind the north end goalpost where the Larimer Athletic Complex is currently located. The rocket was moved to its present-day location just outside the Glass Bowl during renovations in 1989-90. The rocket is pointed towards Bowling Green State University, the Toledo Rockets’ main football rivals.


  • Grath, Anne, ed. U.S. News & World Report: Ultimate College Guide. Sourcebooks, Inc., 2010. Print.
  • Oram, Fern A., ed. Peterson’s Four-Year Colleges 2008. Peterson’s: A Nelnet Company, 2007. Print.
  • The University of Toledo. Web. 20 August 2011.
  • Toledo.com. Your Local Connection. Web. 26 August 2011.
  • Official Website of the Toledo Rockets. Web. 26 August 2011.

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Ohio and 537th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.01
Robbery 1 0.00
Arson 4 0.02
Burglary 105 0.46
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 4 0.02
Arrest 7 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,562 0.54
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 30 0.01
Forcible Rape 124 0.04
Robbery 1,152 0.40
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8,366 2.91
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1,465 0.51

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Toledo, OH 43606-3390
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population28,417 (28,417 urban / N/A rural)
Households11,103 (2.28 people per house)
Median Household Income$38,442
Families6,147 (3.00 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3909

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1095th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,864 $7,864 $16,984
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,411 $1,411 $1,411
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $328 $328 $708
FT Graduate Tuition $13,036 $13,036 $23,270
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,411 $1,411 $1,411
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $543 $543 $970
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $24,109 $24,109 $33,229
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,834 $22,834 $31,954
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,103 $15,103 $24,223

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $30,542 $60,746
Medical Degree — Required Fees $1,390 $1,390
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $12,843 $23,077
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $1,411 $1,411
Law Degree — Tuition $20,579 $32,127
Law Degree — Required Fees $1,411 $1,411

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,788 $9,275 $8,788 $9,275 $17,908 $18,395
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $750 $1,200
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,676 $9,738
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,327 $3,405
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,800 $7,617
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,380 $4,560
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,380 $4,560

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$45
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 11,066 (5,157 male / 5,909 female)
Admitted 10,040 (4,691 male / 5,349 female)
Admission rate 91%
First-time Enrollment 3,428 (1,714 male / 1,714 female)
FT Enrollment 3,339 (1,659 male / 1,680 female)
PT Enrollment 89 (55 male / 34 female)
Total Enrollment20,743

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-American Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-American Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-American Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-American Conference

ACT Test Admission

667th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 92%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25

SAT Test Admission

558th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 11%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 600
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 910 / 1170

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,600
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,476
Board Fee$3,400

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 714th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $80,207 ($86,461 male / $67,776 female)
Number of FT Faculty 734 (413 male / 321 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,037
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $52,009,164

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