Located in the heart of the Mid-West, Ohio has always been a significant contributor to American social, political, and economic life. Over the years, Ohio has become increasingly diverse. As a major industrial hub in Automotive, Advanced Manufacturing, and Aerospace, Ohio has expanded into Tech, Bio Health, Information, and Finance sectors. This has spurred an urban renaissance in the state’s major cities of Columbus (the capital), Cleveland, and Cincinnati. As a result, Ohio-based students, including those at Oberlin, Keyon, College of Wooster, Denison, and Ohio Wesleyan, have experienced an increased number of job and internship opportunities, equal to those found in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City.
The city of Cleveland has a long history of entrepreneurship, which came to prominence in the 19th century, when John D. Rockefeller (the wealthiest man in Modern History), founded Standard Oil. Many of Cleveland’s grand civic buildings are products of Rockefeller’s business ventures. Located on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie, Cleveland is within driving distance to Oberlin (40 min.), College of Wooster (1 hr.), and Kenyon (2 hrs.), and hosts a number of cultural venues, including the Playhouse Square Theatre, the second largest performing arts center in the country, and the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.
Further west lies Columbus, the states capital and largest city, as well as a popular destination for college graduates and young professional from all over the country. New development is transforming the city into a Mid-Western Silicon Valley, with an increasing number of young graduates and professionals finding jobs at various start-ups and think-tanks. When craving an urban escape, students from Denison (39 min.) and Ohio Wesleyan (30 min.) Universities，travel a short distance to feast on foods from all over the world or enjoy the history of Old City. When traveling down Columbus’s Livingston Ave, there certainly a Mid-West meets Williamsburg, Brooklyn kind of feel, with artsy cafes, shops, and eateries.