Ashland University (AU) is a mid-sized, private, non-profit university located in Ashland, Ohio. It was originally established in 1878 as Ashland College and received its current name in 1989. The main AU campus covers a well-landscaped area of 135 acres. It is located in close proximity to the big city, while providing advantages of a close-knit campus in a small town ambiance. Apart from the main campus, the school also operates smaller centers in different locations across the state, including Columbus, Cleveland, Elyria, Massillon, Mansfield, Medina and Westlake.