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Ashland University

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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.


AU is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to confer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to the students. The individual programs are also accredited by discipline-based accrediting bodies such as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, the American Association of Theological Schools, the National Association of Schools of Music, the Council on Social Work Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, the American Chemical Society, and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

The core curriculum inspires the critical thinking and communication abilities in the students to adapt well in any situation. The university offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and over seven pre-professional programs. The majors and programs include adolescent & young adult education, art education, biochemistry, biotechnology concentration, toxicology/environmental science, entrepreneurship, intervention specialist K-12, international business, business management, and chemistry education.

There are also adult learners programs tailored to cater to the needs of the non-traditional students. The Division of Adult Studies offers two degree programs: an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies; and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in Business Management or Marketing.

Schools and Colleges:

Degree programs and certificates are available through the following academic units: College of Arts & Sciences; Richard E. & Sandra J. Dauch College Of Business & Economics; Dwight Schar College of Education; Dwight Schar College of Nursing; and Founders School of Continuing Education.

Ashland Online:

For students who prefer to learn from home, there are nearly 100 fully-online or hybrid courses. These courses are offered at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Online programs include Nursing (RN to BSN); and Seminary master’s programs for working pastors. The university offers a wide variety of tools to make online education a unique and enjoyable experience for the students.

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Admissions are non-competitive. Applicants must submit the completed application form along with official transcripts from all previously attended institutes as well as official SAT or ACT scores. For international students, ACCESS is the on-site Center for English studies, providing full-time English language instruction and the opportunity for provisional admission to academic programs. Students whose native language is not English must take the following tests to prove their English language reading and writing proficiency: TOEFL, IELTS, MELICET, and SPEAK.

Financial Aid

All students seeking financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Financial aid is offered to the students in different forms such as:

  • Federal and state grants
  • Student loans
  • Student employment
  • Regional grants and scholarships
  • Scholarships for international students

Scholarships include the Ashbrook Scholarship, Academic Scholarships, Alumnus Grant, Brethren Grant, Buckeye Girls State Scholarship, Honors Program Scholarship, and Ministerial Grant. Federal and state scholarships include the Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant Program (ACG), Federal TEACH Grant, Federal Yellow Ribbon Program, Ohio Academic Scholarship, The National SMART Grant Program, Pennsylvania State Grant, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.

Loans are a type of financial aid that must be returned with interest. Ashland encourages students to try all scholarships and grants available before opting for loans. Another type of financial assistance comes in the form of student employment, where students can work while studying to bear their own education costs. Ashland offers the following two student employment programs: Federal Work-Study and Regular Student Employment.

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The Student Government Association acts as the student voice and organizes a wide variety of activities for the overall development of the students. There are several student clubs and organizations on the campus. Students can either join the existing one or create a new organization/ club. Some of the special interest clubs include Ashland Commuter Eagles, Black Student Union,2nd Amendment Club, Anime Club, Students for Life, College Republicans, Colleges Against Cancer, International Club, Music Appreciation Club, Tuffy’s Troops, and Young Democrats.

Greek life has a strong presence on the campus. There are several fraternities and sororities governed by the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Council. The Greek organizations include Tau Kappa Epsilon, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Psi, Alpha Delta Pi, Phi Mu, Delta Zeta, and Alpha Phi.

Media and Publications:

Accent PR is the university public relations club, which provides opportunities for on-campus internships to gain real world experience.

The Collegian is the student-run weekly newspaper. It provides latest news, information and updates.

WRDL 88.9FM is the student-run radio station that provides updates 24/7. TV 2 is the campus television station operated by students.

Campus Facilities:

The library is home to the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs and the Rinehart Center for Religious Studies. The libraries include a wide collection of books, journals, magazines and references. There is also an online access to the library. Some of the important features include study rooms, computers, fax machine, printers etc.

Commuter Services is committed to keep students informed about the latest information and events through weekly e-mail updates and newsletters. The Hawkins-Conard Student Center is a common place for commuter students to gather between classes. Facilities for commuter students include commuter breaks, commuter lockers, commuter student organization, and commuter advocacy.

Student housing options provide a sense of belonging and involvement into the campus culture. There are six residence halls for freshman students: Amstutz Hall, Clark Hall, Kem Hall, Kilhefner Hall, Clayton Hall, and Andrews Hall. Some of the general facilities available in these residence halls include laundry and lounge area, game/ recreation area, well-equipped kitchen, and a recreation center.

The dining programs have been recognized for excellence by The National Association of College and University Food Service. The Eagles’ Nest is a popular campus eatery that offers a wide selection of grill selections, bakery, salad bar, gourmet coffees and snack items. It is situated on the main-level of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center.

Tuffy’s Smoothie Bar is another on-campus dining option located at the Rybolt Sport Sciences & Recreation Center. Students can enjoy smoothies, specialty coffees, sandwiches, salads, bottled juice, soups, protein bars and pop tarts at this dining outlet.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The athletic department fields both men’s and women’s teams in sports like football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, track, wrestling, cross country, swimming, golf, tennis and more. Their mascot is Tuffy, the Eagle. The athletic teams are nicknamed as the Eagles. The colors are purple and gold. The sports teams participate in NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Intramural Sports:

Ashland University has an award-winning intramural program that features 20 different sports and nearly 15 sports clubs. More than 250 students take part in the sports clubs on campus. Students, faculty members and staff are encouraged to get involved in the recreation sports and also participate in aerobics, spinning and other fun group exercises. The health and wellness training program promotes the overall health and welfare of the community.

Students can participate in the various performance groups such as Bands – Concert & Marching; Cheerleaders; 3 Choral Groups; Drop of a Hat Players; Eagle Elite Dance Team; and Jazz Orchestra.


Graduates of the university have created their mark in various fields. Some of the notable alumni are Carl Benscoter, Vice President of Iscopia Software; Bon-Moo Koo, CEO of LG Group; Bayard Elfvin, US National soccer team goalkeeper; J. Garber Drushal, the eighth President of The College of Wooster; Amanda Norwood, eminent social worker and humanitarian; Robin Meade, CNN news anchor and former Miss Ohio.

Information Summary

Ranks 30th in Ohio and 801st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8 0.14
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 6 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 9 0.04
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 99 0.49
Larceny 488 2.39
Vehicle theft 6 0.03

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Ashland, OH 44805
Surrounding communityFringe town (less than 10 mi. from an urban cluster)
Total Population32,560 (21,405 urban / 11,155 rural)
Households12,323 (2.49 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,850
Families8,495 (3.01 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

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 AffiliationBrethren Church
Congressional District3907

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 516th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $28,908 $28,908 $28,908
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $928 $928 $928
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $886 $886 $886
FT Graduate Tuition $5,688 $5,688 $5,688
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $474 $474 $474
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $42,833 $42,833 $42,833
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $39,963 $39,963 $39,963
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $34,805 $34,805 $34,805

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $28,582 $28,874 $28,582 $28,874 $28,582 $28,874
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $900(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,352 $9,502
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,595(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,499(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,728(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,069(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,931 (1,196 male / 1,735 female)
Admitted 2,180 (858 male / 1,322 female)
Admission rate 74%
First-time Enrollment 623 (243 male / 380 female)
FT Enrollment 621 (242 male / 379 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (1 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment5,979

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
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 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Basketball Conference Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf

ACT Test Admission

688th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25

SAT Test Admission

858th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 11%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 870 / 1100

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 Capacity2,057
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,172
Board Fee$4,330

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 54 194 33 6 9 1,143 48 1,497
Accounting 1 15 1 17
Actuarial Science 1 4 5
American History (United States) 2 13 4 20
Art Teacher Education 1 6 7
Athletic Training/Trainer 6 6
Bible/Biblical Studies 1 1
Biochemistry 3 3
Biology Teacher Education 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 17 1 19
Business Administration and Management, General 31 37 6 2 141 5 225
Business Teacher Education 1 1
Business/Commerce, General 2 56 5 1 4 82 4 154
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 2 2
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology, Other 11 1 37 49
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 4 5
Computer Science 1 3 4
Computer Teacher Education
Creative Writing 21 1 22
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 5 10 1 17
Curriculum and Instruction 4 3 2 88 1 98
Dietetics/Dietitian 6 1 7
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 3 1 5
Divinity/Ministry 6 1 1 22 30
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 6 6
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1 44 5 52
Economics, General 1 2 3
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs 1 15 1 17
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities 1 3 75 3 83
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented 1 4 1 6
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 1 10 11
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 9 1 1 90 1 103
Educational/Instructional Technology 8 8
English Language and Literature, General 4 4
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 6 1 7
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 1 4 1 7
Environmental Science 1 4 5
Exercise Physiology 2 1 1 1 23 28
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Fashion Merchandising 7 7
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General 1 1 1 17 2 22
Fine/Studio Arts, General 5 5
Forensic Science and Technology 1 1 2
French Language Teacher Education 1 1
French Language and Literature 1 1
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 3 2 5
General Studies 1 3 4
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 2
Graphic Design 1 1
History Teacher Education 1 1
History, General 9 9
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 3 16 17 1 37
Human Development and Family Studies, General 1 15 17
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 1
International Relations and Affairs 1 1 2
Journalism 1 1
Journalism, Other
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 31 4 36
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 3 3
Management Information Systems, General 4 4
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 1 9 1 13
Mathematics Teacher Education 5 5
Mathematics, General 1 1 2
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1 1
Music Performance, General 3 3
Music Teacher Education 1 7 8
Nursing Practice 1 1 2 63 3 71
Nutrition Sciences
Office Management and Supervision 4 1 1 6
Organizational Communication, General 1 1
Pastoral Studies/Counseling 1 1
Philosophy 1 1
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 11 12
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General 11 11
Psychology, General 17 17
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
Radio and Television 1 1
Reading Teacher Education 1 48 49
Religion/Religious Studies 3 9 12
Religious/Sacred Music
Retailing and Retail Operations 11 1 7 19
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1
Social Studies Teacher Education 8 8
Social Work 9 9
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 1
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 2
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 3 1 17 1 22
Sports Communication 1 1
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other 1 5 3 9
Theology/Theological Studies 8 1 9
Toxicology 2 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2001st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,702 ($65,700 male / $58,308 female)
Number of FT Faculty 255 (135 male / 120 female)
Number of PT Faculty 558
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $5,684,859

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