Ashland University, affiliated with the Brethren Church, is a private not-for-profit, four-year institution of higher education, located in the city of Ashland Ohio.
Ashland College was founded in 1878 by the German Baptist Brethren Church. In 1989, the college transitioned to Ashland University after the college expanded its academic offerings, including the addition of graduate programs. Today, Ashland continues to acknowledge its Christian heritage with core values of Accent on the Individual, Spirituality and Faith, Character Development, Academic Freedom, and Excellence in Teaching. Furthermore, the mission of the university states “Ashland University educates and challenges students to develop intellectually and ethically, to seek wisdom and justice and to prepare for the rigors of living and working as citizens engaged in their local, national and global responsibilities.”
Ashland University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
Student life at Ashland incorporates year-round entertainment, more than 20 intramural sports, varsity athletics, and a large number of student organizations. The Ashland University Eagles compete in Division II varsity athletics, and support men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men and women’s cross country, women’s golf, men’s football, women’s softball, women’s soccer, men and women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis, men and women’s track and field, men’s wrestling, and women’s volleyball. Extracurricular clubs and organizations include Greek organizations, and honor groups, along with academic, media, paraprofessional, performance, programming, religious, service, special interest, and student government organizations. Student services include academic and career counseling, employment services, and placement services for alumni.
The Ashland campus is situated on 135-acres between three big cities: Columbus, Akron, and Cleveland. Students enjoy this location so that they have easier access to internships and other activities. In addition to the main campus, Ashland has eight satellite locations throughout Ohio including:
- Cleveland Center
- Westlake Center
- Elyria Center
- Southwest Center
- Medina Center)
- Massillon/Stark Center
- Columbus Center
- College of Nursing and Health Sciences
There is no application fee at Ashland University. Prospective undergraduate students applying to AU must have a minimum 2.5 GPA with a minimum score of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT. Undergraduate students applying to the Nursing school must have a minimum 3.0 GPA with a minimum score of 20 on the ACT or 940 on the SAT. Students who do not meet these requirements are still encouraged to apply as individual application review is available. Students who graduated from high school three or more years prior to application are not required to submit standardized test scores.
Academic programs at Ashland University are housed in: the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business and Economics, College of Education, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, The Graduate School, and the Founders School of Continuing Education. Ashland University supports more than 70 undergraduate majors, and an honors program is available to students who meet specific requirements. There is no application deadline and decisions for admission to the Honors Program are made on a rolling basis. A Four-Year Graduation Guarantee promises that if a student cannot finish a degree in four years, but has stayed on the graduation track and met necessary criteria, then the university pays for up to one year of additional tuition for degree completion. Additionally, select 3-year degree programs provide an accelerated path for completion, and extra tuition savings.
DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION
A number of online classes (fully online and hybrid courses) are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Distance education degrees, offered in asynchronous formats, include the online RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), School Nurse Licensure Program, online Criminal Justice degree completion program, online MBA, online M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction: Educational Technology, and online degrees through the Ashland Theological Seminary. Students can also pursue certificates and endorsements online, including the Technology for the 21st Century Certificate, Technology Facilitator Endorsement, and the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement.
Ashland University enrolls about 5,900 graduate and undergraduate students. The student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1 and the average class size is 12-18 students. In addition:
- About 75 percent of students at AU are enrolled full-time
- Minority students represent about 15 percent of the student body.
- There is a 50:50 female-to-male student body ratio.
- More than 80 percent of undergraduate students are under the age of 24.
- About 25 percent of undergraduates and 32 percent of graduates are enrolled in some form of distance education.
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
Tuition at Ashland University varies depending on credit hours and residency.
Students who are interested in applying for financial aid should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility and financial need. More than 98 percent of AU’s student body utilizes financial aid. Aid at Ashland includes: the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal TEACH Grant, Federal Yellow Ribbon Program, Ohio College Opportunity Grant, Ohio National Guard Tuition Grant, Ohio War Orphan Scholarship, Pennsylvania State Grant, and several university and outside scholarships. Other forms of aid include federal loans, the Federal Work Study, regular student employment, and benefits for eligible military veterans, including the Yellow Ribbon Program.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:3,113
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