Rankings & Recognition

Ashland University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (800.621.7440/312.263.0456 -www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org). Ashland University is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Individual programs are accredited by the  Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, the American Association of Theological Schools, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council on Social Work Education, the American Chemical Society, the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.


U.S. News & World Report has placed Ashland University in the top tier of Midwest level institutions in the 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Reports' America's Best Colleges survey. The annual survey ranks colleges and universities in up to 14 categories based on data from the prior school year and on actual surveys. The categories include graduation rate, freshman retention, acceptance rate, student/faculty ratio, standardized test scores, alumni giving, peer assessment, percent of class size under 20 and over 50, percent of full-time faculty and percent of freshmen in the top of their high school class. Colleges and universities nationwide were ranked by region in the top tier of the master's-level category, which includes institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master's programs but few doctoral programs. Ashland University offers master's degrees in education, business, fine arts, American history and government and theological studies, as well as doctoral degrees in education and Christian ministry.


“The Princeton Review” has again named Ashland University as a “Best in the Midwest” university for 2010.


After capturing first place among medium-sized schools 10 times in the standard menu competition of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS), Ashland University entered and finished first in the special event/theme dinner competition in 2004.

Ashland University tied Brown University and was ahead of second place Salisbury University and Vanderbilt University. Utah State University and Kansas State University tied for third place.


Ashland University's Campus Activities Board has been recognized by the National Association for College Activities for providing the No. 1 student activities programming in the nation.

The NACA noted that the award recognizes significant achievements in the planning and presentation of programs by college and university program boards, as well as the programming calendar that includes a variety of programs planned for a number of target audiences.

The Campus Activities Board also was featured in the inaugural edition of Campus Activities Journal, published by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.


Academic Programs: Toxicology

Ashland University is one of only a few institutions in the state that offers a bachelor of science degree in Toxicology, and is particularly unique in its offering that degree in the context of a liberal arts and sciences environment.

Toxicology is the science that studies the effects of toxicants (in other words, poisons) on living organisms. Toxicologists conduct basic research on the effects of toxicants on human health and the environment, develop and perform tests to assess the safety of drugs and other chemical products and assist government agencies in developing regulations and standards in areas ranging from food safety to pollution control. Toxicologists also work in applied areas such as clinical medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and forensic science.

Academic Programs: Teacher Education

Ashland University's teacher education program, which offers pre-K through doctorate level courses, is one of the largest among independent and state institutions in Ohio . The undergraduate teacher education program is the largest academic program on campus and has been NCATE accredited since 1973. All of Ashland University's education programs undergraduate, master of education, doctor of education and professional development services are recognized on a state and national basis.

Ashland University's new College of Education Building, which was completed in the spring of 2006, is home to the undergraduate teacher education program as well as the master of education and doctor of education programs. The two-story, 52,000-square-foot building provides much needed student instructional space in the form of 12 classrooms, four seminar rooms, 60 faculty and staff offices, several commons or meeting areas, state-of-the-art media center, peer teaching studio with one-way viewing mirror and 120-seat lecture hall.

Academic Programs: Political Science/The Ashbrook Center

The Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs teaches the meaning and significance of America by providing an academic forum for the study, research and discussion of the principles and practices of American Constitutional government and politics.

The Ashbrook Center's programs are directed to the scholarly defense of individual liberty, limited constitutional government and civic morality, which together constitute our democratic way of life.

Some of the world's most noted political figures, including Ronald Reagan, Colin Powell, Margaret Thatcher, Dick Cheney, Benjamin Netanyahu, Henry Kissinger and William J. Bennett have participated in the Center's programs. Renowned scholars from such schools as Harvard University, Duke University, the University of Virginia and Claremont McKenna College have taken part in our conferences and lectures.

The Ashbrook Center was established and named in honor of the late Congressman who represented Ohio 's 17th Congressional district for 21 years. Representative John Ashbrook was a popular and forceful advocate and spokesman for limited constitutional government and reduced federal spending. That concept was re-emphasized by President Ronald Reagan when he personally dedicated the Center on May 9, 1983 .

The Ashbrook Center sponsors the Ashbrook Scholar program, hosts a series of campus lectures and conferences, publishes scholarly monographs and books, offers seminars that assist high school social studies teachers in deepening and broadening their understanding and appreciation of American history and provides internship opportunities for our students who are interested in careers related to public affairs.

Academic Programs: Finance/The Trading Room

Ashland's program in Finance is distinctive because it includes the study of investment theory, which students put into practice by managing two portfolios of approximately $400,000 a piece on real-time basis, the study for NASD Series 7 examination, the study for the NASD Series 66, networking with our Corporate Partners such as Edward Jones, AXA Equitable, New York Life, MetLife and Smith Barney and participating in national and regional conferences.

The Finance program also sponsored the creation and activation of the Institute for Contemporary Financial Studies, which is devoted to the scholarly development of solutions to real business problems.

Ashland's finance major is the fastest-growing program in the Dauch College of Business and Economics and graduated the most seniors of any major in the College at the May 2008 commencement.

Graduates from this program are being placed in prominent positions with Edward Jones, ING, Farmers Insurance Group, National City, MBNA, Wells Fargo, MetLife, Putnam, Key Corp., AXA Equitable, UBS, KPMG, Cohen & Company, J.M. Smucker, Westfield Group, Stifel Nicolaus and Stark Investments.

A key aspect of this program is the new Trading Room (named the Center for Financial Education) and Ashland University is one of the smallest universities in the country to have such a trading room.

Located in the Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics, this real-life trading room environment functions as a classroom as well as a laboratory facility. Through a large screen television offering access to live coverage of CNBC and CNNfn, Bloomberg and other financial networks and tickers and data walls, which update security prices and exchange rates continuously, students experience the challenges of an actual trading environment, real time market data and a vast amount of research data.

Individual double workstations include computers with software for simulated and real-time trading, settlement, analytics, pricing, portfolio management, research and derivative pricing. The Eagle Investment Group, a student-run organization, manages approximately $800,000 of the University's endowment with an average return of 11.25 percent since the program began in 2000, when the Dow's average was 3.61 percent with the S&P500 at 2.48 percent during the same time frame.

Academic Programs: Master of Business Administration Ashland University offers one of the largest Master of Business administration programs in the state of Ohio and the program boasts a very high student satisfaction rate. A national survey by a well-established educational assessment organization ranks MBA programs across the country on a seven-point scale and Ashland’s program received very high marks, including ranking first in seven of 13 categories when compared to nine other institutions in its Carnegie Classification.

Ashland University’s Master of Business Administration program is designed to provide mid-level professionals with a top-management perspective on organizational effectiveness by equipping them with the conceptual framework necessary to operate a business or functional area of a business. Ashland University MBA students have the option of using their nine hours of elective credit to earn a specialization in a specific area of business, including:

  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resource Management
  • Finance
  • Global Management

Students also can propose a customized specialization, and seek approval from a faculty mentor and from the chair of the graduate business program. Ashland’s MBA program is designed to help students develop their ability to lead people and manage resources to achieve organizational effectiveness by developing key managerial competencies. It directs students toward a more fruitful way of integrating their individual efforts with those of their colleagues by employing a team-based, integrated, cross-disciplinary approach to understanding organizational management. Ashland offers MBA courses, both traditional format and online, at its main campus in Ashland as well as at off-campus centers located in Columbus and Massillon/Stark County, and sites in Westlake, Medina and New Philadelphia.

5 things that set Ashland apart

  1. Ranked in the Top 200 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years. Ashland is one of only three private institutions in the state in this category
  2. 9:1 student to faculty ratio
  3. Established a four-year Graduation Guarantee program that helps keep college costs predictable
  4. Five core values that foster excellence in teaching, character formation, academic freedom, moral integrity and individuality
  5. Modern, state-of-the-art facilities in a traditional campus setting