Faculty Spotlight

Sarah M. Wells is the author of Pruning Burning Bushes from Wipf and Stock Publishers (2012), and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the... Read more

Accreditations/Association Memberships


Ashland University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (web address: http://www.ncahlc.org and phone: 800.621.7440 or 312.263.0456). Authorization to grant bachelor, master and doctor degrees comes fron the Ohio Board of Regents. In addition, individual programs are accredited by:

  • Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • American Chemical Society
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Council on Social Work Education (at the baccalaureate)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

University Memberships

AU holds membership in American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National Collegiate Honors Council, National League for Nursing, Institute of International Education, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education.

Ashland University also is a member of Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges; Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio; Ohio Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; Ohio Association of Private Colleges for Teacher Education; Ohio Campus Compact; College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS); Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST); Association of Governing Boards; National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU); Council of Independent Colleges (CIC); and Ohio Newspaper Association. Departments hold memberships in America-MidEast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST); American Alliance for Health, Physical Ed., Recreation and Dance; American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; American Association of Intensive English Programs; American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages; American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation; Associated Writing Programs; Broadcast Education
Association; Foundation in Art: Theory and Education; International; Federation of Home Economics (collective memberships); National Communication Association; Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Ohio Association of Broadcasters; Ohio Biological Survey; Ohio Council of Deans and Directors of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Nursing Programs; Ohio League of Nursing; and University and College Intensive English Programs.

Student Memberships

Ashland University has membership in Alpha Gamma Omega Nu, National Honor Society in Physical Education; Alpha Lambda Delta, Honor Society for Freshmen; Alpha Phi Sigma, National Honor Society in Criminal Justice; Alpha Psi Omega, National Honor Society in Theatre; Beta Beta Beta, National Honor Society in Biology; Delta Mu Delta, International Honor Society in Business; Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education; Kappa Omicron Nu, National Family and Consumer Sciences Honor Society; Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Economics Honor Society; Phi Alpha, National Social Work Honor Society; Phi Alpha Theta, International Honor Society in History; Phi Sigma Iota, Gamma Tau chapter, International Foreign Language Honor Society; Phi Sigma Tau, International Honor Society in Philosophy; Pi Mu Epsilon, National Honor Society in Mathematics; Pi Sigma Alpha, National Honor Society in Political Science; Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology; Sigma Gamma Epsilon, National Honor Society in Geology; Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society; Sigma Theta Tau, RhoNu Chapter, International Honor Society of Nursing; Theta Alpha Kappa, National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology; and Upsilon Pi Epsilon, International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines.

Ashland University Rights

The provisions of this catalog are to be considered directive in nature and are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the student and Ashland University. The university reserves the right to make, at any time, the changes it deems advisable in the offerings, regulations and fees stated in this catalog. Because these rules and regulations are intended to guide the student's progress through the university, each student has the obligation to become familiar with the contents of this catalog and follow the directives as stated.

Individual Rights

Ashland University is an Equal Opportunity Institution and reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate all students regardless of disabilities, sex, age, race, color, religion and national or ethnic origin, as per Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Each applicant for admission to Ashland University is considered on individual merit. Each applicant's record is reviewed for academic achievement, aptitude and interest in order to admit those students who possess the ability and motivation to benefit from their enrollment at Ashland University.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The purpose of the Act is to require educational institutions and agencies to conform to fair information practices. Ashland University will not release personally identifiable student records on file without prior student consent. Exceptions to this are (1) Ashland University school officials or teachers who have a legitimate educational interest in the student; (2) another school to which the student has applied and intends to enroll; (3) authorized federal and state officials; (4) persons dealing with a student's application for financial aid; and/or (5) parents. It is Ashland University policy that no data from student records be provided to non-university agencies for mailing purposes. Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the Registrar, Ashland University, 401 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio 44805.

Directory Information

In accordance with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), Ashland University has listed the following data items as "Directory Information" and may release this information for those enrolled without a student‘s consent. For clarification or questions ,you may contact the Registrar.

  • Full-, Half-, Part-time Status
  • Name
  • Local Mailing Address
  • Home Address
  • Phone Number
  • Parent‘s Name and Mailing Address
  • Email Address
  • Major
  • Class
  • Dates of Attendance
  • Degrees and Awards Received
  • Previous Institutions Attended
  • Participation in fully recognized activities and sport
  • Photographs, weight and height of athletic team members
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Center Attended

Student Right to Know Act

In accordance with guidelines for the Student Right to Know Act, Ashland University had a six-year graduation rate of 60% for the first-time, full-time freshmen who entered in fall 2006.