Founded in 1878 by the Brethren Church, Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.
The 135-acre campus is beautifully landscaped with flower gardens along tree-lined brick walkways that connect 45 buildings. We are located in the small, welcoming city of Ashland, Ohio, near Cleveland (60 miles north) and Columbus (70 miles south).
The University’s total enrollment, including graduate degree programs in education, business, master of fine arts in creative writing, master of American history and government, is approximately 6,000 students. This includes about 2,300 full-time, undergraduate students from 28 states and 31 countries.
Life at Ashland is defined by a tremendous sense of community and caring, with abundant opportunities for leadership, service and fun. Beginning in their freshman year, AU students are encouraged to get involved on campus in areas such as research, theatre productions, Greek Life, religious activities and intramurals. More than 100 clubs and organizations provide students with countless opportunities to grow and mature beyond the classroom.
Nearly 70 undergraduate majors are available through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics, the Dwight Schar College of Education, and the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Majors combine liberal arts study with hands-on, real-world experience. Our honors program includes intensified courses and an honors capstone project/thesis. AU’s Professional Development Services is the No. 1 provider of continuing education credit for educators in Ohio.
More than 80 percent of our faculty members hold doctorates or the highest degree in their fields. Our average class size is 20 students and the student-faculty ratio of 16-to-1. All this leads to AU’s philosophy of “Accent on the Individual,” which means students can expect personal attention before, during and after class from professors who genuinely care about students’ progress.
Ashland University offers one of the best NCAA Division II athletic programs in the region. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track, swimming and wrestling. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
Our two 15-week semesters run from late August through mid-December and from mid-January to early May. We also offer summer sessions.
Ashland University offers financial aid through a variety of sources including scholarships, grants, low-interest loans and student employment. Ninety-eight percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid.