Our Top Rankings and Awards

Our rankings and graduate successes clearly illustrate that Ashland holds dear its commitment to serving the individual student and that an Ashland education is a proven investment in your future. We pride ourselves on providing students with an educational experience that offers internships and global experiences as well as the individual commitment necessary for them to stay competitive in a fast-paced world.

Below is just a sampling of the national recognition that Ashland University has garnered:



  • Ashland University Once Again Ranked in Top Tier by U.S. News and World Report

    2018 Rankings – Ashland University is once again ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in the National Universities category of the recently released 2018 college rankings by U.S. News and World Report. The National Universities classification is restricted to universities offering doctoral programs and involved in research.


  • Ashland, Ohio Ranked as 30th Safest College Town in the United States

    8/21/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland, Ohio -- home of Ashland University -- has been ranked as the 30th safest college town in the country by Safewise, a company that reviews home security systems and lists its mission as helping to keep homes and communities safe. To identify the safest college towns of 2018, Safewise looked at the most recent FBI crime report for each city that met its criteria. The rankings were then compiled based on the incident of violent crime per capita.

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  • Ashland University Student Chapter Earns Award

    Ashland University’s Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) has earned the highest award for a student chapter – being named to receive the Award of Excellence for Outstanding Student Chapters at the 2018 Student and Academic Awards Luncheon to be held in November. Mullen and students will receive the award -- a trophy and cash award of $1,000 for the Chapter -- at the Student Leadership Conference that will be held in November in St. Louis. 

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  • Ashland University Ranked as Fourth Best College in Ohio for Online Education

    8/17/18 ASHLAND, Ohio  – Ashland University is ranked as the fourth best college or university in Ohio for its online education program. The 2018 ranking, listed by BestColleges.com, noted that Ashland "stands out as one of the best of the best in Ohio." Ashland is listed No. 4 in the state behind top-ranked University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University and Ohio University.  

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  • Ashland University Online Programs Receive Recognition by U.S. News and World Report

    1/9/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Two of Ashland University’s online programs were recognized with high rankings in the prestigious U.S. News and World Report lists for Best Online Programs for 2018. AU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) Online Program was ranked as the second best online private program in Ohio and 131st ranked program nationally among the Best Online MBA Programs, while AU’s Online Bachelor’s Program was rated as the second best online private program in Ohio and the 153rd ranked program nationally among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. 


  • Ashland University Listed as Sixth Best 'Esports University' in the Country

    7/19/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University is the sixth best university in the country in which to pursue esports, according to Value Gamers, a website designed for those in the gaming industry. On June 30, 2018, Value Gamers printed an analysis article that ranked the country’s top four-year universities with esports programs – evaluating them on seven crucial factors, including academics, campus, food quality, professors, location, nightlife and value.    

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  • Ashland University’s Online MBA Program Ranked in Top 10 in Ohio

    7/11/18 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University’s Online MBA Program (https://www.ashlandonlinemba.com/) has been ranked as the seventh best program in the state of Ohio by Online MBA Today. “Online MBA Today is committed to connecting prospective online MBA students to high quality educational opportunities, and we are excited to highlight the Ashland University program,” said Tammie Cagle, editor of Online MBA Today. 

  • National Acclaim Granted to Ashland University’s Professional Programming

    7/10/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Already honored as a College of Distinction for its personal approach to education, Ashland University has now received program-specific recognition in business, education and nursing. 


  • Ashland University Online Nursing Program Ranks as One of the Best in the Country

    6/28/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s online RN to BSN nursing program has been ranked as one of the top programs in the country by Best College Reviews. The Best College Reviews ranking, which was created using the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database, ranks the top 50 online Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs.


  • Ashland Athletics Finishes 12th In 2017-18 D-II Directors’ Cup

    6/14/18 ASHLAND, Ohio -- The final 2017-18 NCAA Division II Learfield Directors' Cup standings are in, and Ashland University's athletic department finished the most recent athletic season at No. 12 in the nation – a 22-spot improvement over 2016-17 (34th). It is the Eagles' best national finish in the Directors' Cup since ending as the D-II runner-up in 2014-15. 

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  • Ashland University Meets New, Rigorous CAEP National Accreditation Standards to Better Prepare Teachers of Tomorrow

    6/19/18 WASHINGTON – The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced Monday that Ashland University has received accreditation for its educator preparation program following the spring 2018 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council. “Our teacher education program has a great reputation as being one of the strongest education programs in the state of Ohio and this stamp of approval by CAEP confirms that fact,” said Dr. Donna Breault, dean of AU’s Schar College of Education.  


  • Ashland University Human Resources Student Chapter Receives Prestigious Award from World’s Largest HR Association

    6/14/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded a 2017-2018 Superior Merit Award designation to the Ashland University Human Resources Student Chapter for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members. 


  • Ashland University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences' Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Receives Full 10-Year Accreditation

    5/30/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences received word from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) last week that the College’s undergraduate nursing program has met all standards and received a full 10-year accreditation for its baccalaureate degree program in nursing.


  • City of Ashland Ranked in Top 10 by Site Selection Magazine

    4/23/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Site Selection magazine has ranked the city of Ashland, Ohio, in the Top 10 among 575 small cities across the country in its 2017 Governor’s Cup rankings. That means Ashland made an impact in 2017 by attracting new corporate projects with significant jobs and capital investment. The city of Ashland, Ohio, was tied for seventh on this 2017 Top Micropolitan list with eight new corporate projects with significant jobs and capital investment. 


  • Ashland University Program Named One of Top 10 in Country

    2/28/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s online Associate in Criminal Justice Degree Program has been named one of the Top 10 programs in the country by OnlineSchoolsCenter.com. Ashland’s program was ranked as the 10th best in the nation.


  • Ashland University Online Program in Criminal Justice Ranks as One of the Most Affordable in U.S.

    11/29/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s online Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice program has been named as one of the 30 most affordable online Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice programs among private colleges and universities for 2018 as ranked by Best Degree Programs. The Ashland University program was ranked 17th in the country. 


  • Ashland University Online Program Ranks as One of the Best in U.S.

    11/15/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University's Online Associate’s in Business Administration degree program has been named by Best College Reviews as one of the top online associate’s degree programs in business in the country. Ashland University’s program, which was ranked 16th in the country, was chosen for its focus on the working student.


  • Ashland University’s Actuarial Science Program Receives Recognition

    7/10/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University is one of only four private colleges and universities in the state of Ohio that have a Universities and Colleges with Actuarial Programs (UCAP) designation from the Society of Actuaries, which recently announced the new designation of university recognition tiers and programs. 


  • Ashland University Ranked Among Best Colleges in Ohio

    7/7/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University has been ranked as one of the 25 Best Colleges in Ohio based on a new ranking released by College Choice. College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college by publishing rankings and reviews that make choosing the best college easier, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for and thrive at the college of their choice. 


  • Ashland University Designated as a 'Best Value School'

    5/30/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University has been designated as a “Best Value School” by University Research & Review, a website that lists higher education institutions that offer quality educations at an affordable cost and are highly regarded, especially by students. 

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  • Ashland University Catering Department Receives Award

    5/17/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Catering Department has been named as one of the Gold Award recipients for the 2017 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards, given by The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). 

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  • Ashland University's Accelerated BSN Program Named One of the Best in the Country

    4/19/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Accelerated BSN Degree Program has been named as one of the top 20 programs in the country by GeriatricNursing.org, a leading online resource for providing information on nursing schools and programs that offer geriatric nursing education. 


  • Ashland University Social Work Program Boasts 100 Percent Pass Rate

    3/28/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – For the second time in three years, 100 percent of Ashland University’s social work graduates who took the Association of Social Work Board exam passed the exam on their first attempt.  Over the last three years, the passing rate for Ashland University graduates has been 97 percent. 

  • Miscellaneous Listings and Recognition

  • Ashland University continues to be listed each year in Washington Monthly's “Best Bang for the Buck” ranking of colleges in the National Universities category.
  • Ashland University’s home, Ashland, Ohio, was listed as the eighth most affordable college town in the United States as ranked by Great Value Colleges website. Great Value Colleges ranked the top 50 Great Affordable College Towns in the U.S. and Ashland placed eighth with a cost of living index of 88.5 and an average cost of a one-bedroom apartment at $515.
  • Ashland University’s student dining service is recognized as one of the best in the nation as it has captured the first place award 10 times in the standard menu competition of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS).
  • Ashland University was named as one of the top schools in Ohio for the greatest lifetime return on investment by AffordableCollegesOnline.org.
  • Ashland University’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) has been recognized for the quality of the student entertainment it offers on campus as it has received the top Programming Organization of the Year award through the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Mid-America Regional Conference a total of 10 times.
  • Ashland University was ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the top research universities in the country and as the No. 156 ranked college in the Midwest.