About AU

Our Mission:
Ashland University, guided by our Christian heritage, is a comprehensive, private university that provides a transformative learning experience, shaping graduates who work, serve and lead with integrity in their local, national, and global communities.

Our Vision:
Ashland University aspires to be a nationally-recognized private university, where traditions of excellence are fostered and students discern their life calling and thrive.

Our Core Values:

  • Accent on the Individual
    Pledges the best individual and collective efforts to challenge and encourage each member of the university within a supportive community.
  • Spirituality and Faith
    Affirms Christian values as a core element of the University's institutional identity, emphasizing faith in God, moral integrity and respect for the diversity of values and faith of each person in a community of learning.
  • Character Development
    Promotes integrity, self-discipline, responsibility, compassion, leadership, service and good citizenship.
  • Academic Freedom
    Supports free, open and critical inquiry for both students and faculty necessary for intellectual and professional development.
  • Excellence in Teaching
    Emphasizes teaching supported by research and scholarship as the University's central responsibility.

Our Location:
Situated in Ashland, Ohio, our 135-acre campus is a site worth seeing! The beautiful landscaping and new facilities make the University one of the most picturesque locations in the Midwest. The intimate campus is nestled between three large cities: Columbus, Akron and Cleveland. The central location provides easy access to large conferences, rewarding internships and endless experiences.

Our Recognition:
We are proud to be ranked in the Top 200 colleges and universities by U.S. News and World Report.

Our Athletics:
Ashland is annually recognized for having one of the best all-around athletic departments in the country. Our NCAA DII athletic programs boast 800+ All-Americans in the history of the University, 51 GLIAC or NCAA Regional and National Championships in the last 12 years and over 100 individual National championships.

Our Diversity:
At Ashland University, we value the individual; which is why we offer programs that fit your interests and needs as a multicultural student. From scholarships and leadership opportunities to student organizations and events, we’ve got the programs that are just right for you.

Our Experiences:
Last year, 114 students participated in a program through the Study Abroad Office. Almost any student in any major is able to travel to such countries as South Africa, Italy, China, Mexico and Austria to name a few.

Our Size:
We have an undergraduate enrollment of 2400 students. We combine the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with you throughout your four years and even maintain those relationships after graduation. This provides a an average class size of 12-18 students for accessible interaction inside and out of the classroom.

Our Aid:
98% of our students receive financial aid based on academics, talents and need. Academic scholarships range from 6,500-11,500 per year and are renewable.


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