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When it comes to online education, Ashford has been leading the way with accredited degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Their online courses lead to over 60 degrees that begin at the associate level and rise through doctorates for those who are particularly academically inclined. Their degree programs are created with the aim of launching brilliant careers while offering utmost flexibility and freedom for students.

Overview of Ashford University

Students with a head for business can choose one of Ashford's many business-related degrees including accounting, business economics, information systems, leadership, or administration. Others might wish to create a career in communications, early childhood education, or health and human services.

Since Ashford's classes are asynchronous, students needn't worry about being late to class. Their five-week courses are designed with busy students in mind. Students can log-in at any point in the day to receive their assignments, upload projects, or email their professors. Papers and exams should always be completed in a timely fashion, but Ashford's course format allows for lots of flexibility.

Ashford students take only one five-week course at a time which helps them focus on that one subject and thus delve deeper into their assignments. Since courses are starting every Monday, it's possible to establish a groove and take courses non-stop until winter break.

General Information

School Type Private for-profit
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing No
Student Faculty Ratio 14 to 1
Graduation Rate 8%
Year Founded 2005

Student Enrollment

Total Students32,620


Undergraduate Student

Male 8,074
Female 18,840

Graduate Student

Male 1,712
Female 3,994

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Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Though a private, for-profit university, Ashford offers a tremendous educational value. For full-time students, a year on Ashford's virtual campus carries a gross cost of $13,000. While the university does post living expenses, those are often so variable that each student will need to assess that on their own. Ashford students can live anywhere in the world, so their expenses are solely dependent on their local cost of living. Nevertheless, Ashford posts a total cost that includes living expenses. That gross price is around $26,000.

However, students find that their costs are ameliorated by financial aid packages. Approximately 84% of Ashford students receive grants or scholarships and 68% apply for student loans. After those elements are factored in, the average net cost of a year at Ashford is under $21,000, including all fees, books, supplies, and living costs. The lowest income students see their net price go a bit lower, to around $20,000 while the top income bracket pays $25,000. And, depending on your living expenses where you are, your costs could be significantly lower still.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $20,415
Average Total Aid $4,701
Students Receiving Financial Aid 89%
Room & Board $7,687

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $12,400
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $12,400
  • Books and Supplies - $1,070
  • Room & Board - $7,687
  • Other - $5,195


Ashford University is an online institution that provides a flexible academic platform for students worldwide. Though the online educational market is still relatively young, Ashford is producing some solid academic numbers that indicate that their students are pleased with their online university experience. Though their retention and graduation numbers can't compete with those from centuries-old colleges and universities, Ashford is etching out a solid reputation.

Their retention numbers currently sit at 24%. This is a measure of how many students return for a second year. While the percent is rather small compared to traditional colleges, an Ashford education requires a special sort of dedication and commitment that other institutions don't and their graduation rate is also a bit lower than traditional schools. Given that 8% of students graduate and 18% transfer their credits elsewhere, it can be surmised that 26% of Ashford students use their academic foundations to complete a bachelor's degree.

Since the average class size at Ashford is a mere 14 students, each pupil is able to access their instructor with a simple email and expect a prompt response. In fact, when online students take advantage of this aspect of an Ashford education, they find that their experience is enriched and that their academic value soars.

Student Population Total

Student Population 32,620

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 2,653 Total Graduates / 42%
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 702 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 572 Graduates
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 289 Graduates
Accounting 168 Graduates
All Education Majors 990 Total Graduates / 16%
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 730 Graduates
Education, General 183 Graduates
Learning Sciences 34 Graduates
Educational/Instructional Technology 22 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 671 Total Graduates / 11%
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 394 Graduates
Holistic Health 157 Graduates
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 89 Graduates
Health and Wellness, General 22 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 490 Total Graduates / 8%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies NA
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration NA
All Psychology Majors 408 Total Graduates / 6%
Psychology, General NA
All Other Diplomas 17%

Outcome & Salary

Online students are frequently interested to learn how their educational investment will pay off in the long term. In fact, Ashford students who are able to remain focused and dedicated through graduation see a very good return on their investment. Of the top-ten earning degrees, Ashford alumni with business or management bachelor's degrees tend to do the best. They earn a median base salary of $53,000. At the lower end, criminal justice graduates earn around $39,000. The remaining top earners all have business-related or public administration degrees.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary NA
College Grads Average Salary $60,015
College Grads Mid Career Salary NA
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $600,150
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential NA
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $81,660
10 Year Projected ROI $518,490
20 Year Projected ROI NA
No Colleage Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $37,960
10 Year Projected Income $379,600
20 Year Projected Income $759,200

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