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Ashland University is a smaller-sized, private university located in Ashland, Ohio. The student body totals just under 4,500 graduate and undergraduate students, of which there are 3,100. The school is guided by its Christian heritage, and thus seeks to instill values associated with that faith.

Overview of Ashland University (AU)

Academic life at Ashland includes access to over 60 bachelor's degree programs as well as programs at the graduate level. These programs are spread over four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business & Economics, College of Education, College of Nursing & Health Sciences, and an online college called eAshland. Among their business degree programs are a BS in Organizational Leadership, a BS in Organizational Training and Development, and a BSBA in Business Analytics.

On top of academic rigor, Ashland seeks to produce well-rounded, wholly educated graduates. To this end, campus life is rich with extracurricular activities that inform the body, mind, and spirit. The campus Rec Center is the main hub for students seeking physical activity. They can engage in a variety of intramural sports, including cornhole and table tennis. For the more competitive, there are 20 club sports including rugby, soccer, lacrosse, and badminton. The Rec Center also features a climbing wall, racquetball courts, a golf simulator, game room, and several sports courts.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Town: Fringe
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 16:1
Graduation Rate 62%
Year Founded 1878

Student Enrollment

Total Students5,091


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,461
Female 2,192

Graduate Student

Male 575
Female 863

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AU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 1,373
Female 2,179


Male 989
Female 1,656

Acceptance Rate74%

Male 72%
Female 76%

Enrollment 447

Male 180
Female 267
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted Yes

AU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Ashland University is a private, non-profit institution, which is not able to offer the lower costs of a public institution. However, their high academic standards and low student-to-faculty ratio results in a high value for students. Indeed, the gross price of tuition for a year of Ashland's excellent academics is $23,000. After room, board, books, and other expenses are tallied, campus dwelling students see a gross sticker price of $37,000. Students on campus pay a little less, with their total costs tallying around $33,000.

These gross costs are also allayed somewhat once the financial aid professionals get to work. Ashland's actual, average net price is far better, at $20,000. The average net price for the lowest income bracket is a mere $19,000 and households with income over $110k/year pay just under $24,000 for a year of tuition, room, and board, among other expenses.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $19,758
Average Total Aid $12,898
Students Receiving Financial Aid 99%
Room & Board $10,340

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $21,980
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $21,980
  • Books and Supplies - $912
  • Room & Board - $10,340
  • Other - $2,596


Ashland University's academic reputation is well-known throughout the Midwest and the nation. Their graduates go on to achieve very impressive things. Researchers look for the root of these reputations in educational statistics such as retention rates, graduation rates, and class sizes.

The retention rate is a statistic that reliably shows researchers how many first-time, full-time students return to campus after their first year. The better the return ratio the higher students esteem the campus. That is, they will return if they are satisfied with the school's faculty, curricula, and campus resources. Since 77% of Ashland students report back for a second year, researchers see the school as delivering high value to students and their families.

Ashland not only retains its first-year students in high numbers, but they also produce solid graduation numbers. Their overall graduation rate is 62% with a 27% transfer-out rate. Since transfer students tend to leave for more challenging programs, it's clear that Ashland prepares them for success. Thus, approximately 89% of all Ashland students can be said to either graduate on the Ashland campus or elsewhere.

One factor that contributes to this academic success is the student-to-faculty ratio. Ashland students enjoy a 16 to 1 ratio, which translates into accessible instructors and professors. Students in smaller classes often find the freedom to pursue individual research projects.

Student Population Total

Student Population 5,091

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 224 Total Graduates / 29%
Nursing Practice 209 Graduates
Dietetics/Dietitian 12 Graduates
Athletic Training/Trainer 3 Graduates
All Business Majors 133 Total Graduates / 17%
Business/Commerce, General 33 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 21 Graduates
Accounting 18 Graduates
Finance, General 15 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 124 Total Graduates / 16%
Communication, General 107 Graduates
Radio and Television 8 Graduates
Journalism, Other 4 Graduates
Organizational Communication, General 3 Graduates
All Education Majors 80 Total Graduates / 10%
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities 23 Graduates
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs 20 Graduates
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 15 Graduates
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 10 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 49 Total Graduates / 6%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 22 Graduates
Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology 22 Graduates
Toxicology 3 Graduates
Biochemistry 2 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 12%

Outcome & Salary

Ashland University students work hard to attain the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in the working world. While there is never a guarantee that an education will result in any sort of salary, it's worthwhile to review the median salaries of previous graduates. Of the top-earning Ashland graduates, registered nursing students kick off their careers earning the most. Their reporting shows a median salary of $56,000. At the lower end, health and physical fitness graduates show a median salary of $38,000.

Given the high-quality education available at Ashland, it's not hard to think that their graduates will soon enroll in top graduate programs and see their earnings soar.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $64,800
College Grads Average Salary $63,489
College Grads Mid Career Salary $43,900
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $634,890
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,073,890
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $79,032
10 Year Projected ROI $555,858
20 Year Projected ROI $994,858
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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