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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.
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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.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Town: Fringe|
|Student Faculty Ratio||16:1|
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AU Acceptance Rate and Admissions
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Recommended|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Recommended|
|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|
|Average Total Aid||$12,898|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||99%|
|Room & Board||$10,340|
- 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
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|Health Professions and Related Programs||224 Total Graduates / 29%|
|Nursing Practice||209 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|
|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|
|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.
|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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