Ashland University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Ashland University offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Ashland University

Ashland University is located on a 150-acre campus, about 50 miles southwest of Akron, Ohio. Specifically, the school is located on the outskirts of the city of Ashland. Founded in 1878, the school has been accredited since 1938 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked it number 190 in its 'national universities' category.


Ashland offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, six master's degree programs, two doctoral degree programs and three graduate-level licensure programs. The school operates four colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics, the Dwight Schar College of Education and the Dwight Schar College of Nursing. The school's graduate programs are offered on eight different campuses, including ones in Westlake, Columbus and Medina. The school boasts a 15 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio and, as of fall 2012, offers a 4-year graduation guarantee to all students.

The school's main, undergraduate campus houses three fraternities and four sororities. More than 250 students participate in one or more of 14 on-campus athletic groups. Students can also study abroad for a semester, a summer term or an entire year. The school operates special study-abroad programs in Taiwan and Costa Rica.


Applications can be submitted online via the university's website or in paper format by regular mail. Applicants must provide their high school or university transcripts (for transfer students) and ACT or SAT scores. Ohio residents are also required to submit their Ohio Graduation Test results. The college provides credit for college-level classes and Advanced Placement (AP) coursework, depending on test scores.

As of fall 2011, Ashland accepted 72% of applicants and enrolled a total of nearly 6,000 students. At that time, the majority of undergraduate students attended on a full-time basis, while the majority of graduate students attended on a part-time basis. During the same time frame, the student body was 77% Caucasian, 12% black or African American and two percent Hispanic or Latino.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition for the 2012-2013 school year, including room, board and fees is approximately $38,360 for full-time students. Students who enroll in fewer than 12 credit hours per semester pay $856 per credit hour. Graduate tuition costs, as of fall 2012, range from $233-$670 per credit, depending on the program in which a student enrolls. The school offers a payment plan that splits the cost of tuition across a 10-12 month period.

The school operates the Ashbrook Scholar Program, which awards a $2,000 scholarship to accepted participants, as well as eight other merit-based scholarships offering awards ranging from $7,000-$15,000. Additional scholarships are available to students who meet certain criteria or who are enrolled in certain academic programs, such as science or music. A TEACH grant is available to graduate students preparing to enter a teaching career.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Certificate programs, associate, bachelor's, master's, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation Brethren Church**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Fringe town**
Student Body Over 3,000 undergraduate and more than 2,800 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing Six residence halls available to freshman*
Schools and Programs Four colleges; more than 70 bachelor's degrees, six master's degrees, two doctoral degrees; three licensure programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 46% in four years**
60% in six years**
62% in eight years**
Admission Rate 72% in 2011**
Entering Class Size Approximately 599 students in 2011**
First Year Retention Rates 72% for full-time and 67% for part-time students**
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students SAT composite range: 1380-1630 in 2011; ACT composite range: 20-25 in 2011**
Application Due Date In 2012-2013: May 1st for the fall semester, October 1st for the spring semester*
Decision Notification Date In 2012-2013: Enrollment confirmation deadlines were July 1st for the fall semester and November 1st for the spring semester*
Tuition $28,582 per year for undergraduates (estimated cost for 2011-2012, including fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (44%), Pell grants (40%), state and local grants/scholarships (25%), institutional grants/scholarships (96%), federal student loans (93%), other student loans (11%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Aid 98% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Ashland University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, 401 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio 44805
  • Phone: (419) 289-4142
  • Website:

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