Ashland University

401 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio, USA | Private University | Established 1878

About us

Founded in 1878 as Ashland College, the name of the institution was changed to Ashland University on May 12, 1989. This change was a practical and logical step based on the many diverse undergraduate, graduate and professional programs offered by the institution.

Ashland continues to have a rich tradition as a private, comprehensive institution preparing students for exciting professions and careers. The University consists of four academic colleges - College of Arts & Sciences, Dauch College of Business & Economics, Schar College of Education and Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences - as well as the Graduate, Online and Adult Studies; the Founders School for Continuing Education; and Ashland Theological Seminary.

Ashland University places great emphasis on the importance of each individual. The phrase "Accent on the Individual" has been our motto for many years and characterizes well the nature and content of the campus environment. It means that our concern for the student extends beyond ensuring a quality education in the classroom and laboratory to include a commitment to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in every respect. Translating the ideas of the Mission Statement into the realities of everyday life is the responsibility of each Ashland University employee. These ideas must be evidenced daily in the classroom, residence halls, each teaching site, on the playing fields and in our interaction with others. It should be the goal of each Ashland University employee to ensure that our Mission Statement is not merely words on paper but a true reflection of who and what we actually are and intend to be in the future.

Why Ashland University

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. 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 include:

  • 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.

Some of the great reasons to come to Ashland University:

  • Ashland University is ranked in the Top 200 Universities by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Ashland University is one of the most affordable private schools in the country.

  • 70+ Undergraduate programs and majors; 10+ Master's programs (does not require GRE or GMAT); 2 Doctor's programs

  • Ashland offers conditional admission and Intensive English Program (IEP) for students who have low or no TOEFL/IELTS score.

  • Ashland's IEP program is one of only two programs in Ohio accredited by CEA.

  • Small classes, 16 students in the average class.

  • 94% of recent Ashland University graduates are employed or are in graduate school.

  • LG Corp's CEO is an alumnus of Ashland University.

  • Ashland, Ohio one of the safest communities of its size, conveniently located within an hour of three big cities. This means triple the amount of great shopping, dining, community and cultural activities along with awesome internship opportunities!
  • The International Club and community create a warm and welcoming environment, and offers many opportunities and events for international students.


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