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Undergrad Profile

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private, comprehensive university conveniently located in a small city less than one hour from Akron and Cleveland, and one and a half hours from Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. 

The University is home to more than 5,700 students.

The campus
Situated on a beautiful 135-acre campus with trees, brick walkways, and flower gardens, Ashland University affords close proximity to the big city while offering the advantages of an intimate campus experience in a small-town setting. The University has made major investments in its facilities during the past several years. The main campus contains 45 buildings, including the new Dwight Schar Athletic Complex which features a football stadium, a soccer and track stadium, and end zone facility consisting of offices, locker rooms, a weight room, and an athletic training area.

Many new academic buildings have been constructed in the last decade, including the Dwight Schar College of Education; the Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics; Dwight Schar College of Nursing; and a renovation and addition to Kettering Science Center. Also, a new 110,000-sq. ft. Recreation and Rybolt Sport Sciences Center was opened in 2006.

The University features a strong academic reputation, offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including unique majors such as fashion merchandising, toxicology, environmental science, dietetics, health and risk communication, athletic training, and journalism/digital media. In addition, the University offers most pre-professional programs such as pre-medicine, pre-dentisty, and pre-veterinary medicine as well as traditional liberal arts majors and a wide range of majors in business, education, and the health sciences.

The education program, which offers PreK through doctorate-level courses, is one of the largest and most reputable among institutions in Ohio and was recently named the Top Private College in Ohio by the Online College Database. Academic programs are enhanced by an Honors Program and the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public
Affairs, which offers additional
academic opportunities for history and political science majors and minors.

Student-faculty ratio
All courses at Ashland University are taught by faculty and professional instructors. More than 80% of Ashland University’s faculty members hold a terminal degree. Ashland’s average class size is 16 students.


Ashland University provides an exceptional educational experience that has been recognized for both its academic excellence and its value. This is illustrated by the large percentage of AU students who succeed immediately following graduation. We are proud to say that 94% of the 2014 graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Student life
Life at Ashland is defined by a tremendous sense of community and caring, with abundant opportunities for leadership, service, and fun. Beginning in their freshman year, AU students are encouraged to get involved on campus in areas such as research, theater productions, Greek life, religious activities, and intramurals. More than 100 clubs and organizations provide students with countless opportunities to grow and mature beyond the classroom. The University has received recognition for its student activities programming from the National Association for College Activities, as well as for its food service from the National Association of College and University Food Service. The city of Ashland also has been listed in FBI studies as having the lowest violent crime rate of any city its size in the state.

Ashland University has a rich heritage in NCAA Division II athletics, one that is paved with a “tradition of champions.” Ashland offers athletic scholarships in nine men’s and 10 women’s sports. Men compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track, swimming, and wrestling; women compete in basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Ashland’s athletics program recently finished second in the NCAA Division II Director’s Cup standings. Several world-class and Olympic athletes have recently graduated and train at AU.




Notable Alumni

Dwight Schar ’64
Chairman, President and CEO
Northern Virginia/Ryan Homes

Jamie Meder ’14
NFL Defensive Lineman

Robin Meade ’91
CNN News Morning Anchor
Miss Ohio 1993