Ashland University

Ashland, OH

Ashland University

Ashland, OH

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Accent on the individual

At Ashland University, we believe in an individualized educational experience. We’ll listen and work with you to put you on the best path to reach your goals and figure out what you want to do in life. Our personalized approach includes small class sizes, one-on-one assistance, and staff who are ready to support you in the ways you need it most. AU is a liberal arts college, which means you’ll get your degree while learning skills like critical thinking, communication, and creative problem-solving. We’re proud to say that we teach students how to think—not what to think.

Located in Ashland, Ohio, our midsized private institution sits conveniently between Cleveland and Columbus. Ashland has 18 local parks, a skydiving center, an escape room, and a budding downtown filled with local eats, treats, and boutiques. We have over 60 majors at Ashland, including notable programs in Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Forensic Science, and Nursing. Students also have access to opportunities through study abroad, our honors program, and the top-rated Ashbrook Center. Exciting academic experiences along with 130 clubs and campus organizations make Ashland University the perfect place for any student looking to make an impact in the world and find where they belong.



Ranked among the top Forensic Science, Education Management, and Special Education programs in Ohio


Bachelor of Science in Education ranked among the top 25 in the nation and first among private schools


Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences ranked among the top 100 private nursing schools in the country


Online bachelor’s in Criminal Justice ranked among the top 25 in the nation and second among Ohio schools


Ranked among the best online programs for Master of Education, MBA, undergraduate Business, and other bachelor’s degrees | U.S. News & World Report

The Ashland Promise 

We promise to teach you how to think, not what to think. We promise to work with you to create an individualized plan for your future, and we promise you an affordable education. We promise you will be guided by mentors invested in you as an individual. They will, within a diverse community of respect, design personalized transformative experiences to develop you as a person who works, serves, and leads with integrity. And we promise you a lifelong commitment as we continue to help you discern your life calling and make a positive impact on your family, community, and the world at large.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I’ve had a great experience in the [Ashland] Nursing program so far. Even though I’m a commuter and a mom with a small child, my academic advisor has really stepped in to make sure I’m on track, I have what I need, and I’m staying connected to other students on campus.”

    • Mara Collins
      Class of 2023
  • “I chose Ashland because as soon as I stepped on the field, I knew I wanted to play football here. And as soon as I walked into Convo, I knew for sure I wanted to come here. I’m studying Biology to become a marine biologist.”

    • Nabil Abdus-Salaam
      Class of 2024
  • “After moving to Ashland in fifth grade, I started attending AU sporting events. One of the coolest moments was seeing the women’s basketball team win the national championship in Columbus. The atmosphere was incredible, and it was just this huge event for both the University and the community.”

    • Jack Vance
      Class of 2023