#15 Best Private Colleges in Ohio

Ashland University

Ashland, Ohio

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Ashland University overview
Location Ashland, Ohio
Online ashland.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Town Fringe
Religious Affiliation Brethren Church
Ashland University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Ashland University, located in Ashland, Ohio, is a private institution founded in 1878. Known for its picturesque campus, the university features a notable Gothic Revival architecture, which contributes to its academic atmosphere. The campus is situated roughly midway between Cleveland and Columbus, providing access to metropolitan resources while maintaining a small-town feel. Ashland offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and online programs, with a particular emphasis on the Dwight Schar College of Education, which has garnered attention for its teacher education programs. The university operates on a rolling admissions policy, with a somewhat selective process. On-campus living is supported with several residence halls and apartment-style housing options for students. While not predominantly known for its athletic achievements, Ashland University's sports teams, known as the Eagles, compete in the NCAA Division II across various sports.

In the most recent statistical year 4,565 prospective students applied, and 3,276 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 528 enrolled in the school.  2,699 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,475 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $23,000 plus fees of $1,140. Ashland College is ranked 480 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Ashland College is rated within the top 45% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Ashland University overview
SAT 1073/1250
ACT 20/26
GPA 3.54

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Ashland University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$912
Other Fees$1,140
Room and Board $11,440
Budget for Other Expenses$2,596
Total One Year Cost$39,088

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$40,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

61% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Ashland University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 36%
Education 20%
Health Professions 15%
Biology 4%
Social Sciences 4%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=201104 IPEDS survey data for Ashland University.

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