6/23/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland, Ohio, home of Ashland University, is listed as the eighth most affordable college town in the United States as ranked by Great Value Colleges website.
Great Value Colleges ranked the top 50 Great Affordable College Towns in the U.S. and Ashland placed eighth with a cost of living index of 88.5 and an average cost of a one-bedroom apartment at $515.
As part of the ranking for Ashland, the website noted that “There is something refreshing about a small town that advertises itself as ‘The World Headquarters of Nice People.’ According to a 2012 report by U.S. News & World Report, Ashland University is a top 15 ‘over-performing’ college with an actual academic performance that is much higher than its peer assessments would suggest.”
The Great Value Colleges website said the list was compiled based on the best cost-of-living index scores as published by the Council for Community and Economic Research. The cost-of-living index considers such factors as grocery items, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care.
“There is an undeniable vibrance, charm, and romance about a great college town,” the website noted. “In very practical terms, a local community that caters to the college population can have significant benefits for students – culturally, socially and economically. For the value-conscious who want to experience this fully, we’re pleased to present this list of 50 great affordable college towns.”
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Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) 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. ###