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- Beautiful 135-acre campus located midway between Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, near Interstate 71.
- Ranked in the Top 200 National Universities by U.S. News and World Report.
- Undergraduate enrollment of 2,280 students, while total enrollment, including graduate programs and off-campus centers, is nearly 6,000.
- Graduate programs in business, education, theology, American history and government, and fine arts in creative writing.
- 15:1 student to faculty ratio
- Four-year graduation guarantee
- Five core values that foster excellence in teaching, character formation, academic freedom, moral integrity and individuality
- Modern, state-of-the-art facilities in a traditional campus setting
- 1,400 students involved in at least one of 115 clubs and organizations on campus
- Unique core curriculum that teaches students to think with reason, act with skill and live with values
- 80% of faculty holds a Ph.D. or other terminal degree
- 98% of students receive financial aid based on academics, talents and needs
- Top 10 in the NCAA Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings for the fourth year in a row
History of Ashland University
On June 28, 1877, a town meeting was held in Ashland, Ohio, where the citizens of Ashland were to consider a proposal from members of the German Baptist Brethren Church to establish an institution of higher education. The Ashland Press reported that the citizens were promised the college would locate there if their city would raise $10,000. The church and community fund raising campaign proved to be a success and on Feb. 17, 1878, a meeting was held to add up their campaign funds and make final plans. The success of the campaign was announced, the College was chartered on Feb. 20 and a church-related, co-educational institution was established.
In April of 1878, the board of trustees decided to purchase the “most desirable plot in town - 28 acres on the hill.” The first buildings to be constructed were Founders Hall and Allen Hall, constructed from bricks made on the site. Classes opened at Ashland College on Sept. 17, 1879, with somewhere around 60 students and eight faculty members.
The new institution grew slowly during its first few decades, but enrollment reached the 200 mark shortly after the turn of the century. By the 1950s, the College had added many new programs of study and experienced rapid growth from about 300 students to more than 2,500 in 1970. By 1972, Ashland faced a financial crisis as a result of a decline in enrollment and stagnating economy. But shortly after this, several new programs were created and a number of off-campus centers were developed.
In 1988, the North Central Association had renewed its accreditation of Ashland’s educational programs, and it was a time of renewal for the college. Enrollment grew by leaps and bounds, a campus beautification was begun and the future looked very bright. In 1989, college officials decided to change the name of the institution to Ashland University. This change to university status reflected more accurately what the institution had become, with total student enrollment around the 5,600 mark and almost evenly divided between graduate and undergraduate students.
Progress continued during the 1990s and 2000s with the construction of several new academic buildings, a new Recreation Center, Student Center and Athletic Complex, and the expansion of centers in Columbus and Massillon/Stark. In addition, in 2010, the University acquired MedCentral Health System’s College of Nursing in Mansfield and constructed 50,000-square-foot academic and nursing building on the University’s Balgreen Campus in Mansfield. This facility opened in fall of 2012.
Today, Ashland University has grown to nearly 6,000 total students. The University continues to value 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 students.
Dwight Schar ’64
Chairman, President and CEO
Northern Virginia/Ryan Homes
Seventh largest homebuilder in the U.S.
Robin Meade ’91
CNN News Morning Anchor
Miss Ohio 1993
Bon-Moo Koo ’72
Chairman, LG Group
One of largest companies in Korea
Thomas Gill ’08
Was credited in a 1930 Chicago Tribune article as one of
seven men who participated in the discovery of Pluto.
Gil Dodds ’41
Set the American record for the mile in 1942 and
in 1943 was honored with the prestigious Sullivan Award.
Dwier Brown ’80
Field of Dreams, The Thorn Birds
Dr. Peter Linneman
Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate,
Finance and Public Policy,
Wharton School of Business
Dan Bogden ’78
Former U.S. Attorney
State of Nevada
The late Thomas Van Meter ’65
Former President Pro Tempore
Ohio State Senate
Blair Mintz ’79
(TV’s Len Cannon)
Former Correspondent – NBC Dateline
Substitute Anchor – NBC Nightly News/MSNBC
Campus Map and Directions