Ashland University Sees Large Freshman Class for 2016-17 and Overall Strong Enrollment

Ashland University Sees Large Freshman Class for 2016-17 and Overall Strong Enrollment

10/6/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University has started the 2016-2017 academic year with one of the largest freshman classes in recent years and one of the largest total enrollments in AU’s 138-year history.

“We have 740 new freshmen and transfers making this year’s new student class one of the largest classes in recent years,” said Michael Hollenbaugh, vice president for enrollment management. “In addition, our total enrollment with graduate programs and off-campus centers has reached 6,579, which is the third highest total enrollment ever recorded at the university.”

AU President Dr. Carlos Campo said, “We are very pleased with the quality and diversity of students who have decided to attend Ashland University this fall. Our admission staff, as well as our faculty and coaches, should be commended for their efforts in recruiting these students.”

Official numbers show AU’s traditional undergraduate on-campus enrollment for the fall 2016 semester at 2,372 students, compared to 2,297 last year and 2,279 in 2014.

AU’s fall 2016 total enrollment, which includes those enrolled in graduate courses and at off-campus centers, is 6,579 students, which is up over the total enrollment of 5,677 in 2015 and 5,737 in 2014. It also is the third highest total enrollment in the institution’s history, ranking only behind the total enrollments in 2003 and 2004.

“We are very excited because our graduate programs are showing some very strong growth again,” Hollenbaugh said. “Ashland University has done extremely well in meeting the changing educational needs of educators and business professionals as well as those who are interested in online education.”

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and 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.                                                                                ###