Ashland University: Where Heritage and Innovation Meet


For over 140 years, Ashland University has been home to individuals striving for academic, professional and spiritual growth. With a focus on rigorous academic pursuits, Ashland students develop critical thinking, leadership and professional skills. Rooted in faith and tradition with an unwavering commitment toward “accent on the individual,” Ashland University offers students an environment that promotes values and respect toward each person and their spirituality.

Ashland University is proud of its long heritage, with over 50,000 alumni across the globe. AU sees its students holistically and is compelled by a deep belief that each student was created for a unique purpose that only he or she can fulfill, and while at AU, that purpose — for both work and life — will become clearer as students discern their life-calling and thrive.

Higher education institutions must be flexible to take on the challenges and opportunities of a constantly changing world. Ashland University has done this with continued innovation in campus facilities, programs and the opportunities it offers students. In the last several years, Ashland has substantially upgraded its beautiful 135-acre campus to include new academic buildings, athletic complex and a recreation and sport sciences center. The $15.5 million Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences opened in 2012 and is home to a nationally recognized Simulation Center where nursing students encounter realistic patient responses and outcomes that are vital to their learning experience.

Ashland University is one of only a few schools in North America to offer an undergraduate degree in Toxicology, opening students up for careers in medicine, drug development, forensics and environmental science, as well as professional health programs like medical school. Over 95 percent of graduates from the sciences programs at Ashland go on to STEM-related careers, far above the 50 percent national average. Beginning in fall 2017, Ashland University began offering a new academic concentration in Medical Laboratory Science that allows students in the biology program to complete a fourth year at Cleveland Clinic’s School of Medical Laboratory Science and become eligible for certification as a medical laboratory scientist.

Students at Ashland University have access to and opportunities for real-word experiences and research from day one, unique to a school its size. The close relationships students develop with faculty are a hallmark of the educational experience at AU. From presenting at conferences, co-authoring peer-reviewed publications and research projects, to in-classroom teaching from freshman year and internships, AU students gain the experience needed to stand out and be competitive in their professional lives after graduation.

The one-on-one relationships with faculty, the challenging and innovative academic programs and collective sense of community are only a few of the reasons students cite for coming to, and staying at, Ashland University. And the fact that Ashland University was ranked in the Top Tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report’s National Universities category for 2018 shows the University is doing this very well.

At Ashland University, the accent is truly on you, the student. The University has created a unique personalized and transformative learning experience, where students graduate not only well-prepared for careers, but as well-rounded global citizens ready to make a difference and lead in their personal and professional lives. At AU, students are taught how to think, not what to think. To request more information and apply, please visit ashland.edu.

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