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|Motto||"Accent on the Individual"|
|The Brethren Church|
|Campus||Suburban; 135 acres (55 ha)|
|Colors||Purple and Gold|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – GLIAC|
|Mascot||Tuffy the Eagle|
Ashland University is a mid-sized private university in Ashland, Ohio. The university consists of a 135-acre (55 ha) main campus and several off-campus centers throughout central and northern Ohio. Ashland was founded in 1878 as Ashland College, and is affiliated with the Brethren Church.
Today, the university offers nearly 70 undergraduate majors and nine pre-professional programs. In addition, it offers most traditional liberal arts majors as well as a wide range of majors in business and education. The education program, which offers pre-K through doctorate level courses, is one of the largest among independent and state institutions in Ohio.[ citation needed]
The university consists of four Colleges—the College of Arts and Sciences, the Schar College of Education, the Dauch College of Business and Economics, and the Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, including a graduate school. In addition, Ashland Theological Seminary, a division of Ashland University, offers a doctor of ministry degree as well as a number of master's degrees.
- 1 History
- 2 Colleges
- 3 Accreditation
- 4 Ranking
- 5 Students and faculty
- 6 Athletics
- 7 Centers
- 8 Notable alumni
- 9 References
- 10 External links
On May 28, 1877, a town meeting was held in Ashland, Ohio, where the citizens 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.[ citation needed] The church and community fundraising 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 February 20 and a church-related, co-educational institution was established.
In April 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 Sep 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.[ citation needed]
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, including a master of education and master of business administration, 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. 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 on campus during the 1980s 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 began a campaign to raise money to construct a 49,000-square-foot academic and nursing building on the University's Balgreen Campus in Mansfield.[ citation needed] The building opened for classes on June 20, 2014.
The academic programs of the College of Arts and Sciences are housed in eight buildings across the campus. The Kettering Science Center, home to the Departments of Biology/Toxicology and Chemistry/Geology/Physics, was renovated and expanded in 2006 and includes laboratories and specialized equipment rooms for teaching and research in biological, computer, and physical sciences as well as a 2,500-square-foot (230 m2) greenhouse. The Center for the Arts includes the Hugo Young Theatre, studio theatre, Don Coburn Art Gallery, studios for WRDL-FM and TV-20, the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall, and is home to the Departments of Art, Music, Theatre and Communication Arts. The Center for the Humanities in Bixler Hall houses the Departments of English, Philosophy, Foreign Languages, the Writing Studio, and the Ashland Center for Nonviolence. The Department of Religion is in the Rinehart Center for Religious Studies. Patterson Technology Center houses the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as well as the Office of Information Technology and the Center for English Studies. Andrews Hall is home to the Department of History/Political Science. The Claremont Building houses Criminal Justice/Sociology and Social Work. Psychology is located within the Dwight Schar College of Education.
- WRDL (88.9 FM) is an educational radio station broadcasting a Top 40 format. Licensed to Ashland, Ohio, USA, the station serves the Mid-Ohio area. The station is owned and operated by Ashland University.
The Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics building, which includes the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies wing, opened for classes in January 2004. This 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) building serves as the home for business administration, supply chain management,  economics and MBA programs and features a trading room with Wall Street-style workstations and wall-mounted displays with market news for Ashland University's student investment group, an executive education center, computer labs, tiered lecture hall and product development lab.
The Executive Eagle is the official newsletter of the Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics. It is published twice a year and was made available on the web, starting in the fall of 2006. Many of the stories included are written or compiled by undergraduate students.
The two-story, 52,000-square-foot (4,800 m2) Dwight Schar College of Education building opened in March 2006 and is home to the undergraduate teacher education program as well as the master of education program and doctor of education program. The building features 12 classrooms, four seminar rooms, 60 faculty and staff offices, several commons or meeting areas, a media center, peer teaching studio with one-way viewing mirror and 165-seat lecture hall. The building's two-way interactive distance learning capability allows the College to do live broadcasts from several locations inside the facility.
Ashland's education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) at the basic and advanced levels. Approval to offer the Master of Education degree was granted by the Ohio Board of Regents in 1975. Approval for offering certification for the Master of Education degree was granted by the Ohio Department of Education in 1976. Additionally, licensure and endorsement programs are approved by the Ohio Department of Education.
The Ashland University College of Nursing evolved from a hospital-based diploma program that was established in 1919 by the Mansfield General Hospital.
Founded in 1997 under MedCentral and acquired by Ashland University in 2010, the College of Nursing is a private institution of higher education offering programs of study leading to the baccalaureate degree in nursing. Together, the rich tradition of the School of Nursing and now the College of Nursing has served the communities of North Central Ohio for more than 85 years. The College of Nursing currently boasts more than 1,500 nursing alumni who are leaders in their profession.
Ashland University completed a $15.5 million campaign – "Compassion, Community, Commitment ... Building a Healthy Tomorrow" – to build a 46,000-square-foot academic building for the new Dwight Schar College of Nursing on the school's Balgreen Campus at Trimble Road and Marion Avenue in Mansfield. The campaign received a $5 million lead gift from Ashland University alumnus and longtime supporter Dwight Schar.
Groundbreaking for the Dwight Schar College of Nursing took place on June 16, 2011. The new facility includes a number of clinical laboratories housed within the Simulation Center, including a Health Foundations lab, Family Health lab, Adult Health lab, Complex Health lab, ICU/CCU/NICU, Advanced Care lab, Community Health Home Care lab, and four patient examination labs. Other spaces in the building include traditional classrooms, faculty/staff offices, student study and lounge areas, and student support spaces.
The building opened for fall nursing classes on August 20, 2012 and a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony took place on October 12, 2012. Ashland University nursing students complete their first two years of the program on the Ashland University campus in Ashland and then move to the Mansfield campus for the last two years of education and clinical studies.
Created in 2010, Founders School offers the following programs and services: Professional Development Services, Telego Center for Educational Improvement, Division of Adult Studies, Gill Center for Business and Economic Education, PSEOP/Dual Credit, Continuing Education Certificate Training and Veteran Services.
Ashland University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree. Individual programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, the American Association of Theological Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council on Social Work Education, the American Chemical Society, the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
GetEducated.com ranked Ashland University's Master of Business Administration in the top 40 "Best Buys in Online MBAs" in October 2012. GetEducated.com surveyed 107 regionally accredited universities in the United States to determine the list, comparing and reviewing tuition costs and online learning fees. The list consists of 53 of the most affordable online MBA degrees in the nation. Ashland University was one of only two Ohio institutions recognized by GetEducated.com on that list. 
Ashland University was named as one of the top 15 over-performing colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in December 2012. The publication looked at data from its Best Colleges 2013, then took peer assessments and compared the information to the actual rankings. Ashland University's performance is 58 places above its peer assessments, placing it among the top 15 over-performing schools in the country.  Ashland University was ranked by Forbes in 2013 as number 20 on the "Twenty-Five Colleges With the Worst Return on Investment" list. 
The university enrolls nearly 6,700 students, 2,200 of whom are full-time undergraduate students. 76% of students are from Ohio. 1,700 students are involved in at least one of the 115 clubs and organizations on campus. There are 200 faculty, and 80% hold the highest degree in their field. The student to faculty ratio is 16:1. More than 50 percent of the students are in graduate level programs. 95% of students receive financial aid based on academics, talents and need.
Ashland University participates in NCAA Division II for athletics. Ashland's athletic teams are known as the Eagles, and the colors are purple and gold.  Ashland participates in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 
Ashland offers athletic scholarships in 11 men's and 11 women's sports – with the men competing in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, swimming, tennis and wrestling, and the women competing in basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball. The University recently constructed a $23 million athletic complex that features a 5,200-seat football stadium, a 1,000-seat stadium for track & field and soccer, and a state-of-the-art training facility.
Ashland students have won more than 650 All-America honors, 56 national championships and one Sullivan Award. With more than 800 student athletes, Eagle athletics has consistently been ranked in the Top 10 of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings and was the top ranked Division II athletic program in the country in 2015.
- Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS), a graduate division of Ashland University, is an evangelical seminary located in Ashland, Ohio, with extension campuses in Cleveland, Columbus and Detroit.
- Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs is an academic center at Ashland University, dedicated by Ronald Reagan on May 9, 1983. One emphasis of the center is promoting the study of American history, government, politics, and constitutional interpretation for young people, teachers, and scholars. The Ashbrook Center was established and named in honor of the late Congressman John M. Ashbrook (1928–1982) who represented Ohio's 17th Congressional district for 21 years. Ashbrook was an American politician of the Republican Party who served in the United States House of Representatives from Ohio from 1961 until his death.
- Ray Novotny '30 – NFL player, Portsmouth Spartans, Cleveland Indians and Brooklyn Dodgers
- Abiy Ahmed – Prime minister of Ethiopia, received MBA through Ashland-Ethiopia partnership
- Gil Dodds '41 – Set the American record for the mile in 1942 and in 1943 was honored with the Sullivan Award
- Dwight Schar '64 – Chairman, President and CEO Northern Virginia/Ryan Homes
- Peter Linneman '73 – Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate, Finance and Public Policy, Wharton School of Business
- Dwier Brown '80 – Actor; Field of Dreams, The Thorn Birds
- Robin Meade '91 — CNN news anchor, 1992 Miss Ohio
- Jamie Meder '14 — American football player
- Detrick Hughes '11 - Author/Poet
- Bayard Elfvin '03 – US National soccer team goalkeeper
- Jeris Pendleton '11 – Defensive Lineman, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Carlin Isles '12 (attended two years) — United States National Rugby Sevens Team
- J. Garber Drushal — the eighth President of The College of Wooster
- Madalyn Murray O'Hair — Founder of American Atheists
- Tim Richmond (attended one year) — NASCAR driver
- Xiong Ru-Lin — Chinese singer
- Mike Wright (attended one year) — Defensive end for the New England Patriots
- Benjamin Bolger — a perpetual student who has earned 14 degrees
- Bruce McLarty (received doctorate) – president of Harding University
- Adam Shaheen '17, - NFL Tight End, Chicago Bears
- BS & MBA in Supply Chain
- "Ashland University". U.S. News & World Report.
- "Best Affordable Online MBA Degrees Accredited Regionally". geteducated.com. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- "Which Ranked Universities Are Doing Better Than Their Academic Reputations?". www.usnews.com November 29, 2012.
- The Eagles Online Archived September 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine – The mascot of the Eagles is Tuffy. Ashland University Athletics
- Recruiting Information for Ashland University Athletics Archived March 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine