Ashland University

Ashland, OH 44805

Established in 1878, Ashland University is a private university in Ashland, Ohio. It is affiliated with the Brethren Church. 60 students enrolled during the first school year. For the 2018 school year, over 5,700 students were enrolled. The university offers almost 70 undergraduate programs and 9 graduate programs. It is structured into four colleges, including the Dwight Schar College of Nursing. The Mansfield General Hospital established the college in 1919. In 2010, the college was acquired by Ashland University. The new building for the College of Nursing opened in 2012. The 46,000-square-foot building cost nearly $20 million, including $5 million from alumni.

Ashland University offers four undergraduate nursing programs. These CCNE-accredited programs include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, LPN to BSN, and RN to BSN. Students that decide to enroll in the traditional BSN program spend their first two years completing core coursework. Clinical experiences at local hospitals and clinics begin during their junior year. The accelerated program is completed in 15 months over 4 semesters. Students also complete 64 credit hours of clinical, laboratory, and observation instruction. Registered nurses who want to obtain their BSN may enroll in an online RN to BSN program. The online courses allow RNs to continue working while they earn their degree.


Campus LocaleFringe Town
Campus SizeMedium
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Brethren Church
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate77%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 14 121
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 2
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1938 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
05/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
05/05/2016 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT965 to 1180
ACT20 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$913/credit
In State Students$913/credit
Out of State Students$913/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$523/credit
In State Students$523/credit
Out of State Students$523/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $41,085 $41,085 $41,085
ADN 70 $63,910 $63,910 $63,910
BSN 125 $114,125 $114,125 $114,125
FNP 50 $26,150 $26,150 $26,150
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 98% of Ashland University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 38% $4,548
Other Federal Grant 13% $1,806
State Grant & Scholarships 27% $2,764
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 95% $9,755
Federal Student Loans 83% $6,420
Private Loans 15% $11,299


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$15,543
$30,001 to $48,000$16,720
$48,001 to $75,000$20,248
$75,001 to $110,000$22,852
Over $110,000$22,441

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Ohio state board of nursing.

Ashland University
401 College Avenue
Ashland, OH 44805

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