Ashland University: Narrative Description

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401 College Ave.
Ashland, OH 44805-3702
Tel: (419)289-4142
Free: 800-882-1548
Admissions: (419)289-5052
Fax: (419)289-5999
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Brethren Church. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1878. Setting: 98-acre small town campus with easy access to Cleveland. Endowment: $30.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5000 per student. Total enrollment: 6,922. Faculty: 590 (232 full-time, 358 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 2,111 applied, 85% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 45% from top quarter, 77% from top half. 11 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,535 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 324 students, 74% women, 26% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 23 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 8% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 18% 25 or older, 71% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 76% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Case Western Reserve University, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Purdue University, Drew University, American University, Merrill-Palmer Institute, Hunter College of the City University of New York. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $27,092 includes full-time tuition ($19,314), mandatory fees ($464), and college room and board ($7314). College room only: $3928. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to location and reciprocity agreements. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $593 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load, location, and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 90 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 14% of eligible men and 22% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Campus Activity Board, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Hope Fellowship, intramurals, Community Care. Major annual events: homecoming, Parents' Weekend, Banana Split Contest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,884 college housing spaces available; 1,525 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Ashland Library plus 2 others with 205,200 books, 318,000 microform titles, 1,625 serials, 3,550 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $744,378. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Five rubber manufacturers in Ashland produce most of the world's toy balloons. Other industries produce spray equipment, hydraulic cylinders, and clothing. Bus transportation is available while Mansfield Airport and Cleveland Airport furnish air transportation. Recreational facilities within the city are good and nearby Mohican State Park provides additional opportunities for fishing and camping.

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