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About Ashford University

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private



4 Years

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Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

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Ashford University (AU) is a web for-profit institution headquartered in San Diego, California. It is a holding of Zovio (formerly called Bridgepoint Education), an education technology services company.

The university offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in more than 50-degree programs online. The university consists of five colleges: the Division of General Education, the Forbes School of Business & Technology (FSBT), the College of Education, the College of Health, Human Services, and Science, and the College of Liberal Arts. Ashford is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Ashford University gets approximately 95% of its money from the US federal, including $41 million from military tuition assistance and $26 million from GI Bill funds. Ashford University has partnered with more than 100 companies to offer tuition discounts and a limited number of full-tuition grants.

Partner companies include T-Mobile, Bridgestone, Hewlett Packard, Zurich Insurance Group, and Comcast. More than 1,000 students have used the full-tuition grant to get a degree at Ashford University.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Ashford University employs 191 full-time faculty and a couple of,466 part-time faculty. The university consists of five colleges:

  • Forbes School of Business and Technology

  • College of Education

  • College of Health, Human Services, and Science

  • College of Liberal Arts

  • Honors College

AU has a diverse student population. Its undergraduate population is 42% white, 36% black, 13% Hispanic, 4% 2 or more races, and 1% Asian. According to SEC reports, approximately 71% of the student body is female, and the average age is 35. According to the US Department of Education's College Scorecard, Ashford University has a 16% graduation rate and a 23% student loan repayment rate.

Ashford University has got its accreditation from Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission (WASC) to offer various degree programs.

Ashford University is a private university located in All programs offered completely via Distance education. Around 87% of the students are 25 and over at Ashford University. At AU around 43% are white, 31% are Black or African American, and 16% belong to Hispanic ethnicity. And, when it comes to gender distribution at the varsity, around 70% of the students are females and 30% are males. The average earnings of its graduates is $41,200 with 80% being the employment rate six years after graduation. The school believes in the all-round growth of the students and, hence encourages students to take part in several sporting activities, conducted inside the campus. Students taking admission here will notice that the university boasts of a decent sports infrastructure. A total of 182 programs are currently offered by the varsity to the students. It includes both the residential as well as online programs. The university also has a long list of accreditations. It has been accredited by Higher Learning Commission, and WASC Senior College and University Commission.

Location & Contact


8620 Spectrum Center Boulevard


Email: N/A
Phone: 8667111700
Fax: 5632428684
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The ranking of a particular university helps a student decide where to apply, which is always a tough decision. Usually, the rankings of colleges/universities by Forbes and US News are considered trustworthy by applicants and experts. However, Ashford University doesn't feature in the list of top colleges, according to the latest rankings of these two publications. Generally, the ranking of a university is a great way to gauge its performance on several factors like research excellence, the performance of its students after graduation, student experience, and academic success.


Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

2nd Dec

Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


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Application Fee



Neither required nor recommended

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The students can make the most out of the admission process as the admission at the university is fairly easy. A non-refundable fee, along with the application form, is required to be deposited by the students, in order to complete the process. As a general rule of thumb, in order to improve one’s chances of securing admission, a person must score high on a standardised test like SAT or ACT. But, at Ashford University, the average SAT or ACT scores of students securing admission is not available. This points to the fact that scoring high on standardised tests is not an important criterion for this university. The candidates can apply for the courses online. However, in case they need information or want to feel the vibes, they visit the school's office at All programs offered completely via Distance education. They can also call them at (866) 711-1700.

Annual Cost to Attend

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Tuition fees and the cost of living during the course tenure are the next two things that a student should keep in mind before applying to AU. The annual full-time cost of attendance comes out to be approximately $26,352. The average annual tuition cost ($12,400), books and supplies ($1,070), and budget for other expenses ($5,195) are all included in this cost. If it sounds unaffordable to the applicant, there are numerous financial aid options available that they can explore.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.


Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar

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Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Business Administration, Management...

2,226 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

1,133 Graduates

Criminal Justice and Corrections

683 Graduates

Psychology, General

599 Graduates

Health and Medical Administrative S...

572 Graduates

Behavioral Sciences

493 Graduates

Human Resources Management and Serv...

316 Graduates

Education, General

242 Graduates

Alternative and Complementary Medic...

233 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

192 Graduates

Management Information Systems and...

145 Graduates

Human Development, Family Studies,...

139 Graduates


138 Graduates

Mental and Social Health Services a...

130 Graduates


93 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

89 Graduates

Finance and Financial Management Se...

87 Graduates

Natural Resources Conservation and...

87 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

86 Graduates


83 Graduates


77 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

76 Graduates

Entrepreneurial and Small Business...

71 Graduates

Social Sciences, General

69 Graduates

Real Estate

61 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

54 Graduates

Political Science and Government

52 Graduates


39 Graduates

Educational Assessment, Evaluation,...

37 Graduates

Library Science and Administration

36 Graduates


35 Graduates

Health Services/Allied Health/Healt...

33 Graduates

Military Applied Sciences

32 Graduates

Linguistic, Comparative, and Relate...

29 Graduates

Business/Managerial Economics

28 Graduates

Educational/Instructional Media Des...

27 Graduates

International Business

26 Graduates

Public Administration

22 Graduates

Teaching English or French as a Sec...

14 Graduates

Social and Philosophical Foundation...

9 Graduates

Sustainability Studies

9 Graduates

Family and Consumer Economics and R...

5 Graduates

Biology, General

2 Graduates

English Language and Literature/Let...

2 Graduates

Computer Science

1 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

1 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%


41% White

5% Unknown

33% Black

13% Hispanic

4% Two or more races

0% Non Resident alien

2% Asian

1% American Indian/Alaska native

1% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

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Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$62,011 per year

Campus Life


The institution does not provide on-campus housing facilities for students.

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The institution does not provide any meal plan options.

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Since the campus life of the students assumes an imperative part of their development and advancement, students at AU invest a lot of their time learning from the faculty members. Additionally, the students have an incredible breadth to learn and turn into a change-maker. The number of female and male students at the university are 30% and 70%, respectively.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$283 - 499

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

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and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

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Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.


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< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


As mentioned, if one finds the fees and cost of living at AU to be on the higher side, the financial aid department of the varsity would be of huge assistance. They can assist students with scholarships, grants, and student loans as well. The average financial aid at Ashford University is around $4,412 and the federal grant is $4,417. Meanwhile, the institutional aid offered to the students at AU stands at $4,412.

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