Ashford University

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Located in Clinton, Iowa, Ashford University's campus is near the Mississippi river and in between Chicago and Des Moines.  Ashford University is a coeducational liberal arts university that offers both on-campus and online degree programs.  There are more than 25 undergraduate degree programs and three graduate degree programs to choose. Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC),

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Ashford University's Mission

To provide accessible, affordable, innovative, high-quality learning opportunities and degree programs that meet the diverse needs of individuals pursuing integrity in their lives, professions and communities.

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Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

Successful completion of the below programs by themselves do not lead to certification or licensure in any state. These degree programs will not make one eligible for traditional or alternative teacher certification or licensure in the State of Georgia or the State of Hawaii.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Language Learner Studies
  • Master of Arts in Education

Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Founded by the Sisters of St. Francis in 1918 as Mount St. Clare College, it became the Franciscan University in 2002, and Ashford University in 2005.  Ashford University continues its original mission to provide affordable but innovative education to adult learners.


Ashford University offers a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in a range of majors.  Students may double-major or add a minor or specialization to any of the bachelor's degree programs.  Ashford University also offers three Master's Degree programs through its adult accelerated ASPIRE program.

Ashford's traditional on-campus academic calendar follows the semester system. Fall semester runs from late August to early December.  Spring semester runs from early January to late April. The University also offers a May Term that runs for 3 weeks.  Additionally, there is a 6-week Summer Term that runs from the end of May until the beginning of July.

Ashford University's online programs classes run continuously, rather than in semesters.  You can take one course at a time in sequence.  As soon as you complete a course, you move to the next course without a break. You can enroll and begin your course sequence in a degree program anytime.  Online students can participate at their own pace and on their own schedule, as long as they log in at least two times per week on separate days.


Ashford University students may pursue their bachelor's degree program in one of four colleges:

College of Business and Professional Studies

  • Accounting
  • Professional Accounting Program
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Leadership
  • Computer Graphic Design
  • Finance
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • Sports and Recreation Management

College of Education

  • Business Education
  • Elementary Education (grades K-8)
  • Physical Education

College of Health, Human Services and Science

  • Health Care Administration
  • Natural Science
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Health Science Administration

College of Liberal Arts

  • English and Communication
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • Liberal Arts
  • Social and Criminal Justice
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Sustainable Enterprise Management
  • Visual Art

Ashford University offers an affordable and convenient accelerated degree program for working adults who wish to complete their bachelor's degree or get a master's degree.  ASPIRE stands for: Accelerated, Specialized, Personal, Innovative, Rewarding, Education.  Students enrolled in the ASPIRE program may attend accelerated 5-week bachelor's courses or 6-week master's courses one night per week at Ashford's campus in Clinton, Iowa.  Students may transfer up to 99 approved college credits toward a bachelor's degree in the ASPIRE program.

Degrees offered through the University's ASPIRE program include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Management
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Flavian Achievement Center assists Ashford University students of all levels in achieving and maintaining academic competency through individual tutoring, group study or participation in competency-based activities. All services at the Center are free and are provided by professional staff and peer tutors.  The Center offers make-up testing for students who miss a course test for acceptable reasons.

Student Life

Ashford University has an active student community, offering opportunities to get involved in leadership groups, athletics and local events.  There are many clubs and special interest organizations on campus including:

  • Ashford-Clinton Unity (ACU)
  • Ashford Junior-Senior Honor Society
  • Ashford University Pre Law Society
  • Ashford Student Iowa State Education Association (ASISEA)
  • AU Life
  • Campus Pals
  • Cheerocracy
  • Concert Choir
  • Environmental Club Association
  • Fine Arts Club
  • Hall Council
  • Inspirational Gospel Choir
  • Latin American Student Organization (L.A.S.O.)
  • Mu Sigma Eta
  • Phi Beta Lambda
  • Ping Pong Association (P.P.A.)
  • Psychology Club
  • Scholars Institute
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Government Association
  • The Clarion
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Women of Color


Regardless of where you live or your status as an online or on-campus graduate, Ashford University encourages all students to participate in commencement ceremonies held in May and December at the campus in Clinton, Iowa.

Ashford University has two long-standing honor societies available to high-achieving students.  Alpha Sigma Lambda was founded in 1945 and honors adult students who maintain high scholastic standards while also juggling the responsibilities of work and family.  Alpha Sigma Lambda is a chapter-based honor society that is open to full- and part-time students.

The Golden Kay International Honor Society was founded in 1977 to recognize academic excellence and achievement among college students across all academic disciplines.  It functions locally, regionally and globally.


Ashford University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Midwest Collegiate Conference.  The University has more than 17 Saints athletic teams from men's baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, track and cross country or women's basketball, golf, soccer, softball, track, cross country and volleyball.

The University's mascot is Champ, the St. Bernard.

Community Life

On-campus living at Ashford University provides a friendly atmosphere.  The residence halls have study and entertainment lounges as well as recreation areas.  They feature single-occupancy rooms or two-room suites with a connecting bathroom.

Ashford University's campus in Clinton, Iowa, offers students a small-town experience and there are many things to enjoy in the area.  The campus sits on a bluff with views of the Mississippi River.  For students who crave a taste of the city, Chicago is a three-hour drive from Clinton.

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Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give you an idea of the candidates Ashford University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Ashford University is around 42,000 students, where graduate students make up roughly 1% of the student body.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Ashford University may offer student services like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Ashford University is close to 21%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years6%
Graduating in 5 Years11%
Graduating in 6 Years2%

Intercollegiate Athletics

Ashford University is a Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with many of the sports being in the NAIA Division II classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (369)
  • Basketball (369)
  • Track and Field (369)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Bowling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Library Science

Military Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Ashford University for official up-to-date information.

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