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IPEDS ID: 154022
OPE ID: 00188100
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Ashford University
400 N Bluff Blvd, Clinton, Iowa 52733-2967
General information:  (563) 242-4023
Type:  4-year, Private for-profit
Awards offered:  Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Campus setting:  Town: Distant
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  77,734 (69,380 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  21 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2012Full timePart time
Total faculty1353,446
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-18
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$10,218$10,650$10,938$10,312-5.7%
Books and supplies$1,350$1,350$950$9500.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$6,000$6,000$6,000$6,0000.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$8,849$8,375$8,272$7,681-7.1%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$23,329$23,970$23,819$22,575-5.2%
Off Campus$26,196$26,612$26,496$27,2642.9%
Off Campus with Family$15,613$16,366$16,323$17,8559.4%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
  • Other expenses now includes transportation costs for Clinton Campus students.
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid12,34592%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,21487%$12,616,242$5,698
Federal grants2,05181%$8,999,237$4,388
Pell grants2,04880%$8,835,387$4,314
Other federal grants28511%$163,850$575
State/local government grant or scholarships552%$76,988$1,400
Institutional grants or scholarships44217%$3,540,017$8,009
Student loan aid2,14184%$15,516,313$7,247
Federal student loans2,14184%$15,510,543$7,245
Other student loans(*)0%(*)(*)
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
  • (*) Number receiving aid and total and average amounts of aid received are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid153,68477%$234,273,840$4,364
Pell grants41,13559%$161,030,937$3,915
Federal student loans51,10374%$393,887,385$7,708
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$17,292$19,928$20,266
  • Price of attendance figures are calculated based on costs for entering students attending classes online, with the exception of room and board and other expenses, which is for on-campus students only. Academic year is defined as 24 credits over a 40 week period for undergraduate students. Students enrolling for a full calendar year would enroll in 30 credits (undergraduate). Students seeking to attend classes on-campus in Clinton, Iowa should consult the University's website at
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$18,539$20,940$21,253
$30,001 – $48,000$18,592$20,886$21,153
$48,001 – $75,000$15,502$17,149$19,004
$75,001 – $110,000$12,826$16,418$16,109
$110,001 and more$12,125$18,360$14,410
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2012
Total enrollment77,734
Undergraduate enrollment69,380
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment13,225
Graduate enrollment8,354
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 29%
Female: 71%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 35%
Hispanic/Latino: 9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 49%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 13%
25 and over: 87%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 4%
Out-of-state: 96%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2011.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 99%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 1%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 100%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 39%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Returned in Fall 2012
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 16 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2012.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 21%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 13%
6-year: 21%
8-year: 24%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 26%
Female: 20%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 17%
Asian: 14%
Black or African American: 12%
Hispanic/Latino: 20%
White: 24%
Two or more races: 100%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 26%
Non-resident alien: 25%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMaster
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-5-
Category total-5-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General1,111d1,162d1,185d
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other200d1,685d1,041d
Business/Managerial Economics-32d-
Customer Service Management-28d-
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce-1d-
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies-48d-
Finance, General-76d-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General-245d-
International Business/Trade/Commerce-24d-
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management-106d-
Management Information Systems, General-203d-
Marketing, Other-172d-
Operations Management and Supervision-51d-
Organizational Leadership-51d-
Project Management-0d-
Real Estate-1d-
Category total1,311d4,271d2,226d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-131d-
Category total-201d-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science-6-
Category total-6-
Business Teacher Education-0-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching745d1,419d-
Education, General-193d1,610d
Education, Other-1-
Educational/Instructional Technology-16d-
Elementary Education and Teaching-11-
Learning Sciences-15d-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-4-
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education-14d-
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels--218d
Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language, Other-40d-
Category total745d1,713d1,828d
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-130d-
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other-7-
Category total-137d-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Adult Development and Aging-10d-
Child Development-168d-
Family Resource Management Studies, General-2d-
Category total-180d-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Applied Linguistics-12d-
Category total-12d-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health and Wellness, General-10d-
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator-6d-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General-3-
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-1,071d285d
Holistic Health-38d-
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other-232d-
Category total-1,360d285d
History, General-191d-
Category total-191d-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-241d-
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies-868d-
Category total-1,109d-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-75d-
Category total-75d-
Library Science
Library and Information Science-8d-
Category total-8d-
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
Military Applied Sciences, Other9d8d-
Category total9d8d-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences-285d-
Sustainability Studies-4d-
Category total-309d-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science-1-
Environmental Studies-133d-
Category total-134d-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-157d-
Category total-157d-
Psychology, General-1,216d-
Category total-1,216d-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-40d209d
Category total-40d209d
Social Sciences
Cultural Anthropology-25d-
Political Science and Government, General-87d-
Social Sciences, General-1,134d-
Category total-1,575d-
Visual and Performing Arts
Commercial and Advertising Art-14-
Visual and Performing Arts, General-1-
Category total-15-
Grand total2,06512,7224,548
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NAIA Division II MenWomen
All Track Combined7162
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission 1/1/1950 - 12/12/2013Resigned
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (!)6/19/2013 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible221
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault001
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible121
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault001
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate16.3%19.8%
Number in default3,9632,142
Number in repayment24,30810,790
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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