Ashford University

Undergraduates: 50895
Setting: Large four-year, primarily nonresidential
In-state Tuition: $9,912.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $9,912.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 37:1
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 23:77
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 96%

Ashford University is a for-profit university located in Clinton, Iowa. It is the largest educational holding of Bridgepoint Education. The university offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in more than 50 degree programs on campus and online. The majority of the student population is enrolled in online courses] from a suite of digital materials. Students can also keep in touch with professors and classmates on-the-go with the Ashford Mobile app, but the campus has experienced growth in recent years. Ashford is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The mission of Ashford University is 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.

Ashford University's campus was established in 1893 as the Mount St. Clare Academy, a boarding and day school for girls. The idea for this school formed when Father James A. Murray invited the Sisters of St. Francis to help teach in Clinton, Iowa. The new Mount St. Clare building was erected for this school in 1910 and remains in use today. Seeing a need for higher education in Clinton County and the surrounding area, the sisters founded Mount St. Clare College in 1918. This liberal arts institution was also an approved teacher education college from 1932 to 1954. In 1942, 60% of the rural teachers in Clinton County and 62% of the teachers in the city of Clinton school system had received all of their training from Mount St. Clare College. In 1950, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools first accredited Mount St. Clare College. Following the accreditation, the school quickly began to expand. A convent building, new library, new gymnasium, the Science Building, and Durham Residence Hall were acquired by the college during this period of growth. The college eventually became coeducational in 1967. For the 1979�1980 school year, the college received approval for its first four-year degree, a bachelor's program in business administration. During the same year, Mount St. Clare Academy merged with St. Mary's High School in Clinton, forming Mater Dei High School (now known as Prince of Peace Preparatory). With the space freed by the academy's merger, the school began to offer additional four-year programs. In 1997, the sisters moved off campus into their new mother house, The Canticle. In 1998, the Durgin Educational Center was opened, which included new athletic facilities, including Kehl arena

Chief_administrator: Dr. Richard Pattenaude (President)
Fax: 5632428684
Phone: 5632424023
Geographic region: Plains IA KS MN MO NE ND SD
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Undergraduate application fee: $0.00
Graduate application fee: $0.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): No
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): No
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): No
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No