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Ashford University Overview

Ashford University is a private for-profit institution located in San Diego, California. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Ashford University Known For?

31,545 Full-Time Undergraduates
$18,907 Avg Cost After Aid
  • The highest degree offered at Ashford University is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 8% of the faculty were full-time.

Ashford University Rankings

Ashford University was not ranked in College Factual's Best Overall Colleges report this year. This may be because not enough data was available.

Where Is Ashford University?

Location of Ashford University

Contact details for Ashford University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 8620 Spectrum Center Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 866-711-1700
Website: www.ashford.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashforduniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AshfordU

How Do I Get Into Ashford University?

You can apply to Ashford University online at: https://oap.ashford.edu/online

Ashford University has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford Ashford University?

74% Take Out Loans
13.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Ashford University is $18,907. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Ashford University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$18,761 $19,288 $19,919 $22,144 $23,215

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Ashford University, approximately 74% of students took out student loans averaging $6,288 a year. That adds up to $25,152 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Ashford University is 13.7%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Ashford University Undergraduate Student Diversity

31,545 Full-Time Undergraduates
70% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 31,546 undergraduate students at Ashford University, with 31,545 being full-time and 1 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Ashford University

There are also 4,907 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 31,545 full-time undergraduates at Ashford University, 30% are male and 70% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Ashford University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Ashford University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Ashford University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 468
Black or African American 11,197
Hispanic or Latino 4,013
White 13,390
International Students 22
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,455

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Ashford University. At this time, 49 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 10 countries are represented at Ashford University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Germany, Ghana, and Dominican Republic.

Online Learning at Ashford University

34,705 Took All Classes Online
34,710 Took At Least One Class Online
-8.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 58 bachelor’s degree and 26 master’s degree programs available online at Ashford University. In 2017-2018, 34,710 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Ashford University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Ashford University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Ashford University was -8.8%. This is the #204 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Ashford University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Ashford University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 14%
Education 0%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 2%
Finance & Financial Management 1%
General Social Sciences 9%
Human Development & Family Studies 3%
Human Resource Management 22%
Library & Information Science 27%
Library Science 27%
Management Information Systems 23%
Military Applied Sciences 6%
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 6%
Nursing 50%
Political Science & Government 5%
Real Estate 19%
Special Education 11%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 6%
Teaching English or French 30%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Ashford University ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Ashford University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Military Applied Sciences #1
Education Philosophy #1
Family & Consumer Economics #2
Real Estate #2
Library & Information Science #3
Business/Managerial Economics #3
Journalism #4
Sustainability Science #4
Anthropology #4
Linguistics & Comparative Literature #4
Library Science #4
Gerontology #4
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences #5
Educational Assessment #5
Alternative Medicine & Systems #6
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #8
Teaching English or French #10
Behavioral Science #13
General English Literature #13
Political Science & Government #14
General Social Sciences #15
Sociology #15
History #17
History #17
Human Development & Family Studies #18
English Language & Literature #18
Natural Resources Conservation #19
Entrepreneurial Studies #20
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #21
Health & Physical Education #21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #22
Natural Resources & Conservation #23
Special Education #24
Health Sciences & Services #26
General Education #26
International Business #31
Management Information Systems #33
Communication & Media Studies #34
Instructional Media Design #35
Mental & Social Health Services #36
Finance & Financial Management #36
Communication & Journalism #43
Public Administration #49
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #49
Teacher Education Grade Specific #53
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #54
Liberal Arts General Studies #54
General Psychology #57
Nursing #60
Marketing #61
Social Sciences #64
Psychology #67
Public Administration & Social Service #72
Human Resource Management #80
Accounting #88
Criminal Justice & Corrections #95
Education #98
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #99
Health & Medical Administrative Services #103
Business Administration & Management #131
Health Professions #136
Business, Management & Marketing #141

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Ashford University Majors

In 2017-2018, Ashford University awarded 13,320 undergraduate degrees and 5,750 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 168 71 0
Alternative Medicine & Systems 0 159 0 0
Anthropology 0 27 0 0
Behavioral Science 0 297 0 0
Business Administration & Management 2 1,760 1,207 23
Business/Managerial Economics 0 22 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 6
Communication & Media Studies 0 51 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 502 135 0
Education Philosophy 0 1 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 47 2
Educational Assessment 0 34 0 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 71 0 0
Family & Consumer Economics 0 9 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 80 0 0
General Education 0 183 378 0
General English Literature 0 51 0 0
General Psychology 0 417 360 7
General Social Sciences 0 43 0 0
Gerontology 0 17 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 402 196 0
Health & Physical Education 0 49 0 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 22 0 0
History 0 52 0 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 127 2 0
Human Resource Management 0 289 35 34
Human Services 0 0 8 1
Instructional Media Design 0 22 2 0
International Business 0 32 0 0
Journalism 0 50 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 42 0 0
Library & Information Science 0 37 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 18 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 127 20 0
Marketing 0 60 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 89 2 0
Military Applied Sciences 26 10 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 46 0 0
Nursing 0 2 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 38 0 0
Public Administration 0 18 72 0
Real Estate 0 54 0 0
Sociology 0 90 8 0
Special Education 0 0 168 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 314 730 91 0
Teaching English or French 0 20 0 0
Total 684 12,636 5,604 146

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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