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Ashland University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Authorization to grant bachelor, master and doctor degrees comes from the Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents).

In addition, individual programs are accredited by:


  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

  • Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)


  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)


  • Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP)


  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)


  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


  • The Association of Theological Schools/The Commission on Accreditation (ATS)

Social Work

  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)


  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the ACCESS Program.


Ohio Board of Nursing

Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents)

 University Memberships

AU holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National Collegiate Honors Council, Institute of International Education, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, and is a member of the AACSB Business Education Alliance.

Ashland University is also a member of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Ohio Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Ohio Association of Private Colleges for Teacher Education, Ohio Campus Compact, Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST); Association of Governing Boards; National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU); Council of Independent Colleges (CIC); Ohio Newspaper Association. The American Association of College of Nursing (AACN); Northeast Ohio Nursing Initiative (NEONI); and National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

Departments hold memberships in the American Alliance for Health; American Association of Intensive English Programs; American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages; American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation; Associated Writing Programs; Broadcast Education Association; Foundation in Art: Theory and Education; National Communication Association; Ohio Association for Health; Ohio Association of Broadcasters; Ohio Biological Survey; Ohio Council of Deans and Directors of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Nursing Programs; and Ohio League of Nursing.

Student Memberships

Ashland University has membership in Alpha Gamma Omega Nu; Alpha Lambda Delta, Honor Society for Freshmen; Alpha Phi Sigma, National Honor Society in Criminal Justice; Alpha Psi Omega, National Honor Society in Theatre; Beta Beta Beta, National Honor Society in Biology; Delta Mu Delta, International Honor Society in Business; Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education; Lambda Pi Eta, National Communication  Honor Society; Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Economics Honor Society; Phi Alpha, National Social Work Honor Society; Phi Alpha Theta, International Honor Society in History; Phi Sigma Iota, Gamma Tau chapter, International Foreign Language Honor Society; Phi Sigma Tau, International Honor Society in Philosophy; Pi Mu Epsilon, National Honor Society in Mathematics; Pi Sigma Alpha, National Honor Society in Political Science; Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology; Sigma Gamma Epsilon, National Honor Society in Geology; Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society; Sigma Theta Tau, RhoNu Chapter; Theta Alpha Kappa, National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology; and Upsilon Pi Epsilon, International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines.