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Ashford University

San Diego, California, United States
The mission of Ashford University is to provide high-quality, accessible, affordable, and innovative, educational programs that meet the diverse needs of individuals pursuing advancement in their lives, professions, and communities. Ashford University is where higher education meets technology.

Distance Learning Courses

Business & Management (57)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)



In 1890, the Sisters of St. Francis fled poverty in Kentucky and were accepted into the Diocese of Dubuque, Iowa. Soon after, they settled for good in Clinton, Iowa where the school at which they had been hired to teach has remained. The Sisters of St. Francis sold the university to Bridgepoint Education, Inc., a higher education organization, and its name was changed to Ashford University.


Ashford is an online university that provides a learning platform that is completely online to all its students. All of your courses take place in this online platform, and it is an asynchronous environment, which means you will have the ability to log in any time of the day. You also typically take one class at a time. Choose from a wide variety of online college degrees in some of today’s in-demand fields including health care, information management, business administration, education, and environmental studies.


As an Ashford University student or alumnus, you are given every resource you can use to navigate the challenges of today’s job market. By working with Career Services, you can search for jobs, plan your career, and reach your greatest potential.


Student services

Your Academic Support Team will be your teachers at Ashford University. Whether you’re participating in an online discussion, conducting academic research, or writing a paper, you will rely on their expertise to excel in your studies. Your Academic Support Team will give you the tools and show you how to use them, but every achievement will belong to you.

Library services

Do you have a research paper and need help finding sources? The Ashford University Library subscribes to the scholarly resources you’ll need during your academic career, and its team of dedicated librarians are standing by to help you find, evaluate, and use information to successfully complete your assignment.

Medical services

The Student Advocate HELPline is a service available through the Office of Student Access and Wellness. Student Advocates assist students who are experiencing extreme personal hardships and critical life impacts by providing short-term de-escalation, assistance locating support resources in the local area, and action planning to address educational impact of situational stressors. 

Student Life

Student clubs

Ashford’s student organizations currently include:

  • Anthropology Club
  • Anyone Can Code Club
  • Ashford Soundlab
  • Early Childhood Education Club
  • Forbes School of Business & Technology Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Forbes School of Business & Technology Business Management Club
  • Forbes School of Business & Technology Marketing Club
  • Forbes School of Business & Technology Project Management Club
  • Forbes School of Business & Technology Society For Human Resource Management Chapter
  • Forbes School of Business & Technology Women Leaders
  • History Association
  • Innovative and Creative Business Entrepreneurs and Leaders (ICBEL)
  • Instructional Design at Ashford (IDA)
  • Online Master of Arts in Education (MAED)


Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

San Diego, California, United States

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