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Christian Life Profile

Diversity & Community

The Bluffton difference
Bluffton University provides a college experience that reflects our faith tradition. In following the example of Jesus, Bluffton believes that students should be challenged to grow spiritually. That’s why Bluffton students are encouraged, but not required, to go to chapel and other spiritual life activities. Instead, Bluffton extends to each student the opportunity to discover what it truly means to live in a Christian community of service and respect for all.  

Spiritual life
• A vibrant student-led chapel program features praise worship.
• “Spiritual Life Week” brings in nationally known groups and speakers.
• Diverse student body represents 28 denominations.
• Students serve as hall chaplains, provide spiritual counsel, and lead Bible studies.  

Academics that focus on “discovery”
• All students at Bluffton complete a cross-cultural experience.
• The faculty, in more than 88 academic programs, are committed to your intellectual and spiritual growth.
• Within six months of graduation, 99% of Bluffton graduates are employed, engaged in advanced study, or in long-term service.

A community of respect
Bluffton embraces its Christian identity, focusing on peacemaking, service, and respect.

Financial aid
• Bluffton’s tuition is below average, and its financial aid is ranked in the top 10% in Ohio.
• 100% of students receive financial aid.
• Scholarships range from $5,000 to full tuition.
• Full-tuition scholarships are available through the January Presidential Scholarship Competition.

Athletics and student activities
• More than 55 clubs and organizations engage students in a variety of extracurricular interests.
• Music ensembles, art groups, and theater experiences are available for nonmajors.
• 14 NCAA Division III sports are available.
• The Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education offers activities for all students, including a spacious weight and fitness area, a walking/jogging track, and performance areas for basketball and volleyball.

• Business Administration
• Early Childhood Education
• Organizational Management
• Social Work
• Sport Management

• Dietetics
• Music Ministry
• Public Health
• Public Relations
• Youth Ministries


Institutional control: Private
School type: Four year
Academic calendar: Semesters
Religious affiliation: Mennonite Church USA
School size: Small (under 2,000)
Student-faculty ratio: 12:1
Average class size: 15
Registered organizations: 55+

COST AND AID (2015–2016)
Undergraduate in-state tuition
(academic year): $29,718
Undergraduate out-of-state tuition (academic year): $29,718
Room and board (academic year): $9,890
Average additional fees: $450
Scholarships: Yes; ranging from $5,000 to full tuition
Grants: Yes
Loans: Yes
Work-study program: Yes
Co-ops/internships: Yes

Average GPA: 3.2
Average ACT score: 22
Essay required: No
Interview required: No
Application deadlines: Rolling
Application fee: No