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Tuition & Fees

$32,766

$32,766

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
11%
600-699
11%
500-599
31%
400-499
31%
300-399
16%
30-36
5%
24-29
16%
18-23
45%
12-17
30%
6-11
4%
30-36
1%
24-29
32%
18-23
41%
12-17
26%
30-36
3%
24-29
27%
18-23
53%
12-17
17%
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undergraduateRatios

50%

50%

male

female

1
11

teacher

students

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Selective

48%

acceptance rate

Accepted 863
Declined + 904
Total Received 1,767
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Private (nonprofit)

748

undergraduate students

76

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Early Childhood Education
  2. Social Work
  3. Business Administration
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Codes

SAT 1067
ACT 3238

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School Facts

Bluffton University, founded in 1899, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts university. Its 65-acre campus, is located in Bluffton, Ohio 15 miles from Lima.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 824
Established in 1899
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Religious affiliation Mennonite
Accredited by •  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  HLC Higher Learning Commission
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)

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Bluffton, OH

65-acre campus in Bluffton (population: 4,182), 70 miles from Toledo and 85 miles from Dayton. Major airport serves Dayton and Toledo; bus serves Lima (15 miles); train serves Fostoria (35 miles).

Bluffton University
1 University Drive
Bluffton, OH 45817

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
80%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
90%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
11%
Top 1/4
34%
Top 1/2
64%
Bottom 1/2
36%
Bottom 1/4
9%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
11%
600-699
11%
500-599
31%
400-499
31%
300-399
16%
30-36
5%
24-29
16%
18-23
45%
12-17
30%
6-11
4%
30-36
1%
24-29
32%
18-23
41%
12-17
26%
30-36
3%
24-29
27%
18-23
53%
12-17
17%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $20
(waived if filed online or if applicant visits campus)
Common application accepted no
Application deadline May 1 (priority deadline)
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Not used
SAT or ACT Required

Selective

48%

acceptance rate

Accepted 863
Declined + 904
Total Received 1,767

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Standardized test scores

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Interview
Recommendations

Considered

Class rank
Essay
Religious affiliation/commitment
Secondary school record
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Extracurricular activities
Geographical residence
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Erin Ostling Burkholder
Director of Admissions
P: 800 488-3257
F: 419 358-3081
admissions@bluffton.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $1,496,135
State $577,021
Institutional $10,048,553
Other external $382,911
Total $12,504,620

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional $1,719,901
Other external $171,615
Total $1,891,516

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
football
golf
soccer
softball
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
NCAA (Division III), Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Mascot
J. Denny Beaver and Jenny Beaver
School colors
royal purple and white
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Art
Art/Writing
Bible/Theology
Biology
Business
Business Administration
Chemistry
Church Communication
Coaching
Communication
Communication Sciences/Disorders
Computer Science
Convergent Media
Criminal Justice
Dietetics
Economics
Education
English
Exercise Science
Exercise Science/Wellness
Food/Nutrition
Graphic Design
History
Human Resources
Individual Major
Information Technology
Insurance/Financial Services
International Business
International Studies
Journalism
Management
Marketing
Mathematics
Missions
Music
Non Profit Management
Nursing
Nutrition/Dietetics
Organizational Management
Peace/Conflict Studies
Photography
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Public Relations
Recreation Management
Religion
Social Studies
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish
Speech/Language Pathology/Audiology
Sport/Recreation Leadership
Sports Management
Strength/Conditioning
TESOL
Theatre
Theological Studies
Wellness
Women's Studies
Worship Arts
Writing
Youth Ministry
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Undergraduate

91%

748
students

Female
50%
371

Male
50%
377

Graduate

9%

76
students

Female
67%
51

Male
33%
25

undergraduateFull-time

89%

669
students

Female
50%
331

Male
50%
338

undergraduatePart-time

11%

79
students

Female
51%
40

Male
49%
39

Student Break-down

< 1%
Nonresident aliens
9%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Hispanic/Latino
75%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

44%

Transfer applicants accepted

44%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.00
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Recommended of All
Standardized test scores Recommended of All
Essay or personal statement Recommended of Some

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Spring: rolling

Summer: rolling

Transfer Credits

Minimum transfers must complete

30

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 4
Countries most often represented
Canada
Ghana
Tanzania
Zimbabwe
Special services offered for international applicants English lab
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Shawn Thomas Siferd
International Student Counselor
419 358-3022
siferdst@bluffton.edu

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