Bluffton University

Bluffton, OH

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.

Tuition & Fees

$33,736

$33,736

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
2%
600-699
9%
500-599
19%
400-499
59%
300-399
11%
600-699
6%
500-599
39%
400-499
36%
300-399
19%
700-800
11%
600-699
11%
500-599
31%
400-499
31%
300-399
16%
30-36
3%
24-29
16%
18-23
39%
12-17
36%
6-11
6%
30-36
1%
24-29
29%
18-23
35%
12-17
35%
30-36
3%
24-29
21%
18-23
57%
12-17
19%
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undergraduateRatios

57%

male

43%

female

1

teacher

11

students

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Selective

54%

acceptance rate

Accepted 973
Declined + 797
Total Received 1,770
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Private (nonprofit)

710

undergraduate students

58

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 768
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: 4,144), 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

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
90%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
93%
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
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
4%
Top 1/4
16%
Top 1/2
41%
Bottom 1/2
59%
Bottom 1/4
31%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
2%
600-699
9%
500-599
19%
400-499
59%
300-399
11%
600-699
6%
500-599
39%
400-499
36%
300-399
19%
700-800
11%
600-699
11%
500-599
31%
400-499
31%
300-399
16%
30-36
3%
24-29
16%
18-23
39%
12-17
36%
6-11
6%
30-36
1%
24-29
29%
18-23
35%
12-17
35%
30-36
3%
24-29
21%
18-23
57%
12-17
19%

Admissions Facts

Application fee
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

54%

acceptance rate

Accepted 973
Declined + 797
Total Received 1,770

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Class rank
Standardized test scores

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Secondary school record

Considered

Essay
Recommendations

Not Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Extracurricular activities
Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

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Admissions Contact

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

Financial Aid

78%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$30,037

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $33,286
Room $5,476
Board $5,648
Additional fees $450
Books & supplies $1,400
Total $46,260
Average Financial Aid - $30,037
Total with Avg. Aid $16,223
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Financial Aid Deadline

FAFSA
October 1

Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Office

P: 800 488-3257, extension 3
F: 419 358-3073
finaid@bluffton.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Christopher Fowler
Director of Financial Aid
fowlerc@bluffton.edu

Varsity Sports

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

Club Sports - Men's

cheerleading

Club Sports - Women's

cheerleading

Intramural/Recreational Sports

basketball, indoor soccer, indoor volleyball, pickleball, spikeball

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Athletic Directors

Phill Talavinia (men's)
Athletics Director
email

Kimberly Schimmoeller (women's)
Associate Athletics Director/swa
email

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

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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Most Popular Majors

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

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Self-designed majors

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Business
  • Education
  • Health Professions
  • Social/Behavioral Science
  • Technologies

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry

768

total students

87%

in-state

13%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

92%

710
students

Female
43%
307

Male
57%
403

8%

58
students

Female
67%
39

Male
33%
19

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

89%

634
students

Female
43%
270

Male
57%
364

11%

76
students

Female
49%
37

Male
51%
39

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Student Break-down

3%
Nonresident aliens
11%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Hispanic/Latino
71%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

58%

Transfer applicants accepted

54%

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

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
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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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