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Diversity Profile

Defy the ordinary

We take strong academic programs, add bright minds, stir things up a bit, and serve the world. We’re uncommonly good at it.

You’re looking for a college. You’ve worked hard to get to this point. Now you wonder: how will you know which college is right for you? Many colleges and universities may look or feel the same. They lack that ideal “fit.” Defiance College will give you an experience that defies the ordinary, where you’ll grow through outstanding academics in a liberal arts environment, top-notch faculty who care about you, and remarkable learning experiences that connect the classroom to the real world.

Extraordinary academics
Your successful college journey begins with solid academics and intellectual growth. Defiance gives students the opportunity to put an individual stamp on their education. Our students engage in relevant research programs that rarely happen before graduate school. They present at state and national conferences as well as campus symposia and create capstone projects that represent a deeper understanding of their academic accomplishments.
• Enrich your education in any major with honors courses, participation in honors symposia, and international travel opportunities through DC’s popular Honors Program.
• If you major in the sciences, you’ll be immersed in research in your discipline of study. For example, Restoration Ecology majors conduct field research at the 200-acre Thoreau Wildlife Sanctuary just two miles from campus.
• Internships and field experiences within your major will help you develop the skills, abilities, and knowledge to solidify your career goals and strengthen your résumé.

Embracing diversity
Defiance College embraces ethnic pluralism and celebrates diversity and differences among students, faculty, and staff. Programs are offered addressing diversity, sensitivity, and cross-cultural issues for all members of the College community, including Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Hispanic Awareness Month, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Services are available to enhance the social, academic, and personal development of students of diverse ethnicities and international students on campus.

Service learning
Defiance is consistently recognized by the prestigious President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. We are at the forefront of colleges across the country that embrace service and engagement, and we incorporate it into a DC education.

We know there’s simply no better way to truly understand a subject than by taking what’s learned in the classroom and applying it out in the real world. Whatever your major, as a student at Defiance, you can take your learning from the classroom into our community, across the United States, or around the world.

Defiance College is home to the nationally acclaimed McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, a program that is unique among colleges and universities across the country. McMaster gives students incredible opportunities to conduct research and service in specially designed projects around the world.

Any student can apply to participate, regardless of major. For example, in a village in Cambodia or Belize or Panama, a student majoring in Molecular Biology can analyze water safety, a Digital Forensic Science student can instruct children on Internet safety, an Education major can model teaching methods in a classroom, and a Business Administration student can help a women’s organization create a business plan to open a new restaurant.

The Presidential Service Leader Program, part of the McMaster School, is designed for students who have served and led their community in some way and who want to continue that commitment at Defiance.

You can apply your academic expertise, leadership skills, and service in Project 701, a one-of-a-kind, student-run nonprofit organization in which students create, develop, and run their own business or project.

Discover more
Come visit us. Take a closer look at what makes Defiance College anything but ordinary.

Check out Defiance College at to plan your visit. Or contact the Admissions Office at 800-520-GODC (4632) or 419-783-2359.


The College: Defiance is a four-year, private, coeducational liberal arts college affiliated with the United Church of Christ, awarding bachelor’s, master’s, and associate degrees.
Enrollment: Approximately 800 men and women; more than 65% of traditional students live on campus.
Faculty: Student-faculty ratio is 11:1; average class size is 15 students.
International Baccalaureate Program: Defiance is a participant in the International Baccalaureate Program. The International Baccalaureate Diploma, available at select high schools across the globe, will prepare you to take full advantage of the distinctive opportunities at Defiance College to develop a global conscience.
Activities: Defiance hosts concerts, performers, comedians, authors, dances, poetry slams, food festivals, lecture series, road trips, and much more. Be as involved as you want to be with lots of clubs, groups, organizations, publications, and Greek chapters.
Athletics: Defiance competes in NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports and is part of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Teams include men’s and women’s basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track & field; men’s football and baseball; and women’s softball and volleyball.


• Accounting
Concentration: Forensic Accounting
• Athletic Training
• Biology
Concentration: Field Biology
• Business Administration*~
• Communication Studies~
• Criminal Justice*~
• Design: 2 Dimensional
• Design: 3 Dimensional
• Digital Forensic Science~
• Education:
- Chemistry Education
- Early Childhood
- Health and Physical Education
- Integrated Language Arts
- Integrated Mathematics
- Integrated Social Studies
- Intervention Specialist: Mild to Moderate
- Life Science
- Life Science and Chemistry
- Middle Childhood
• English~
• Exercise Science~
• Forensic Science
• Global Studies~
• Graphic Design* (see Design 2D)
• History~
• Mathematics~
• Ministry Studies~
• Molecular Biology
• Nursing (1+2+1)
• Nursing (RN to BSN)+
• Psychology~
• Religious Studies~
• Restoration Ecology
• Self-Designed Major*
• Social Work    
• Sport Management~

• Autism Studies
• Chemistry
• Economics
• Marketing
• Music
• Music Ministry
• Music Theatre
• Sport and Exercise Psychology

• Pre-dentistry
• Pre-law
• Pre-medicine
• Pre-ministry
• Pre-optometry
• Pre-veterinary Science

• Master of Arts in Education
• Master of Business Administration

* Associate degree available
+ Completion program
~ Also offered as a minor