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Undergrad Profile

The Bluffton difference

The Bluffton difference
At Bluffton University we believe that we as individuals better reach our full potential when we work together. That is why we stand firmly in our vision of bringing together different people and ideas to create incredible outcomes. We call this the Power of Purple. That sweet spot, where different things like intellect and passion, come together to create synergy. The Power of Purple is the experience of diverse and mixed environments that push you to think outside yourself and create something unique, something brand new, something powerful. Just as red and blue come together to create purple, Bluffton faculty, staff, and students come together to achieve greatness.

Spiritual life
• A vibrant student-led chapel program features praise worship.
“Spiritual Life Week” brings in nationally known groups and speakers.
• 24 denominations are represented in a diverse student body.
• Students serve as ministry assistants,
provide spiritual counsel, and lead Bible studies. 

Academics that focus on “discovery”
96% of students experience cross-cultural learning.
• The faculty, in more than 90 academic programs, are committed to your intellectual and spiritual growth.
• Within six months of graduation, 97% of Bluffton graduates are employed or engaged in advanced study or long-term service.

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

Financial aid
100% of students receive financial aid.
• Scholarships range from $5,000 to full tuition.
Full-tuition scholarships are available through the Presidential Scholarship Competition.

Athletics and student activities
• 60+ clubs and organizations engage students in a variety of extracurricular interests.
• Music ensembles, art, and theater experiences are available for non-majors.
• 16 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 

• Convergent Media
• Dietetics
• Financial Aid
• Graphic Design
• Music Ministry
• Nursing (four-year degree)
• Public Health
• RN/BSN Completion Program
• Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
• 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: 60+

COST AND AID (2016–2017)
Undergraduate in-state tuition
(academic year):
Undergraduate out-of-state tuition (academic year): $30,312
Room and board (academic year): $10,188
Average additional fees: $450
Total Cost: $40,950

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