Bluffton University

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1 University Drive

Bluffton, OH 45817

Phone: (419) 358-3000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Aug. 15
application deadline

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#25 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Bluffton University is a private institution that was founded in 1899. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,077, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 235 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bluffton University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 25. Its tuition and fees are $28,504 (2013-14).

Bluffton University, a Christian liberal arts college, is located in a northwestern Ohio village with a total area of about 3.5 square miles. Originally known as Central Mennonite College, Bluffton is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Students who decide to attend the university are required to live in on-campus housing throughout their entire college career, unless they live at home with their parents and can commute from a reasonable distance. For students interested in participating in activities away from the classroom, there are more than 40 extracurricular organizations on campus. Spiritual life is very popular at Bluffton, and many students take part in the Spiritual Life Week events that take place each semester. The Bluffton Beavers are members of the NCAA Division III and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, and the school fields more than a dozen varsity teams. Students looking to visit a larger city for the day only need to travel an hour north to Toledo or 90 minutes south to Dayton.

When students are admitted to Bluffton University, they are expected to follow an honor code that is central to the core beliefs of the university. This system includes having no monitor in the classroom during test and examination periods. On every examination paper, the student is required to sign a contract that states they received no aid during the test. The university offers graduate programs in business and education. Bluffton students can participate in the Ministry Inquiry Program, a service-learning experience that allows students to explore what the ministry is like for 11 weeks in the summer.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Bluffton University offers programs in the liberal arts and sciences and in select professional fields, at both the undergraduate and master's degree level. Its wooded residential campus with state-of-the-art academic and recreational facilities benefits from a small town location with ready access to nearby commercial centers. Immediately adjacent to campus is the 160 acre Bluffton University Nature Preserve, accessible to members of the campus community. Bluffton's 112-year legacy is expressed today in its enduring values of discovery, community, respect and service. The Bluffton educational experience sparks self-examination, intellectual development, career preparation, an expanded global outlook, and reflection on one's own faith commitments and ultimate purposes in life. Bluffton has a strong commitment to cross-cultural education. More than 85 percent of Bluffton's undergraduate students participate in at least one significant cross-cultural educational experience, led by a member of Bluffton's faculty, in select foreign or U.S. locations, most typically during the optional month-long May term. Bluffton also maintains multiple semester-long cross-cultural opportunities, including its signature Northern Ireland program that examines issues of peace and conflict. Among Bluffton's less commonly-found undergraduate majors are dietetics, public health, digital graphic design, writing, and worship arts. Other distinctive programs include an annual civic engagement theme that informs a wide range of programming across campus, the long-standing C. Henry Smith Scholars program, student summer research Discovery Grants, and a student leadership development program.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1899
Religious affiliation Mennonite Church USA
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $19,254,288


When applying to Bluffton University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 20. The application fee at Bluffton University is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 58.5 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 58.5%
Application deadline August 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 20

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bluffton University is 12:1, and the school has 60.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bluffton University include: Organizational Behavior Studies; Social Work; Business Administration and Management, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; and Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 66.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 49%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Organizational Behavior Studies 23%
Social Work 8%
Business Administration and Management, General 6%
Elementary Education and Teaching 5%
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 5%

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Student Life

Bluffton University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,077, with a gender distribution of 48 percent male students and 52 percent female students. At this school, 72 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 28 percent of students live off campus. Bluffton University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,198
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Bluffton University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Bluffton University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bluffton University, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Bluffton University.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Bluffton University, 80.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,939.

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Tuition and fees $28,504 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,360 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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