Defiance College

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701 N. Clinton Street

Defiance, OH 43512

Phone: (419) 784-4010
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#40 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Defiance College is a private institution that was founded in 1850. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 932, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 150 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Defiance College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 40. Its tuition and fees are $28,690 (2013-14).

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

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According to the school, Defiance College is a private liberal arts college providing outstanding academic programs and co-curricular activities for a student body of approximately 1,100 students. Building on a strong foundation of more than a century of educating citizens for lives of leadership and service, Defiance College enables its students to take the knowledge they have gained and use it to change lives for the better in their communities, in distant villages, and in their careers. The Defiance experience starts with students?? first steps on campus. New students entering Defiance College work on their own individualized strategic plan. The Personal Success Plan is designed to help students map out the best strategy to achieve their college goals. The PSP goes beyond the student??s academic program of study to include cultural experiences, physical and emotional wellness strategies, social enrichment, and ethical and spiritual growth as well as leadership formation. Defiance College offers students a world of opportunities to enhance their academic experience, from cultural visits in world-class cities across the continent, to international trips through the DC Global program, all of which open minds to new ideas and cultures and provide insights to help in competition for jobs and graduate school placement. Defiance College is the home of the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, an innovative research program created to provide opportunities to more closely examine global issues and how they affect the human condition. The McMaster School serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary, community-based work by creating and supporting initiatives for teams of faculty, students, and staff to use their academic and professional skills to address community needs. Students participated during 2012-13 in projects in Cambodia and Belize with an exploratory trip to Tanzania. Also part of the McMaster School are Project 701, an innovative student-run nonprofit organization; the Partnership for Jobs and Work Experience Program helping students gain work experience off-campus and on; and exciting Imagine travel initiatives. Defiance College is also home of the Hench Autism Studies Program providing a multifaceted approach to serving individuals and families facing the challenges associated with autism. Defiance's Service Leader Program provides $2,000 tuition scholarships for new students who demonstrate a record of service in their communities. This leadership program provides students with opportunities to professionalize their leadership skills and deepen their understanding and practice of community engagement and democratic practice. Majors at Defiance College that appeal to 21st century students include forensic science, digital forensic science, and global and international studies. Defiance offers 22 NCAA intercollegiate men's and women's sports including recently-added lacrosse, swimming and diving.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1850
Religious affiliation United Church of Christ
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $12,070,558


When applying to Defiance College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Defiance College is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 62.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Defiance College is 11:1, and the school has 74.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Defiance College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Criminal Justice/Police Science; Health Professions and Related Programs; Sport and Fitness Administration/Management; and Education, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 62.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 41%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 25%
Criminal Justice/Police Science 12%
Health Professions and Related Programs 11%
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 9%
Education, General 6%

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Student Life

Defiance College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 932, with a gender distribution of 49.1 percent male students and 50.9 percent female students. At this school, 50 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 50 percent of students live off campus. Defiance College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,021
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

Defiance College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Defiance College also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Defiance College, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Defiance College.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Defiance College, 91.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,845.

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Tuition and fees $28,690 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,260 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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