Bluffton University

Bluffton, OH

Bluffton, founded in 1899, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Its 65-acre campus, with some buildings dating from 1900, is located in Bluffton, 15 miles from Lima.

Website: www.bluffton.edu/

Private
Co-ed
748
Undergraduate
Students
(49.6%) 371 Women
(50.4%) 377 Men
76
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
49% of 1,767 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.30
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
21 average
18-24 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$47,566
Tuition and Fees
$32,766
Room and Board
$10,800
Average Percent of Need Met
74%
Average Freshman Award
$26,786
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$36,796
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
50
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 21% of classes
20-29 students: 10% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 50% of classes
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Campus Life

Bluffton Population
4,027
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Dayton
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
80% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Beavers
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.5% Asian
8.8% Black/African-American
3.9% Hispanic/Latino
3.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
80.4% White
2.3% Unknown
International Students
1.3% from 8 countries
First-Year Students Returning
67.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
45.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
77%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
25.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   3
Science   3
Foreign Language   3
Social Studies   3
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required August 24
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1 University Drive
City, State, Zip
Bluffton, OH 45817
Phone
(419) 358-3257
Fax
(419) 358-3232
E-mail
admissions@bluffton.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for some freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
Rank in upper 50% of high school class or minimum ACT score of 19 required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
49% of 1,767 applicants were admitted
Women
56% of 641 applicants were admitted
Men
45% of 1,126 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
216 (25%) of 863 admitted students enrolled
Women
92 (26%) of 358 admitted students enrolled
Men
124 (25%) of 505 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.30
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
21 average
18-24 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
3%
Score of 24 - 29
28%
Score of 18 - 23
53%
Score of 12 - 17
17%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 11%
Top quarter: 34%
Top half: 64%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
3%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
11%

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$47,566
Tuition and Fees
$32,766
Room and Board
$10,800
Books and Supplies
$1,400
Other Expenses
$2,600
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline May 1
Final deadline October 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning November 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003016
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
202 (95.7%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
188 (93.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
188 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
29 (15.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
74%
Average Award
$26,786
Need-Based Gift
Received by 187 (99.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $22,692
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 169 (89.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,688
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 19 (10.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
18 (8.5%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $16,096

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
614 (91.5%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
575 (93.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
575 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
80 (13.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
75%
Average Award
$27,173
Need-Based Gift
Received by 572 (99.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $21,925
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 516 (89.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,974
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 51 (8.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
86 (12.8%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $16,395

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
83%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$36,796
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
25.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
2.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
Alternative loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Premedicine
Number of Awards
655
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Performing Arts
Number of Awards
48
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
7
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, International Students, Members of Minorities, Out-of-State Students, Religious Affiliation
Number of Awards
383
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,306
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Economics, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • History, General
  • Information Technology
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Organizational Behavior Studies
  • Physics, General
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health, General
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Work
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Sports Communication
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other
  • Youth Ministry
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Education, Parks and recreation
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
50
Part-Time Faculty
49
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
34%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 21% of classes
20-29 students: 10% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 50% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 29% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 21% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 50% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
404,610
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
175
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education--General
  • Finance and Banking
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Management
  • Organizational Management
  • Reading Education
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Bluffton Population
4,027
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Dayton
Campus Size
65 acres

Weather

Temperature
14.9 average low in January, 79.8 average high in September
Rain
135 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
20 mile(s) from campus in Lima
Nearest Train Station
35 mile(s) from campus in Fostoria

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing
Students in College Housing
80% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
20%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Not available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Not available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
night security guards

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Beavers
School Colors
 

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Football     x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football    
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, bowling, football, golf, softball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, marbeck center board, multicultural student organization, bluffton education association, fellowship of christian athletes, bluffton university business leaders
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
748
Women
371 (49.6%)
Men
377 (50.4%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
669
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.5% Asian
8.8% Black/African-American
3.9% Hispanic/Latino
3.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
80.4% White
2.3% Unknown
International Students.
1.3% from 8 countries
Average Age
22
All Graduate Students
76

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
67.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
45.2%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
49.2%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
51.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
77%
Average Starting Salary
77%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
25.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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