Bluffton University

1 University Drive, Bluffton, United States
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Overview of Bluffton University

About this school

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.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:748
    • Men:377 (50.4%)
    • Women:371 (49.6%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Bluffton University is 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

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
-
4
Mathematics
-
3
Science
-
3
Foreign Language
-
3
Social Studies
-
3
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
August 24
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1 University Drive
City, State, Zip
Bluffton, OH  45817
Phone
(419) 358-3257
Fax
(419) 358-3232
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission 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

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

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


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


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

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.30
375 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 Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported
Sat Critical Reading
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


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

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $32,766 (68.88533826682925%)
  • Room & Board: - $10,800 (22.705293697178657%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,400 (2.9432788125972333%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,600 (5.466089223394862%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Bluffton University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline May 1 | Final deadline October 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning November 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003016
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


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 with Loans
83%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$36,796
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
25.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
2.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips 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
Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Premedicine
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Performing Arts
Special Achievements/Activities
Leadership
Special Characteristics
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, International Students, Members of Minorities, Out-of-State Students, Religious Affiliation

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,306

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & 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
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
Over 100 students
# of Students

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
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
404,610

Computing


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 Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Bluffton University provides hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


67.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


45.2%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


49.2%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


51.0%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (39)


  • 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


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

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


Business/marketing, Education, Parks and recreation

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


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

Master's Programs of Study (11)


  • 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

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


4,027

Nearest Metropolitan Area


65 acres

Environment


Small town/city

Campus Size


Dayton

Weather


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

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
70 mile(s) from campus in Toledo
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 of College Housing


80% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Students required to live on campus through senior year

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


20%

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

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Beavers
School Colors
-

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Soccer
Softball
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Soccer
Softball
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


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

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Bluffton University offers 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

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


669

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
748
Women
371
Men
377

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

Number of Graduate Students


76

Student Resources

Study resources