Bluffton University

Bluffton University

Bluffton University, is a private, Christian liberal arts college located in Bluffton, Ohio, United States. It was established in 1899 as Central Mennonite College by the General Conference Mennonite Church. It became Bluffton University in 2004. Bluffton offers more than 35 undergraduate majors organized in over 12 academic departments. The student body at Bluffton includes students representing over 15 states and more than 10 countries worldwide.

U.S. News and World Report's 'America's Best Colleges 2009', ranked Bluffton among the top tier of Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest. Bluffton's athletics department sponsors several men's and women's sports teams. The university is a member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Their sports teams are nicknamed as the Beavers. The teams participate in sports including basketball, baseball, cross country, football, soccer, tennis, and track.

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Bluffton University
1 University Drive
Bluffton , OH 45817-2104
General Phone: (419) 358-3000

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Bluffton Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management117business management, accounting, human resources, organizational behavior, apparel marketing
Education and Teaching69education, special ed, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, family/home economics teaching, music teaching
Family and Social Work22family and consumer science, food and nutrition, social work
Liberal Arts20Spanish language, English, creative writing, interdisciplinary studies, social services, economics, sociology, history
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy15parks and recreation management, health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Media12communication studies
Art Studies10art studies
Computer Science and Engineering7information technology, information science, computer science
Therapy and Counseling5psychology
Security and Law Enforcement5criminal justice and safety
Religion and Philosophy5religion, youth ministry
Science3biology, chemistry, physics

Number of programs and degrees for Bluffton in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree25340
Master's degree553

Bluffton Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bluffton had a total enrollment of 1,117 students (997 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 85%
Graduate 15%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 88%
Black 4%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 10%
18-19 31%
20-21 32%
22-24 11%
25-29 3%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%

Bluffton Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 68 %

Bluffton Room and Board (2007)

Bluffton offers campus housing for 838 of its 997 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Bluffton, Ohio for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Ohio Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Bluffton Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450580
SAT Math450570
ACT Verbal1825
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite1925

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT15%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT95%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Bluffton Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 22,920
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 22,920
Room and board $ 7,596
Room charge $ 3,660
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,136
Books and supplies $ 1,150
Other expenses $ 2,270

Financial Aid:
Bluffton participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 301600)

Bluffton Faculty

Bluffton has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track189
Non-tenured and not on tenure track34

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year19$59,6005$57,680
Associate professoracademic year6$53,1428$50,700
Assistant professoracademic year18$43,3778$44,163
All faculty totalacademic year43$51,90821$49,871

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bluffton Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Track Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference

Bluffton Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations
Business Administration and Management, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Youth Ministry

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
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