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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 Enrolment 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.

Profile of Bluffton University

Students attend Bluffton in Bluffton, OH, a rural site not far from an urban area. The school is proud of its Mennonite Church status. Bluffton is a private, not-for-profit institution. The school degrees go up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

Bluffton has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. The school is known for its programs in mathematics, art studies, business and management, and nutrition and exercise therapy.

Bluffton Selectivity

Bluffton is selective and does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 430. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 460 and 560. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

There are 1, 117 students at Bluffton .

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at the school. Bluffton has a residential or campus feel. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Bluffton offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Bluffton University is a liberal arts university in northwestern Ohio founded in 1899 and is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Shaped by the historic peace church tradition and nourished by a desire for excellence in all phases of its programs, Bluffton University seeks to prepare students of all backgrounds for life as well as vocation, for responsible citizenship, for service to all peoples and ultimately for the purposes of God's universal kingdom. "

Bluffton Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management134organizational behavior, business management, accounting, apparel marketing
Education and Teaching66elementary school teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, middle school teaching, education, special ed, music teaching, family/home economics teaching
Liberal Arts24history, English, Spanish language, sociology, creative writing, social services, interdisciplinary studies, economics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy22health and physical education, sports and fitness management, parks and recreation management
Family and Social Work18social work, food and nutrition, family and consumer science
Therapy and Counselling9psychology
Art Studies8art studies
Science7biology, chemistry, physics
Security and Law Enforcement6criminal justice and safety
Media5communication studies
Computer Science and Engineering4computer science, information technology, information science
Religion and Philosophy1youth ministry, religion

Contact: Bluffton

Bluffton University

1 University Drive

Bluffton, OH 45817-2104

General Phone: (419) 358-3000


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