Bluffton University
Bluffton, OH 45817-2104


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale Town
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 952
Religious affiliation Mennonite Church
Students with disability 11%
Student to faculty ratio 12:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 758 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Bluffton University is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 1,480 applications and only 733 students were granted admission. Bluffton University is at the #48 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 97% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 10% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
ACT19 to 24
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Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Bluffton University's tuition was $30,312 for all students regardless of residency (13.1% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 100% of Bluffton University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 46% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $3,811 (which is 13.4% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Bluffton University in 2016-2017, was 176, which is 81% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,739 (which is 2.6% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, Bluffton University has enrolled a total of 952 students (804 students full-time and 148 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 952 students, 57 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 48% men and 52% women and 865 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 87 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 14 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 84%

Black/African American: 6%

Hispanic: 4%

Two or more races: 3%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%

Non-resident alien: 1%

Asian: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Bluffton University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 36% 76
Health Professions And Related Programs 9% 20
Education 7% 15
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 7% 14
Physical Sciences 6% 12
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 3% 6
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 2% 4
Social Sciences 2% 4
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 2% 4
Theology And Religious Vocations 1% 2

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Bluffton University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Bluffton University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $31,200. Last year, out of the total 445 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 414 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 506 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 460 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $31,200 $37,600
Employment Rate 93% 91%
Total Graduates 445 506

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Bluffton University.

Ohio Northern University
9.7 mile away
The University of Findlay
16.8 mile away
Defiance College
36.7 mile away
Tiffin University
40.2 mile away
Heidelberg University
40.9 mile away
Mercy College of Ohio
55.5 mile away
Urbana University
55.5 mile away
Lourdes University
56.9 mile away