Bluffton University is a private liberal arts college in Bluffton, Ohio. It was established in 1899 as Central Mennonite College, became Bluffton College in 1913, and received the name Bluffton University in 2004. It holds a certificate of authorization from the Ohio Board of Regents to present the degrees of bachelor of science, bachelor of arts, master of arts in organizational management, master of arts in education, and master of business administration. The university is licensed by The Higher Learning Commission, a member from the North Central Association, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
The University is located on 234 acres of rolling land, partially covered with a natural forest of oak, elm, beech, buckeye, maple, and more than 100 other varieties of trees. On the 60 acres of the main campus are academic and residential buildings, the student center, and athletic facilities. The remaining acreage includes the Bluffton University Nature Preserve, which offers the Moyer Nature Center, an eight-acre lake, nature trails, and the swinging bridge.
Bluffton offers academic study in 85 majors, minors and interdisciplinary programs, adult bachelor’s degree-completion program in organizational management, sport management, accounting and financial management, health care management, and social work, and master’s degrees in organizational management, business administration with available concentrations in health care management, production and operations management, and leadership. An online MBA is additionally offered as a collaboration with Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College.
Ten students are admitted every year into the Bluffton University dietetics Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP), a full-time, nine-month program that meets the Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) prerequisites for administered practice. The university empowers and offers opportunities for hands-on learning experiences. One can take advantage of internships and research openings, take part in a service-learning experience, and gain culturally diverse experience. At Bluffton, one may participate in service-learning through general education or major-specific course. Or they may opt for short-term or semester-long service-learning opportunities. Some of the scholarships offered are Academic Excellence Scholarship, Academic Honors with Distinction Scholarship, Trustees Scholarship.
Some of the outstanding alumni are:
- Judson Laipply is a comedian whose Evolution of Dance video is one of the most-watched videos on YouTube
- Paul Soldner is a famous ceramic craftsman
- Jeff Timmons is a member of the boy band 98 Degrees.