Bluffton University was founded as Central Mennonite College. As the cornerstone was laid for College Hall, President Noah C. Hirschy shared an idea that has proved as durable as the structure itself: “Let us expect great things.”
Bluffton offers academic study in more than 86 academic programs, an adult bachelor's degree-completion program in accounting, business management, and RN to BSN, and master’s degrees in organizational management (MAOM);and leadership business administration (MBA) with concentrations in health care management and in accounting and financial management; and in education (MAEd) with concentrations in reading endorsement, intervention specialist licensure, leadership and faith-based education.
For a quarter century, Bluffton University professors J. Denny Weaver and Gerald Mast have been writing, researching and collaborating on projects exploring the Anabaptist peace church tradition. As Mast recalls, the partnership was established when he came to campus for the interview process in the spring of 1995. During an informal reception after the interview, Weaver handed him an essay and requested feedback. Surprised, Mast took the essay, read it and started corresponding with Weaver.
The Center for Career & Vocation can help you be career ready and purpose led. Here students can learn more about their interests and strengths, identify their passions and purpose, and explore majors and minors.
When it is time to think about next steps, we can help you develop that winning job or internship search strategy, plan for graduate school admission, find post-graduate service opportunities, and create a résumé, cover letter or portfolio. We can even help you with your online presence.
Room assignments for new students are made by the student life office irrespective of race, creed or nationality.
Returning students may reserve a room by participating in the room draw which is conducted in the spring. Priority in the room draw is established on the basis of class standing (senior, junior, sophomore and first-year) and chance.
The library provides the resources needed to complete assignments, conduct research and explore areas of interest. Whether online from the library website, available from the many collections at the Musselman Library, or borrowed from partner libraries in Ohio or other libraries around the country, there is a vast array of resources available to Bluffton students!
The Technology Center computer lab consists of 50 Windows 7 PCs, flatbed scanners, two black and white laser printers and one color printer. Additional computers are available in an adjoining classroom. Microsoft Office is installed throughout the lab.
The Student Health Center is located in the lower level of Old Ropp Hall. The entrance is on the Riley Creek side. Minor health concerns - such as nausea, diarrhea, headache, minor scrapes and cuts, etc. - can be addressed in the Student Health Center by appointment.
Bluffton 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. The south side of campus is traversed by Little Riley Creek, giving the campus a "retreat-like" feel.
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.
The fitness and weight training center is a well-equipped fitness facility available to Bluffton students, faculty, staff and emeriti. Guests are permitted for a small fee, based on season, guest type and special permissions.
Learning at Bluffton University goes beyond the traditional classroom, and our wide variety of student organizations are key outlets for our students to expand their knowledge and real-life experiences, both socially and spiritually. Whatever your interests – from academic pursuits to sports and recreation, from community outreach to student government – Bluffton has nearly 60 different co-curricular organizations on campus. And if you can't find the group you're looking for, you can start your own!
Bluffton University holds a certificate of authorization from the Ohio Board of Regents to confer the degrees of bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, master of arts in education, master of arts in organizational management and master of business administration.
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