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Bluffton College: Narrative Description


280 West College Ave., Ste. 1
Bluffton, OH 45817-1196
Tel: (419)358-3000; 800-488-3257; Admissions: (419)358-3254; Fax: (419)358-3232; Web Site:

Description: Independent Mennonite, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1899. Setting: 65-acre small town campus with easy access to Toledo. Endowment: $15.3 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $5396 per student. Total enrollment: 1,121. Faculty: 117 (63 full-time, 54 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 901 applied, 77% were admitted. 21% from top 10% of their high school class, 48% from top quarter, 85% from top half. 10 class presidents, 11 valedictorians, 44 student government officers. Full-time: 971 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 85 students, 72% women, 28% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 16 other countries, 11% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 0.4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 12% 25 or older, 81% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 79% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; parks and recreation. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Christian College Coalition, Council of Independent Colleges. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, 2 recommendations, rank in upper 50% of high school class or 2.3 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: essay. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/31. Notification: 6/1.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $24,620 includes full-time tuition ($17,950), mandatory fees ($400), and college room and board ($6270). College room only: $2868. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $748 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 40 open to all. Most popular organizations: Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Campus Government, Student Union Board, music groups/chorale, chapel service. Major annual events: homecoming, Christian Emphasis, May Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, night security guards. 828 college housing spaces available; 760 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Mussel-man Library with 163,448 books, 135,213 microform titles, 385 serials, 1,259 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2002-03: $571,475. 125 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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