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Bluffton University: Narrative Description


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Bluffton, OH 45817
Tel: (419)358-3000
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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: $16.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6340 per student. Total enrollment: 1,191. Faculty: 115 (64 full-time, 51 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,065 applied, 76% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 45% from top quarter, 79% from top half. 12 class presidents, 6 valedictorians, 50 student government officers. Full-time: 1,028 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 75 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 13 other countries, 13% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 14% 25 or older, 85% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. 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, double major, 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:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, 2 recommendations, rank in upper 50% of high school class or 2.3 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: essay. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/31. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $24,654 includes full-time tuition ($17,950), mandatory fees ($400), and college room and board ($6304). College room only: $2902. 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. 840 college housing spaces available; 812 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Musselman Library with 163,448 books, 135,213 microform titles, 385 serials, 1,259 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $577,099. 150 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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