Accreditations & recognitions

We at Bluffton University work to provide an enriching collegiate experience that prepares "students of all backgrounds for life as well as for vocation."

While the true measure of our success is in the success of our graduates, it is rewarding when our efforts are recognized by outside organizations.


Bluffton University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),  and a member of the North Central Association, 312-263-0456.

After a two-year self-study process concluding in 2009, president Dr. James M. Harder announced that the HLC approved Bluffton University for the maximum 10-years of continuing institutional accreditation. Bluffton has been accredited by the HLC since 1956.


several individual academic programs at Bluffton are accredited.

Bluffton's education department is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the State Department of Education of Ohio for the preparation of teachers at the initial and advanced levels in the regular academic fields and in specialized fields.

NCATE currently accredits 623 institutions which produce two-thirds of the nation's new teacher graduates each year. NCATE-accredited schools must meet rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public. Teacher candidates must have in-depth knowledge of the subject matter that they plan to teach and the skills necessary to convey it so that students learn. 

Social work
The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education at the baccalaureate level. At the last review, Bluffton's social work program received full re-accreditation through 2021.

The dietetics program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)  of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Bluffton's dietetics program has been approved /accredited  since 1985. Bluffton University had its most recent accreditation review in 2014, receiving a 10 year accreditation.

Bluffton is the only small, private university in Ohio to feature a dietetics program, and it attracts students from all over who are interested in the field. It is also the only Mennonite school to offer such a program. 

Bluffton University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.


U.S.News and World Report
The 2016 edition of the U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges guidebook ranks Bluffton in the top tier - placing 27th among 96 institutions - in the "Best Regional Colleges" listing. Bluffton has made the U.S.News rankings the last 18 years. More about U.S.News...


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