Bluffton University is a liberal arts university in northwestern Ohio founded in 1899 by regional leaders of the General Conference Mennonite Church and is today affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Shaped by that historic peace church tradition and nourished by a desire for excellence in all phases of its programs, Bluffton University seeks to prepare students of all backgrounds for life as well as vocation, for responsible citizenship, for service to all peoples and ultimately for the purposes of God’s universal kingdom.
This pursuit of excellence, informed by the peace church values, expresses itself in the following Bluffton University purposes:
- to provide a superior baccalaureate program in the liberal arts emphasizing individual inquiry, critical thinking and lifelong learning;
- to provide superior preparation in a select number of professional areas as an integral part of the liberal arts program;
- to develop select master’s degree programs in areas of Bluffton University strengths and expertise which address contemporary needs;
- to integrate the values and faith of the college into all facets of the educational program, including not only the curricular and co-curricular programs, but the very life of the college community;
- to contribute to the intellectual, cultural and spiritual welfare of the local, national and global communities.
Goal one: Basic institutional character
An excellent educational institution with basic orientation in the Christian faith as understood in the Anabaptist/Mennonite heritage.
Goal two: Christian/Mennonite distinctives
An educational program in which the biblical and historic outreach, service and peace concerns of the founding churches are emphasized and shared with all who become a part of the campus community.
Goal three: Liberal arts program
A sound academic program based on a liberal arts foundation consisting of strong majors in the academic disciplines and a challenging general education program for all students.
Goal four: Professional programs and career preparation
Academic programs and related opportunities available to students in preparation for meaningful and productive professions and careers with a strong liberal arts background and understood within the context of service.
Goal five: Faculty and staff
A well-qualified faculty and staff – excellent in scholarship and teaching, efficient and effective in administration – caring persons, sensitive to the needs of students and open to sharing their values and Christian faith.
Goal six: Student body
A student body qualified for the academic programs of the university and receptive to its values. A student body of adequate size and appropriate character for effective institutional operation and the fulfillment of institutional mission.
Goal seven: Community life
The cultivation of patterns and qualities of community life which foster the continuing growth of students, faculty and staff.
Goal eight: Support services
Development and maintenance of facilities, resources and services to maximize the actualization of the university goals and objectives.