Applying to college

When should I start applying to colleges?

Are you wondering when the right time is to start applying to college? We interviewed the experts and compiled these tips to make the process a little smoother for you.

Steps to apply

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Bluffton University operates on a rolling admission plan. You are welcome to apply after June 1 after you have completed your junior year.

To be considered for regular admission to Bluffton University as an undergraduate student, you must submit the following:

  • Bluffton application or Common application
  • Official high school transcript
  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must meet one of these two criteria:
    • High school GPA of 3.0 or higher (ACT/SAT test scores not required)
    • High school GPA between 2.3 and 2.99 as well as a minimum 19 ACT/990 SAT 

In addition, class rank or College Credit Plus classes may be considered for decision of regular admittance. Students who do not meet regular entrance requirements may be invited to apply to the Discovery Program, which requires additional application materials.

The average Bluffton student has the following academic profile:

  • Test scores: 22 ACT or 1030 SAT
  • Grade Point Average: 3.3 (4.0 scale)

To be considered for admission, transfer students must have maintained at least a C average or better in all college-level work. In addition, you must be in good academic standing, eligible to return and met all previous financial obligations at any previous institutions. 

To complete the admissions process we ask for the following:

A dedicated admissions transfer coordinator will work individually with you throughout the application process. Bluffton has agreements with area two-year colleges that allow an associate's degree to be used toward a baccalaureate degree in accounting, business administration, criminal justice, dietetics, social work, sociology and early childhood education.

For questions or assistance, contact:
Admissions Office
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For international students interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree from Bluffton University.

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