This issue highlights the spirit of positive energy on campus and a number of ways, among many, that Bluffton is building momentum through academic, athletic and student engagement programs that grow from our enduring mission and values.
A Vision for Bluffton’s Future
At Bluffton University, our sense of a greater purpose develops students of exceptional character and expansive vision. Since 1899, we’ve been learning, experiencing and bettering the world together.
When President Jane Wood first came to campus one year ago, she quickly realized there was something special about Bluffton. Since taking office in July, she’s mobilized efforts to share the Bluffton story of success through nine “Momentum Makers”—areas of longstanding accomplishment in academics, athletics and student engagement.
Momentum Makers include: nutrition and dietetics, education, enduring values general education, volleyball, football, women's basketball, “The Wit” and “Bridge”, Community and providing meaning and purpose.
One of two accredited programs at private colleges in Ohio
Two statistics highlight the program’s success. While 50 percent of students nationally
who apply for post-bachelor dietetic internships earn placements, Bluffton students
who apply boast an 85 percent placement rate.
More about nutrition and dietetics at Bluffton >
Accredited program with classroom experience starting in the first year
Bluffton earned a 100 percent pass rate on the Ohio Assessments for Education in 2018.
This shows the university develops teachers who are both qualified and called.
More about teacher education at Bluffton >
A new approach to the general education program at Bluffton
Bluffton University’s general education program was recently updated to better serve
incoming students and reflect the values of the university.
More about Enduring Values general education >
Eight NCAA tournament appearances and 11 conference titles
Before every game, the Bluffton volleyball team envisions their success. The team
also has a mantra that is ingrained into their psyche.
More about volleyball at Bluffton >
A new staff and a fresh outlook
In his ninth month on the job, head coach Aaron Krepps has added Chris Mosley, a former
assistant coach for the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers; DeVan Hill, who has
10 years of Division I experience; and Josh Runda, a 2014 alumnus who served as a
graduate assistant while earning his Bluffton MBA in 2016.
More about football at Bluffton >
“The Witmarsum” and “Bridge Literary Journal” allow our students publishing experience from their first year
Having just finished their fifth issue, “Bridge: The Bluffton University Literary
Journal” student editorial associates went from reading 75 submissions for their first
publication to up to 500 a semester.
More about student publications at Bluffton>
Celebrating nature, the outdoors and our relationship with the village of Bluffton
“We have a truly wonderful resouce in the Nature Preserve that is greatly enhanced
by the addition of the Moyer Nature Center.”
More about the Nature Preserve >
It’s more than a degree, it’s a path toward a life of passion and purpose
At Bluffton, lives are shaped with a careful focus on vocational discernment. This
work is highlighted at Bluffton’s Center for Career and Vocation.
More about the Center for Career and Vocation >
Larry and Ginny Cress have a passion for service and an interest in bicycles, so they started The Wheelhouse, a Christian bicycle cooperative, in the basement of Elm Street Church of the Brethren in Lima.
Service in retirement >
During his junior year at Bluffton, computer science major Cory Goldfuss ’03 immersed himself in the Jamaican culture. Sixteen years later, Goldfuss’ cross-cultural experience has come “full circle.”
Making an impact, and giving back >