Bluffton University news

Virtual Family Nights

Virtual Family Nights

Bluffton University admissions invites high school aged students and their families to participate in a Virtual Family Night in the Fall of 2020.


Kai Smith represented Bluffton in a state-wide roundtable discussion.

ODHE Roundtable

Kai Smith '22 represented Bluffton in a roundtable discussion with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. College students from across the state shared how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their lives and education.


Best Graduate School

Bluffton University was recognized by "Ohio Business" magazine's 2020 Best in Ohio Business Awards for Best Graduate School Program.


Bluffton’s first-year class includes 195 students. Thirty-one percent are considered American minority.

Enrollment grows

Bluffton's undergraduate enrollment numbers are on the rise for the 2020-21 academic year. A solid incoming class combined with successful retention efforts account for a 21-student increase over 2019-20 enrollment.


U.S. News & World Report

The "U.S. News & World Report" has again named Bluffton to the top tier of Midwest "regional colleges," and as a Best Value School and Top Performer in Social Mobility.


Dr. Jonathan Andreas

Economics of COVID

Using unemployment data, polls from economists and graphs charting changes in GDP, Dr. Jonathan Andreas described a recession that evolved more quickly than one ever experienced in the U.S.


As a scholar of ancient biblical texts, Dr, Jackie Wyse Rhodes focused on three books from the Old Testament in her Forum presentation, “Deserving Happiness: A Wisdom Conversation.”

Civic Engagement Forum

As a scholar of ancient biblical texts, Dr. Jackie Wyse-Rhodes focused on three books from the Old Testament - Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes - in the Civic Engagement Forum "Deserving Happiness: A Wisdom Conversation."


Eric Kurtz, MCC Great Lakes, presented the 2020 Opening Convocation address.

Opening convocation

"With all of the issues of our day... it is painfully clear that individual actions are not enough. We will only get through this by working together," challenged Eric Kurtz, MCC Great Lakes.


Musselman Library

Safe return to campus

Bluffton students begin fall classes on Aug. 17. While some campus events will continue for students, events and facilities will be closed to off-campus guests for at least fall semester.


Corporate and Education Partnerships provide tuition discounts to local business employees.

Enhancing the region

Corporate Partner and Education Partner programs provide benefit-eligible employees and their families a 20 percent tuition discount on undergraduate, degree-completion and master's degree programs.


2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

DEI Committee

A newly-formed committee will work to support all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus. Its initial focus will be to increase support for Black students, faculty and staff.


Seasons for Bluffton University golf, cross country and track and field will resume on schedule this fall.

Beaver athletics return

The safer return to athletics plan includes competition opportunities for all teams. For some teams this means a spring conference game schedule. For other teams, there will be no changes to the schedule.


The achievements of Bluffton University’s class of 2020 were celebrated Saturday, July 18, 2020, during a socially-distanced, in person Commencement at Salzman Stadium.

2020 Commencement

Dr. David Yost '83, CDC consultant, addressed the 2020 Bluffton University graduating class during a socially-distanced, in person Commencement at Salzman Stadium.


Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

During the spring 2020 meeting, Trustees discussed the implementation of the university's newly developed strategic plan, taking action on return to campus plans and reviewing increased diversity and inclusion efforts.


Abigail Newkirk works with a student.

First class of SLPA graduates

Bluffton is celebrating its first class of speech-language pathology and audiology program graduates. The SLPA program was added in 2016 to meet the growing need for professionals in this area.


Gerald Mast and J. Denny Weaver

Scholarly Research

For a quarter century, Bluffton professors J. Denny Weaver and Gerald Mast have been writing, researching and collaborating on projects exploring the Anabaptist peace church tradition.


golfers from 2017

Golf outing

Bluffton University's 23rd annual Alumni and Friends Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, July 25, at Bluffton Golf Club.


Classes to resume in fall 2020

Classes to resume in fall 2020

Fall semester will begin Aug. 17, 2020. Students will finish fall semester classes by Thanksgiving break and not return to campus until January to minimize the risk of virus spread.


Study Buddies continue

Study Buddies continue

The education department will continue offering free online educational enrichment, Bluffton Study Buddies, in response to K-12 school closures each Tuesday and Thursday through the month of May.


Chapel continued during its weekly Thursday morning time through Zoom videoconferencing instead of in-person at Yoder Recital Hall.

Virtual campus ministries

Chapel continued during its weekly Thursday morning time through Zoom videoconferencing instead of in-person at Yoder Recital Hall.


Gabe Denecker, winner of Bluffton's 2020 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest.

Peace Oratorical Contest

Gabriel Denecker '21 won first place in the C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest. Denecker's speech sought to demonstrate how Catholic social teaching shares much in common with Mennonite peace church theology.


Academic awards

Academic awards

Bluffton University is recognizing many of its top students for their academic achievements. Thirty-three seniors were honored as distinguished scholars in their respective academic areas.


Alumni Master's Degree Grant

Alumni Master's Degree Grant

All alumni who earned their undergraduate degree at Bluffton are eligible for a 20 percent tuition discount on Bluffton master's degree programs.


Bluffton is adopting a test-flexible policy for students seeking admission in traditional undergraduate degree programs. Students who are consistently on their high school honor roll can be admitted based on GPA.

ACT not required

Bluffton is adopting a test-flexible policy for students seeking admission to traditional undergraduate programs.


Alumni Field, home of the Bluffton Beavers

Athletics respond

Today's Bluffton Beavers continue to be resourceful and accomplish more with less despite their seasons ending early, classes moving online and being separated from friends and teammates due to the coronavirus.


Andre Renner and Alexis Cash, 2020 Bluffton Athletes of the Year

Athletes of the year

Andrew Renner, men's basketball, and Alexis Cash, cross country/track and field, received the 2020 Bluffton senior Athlete of the Year awards.


Prepare for a career as a scientist in the medical field.

New science major

Bluffton's major in medical laboratory science prepares students for a career as a scientist who conducts and reads medical tests in hematology, microbiology, immunology and more.


Danielle King, winner of the fall Presidential Scholarship Competition.

Presidential Scholarship

An incoming student at Bluffton University has been awarded the university's full-tuition Presidential Scholarship, valued at more than $140,000 for four years.


Virtual visit day

Virtual visit day

High school juniors and their families are invited to attend a Virtual Junior Visit Day on Friday, April 17.


Log in and learn more about the degree completion and graduate programs offered at Bluffton University.

Zoom at Noon

Adult and graduate program directors will introduced their programs in 30-minute webinars, April 20-24, 2020.


Kourtney Kretschmar, a sophomore nursing major from Greenville, Ohio, views a diagram designed by Dr. Will Krost, emergency department physician at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, depicting how the COVID-19 works. Students recently spoke with Krost and two Italian nurses via Zoom videoconferencing technology.

Global health class

Nursing students learn from professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, nurses from Italy and a doctor from Toledo.


Keane Arron gets help with homework from his Bluffton Study Buddy.

That's how we innovate

Bluffton Study Buddies connects education majors with children needing help with academics. In its first 10 days, students from New York to Iowa logged on to the Study Buddies Zoom page.


Kirk Kauder, recipient of the Beaver-Falcome MAcc scholarship

Beaver-Falcon MAcc Scholarship

Kirk Kauder from Curtice, Ohio, is Bluffton's eighth recipient of a full scholarship to Bowling Green State University's Master of Accountancy program.


School children connect with Bluffton education majors

Bluffton Study Buddies

Bluffton education majors and student teachers will provide free online academic help and educational games/activities for K-12 students during school closures in Ohio.


Chorale and camerata

Chorale and camerata

Bluffton University will host a spring choral concert featuring the University Chorale and Camerata Singers at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March. 22, 2020.


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