Bluffton University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$34,716
2.25% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$21,247
After Financial Aid
2022 Acceptance Rate
96.3%
1,105 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
745
96.2% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
45.7%
95 Graduates

About

Bluffton University is a higher education institution located in Allen County, OH. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Bluffton University were General Business Administration & Management (26 degrees awarded), Accounting (15 degrees), and General Special Education & Teaching (11 degrees).

In 2022, 178 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Bluffton University. 46.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 53.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (146 degrees), 14.6 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (10 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Bluffton University is $34,716, which is $6,386 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Bluffton University is $34,716, which is $6,386 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,247.

In 2022, 98% of undergraduate students attending Bluffton University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 78% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$34,716
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Bluffton University was $34,716. The cost of tuition at Bluffton University is $6,386 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

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Average Net Price

$21,247
2022 Value
0.0377%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Bluffton University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,247. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Bluffton University grew by 0.0377%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,568
Room and Board
$1,400
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Bluffton University was of $9,568 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 3.97% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,400. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

98%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
78%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

98% of undergraduate students at Bluffton University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 3.16% with respect to 2021, when 95% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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0%
2019 Default Rate
0
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Bluffton University was 0%, which represents 0 out of the 272 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Bluffton University received 1,105 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 35.6% annual growth. Out of those 1,105 applicants, 1,064 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 96.3% acceptance rate.

There were 745 students enrolled at Bluffton University in 2022. 3% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Bluffton University has an overall enrollment yield of 15.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

96.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
1,064
Accepted Out of 1,105

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Bluffton University was 96.3% (1,064 admissions from 1,105 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 75.2%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 35.6%, while admissions declined by −17.5%..

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SAT Scores

3%
Submission Percentage (2022)
4
Scores Submitted (2022)

3% of enrolled first-time students at Bluffton University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Bluffton University had a total enrollment of 745 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Bluffton University is 717 students and the part-time enrollment is 28. This means that 96.2% of students enrolled at Bluffton University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bluffton University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 75% White, 11.9% Black or African American, 2.82% Hispanic or Latino, 2.28% Two or More Races, 0.403% Asian, and 0.134% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Bluffton University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (38%), followed by White Male (34.6%) and Black or African American Male (11.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (74.4%), followed by White Male (14.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.85%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

96.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bluffton University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 745 students. The full-time enrollment at Bluffton University is 717 and the part-time enrollment is 28. This means that 96.2% of students enrolled at Bluffton University are enrolled full-time compared with 79.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

70%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Bluffton University was 70%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (72%), Bluffton University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    559 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    89 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    21 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Bluffton University is 75% White, 11.9% Black or African American, 2.82% Hispanic or Latino, 2.28% Two or More Races, 0.403% Asian, and 0.134% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.3% White, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.1% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 35 students (4.7%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 12 fewer women than men received degrees from Bluffton University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Bluffton University is white (146 degrees awarded). There were 14.6 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (10 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Bluffton University is General Business Administration & Management (26 degrees awarded), followed by Accounting (15 degrees) and General Special Education & Teaching (11 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Bluffton University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Human Sciences (12 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (14 degrees), and History (6 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bluffton University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,779,890 people), Accountants & auditors (1,055,136 people), Other managers (792,580 people), Secondary school teachers (562,543 people), and Financial managers (515,189 people).

The most specialized majors at Bluffton University in 2022 are Human Sciences (12 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (14 degrees), History (6 degrees), Business (76 degrees), and Education (27 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bluffton University are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Physicians, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Bluffton University are Human Sciences (12 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (14 degrees), History (6 degrees), Business (76 degrees), and Education (27 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bluffton University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,303,284 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (610,827 people), Computer Systems Design (557,748 people), Banking & related activities (514,077 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (475,582 people).

The most specialized majors at Bluffton University are Human Sciences (12 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (14 degrees), History (6 degrees), Business (76 degrees), and Education (27 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Bluffton University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 26 degrees awarded
  2. 15 degrees awarded
  3. 11 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Bluffton University was General Business Administration & Management with 26 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

95
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
83
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 95 degrees were awarded to men at Bluffton University, which is 1.14 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (83).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 31 degrees were awarded to men at Bluffton University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.38 times more than the 13 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 13 degrees were awarded to men at Bluffton University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.419 times less than the 31 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

50%
100% Completion Time
55%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 50% of students graduating from Bluffton University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 55% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 56% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Black or African American Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Bluffton University is Female and Black or African American (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.05% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    146 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    10 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    6 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Bluffton University is white (146 degrees awarded). There were 14.6 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (10 degrees).

0% of degree recipients (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Male
    77 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    69 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Male
    8 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Bluffton University is white male (77 degrees awarded). There were 1.12 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (69 degrees).

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Operations

Bluffton University has an endowment valued at nearly $23.6M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 776k (3.3%) compared to the 0.58% average return (286k on 49.3M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2022, Bluffton University had a total salary expenditure of 20M. Bluffton University employs 18 Professors, 17 Assistant professors and 8 Associate professors. Most academics at Bluffton University are Male Professor (12), Female Assistant professor (11), and Female Professor (6).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bluffton University are: Management, with 25 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 18 employees, and Service with 10 employees.

Endowment

$23.6M
2022 Endowment
8.55%
decline from 2021

Bluffton University has an endowment valued at about $23.6M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Bluffton University declined 8.55% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $25.7M lower than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$6.7M
2022 Salaries
3.76%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Bluffton University paid a median of $6.7M in salaries, which represents 33.5% of their overall expenditure ($20M) and a 3.76% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.7M (37.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$2.55M
Instructional Salaries
44
Number of Employees

In 2022, Bluffton University paid a total of $2.55M to 44 employees working as instructors, which represents 38% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.04M (32.1%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
18 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
25 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Bluffton University were Professor with 18 employees, Assistant professor with 17 employees, and Associate professor with 8 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bluffton University were Management with 25 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 18 employees, and Service with 10 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Bluffton University was Male Professor with 12 employees, Female Assistant professor with 11 employees, and Female Professor with 6 employees.

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