Bluffton University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$33,286
3% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$26,002
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
6.23%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
55%
1,770 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
768
88.3% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
54.4%
130 Graduates

About

Bluffton University is a higher education institution located in Allen County, OH. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Bluffton University were Organizational Behavior Studies (26 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (21 degrees), and General Food, Nutrition, & Wellness Studies (17 degrees).

In 2019, 235 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Bluffton University. 53.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (197 degrees), 19.7 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (10 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Bluffton University is $33,286, which is $6,006 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Bluffton University is $33,286, which is $6,006 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $26,002.

In 2019, 93% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 72% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$33,286
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Bluffton University was $33,286. The cost of tuition at Bluffton University is $6,006 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$26,002
2019 Value
1.11%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Bluffton University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $26,002. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Bluffton University grew by 1.11%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,735
Room and Board
$1,400
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Bluffton University was of $8,735 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,400. The cost of room and board increased by 1.84% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

93%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
72%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

93% of undergraduate students at Bluffton University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 4.12% with respect to 2018, when 97% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
6.23%
2017 Default Rate
18
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Bluffton University was 6.23%, which represents 18 out of the 289 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Bluffton University received 1,770 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 18.6% annual decline. Out of those 1,770 applicants, 973 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 55% acceptance rate.

There were 768 students enrolled at Bluffton University in 2019, and 19% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Bluffton University has an overall enrollment yield of 23.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

55%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
973
Accepted Out of 1,770

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Bluffton University was 55% (973 admissions from 1,770 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 42%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −18.6%, while admissions grew by 6.46%.

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SAT Scores

19%
Submission Percentage
44
Scores Submitted

19% of enrolled first-time students at Bluffton University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Bluffton University has a total enrollment of 768 students. The full-time enrollment at Bluffton University is 678 students and the part-time enrollment is 90. This means that 88.3% of students enrolled at Bluffton University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bluffton University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 74.9% White, 10.2% Black or African American, 3.52% Two or More Races, 3.26% Hispanic or Latino, 0.651% Asian, 0.521% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Bluffton University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (37.5%), followed by White Female (35%) and Black or African American Male (9.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (55.8%), followed by White Male (21.2%) and Two or More Races Female (5.77%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

88.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bluffton University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 768 students. The full-time enrollment at Bluffton University is 678 and the part-time enrollment is 90. This means that 88.3% of students enrolled at Bluffton University are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

60%
2019 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 60%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Bluffton University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    575
  2. Black or African American
    78
  3. Two or More Races
    27

The enrolled student population at Bluffton University is 74.9% White, 10.2% Black or African American, 3.52% Two or More Races, 3.26% Hispanic or Latino, 0.651% Asian, 0.521% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% Hispanic or Latino.

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, 30 students (3.91%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 17 more women than men received degrees from Bluffton University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Bluffton University is white (197 degrees awarded). There were 19.7 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (10 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Bluffton University is Organizational Behavior Studies (26 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (21 degrees) and General Food, Nutrition, & Wellness Studies (17 degrees).

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 Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (23 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (17 degrees), and Math & Statistics (7 degrees).

Workforce

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 (1,627,212 people), Accountants & auditors (1,008,502 people), Other managers (770,267 people), Secondary school teachers (605,608 people), and Financial managers (508,140 people).

The most specialized majors at Bluffton University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (23 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (17 degrees), Math & Statistics (7 degrees), Business (84 degrees), and Education (28 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bluffton University are Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Physicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Architectural & engineering managers

The most specialized majors at Bluffton University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (23 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (17 degrees), Math & Statistics (7 degrees), Business (84 degrees), and Education (28 degrees).

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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 (3,226,338 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (588,734 people), Computer Systems Design (544,390 people), Banking & related activities (511,637 people), and Insurance carriers (453,783 people).

The most specialized majors at Bluffton University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (23 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (17 degrees), Math & Statistics (7 degrees), Business (84 degrees), and Education (28 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common
  1. 26 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 21 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 17 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Bluffton University was Organizational Behavior Studies with 26 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

109
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
126
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 109 degrees were awarded to men at Bluffton University, which is 0.865 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (126).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 27 degrees were awarded to men at Bluffton University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.42 times more than the 19 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 19 degrees were awarded to women at Bluffton University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.704 times less than the 27 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

45%
100% Completion Time
51%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 45% of students graduating from Bluffton University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 51% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 51% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Bluffton University is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    197 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    10 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    10 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Bluffton University is white (197 degrees awarded). There were 19.7 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (10 degrees).

1.7% of degree recipients (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    107 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    90 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    7 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Bluffton University is white female (107 degrees awarded). There were 1.19 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (90 degrees).

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Operations

Bluffton University has an endowment valued at nearly $23.1M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $807k (3.49%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Bluffton University had a total salary expenditure of $21.2M. Bluffton University employs 23 Assistant professors, 18 Professors, and 10 Associate professors. Most academics at Bluffton University are Female Assistant professors (13), Male Professors(11), and Male Assistant professors (10).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bluffton University are: Management, with 23 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 18 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 9 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$23.1M
2019 Endowment
8.38%
decline from 2018

Bluffton University has an endowment valued at about $23.1M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Bluffton University declined 8.38% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $17.6M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.47M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Bluffton University received $1.47M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$7.97M
2019 Salaries
0.399%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Bluffton University paid a median of $7.97M in salaries, which represents 37.5% of their overall expenditure ($21.2M) and a 0.399% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 7.48% decline from 2017 and a 10.4% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$2.74M
Instructional Salaries
51
Number of Employees

In 2019, Bluffton University paid a total of $2.74M to 51 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
23 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
23 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Bluffton University were Assistant professor with 23 employees; Professor with 18 employees; and Professor with 10 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bluffton University were Management with 23 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 18 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 9 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Bluffton University was Female Assistant professor with 13 employees, Male Professor with 11 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 10 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Bluffton University.

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