The summer program at Bluffton University is designed to meet the needs of college students (from Bluffton or other colleges), nontraditional learners and recent high school graduates who are interested in a head start on college courses. The summer calendar provides a May term of intensive study both on and off campus and two six-week sessions in June through August.
Students who have not taken course work at Bluffton University during the preceding period must apply for admission through the admissions office or continuing studies office. To gain admission to Bluffton a student must be a graduate of a recognized high school and have earned a minimum of 16 units of high school work.
All candidates for admission to Bluffton, whether to the first-year class or to advanced standing, must present satisfactory evidence of good moral character and must, upon registering, subscribe to the standards of campus conduct. Admission application forms are available from the admissions office.
Bluffton has housing and food service accommodations available to summer session students.
The academic program
The Bluffton University summer school program provides a flexible pattern of study. In addition to regular courses, the summer session provides opportunity for directed studies – individually designed schedules (comparable to tutorials) with fewer contact hours for greater flexibility. These arrangements require a contract which specifies required reading and additional requirements. The minimum contact time for faculty and students in directed studies is 6 hours for each semester hour of credit.
Directed studies within the May term or summer sessions must be approved by the dean; the request is to be made jointly by the instructor and the student.
No student may receive credit for more than 4 hours during the May term and moe than 12 hours during the two summer sessions, either through enrollment in regular courses, directed studies or a combination, without approval from the registrar.
For further information, contact the Registrar’s Office at 419-358-3321.