Applying to college

When should I start applying to colleges?

Are you wondering when the right time is to start applying to college? We interviewed the experts and compiled these tips to make the process a little smoother for you.

Steps to apply

ACT/SAT not required

If you are a high school honor roll student and have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, you do not need to take the ACT or SAT in order to be considered for regular admission.

However an ACT/SAT score may be required for admission to certain majors or for select competitive academic scholarships. A score will be required if you have a high school GPA under 3.0.

To be considered for regular admission:

Bluffton University operates on a rolling admission plan. You are welcome to apply after June 1 following your junior year. Deadline for submitting your application is two weeks prior to the intended first day of class. As an undergraduate student, you must submit the following:

  • Bluffton application or Common application
  • Official high school transcript
    • High School Guidance Counselors; please send transcripts to us through parchment or via email to or Bluffton University, Office of Admissions, 1 University Drive, Bluffton, OH 45817-2104.
  • To be considered for initial admission, applicants must meet one of these two criteria:
    • High school GPA of 3.0 or higher (ACT/SAT test scores not required)
    • Or high school GPA between 2.3 and 2.99 and a minimum 19 ACT/990 SAT 

Class rank or College Credit Plus classes may be considered for decision of admittance. Students who do not meet initial entrance requirements may be invited to apply to the Discovery Program, which requires additional application materials.

Home school policy

Home school students are welcomed at Bluffton. In additional to standardized test scores such as the ACT or SAT and a transcript of courses, a personal interview is required. A reading list and writing sample may also be requested.


The average Bluffton student has the following academic profile:

  • Test scores: 22 ACT or 1030 SAT
  • Grade Point Average: 3.3 (4.0 scale)

To be considered for admission, transfer students must have maintained at least a C average or better in all college-level work. In addition, you must be in good academic standing, eligible to return and met all previous financial obligations at any previous institutions. 

To complete the admissions process we ask for the following:

A dedicated admissions transfer coordinator will work individually with you throughout the application process. Bluffton has agreements with area two-year colleges that allow an associate's degree to be used toward a baccalaureate degree in accounting, business administration, criminal justice, dietetics, social work, sociology and early childhood education.

To complete the admissions process we ask for the following:

As an international student, we are committed to working closely with you as you go through the process of arriving at Bluffton. 

Bluffton welcomes international students >
Application process >

Submit an online application to apply to any program offered through the Adult and Graduate Studies, including graduate programs in education and business, including the Collaborative MBA; and degree completion programs in accounting, organizational management and RN to BSN.

Application process for adult students >

For questions or assistance, contact:
Admissions Office

Bluffton students who have not been enrolled for one or more semesters must apply for readmission. Students can apply as a returning student by using the free online application.Students who have outstanding bills will not be readmitted until those obligations are met. 

Individuals who are not candidates for a degree may be allowed to take courses on a part-time or full-time basis. Applications may be requested from the admissions office.