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.

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 July 1 the summer prior to the intended first day of class. The application deadline for transfers and returning students is July 15.

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 



HS graduate or GED

Preference for college prep program

  • 4 units English
  • 3 units mathematics
  • 3 units social studies
  • 3 units science
  • 3 units of foreign language

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 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.

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.

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