Karen Klassen Harder teaching via Zoom

Online classes

MBA, MAOM and MAEd  classes are offered completely online via Zoom.

Why Bluffton?

Colleges of DistinctionBluffton University received national recognition for the integrity of it's individualized and engaging education by being named a College of Distinction in 2019. Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction have honored schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. 

The 2022 edition of the U.S. News & World Report magazine’s “Best Colleges” guidebook ranks Bluffton University 36 among 76 comparable institutions in 12 Midwest states. Now listed in this ranking for 25 consecutive years, Bluffton has consistently ranked in the top tier of Midwest Colleges.

Bluffton also ranks 18th in Best Value Schools and 10th in Top Performers in Social Mobility among Midwest colleges.


Higher Learning CommissionBluffton University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),  and a member of the North Central Association, 312-263-0456.

Bluffton received a full 10-year reaccreditation in January 2019 and has been continually accredited by the HLC since 1956.

Nationally-accredited programs 

Dietetics presentation

The dietetics program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The program has been accredited since 1985 and had its most recent review in 2014, receiving a 10 year accreditation.

Student teaching

The education department is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). In fall 2018, Bluffton received full accreditation with no areas for improvement or stipulations cited.

Musical rehearsal

Bluffton is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The accreditation was renewed in 2012 with the next review slated for 2021-22.

Walt Paquin classroom

The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education at the baccalaureate level. At the last review, the program received full reaccreditation through 2021.

Karen Klassen Harder teaching via Zoom

Online classes

MBA, MAEd and organizational management degree completion classes are offered completely online via Zoom Technology.