U.S. News & World Report


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Bluffton has ranked in the top tier of Midwest colleges for 24 consecutive years.

Bluffton University credited with improving social mobility 

Bluffton University has once again been named to the top tier of Midwest “regional colleges” in the “U.S. News & World Report” rankings released today.

The 2022 edition of the magazine’s “Best Colleges” guidebook ranks Bluffton 31 among 76 comparable institutions in 12 Midwest states. Now listed in the “U.S. News” rankings for 24 consecutive years, Bluffton has consistently ranked in the top tier of Midwest colleges.

The rankings also place Bluffton second in Top Performers in Social Mobility (up from 13) and ninth in Best Value Schools (up from 18) among Midwest colleges. According to “U.S. News,” Top Performers in Social Mobility are named for advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants. The Best Value calculation takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2022 ranking, and the 2020-21 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

“Bluffton’s innovative approach to a 4-year college education, including our Design Your Life curriculum, Bluffton Blueprint general education program and focus on Emotional Intelligence, help students get more out of their college experience and life,” said Robin Bowlus, vice president of advancement and enrollment management. “We are pleased to once again be recognized for these markers of distinction as well as for our dedication to social mobility and affordability.”

Located on a 65-acre residential campus, Bluffton offers 94 majors, minors and interdisciplinary programs for undergraduate students, including nationally accredited programs in dietetics, education, music and social work.

Opportunities for working adults include accounting, business management, RN to BSN and social work degree-completion programs and graduate programs in business administration (MBA), education (MAEd) and organizational management (MAOM).

Founded in 1899 and affiliated with Mennonite Church USA, Bluffton University graduates are prepared for life. Ninety-eight percent of Bluffton alumni are employed or in graduate school or long-term service within six months of graduation.