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Bluffton University

Bluffton, OH 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate96%

Bluffton University Admissions

Bluffton University is moderately difficult to get into. Around 96% of applicants get into Bluffton University each year. Out of 1,105 applications received in 2023, 1,064 students were offered admission.

If you are thinking about applying to Bluffton University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Bluffton University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Bluffton University's admissions stats.

Bluffton University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 10%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 10%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 83%
Waitlist No

Bluffton University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Bluffton University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Info Not Available

Applying Early to Bluffton University?

**Bluffton University does not offer early decision **

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Bluffton University Admissions

Is Bluffton University Difficult To Get Into?

Getting into Bluffton University is moderately difficult. Bluffton University has open admissions, which means admission is not competitive and any applicants that met the basic requirements can enroll.

In 2022, Bluffton University accepted 96% of students, about 1,064 from 1,105 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Bluffton University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to nursing program is program very difficult.

Transferring to Bluffton University

It is not difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Bluffton University

Bluffton University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Bluffton University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Bluffton University

What does Bluffton University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Application Essay Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered

Make sure to check with Bluffton University for more information on admission factors.

Bluffton University Application Requirements

To apply to Bluffton University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Bluffton University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Other Requirements rank in upper 50% of high school class or minimum ACT score of 19
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.3

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Bluffton University?

Bluffton University has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 72.61% submitted a class rank. At Bluffton University 10% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 31% were in the top 25% and 59% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Bluffton University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 12.45%
3.75 and 3.99 15.35%
3.50 and 3.74 14.52%
3.25 and 3.49 12.87%
3.00 and 3.24 13.69%
2.50 and 2.9 17.02%
2.00 and 2.49 10.37%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Bluffton University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Bluffton University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 10% of Bluffton University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 83% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Bluffton University?

To be competitive with other Bluffton University applicants, you should aim to earn between 890 and 1025 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Bluffton University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1025 and 25% of scored lower than 890, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Bluffton University students scored 510 or higher and 75% of students scored 445 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Bluffton University students scored 538 or higher, and 75% scored a 445 or higher.

To be most competitive at Bluffton University, you should strive to earn between 17 and 23 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 23 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Bluffton University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 23, and three out of four students scored lower than 23 on the ACT.

A 17 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Bluffton University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 17.

More Information on Transferring to Bluffton University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Bluffton University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Bluffton University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Bluffton University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Bluffton University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Bluffton University.

Does Bluffton University accept transfer credits?

✅ Bluffton University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Bluffton University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Bluffton University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Bluffton University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Bluffton University?

✅ Bluffton University is not test optional.

What is Bluffton University's acceptance rate?

✅ Bluffton University has an acceptance rate of 96%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Bluffton University?

❌ Bluffton University does not offer early decision.

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Bluffton University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Bluffton University? Bluffton University is a somewhat selective institution. The Bluffton University acceptance rate is 96%. This means that the institution accepts 96 out of every 100 applicants.


Bluffton University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Bluffton University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Bluffton University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

890 - 1025


Math SAT Range

443 - 510


Reading SAT Range

445 - 538

Bluffton University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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