Defiance College emphasizes learning based on the four pillars of its institutional mission, “to know, to understand, to lead, to serve.” The liberal arts-based institution offers 40+ majors and pre-professional programs designed to prepare students to live in the world and change it for the better.
Defiance College (DC) is a comprehensive, private, coeducational college affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Founded in 1850, the 150-acre campus is located in Northwest Ohio, an area of picturesque farmland at the confluence of the Auglaize and Maumee rivers. Defiance offers bachelor’s, master’s, and associate degrees for different learners at different stages of their educational journey.
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BUILDING GLOBAL CITIZENS
Guided by experienced faculty members, Defiance College students build on existing interests to develop and explore new passions. They approach challenges with the habits of heart, mind, and spirit, altogether driven toward doing good in the world.
Although they arrive with an astonishing range of ambitions and take off in every possible direction, Defiance provides each and every student with a strong liberal arts foundation that emphasizes critical thinking and character building. Ultimately, this shapes DC students into individuals who understand their impact on the world.
“Not only am I in the field of study that I enjoy, I’ve been given many opportunities to expand my leadership skills, volunteer in the community, and even apply the knowledge I’ve gained at an international scale.” – Ely King, Mathematics and Business Administration major
Defiance gives students the opportunity to engage in relevant research programs that rarely happen before graduate school. Students present both at campus symposia as well as at state and national conferences. Additionally, they create capstone projects that truly represent a deeper understanding of their academic accomplishments.
SERVICE-LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP
DC is home to the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, an innovative research program devoted to teaching, service, scholarship, and action to improve the human condition. Distinctive among colleges and universities across the U.S., the McMaster School utilizes Defiance College’s nationally recognized model of service and civic engagement. Through its program, students and faculty make a lasting impact as they apply their academic expertise to real-world contexts. In recent years, participants have developed projects and established partnerships in Belize, Cambodia, Tanzania, and Panama. Much of the success of the projects can be credited to learning communities, groups of peers who meet on a regular basis to strategize and prepare for their research and travel.
Engaging educational experiences are all part of DC’s programming. The College’s Honors Program meets regularly with an offering for qualified students to take advantage of all kinds of research and course-enhancement opportunities. It allows students to enrich their education through academic challenges alongside an active cohort of peers and faculty members. There are honors courses, honors symposia, weekend study opportunities in Chicago, and a vast range of culturally and intellectually stimulating activities.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 13%
White, non-Hispanic: 74%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
Like their students, DC faculty are engaged in real-world methodologies and operations based on immersion in their fields of expertise. This results in community-based learning and internship opportunities for their students. Just one example of faculty involvement in a global framework is the WATER (Water Analysis: Targeting Engagement through Research) project, which transferred a successful model of testing from the Maumee watershed to Belize. Locally, students can utilize their professors’ network to volunteer to interact and work with teenage students with autism in an on-campus setting.
“I have had the two best social work professors to ever exist. The amount of time they have invested in me is beyond words.” – Kaytie Williamson, Social Work
DC’s faculty is known for the energy and individual attention they provide to their students. The student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1, allowing professors to get to know students personally. They stretch thinking skills in ways that prepare students for success; they add to classroom theory with actual practice, incorporating valuable internships, job shadowing, and learning trips with outside experiences.
“Students tell us over and over again how much they’ve learned not just about this course or that, but about themselves. We work to draw out the best in them, and we discover they draw out the best in us.” – Dr. Marian Plant, Professor of Religious and Ministry Studies
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND PROJECTS
A challenging academic environment at Defiance College is enhanced by undergraduate research, creative expression, and real-world professional experience. DC’s rich classroom environment based in the liberal arts is the centerpiece from which students form connections and discover new ways of viewing and exploring the world.
Defiance College students are engaged in collaborative research and scholarship with their faculty members. Such outlets include the Honors Program, campus symposia, capstone projects within each major, and learning communities of the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Cooperative education program
Teacher certification program
In addition to taking advantage of shopping and entertainment in town, DC students participate in ongoing service-learning projects in the community, further supporting DC’s reputation for strong programs of engagement and responsible citizenship.
The Service Leadership Program is an intensive campus/community initiative designed to develop skills in citizenship and leadership. In addition to its structured programs, the campus also inspires such student-led initiatives as the annual Empty Bowls project, a fundraising event organized by social work students to aid a local homeless shelter. In a typical year, Service Leaders will volunteer their time with more than 100 schools, churches, and organizations both on and off campus.
Among all the colleges that embrace service, Defiance is notably at the forefront of community engagement. In fact, Defiance College students, faculty, and staff have completed over 25,000 hours of service locally and globally.
Defiance College takes its focus on service a step further with a student-run nonprofit that is believed to be the only one of its kind at any college. Project 701 gives students opportunities to progress from hands-on service to learning about leadership, creating their own service projects, and implementing them as a true, functioning non-profit organization. Projects include student-run businesses that provide computer repair and graphic design services, a program that provides food on weekends for children in need, and a reading and writing center for local children.
“My DC experience has been a very positive one. Through the Honors Program, I’ve learned research presentation and critical thinking skills. As a Service Leader and manager of a Project 701 initiative, I’ve acquired skills necessary to lead, and I’ve been able to give back to the community.” – Corey Davis, Education major with a minor in Autism Studies
More than 60 percent of DC’s students live on campus. First-year students primarily live in one residence hall. Older students can choose from a variety of options, including apartment-style housing.
Many students come from small towns and enjoy the variety of programs and activities sponsored by the office of student life. The staff nurtures the whole person and fosters relationships among the faculty, staff, and students as well as the wider community. Defiance is a member of the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA), and more than 60 percent of students participate in one of twenty NCAA Division III sports or intramural programs.
Defiance College is located in Defiance in the Northwest corner of Ohio. Its distinctive name comes from Fort Defiance, established by General Anthony Wayne in 1794. Situated on the confluence of the Maumee and Auglaize Rivers, the city of Defiance was founded in 1836 in an area that had been an important gathering location of Native American nations for centuries.
Defiance is one hour from Lima and Toledo, OH, and Fort Wayne, IN. It is only two hours from Detroit, two-and-a-half hours from Columbus, and four hours from Chicago. The city of Defiance has 17,000 residents. It is the county seat for Defiance County, and it remains the regional center of a six-county area.
The 150-acre campus is close to both quiet residential neighborhoods and busy commercial districts. Within walking distance of campus are stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and coffee and ice cream shops.
Defiance College offers 20 intercollegiate varsity sports at the NCAA Division III level in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference including:
Men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and wrestling
Women’s: basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball
Co-Ed: cheer and dance
In 2018, DC became one of approximately 70 schools in the nation to offer eSports at the varsity level.
“With two months of school left and the help of our Career Development Office, I have already had two job offers. Defiance has endless opportunities to help you grow into the person you want to be.” – Calli Bauer, Education major
PREPARED FOR THE WORLD
A Defiance College education incorporates the belief that individuals are part of something bigger, a conviction that instills a sense of social responsibility. At Defiance College, serving others plays an important role in every student’s experience. Defiance students are called upon to think and act within their academic areas, utilizing classroom knowledge to make an impact within their communities and beyond. These experiences give them the awareness of a diverse world and its needs and the leadership skills to create positive change. Defiance’s dedication to engaged learning means that students are sure to go beyond books and lectures to dig in and learn by doing.
These experiences provide them with the skills to be better employees, better leaders, and responsible citizens. By the time they graduate, Defiance College students already possess outstanding professional skills that have been tested and polished through their engagement with real-life experiences.
Today’s Defiance College students are preceded by generations of alumni who credit DC for the success they have enjoyed in both their careers and personal lives. The value of a DC education is measured not only by future financial reward, but also by the quality of its academic and student-life programs today. Strong academic programs and a liberal arts tradition will help students think critically, problem-solve, and work with people of different backgrounds, altogether helping them develop skills to excel in their professions.
Rigor of secondary school record | Class rank | Academic GPA
Standardized test scores | Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Talent/ability
Character/personal qualities | Alumni/ae relation |Geographical residence
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 360 | 75th Percentile: 490
25th Percentile: 340 | 75th Percentile: 470
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 22
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 23
25th Percentile: 15 | 75th Percentile: 22
Defiance College accepts applications for admission throughout the calendar year and follows a rolling admission policy, which means applications are reviewed and decided upon on an individual basis as soon as completed application materials are received. Applicants are notified of the admission decision within a few days.
Students applying for admission should submit the following:
- Completed DC Application for Admission (online application available at www.defiance.edu) or add Defiance College on the Common Application)
- Official high school transcript
- Official ACT or SAT test scores (either official score report or on high school transcript)
- $25 application fee (fee is waived if applying online or visiting campus)
Tuition & Cost
Financial aid at Defiance College is designed to reward academic achievement and to meet students’ demonstrated need. At DC, 99% of students receive some form of financial aid. In 2018-2019, the average financial aid award for first-year full-time students was $29,801. This includes scholarships, grants, student loans, and work eligibility. Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Defiance College’s Federal School Code is 003041.
Defiance College rewards deserving students through a dynamic scholarship program designed to recognize high school academic achievement, service and other attributes. Scholarships are offered to eligible students the first year and are renewed each year according to established renewal requirements. Scholarships range from $10,000-$18,000. Students pursuing liberal arts or STEM degrees who show exemplary academic achievement may be eligible for a full-tuition scholarship.
- Dean’s Scholarship $18,000
- Pilgrim Scholarship $16,000
- Trustee Scholarship $15,000
- Achievement Scholarship $10,000
- Transfer Scholarship $10,000 – $15,000
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