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Defiance College

Defiance, Ohio

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 associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
681 undergraduate students
84% of undergrad students are full time
53% male — 47% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
40 full-time faculty
49 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Residential; more than 60% of full-time students live on campus.

School Location

Defiance, Ohio.


56% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

41% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 8%
White 81%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


NCAA Division III, Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. 19 varsity sports – 10 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse (competes in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference), soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field; 9 women’s: basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball; club sport in wrestling, and numerous intramural sports.


Defiance College is a four-year, private, coeducational, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Church of Christ, offering associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. The college was founded in 1850.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Athletic Training, Biology; Business Administration; Communication Studies; Criminal Justice; Design (Two Dimensional Graphic Design, Three Dimensional Small Product Design; Education (Chemistry Education, Early Childhood, Health and Physical Education, Integrated Language Arts, Integrated Mathematics, Integrated Social Studies, Intervention Specialist Mild to Moderate, Life Science, Life Science and Chemistry, Middle Childhood); Digital Forensic Science; Global Studies; English; Exercise Science; Forensic Science; History; Mathematics; Ministry Studies, Molecular Biology; Nursing (1+2+1), Nursing RN to BSN; Psychology; Restoration Ecology; Religious Studies, Social Work; Sport Management.

Self-designed majors are also available as well as pre-professional programs in Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Ministry, Optometry, and Veterinary Science.

More Distinctions

  • Defiance College is home of the ASD Affinity Program supporting college students with autism spectrum disorder in reaching their full potential. Varying levels of academic, social and residential support are designed to aid students in meeting their personal and professional goals.

  • Defiance College is consistently recognized on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for service and engagement.

  • Defiance College is one of 119 colleges and universities in the U.S. selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification.

Driven to Serve the World

At Defiance College, there is an enthusiasm for learning. Guided by excellent faculty members, Defiance students build on existing interests. They develop new passions. They approach challenges with the habits of heart, mind, and spirit, driven toward doing good in the world. Defiance College students grow in all kinds of ways. Students choose from nearly 40 programs of study, in everything from accounting and education to restoration ecology and digital forensic science. Defiance offers an education firmly rooted in the values of its mission – To Know, To Understand, To Lead, To Serve.
The key to students’ success? Although they arrive with an astonishing range of ambitions and take off in every possible direction, Defiance provides each and every one with a strong liberal arts foundation that emphasizes critical thinking and character building.

Undergraduate Research

Defiance gives students the opportunity to put an individual stamp on their education. Students engage in relevant research programs that rarely happen before graduate school. They present at state and national conferences, campus symposia, and create capstone projects that can represent a deeper understanding of their academic accomplishments.

Service Learning

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 the McMaster program, students and faculty apply academic expertise in a real-world context in a way that impacts humanity. In recent years, participants have developed projects and established partnerships in Belize, Cambodia and Tanzania, and most recently, in Panama. Much of the success of the projects can be credited to learning communities, a component through which groups meet on a regular basis to strategically prepare for their research and travel.

The Service Leadership Program is an intensive campus/community initiative designed to develop citizenship and leadership skills. In addition to the structured programs, the campus inspires student-led initiatives like the annual Empty Bowls project in which social work students conduct a fundraising event for the local homeless shelter.

Honors Program

DC programs offer ways for students to explore the educational experience of engagement. The Honors Program meets regularly and provides research and course-enhancement opportunities for qualified students.

Involved Professors

Defiance’s national recognition for its innovative programs is evidence of DC’s committed and involved faculty. Like their students, they 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. An example of 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 volunteer to interact and work with teenage students with autism in an on-campus setting.

Liberal Arts for the Changing World

In DC’s distinctive Core Curriculum, every student takes courses on important trends that will impact the world over the next two decades. Courses prepare students to practice their major in a global economy as they studying by way of hands-on learning. Learning is balanced with communication skills, critical thinking, and moral reasoning. This curriculum empowers students with the knowledge and skills to contribute to the global economy in productive and creative ways.

First-Year Foundations

The idea of conducting academic inquiry is introduced as soon as DC students begin their college journey. Within the new core curriculum, all students will take the course Foundations of Academic Inquiry in their first semester. The course focuses on approaches to research and the skills necessary to conduct research. Students will learn types of sources, how to acquire and judge those sources, and how to use them to prepare and support research.

Undergraduate Research and Projects

A challenging academic environment at Defiance College is enhanced by undergraduate research, creative expression, and real-world professional experience. A 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.

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…

Residence Life

More than 60 percent of DC’s students live on campus. First-year students primarily live in one residence hall on gender-specific wings. Other students can choose from a variety of options, including apartment-style housing.

Student Activities

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 50 percent of students participate in one of twenty-two NCAA Division III sports or intramural programs.


Defiance College is located in Defiance, Ohio, 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, Ohio, and Fort Wayne, Indiana. 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.

Student-Run Service

Defiance College takes its focus on service a step further with a student-run nonprofit organization that’s 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 a free primary care health clinic for local residents, student-run businesses that provide computer repair and graphic design services, a program providing food on weekends for children in need, and a reading and writing center for local children.

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 students will go beyond books and lectures to opportunities 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 engagement with real-life experiences.

Personal Success Plan

The Defiance experience starts with students’ first steps on campus. New students entering Defiance College work on their own individualized strategic plan, which is designed to help them map out the best strategy to achieve their college goals. The Personal Success Plan goes beyond the student’s academic program of study to include cultural experiences, physical and emotional wellness strategies, social enrichment, and ethical and spiritual growth. A distinctive resume provides Defiance students an advantage in the job market and when applying to graduate school. DC students graduate with real-world experiences and the skills and knowledge they need to move into their futures as informed and engaged adults.

Alumni Fulfillment

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 liberal arts tradition will help students think critically, problem-solve, and work with people of different backgrounds, helping them develop skills to excel in their professions.



1,210 Total Applicants 
789 Total Admissions 
183 Total Freshman Enrollment

65.21% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 395 460
SAT Math 390 505
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT Math 17 24
ACT English 17 23
ACT Writing    


Defiance College accepts applications for admission throughout the calendar year. Defiance follows a rolling admission policy, which means applications are reviewed and admission decisions made 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 is available at
  • 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 apply online or visit campus)


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $30,400
Fees $682
Total $31,082
Room and Board (on campus) $9,850
Room Only $5,490
Board Only $4,360
Estimated Total On Campus $40,932


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
88% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$18,303 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$9,032 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates


Financial aid at Defiance College is designed to reward academic achievement and to meet students’ demonstrated need. At DC, 99 percent of students receive some form of financial aid. For the 2014 incoming class, the average financial aid award for first-year full-time students was $23,048. 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 entering 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 $5,000 to full tuition. Eligible accepted students will receive an invitation to attend a Scholarship Day program.

  • Defiance Scholarship – $5,000 to $12,000
  • Presidential Scholarship – $14,000 to $18,000
  • Pilgrim Scholarship – $13,000 to $16,000
  • Achievement Scholarship – $12,000 to $14,000
  • Service Leadership Award – $2,000
  • Lillian Rae Dunlap Award – $1,000
  • Marching Band Scholarship – $750 to $1,500
  • Music Talent Award – $750 to $1,500

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