Founded in 1850 as Defiance Female Seminary. Became known as Defiance College in 1903. Affiliated with the United Church of Christ.
Northwest corner of Ohio at the confluence of the Auglaize and Maumee Rivers; one hour from Lima and Toledo, Ohio, and Ft. Wayne, Indiana; two hours from Detroit, Michigan; two-and-a-half hours from Columbus and four hours from Chicago, Illinois. The city of Defiance has 17,000 residents. The Defiance Chamber of Commerce and the Defiance Tourism Bureau provide more information about the city of Defiance, Ohio.
Defiance College has a student population nearly 1,100 students. More than 50 percent of traditional students live on campus.
The campus is located on 150 acres in a residential area of Defiance, which includes 18 buildings and access to the 200 acre Thoreau Wildlife Sanctuary.
Defiance College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Ohio Board of Regents, the Council on Social Work Education, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The teacher education program has been reviewed and approved by the Ohio Department of Education using the teaching education standard of the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Defiance College has been named as one of 81 colleges and universities around the country to the Colleges With a Conscience national guidebook published by Princeton Review and Campus Compact. For the past four years, the College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
The majority of admitted freshmen maintain at least a B average in high school course work, present above average ACT or SAT results, and complete a comprehensive high school academic program.
Degrees Offered and Majors
The College’s vision calls for an educational experience of engagement - civic, cultural, and learning - for all students. Defiance College is home to the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, a unique research program serving as a focal point for teaching, service, scholarship, and action to improve the human condition. The Service Leadership Program is an intensive campus/community initiative designed to develop citizenship and leadership skills. The Carolyn M. Small Honors Program provides exciting research opportunities and the opportunity for students to participate in an honors curriculum.
The Weekend College program offers students a chance to earn an associate degree in Business Administration or a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, or Organization Supervision and Leadership in a flexible every-other weekend format.
86 faculty members. The student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1. Average class size is 15 students.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) - Division III, and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC).
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Membership in:
Defiance offers students a variety of organizations, clubs, and activities including honor societies, religious groups, sororities and fraternities, intercultural organizations, student government, intercollegiate and intramural athletics, literary publications, music and performance groups, service learning activities, and special interest clubs.
In a typical year, the average financial aid package for an incoming freshman is $19,000. A high percentage of our students receive some form of assistance from grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs, or a combination of these. Recommended deadline for applying for financial aid is March 1.
Merit Aid Scholarships
Defiance College rewards deserving academic achievement through a dynamic merit financial aid program. Upon acceptance to the College, all full-time applicants are considered for scholarship eligibility based on academic achievement and financial need. Scholarship awards are renewable each year according to established requirements.
Costs for 2013-2014 Per Year:
78% of 2010 graduates were employed, attending graduate and professional school, serving in the military full-time or performing community service full-time. Learn more
Graduation Rate (full-time freshmen completed after 6-years)