Our beautiful campus
Bluffton University is located on 234 acres of rolling land, partially covered with a natural forest of oak, elm, beech, buckeye, maple and more than 100 other varieties of trees. The south side of campus is traversed by Little Riley Creek, giving the campus a "retreat-like" feel.
On the 60 acres of the main campus are academic and residential buildings, the student center and athletic facilities. The remaining acreage includes the Bluffton University Nature Preserve, which offers the Moyer Nature Center, an eight-acre lake, nature trails and the swinging bridge.
A tree walk for campus visitors, originally compiled by Dr. Robert Antibus, emeritus professor
of biology, and expanded by JoAnn Antibus, identifies more than 60 tree species across
>>> Tree map
From one end of campus to the other, works of art are permanently on exhibit and are
available for all to enjoy. This Art Walk starts in Riley Court, at The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center, and then heads to
Sauder Visual Arts Center before crossing the creek to Marbeck Center, Centennial
Hall, Musselman Library, College Hall and Yoder Recital Hall.
>>> Art walk
The Moyer Nature Center, an 1,800-square-foot building located near the main entrance of Bluffton’s 160-acre
Nature Preserve, opened in fall 2018. Through her donation, Harriett (Burkhart x52) hopes the multipurpose facility will “contribute to the education of a broad range of
groups, provide a focal point for cooperation, and inform about and encourage stewardship
of the natural environment.”
>>> Moyer Nature Center
Coming soon: The Austin E. Knowlton Science Center will transform science education at Bluffton. The 32,500 square foot building is
designed for 21st century teaching and learning for students in biology, chemistry,
physics, mathematics, pre-medicine, nursing and dietetics and as an integral part
of Bluffton’s liberal arts education.
>>> the Austin E. Knowlton Science Center
Sauder Visual Arts Center, a 21,000-square-foot building overlooks the Little Riley Creek floodplain. Sauder houses the Grace Albrecht Art Gallery, a Mac lab, darkroom, faculty offices and laboratory/classroom space for printing, painting, drawing, arts and crafts, sculpture, ceramics, kilns, graphic design, woodshop and welding.
Mosiman Hall, the music department's home, was expanded in 1996 to include Yoder Recital Hall, a 300-seat, state-of-the-art performance facility. Together, the complex houses three classrooms, a rehearsal/lecture hall, faculty teaching studios, practice rooms, a music library/listening center and MIDI lab with synthesizers, computers and software. Bluffton University is an All Steinway School.
The LION AND LAMB PEACE ARTS CENTER is located in the lower level of Riley Court. The Lion and Lamb provides resources
to teach children about peace, justice, cultural understanding and nonviolent responses
to conflict by interacting with literature and the arts. The facility was expanded
in 1997 to include the Honda Outdoor Sculpture Garden.
Bluffton University's first building, College Hall, now houses administrative offices, the Learning Resource Center, several classrooms and Ramseyer Auditorium. The intimate auditorium has seating for 135 and is used for drama productions and theatre classes.
MUSSELMAN LIBRARY, built in 1930, with the 1965 addition, houses more than 160,000 volumes and includes the University Archives and Mennonite Historical Collections. Through the library's membership in the OPAL (Ohio Private Academic Libraries) and OhioLINK consortia, students, faculty and staff have access to the holdings of 84 college and university libraries throughout the state.
Centennial Hall opened in 2000. The 44,000-square-foot facility houses 16 classrooms, 38 faculty offices and the Technology Center. Academic departments housed in Centennial include social sciences, business studies, education, mathematics and English and language.
Marbeck Center, Bluffton's student union, houses dining facilities, a snack shop, game room, lounges, bookstore, mailroom, student organization offices and meeting rooms.
Sommer Center is a facility whose programs, services and activities promote good health, wellness and fitness education for all current students, faculty and staff. Sommer houses offices for Health, Fitness and Sports Science faculty and coaches, a multipurpose room, basketball and volleyball court, walking track, Weights and Fitness Center and athletic trainer's facility,
Founders Hall was built in 1951. The A.C. Burcky Addition was completed in 1971, with an annex added in 1996. The building houses two playing floors, one with a stage and seating for approximately 2,000; racquetball courts, classrooms, offices and general education science labs.
Emery Sears Athletic Complex, located adjacent to the main campus, includes the Bluffton University Memorial Field (baseball), Alumni Field (football), softball diamond, soccer field and an all-weather track. Dwight Salzman Stadium, dedicated in 1993, houses locker rooms, dressing rooms, concession stand, restrooms, classrooms and a storage area.