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At a Glance

Defiance College


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 Fort Wayne, Indiana; two hours from Detroit, Michigan; two-and-a-half hours from Columbus and four hours from Chicago. The city of Defiance has 17,000 residents. The Defiance Chamber of Commerce and Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau provide more information about the city of Defiance, Ohio.

Student Population
Defiance College has a student population of approximately 800 students. More than 65 percent of traditional students live on campus.

The Campus
The campus is located on 150 acres in a residential area of Defiance, which includes 19 buildings and access to the 200 acre Thoreau Wildlife Sanctuary.

Mission Statement
To Know, To Understand, To Lead, To Serve

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National Recognition
Defiance College is among the top schools in the nation for community service and engagement as recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

DC is in the top tier of Midwest Regional Liberal Arts Colleges as named by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges.

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.

The College is also on the Military Friendly Schools® list as named by Victory Media. The Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

Colleges of Distinction’s guide selected Defiance College for exhibiting the four distinctions that make a college outstanding: engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community, and successful outcomes.

Admission Standards
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 student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. Average class size is 15 students.

Athletic Affiliations


Yellow Jacket mascot

Mascot:   Yellow Jackets
Colors:     Purple and Gold



  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Soccer
  • Tennis


  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Co-Curricular Activities
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, vocal and instrumental music and performance groups, service learning activities, and special interest clubs.

Financial Aid
For the 2015-2016 academic year, the average financial aid package for an incoming freshman was $23,048. Of our full-time students, 99% receive some form of assistance from grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs, or a combination of these. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be filled out beginning Oct. 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 2016-17 Per Year:

  • Tuition is $30,980
  • Room and board is $9,950
  • Student Activity fee is $324
  • Technology fee is $376
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Employment Overview

Retention Rate - October 1, 2016

  • First to Second Year, Fall 2014 to Fall 2015: 55.8%

Graduation Rate (full-time freshmen completed after 6-years).
This is the 4-Year Average Student Right-To-Know Graduation Rate:

  • 2003 graduated by 2009: 47%
  • 2004 graduated by 2010: 45%
  • 2005 graduated by 2011: 51%
  • 2006 graduated by 2012: 51%
  • 2007 graduated by 2013: 46%
  • 2008 graduated by 2014: 49%
  • 2009 graduated by 2015: 47%

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