At a Glance

About Defiance College

Founded in 1850 as Defiance Female Seminary. Became known as Defiance College in 1903. Affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

Mission Statement
Defiance College graduates students to lead distinctive lives in their chosen professions through a spirit of service by preparing them To Know, To Understand, To Lead, and To Serve.

Academic Values of Defiance College Supporting the DC Mission

  • TO KNOW 
    We believe that the liberal arts form a broad basis for all learning. We affirm that academic excellence demands a committed search for truth, competency in research and other problem-solving methods, the ability to synthesize knowledge from many sources, and a capacity for self-directed learning.

    We provide opportunities for students to perceive and make connections between the intellectual realm and the world. We strive to develop awareness of and sensitivity to global interdependence and diverse cultures.

  • TO LEAD 
    We are committed to the betterment of the community, the nation, and the world through the development of leadership skills and abilities. We create opportunities for students to initiate and facilitate beneficial action in and out of the classroom and encourage self-reflection on the role of the dedicated leader.

    We encourage our students to be of service to their fellow students, their chosen fields of study, their communities and the world. We provide opportunities for students to transform society through civic engagement along with application of their knowledge and understanding to service.

Defiance, Ohio
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.

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.

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

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.


Defiance College is accredited by the...

  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Ohio Board of Regents
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
  • 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 for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Degrees Offered and Majors

  • Associate of Arts in:
    • Business Administration, Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Athletic Training

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

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.

Athletic Affiliations

  • The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) - Division III
  • Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC)


Mascot:   Yellow Jackets
Colors:     Purple and Gold Yellow Jacket mascot


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
  • Cheer/Dance
  • eSports


  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Cheer/Dance
  • eSports

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.

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.

Financial Aid

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 entering students through a dynamic scholarship program designed to recognize academic achievement. Scholarships are offered to eligible students the first year and are renewed each year according to established renewal requirements. Final scholarships are coordinated with other federal, state, and Defiance College sponsored awards and may be influenced by the student's on-campus or commuter status.

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Employment Outcomes

See major academic pages for specific program outcomes.

Retention Rate

Graduation Rate
(full-time freshmen completed after four years)


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