U Findlay, Bluffton U agree to merge

By Kendall Westgate, WestgateK@Findlay.edu

Many schools as of late have joined forces or were forced to shut-down. As of March 20, University of Findlay appears to be one of those schools, as the University has announced plans to merge with Bluffton University.

In an all-campus meeting with the University of Findlay faculty and staff, President Dr. Katherine Fell announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to merge the operations between University of Findlay and Bluffton University.

“I was very surprised to hear that we are going to be merging with Bluffton University,” junior UF student Alexis Gorant said. “but I am glad to hear that my life here at UF will not change much.”

The merger is expected to be completed by Fall 2025; however, the University of Findlay and Bluffton University will continue to educate on two different campuses. Meaning, there will be no changes to where classes are delivered and how scholarships and financial aid are rewarded.

University of Findlay’s sports teams will remain in NCAA Division II and part of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, and Bluffton University’s sports teams will continue to participate in Division III competitions. 

“I was surprised initially because I haven’t seen any announcements or media coverage concerning this topic,” junior UF student Eva Reynolds said. “I am excited for the opportunities that may arise for future Oilers because of the merger, although I am unsure what they may be. I like the fact that all our traditions, tuition, and the general way our campus is run will remain the same.”

President Dr. Fell mentioned in an email that beloved Findlay traditions will continue, while still maintaining the Derrick the Oiler mascot. However, there will be increased educational opportunities available 20 miles away at Bluffton University.

“As an out-of-state student, I haven’t really ever heard of Bluffton so I don’t know what they have to offer our students academically,” Reynolds said. “But, I trust that the faculty and leaders involved have made a wise decision.”