Defiance College

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Defiance College
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Motto "Defy the ordinary"
Established 1850
Type Private not-for-profit
Religious affiliation United Church of Christ
Endowment $14.7 million[1]
Academic staff 86
Students 1,000
Undergraduates 900
Postgraduates 100
Location Defiance, Ohio, Ohio, U.S.A.
Campus small town/rural.
Colors Purple and Gold
Nickname Yellow Jackets, Lady Jackets
Affiliations United Church of Christ
Website http://www.defiance.edu

Defiance College, located in Defiance, Ohio, USA, is an independent, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The campus includes eighteen buildings and access to the 200-acre (80.9 ha) Thoreau Wildlife Sanctuary.[2]

In recent years, Defiance College has gained national recognition for its programs of service and engagement. 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[citation needed]. The College was recognized in 2013 as one of the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation for community service and engagement by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll[citation needed].

Defiance 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 leadership and communication skills and cultural awareness. The Carolyn M. Small Honors Program provides research opportunities and the opportunity for students to participate in an honors curriculum.

Defiance College is also home of the Hench Autism Studies Program, a multi-faceted program designed to specifically address the late adolescent years and the transition of individuals with autism to adulthood.

History[edit]

The college began as Defiance Female Seminary in 1850 and was opened by the Christian Church to provide schooling for young women. William Curtis Holgate, a local businessman, donated most of the campus. In 1903 the Defiance Female Seminary formally became Defiance College, making it one of only two religious-affiliated colleges to begin operation in Ohio during the 20th century.

The Christian Church was one of four denominations that united in 1957 to become the United Church of Christ, which Defiance College continues to be affiliated with. Both men and women of all religious backgrounds are welcomed.

Much of the institution’s early growth occurred under Peter McReynolds who was named president in 1902. The following years saw growth in students, endowment, and facilities with the addition of most of the original campus buildings.

McCann era[edit]

Defiance College grew and flourished under President Kevin McCann's leadership (1951–1964). Academic programs expanded, and enrollment grew. The physical appearance of the campus changed significantly. The campus increased in size to 140 acres (56.7 ha); the library, student union, and Pilgrim halls were built; and old buildings were renovated.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower paid two visits to Defiance College. On October 15, 1953, he laid the cornerstone for Anthony Wayne Library of American Study [1]. He re-visited the campus on May 26, 1963 to deliver the commencement address, at which time the college announced that one room in the library had been designated "the Eisenhower Room," honoring the friendship between Eisenhower and Kevin C. McCann.

1960s and 1970s - Winter Term[edit]

In the mid-1960s, the college adopted a novel 4-1-4 academic schedule, whereby students took four courses for four months, with a one-month "Winter Term" in which students were totally immersed in one subject full-time for the month of January. Some students went on an expedition to the Northwest to seek the Sasquatch. Others spent the month learning German by speaking nothing else, all day long, for a month. Two professors held a class in which students learned hot-air ballooning and became licensed aeronauts. Another group conducted an archaeological dig. The college's emphasis was on alternative learning, and students were encouraged to create their own Winter Term program.

Schauffler moves to Defiance[edit]

The Schauffler College of Religious and Social Work in Cleveland had four-year students from more countries than any other, but it failed financially and merged with the graduate school of theology at Oberlin College. When Oberlin closed that school in 1967, the Schauffler endowment was moved to Defiance College, which created the Schauffler Center and later built Schauffler Hall.

Student life[edit]

About 1,000 students are enrolled at Defiance College. More than 50% of all traditional students live on campus. The college has more than 40 undergraduate majors with two graduate programs in education and business. Bachelor degree majors range from the long-standing programs in education, business, natural sciences, and behavioral sciences, to programs that address the needs of a 21st-century, such as digital forensic science, forensic science, nursing, international studies and restoration ecology. DC has a Students to Faculty Ratio of 13:1 and an average class size of 15 students.[3]

Athletics[edit]

Defiance College Yellow Jackets

The Defiance College Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets compete in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) as a NCAA Division III school.[4] Defiance is an associate member of the Ohio Athletic Conference for Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving.[5] Defiance College also has a varsity men's lacrosse team that competes in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference (MLC).[6]

Financials[edit]

  • Tuition: $26,740 per year
  • Room and board: $8,850 per year
  • Student Activity fee: $290 per year
  • Technology fee: $330 per year
  • Acceptance rate: 72% of all applications
  • 89% of D.C. students find employment or enter graduate school within six months of graduation.

Noted alumni[edit]

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Coordinates: 41°17′48″N 84°21′30″W / 41.29667°N 84.35833°W / 41.29667; -84.35833