University of Findlay
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|Motto||Scientia Libertas et Religio (Knowledge, Liberty, and Religion)|
|Location||Findlay, Ohio, U.S.|
|Colors||Orange and Black
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference|
|Mascot||Derrick the Oiler|
The University of Findlay (UF) is a private university in Findlay, Ohio. It was affiliated with the Churches of God General Conference. Nearly 3,700 students are enrolled at Findlay, with more than 2,700 undergraduate and nearly 1,000 graduate students. Approximately 1,300 students live on campus in University housing. Approximately 340 full-time and part-time faculty teach regular and online classes, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1.
The University of Findlay encompasses more than 388 acres, including its 73-acre main campus and six off-campus facilities.
UF has been recognized as a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review. UF ranks consistently in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” in the Midwest and was also named to the “A+ Schools for B Students” list for the second year. UF has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Private Colleges” by Institutional Research and Evaluation Inc., an independent research organization specializing in higher education. In addition, the city of Findlay was chosen as one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns for 2012–2013 by the editors of Ohio Magazine.
The predecessor of The University of Findlay, Findlay College, was founded on January 28, 1882 by the city of Findlay and the Churches of God General Conference. By 1897, the college had established an endowment of more than $100,000 and boasted sixteen faculty members. In 1989, Findlay College became known as the University of Findlay. The campus, still affiliated with the Church of God, embarked on a building campaign, adding five new buildings over the next several years. By the start of the twenty-first century, the institution boasted sixty-five different areas of undergraduate study and eight graduate programs. The university is especially well known for its equestrian studies program and offers equestrian riding as a varsity sport. The University of Findlay has experienced substantial growth over the past couple of decades and tripled in size of enrollment, staff, and facilities. For example, recently in 2012, the university added structures to Davis Street to host its esteemed pharmacy program.
The University of Findlay has nearly 60 majors leading to baccalaureate degrees and offers nine master’s degrees, a doctor of pharmacy, and a doctor of physical therapy. Unusual and well-recognized programs include equestrian studies, pre-veterinary medicine (animal science/pre-veterinary medicine option), nuclear medicine technology, occupational therapy and physical therapy, as well as environmental, safety and occupational health management.
Findlay offers more than 65 areas of undergraduate study. Some of its most popular majors include: business, education, pharmacy, equestrian studies, pre-veterinary medicine, nuclear medicine technology, and environmental safety and occupational health management. Its equestrian studies program is nationally recognized.
The University of Findlay established the nation’s first bachelor’s degree in hazardous waste studies, now known as environmental, safety and occupational health management. The All Hazards Training Center, which grew from that initial program, has provided hands-on training simulations to more than 100,000 people from a wide range of backgrounds, including industry leaders and government officials involved in emergency planning, response and recovery.
The animal science/pre-veterinary medicine program is highly respected for its hands-on approach beginning with the freshman year. Its graduates who apply to veterinary school are accepted at a rate at more than twice the national average. Students benefit from a new 31,000-square-foot facility that combines a working barn with an academic wing.
The English equestrian program utilizes a 72-acre farm, named the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex after the late University trustee, houses the English equestrian studies program. Established in 1992, the program has won an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national title, several reserve championships and numerous individual honors. It also includes University Equine Veterinary Services Inc. and an adjacent, 30-acre nature preserve.
Founded in 1976, the western equestrian program shares a 152-acre farm, the Animal Sciences Center, with the animal science/pre-veterinary medicine program. The western program has earned five Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national championships in the past decade as well as numerous individual honors.
The Nuclear Medicine Institute, which is the largest nuclear medicine technology program in the United States and one of the largest in the world, is one of only 100 programs nationwide accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology. Students are trained to be nuclear medicine technologists, using radioactive materials to diagnose and treat disorders and diseases. The five-year overall certification rate for graduates of the program, established in 1966, is 98 percent. The remaining students are eligible for national certification.
The campus hosts the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books which contains the largest collection of children's book illustrations in the United States. It has the distinction of being the first and largest teaching museum in the world specializing in original artwork from picture books. Its collection numbers more than 7,700 pieces from award-winning authors and artists. Its mission is to promote literacy through its educational programs and to collect, exhibit and preserve original art from children’s books.
Education at The University of Findlay is offered in formats that accommodate students of all ages and their time-pressured lifestyles. In addition to traditional weekday classes, Findlay offers courses at night, on weekends and online.
Graduate programs offered include a master of arts in education, a master of arts in teaching English as a second language (TESOL) and bilingual education, a master of business administration, a master of athletic training, a master of occupational therapy, a master of physician assistant, a master of rhetoric and writing, a master of health informatics and a master of science in environmental, safety and health management, as well as the doctor of pharmacy, doctor of education, and doctor of physical therapy.
The MBA, bachelor's degree completion program, master of science in environmental, safety and health management and master of arts in education also are offered entirely online in addition to classes held on campus.
A full list of programs of study may be accessed here.
Outside the classroom
Opportunities abound for learning leadership and interpersonal skills outside the classroom. Students may participate in any of nearly 100 student organizations, including special interest clubs, student media, student government, performing arts groups, service clubs, academic honorary organizations, spiritual life groups and Greek sororities and fraternities. Club sports and 28 intramural sports keep the competitive spirit alive on campus.
The fine arts flourish on campus with a variety of theater productions, art exhibits and vocal and instrumental music concerts that offer creative outlets and training for students, as well as serve as a source of cultural enrichment for the community.
UF is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the national accrediting organizations for athletic training, business, environmental health science and protection, nuclear medicine technology, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, social work and teacher education.
The University of Findlay is located in Findlay, Ohio, a small city that is pleasant and safe. Findlay has been designated a “dreamtown” by Demographics Daily, and it has been repeatedly named one of the top 10 “micropolitan” areas (small cities) in the U.S. by Site Selection magazine. Findlay is the only city in Ohio to have been named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People three consecutive times by America’s Promise Alliance, an organization founded by Colin Powell.
Active Student Organizations include :
- Accounting Club
- Academy of Student Pharmacists
- Alpha Sigma Phi
- Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society
- Alpha Zeta Omega Professional Pharmaceutical Fraternity
- Association for Computing Machinery
- Avalanche Christian Ministries
- Black Student Union
- United: The University of Findlay's Gay-Straight Alliance
- Block & Bridle
- Campus Program Board
- Chemistry Club
- Chinese Culture Club
- Colleges Against Cancer
- College Democrats
- Criminal Justice Club/Forensic Science Club
- EKTA (Indian Student Association)
- Euler Math Club
- Eventing Club
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- Findlay's Horseman's Association
- From the Writer's Kitchen (student literary magazine)
- Greek Council
- Health Care Management Network
- Horse Club
- Hospitality Management Club
- Institute of Managerial Accounting
- IDA Team
- Japanese Culture Club
- Marketing Club
- Newman Club
- Notes Inc.
- Oiler Environmental Safety & Health Organization
- Pharmacy Student Leadership Council
- Phi Sigma Sigma
- Physical Therapy Organization (PTO)
- Physician Assistant Student Society
- Physics Club
- Political Science Club
- Pre-Med Club
- Pre-Vet Club
- Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
- Pulse (school newspaper)
- Sigma Kappa
- Slippery Elm (literary magazine)
- Social Work Club
- Society of Human Resource Management
- Spanish Club
- Student Athlete Advisory Council
- Student Government Association
- Student Occupational Therapy Association
- Student Society of Health System Pharmacists
- Students for Alumni Relations
- Students in Free Enterprise
- Taiwanese Student Association
- Technology and Gaming Club (T.A.G.)
- Theta Chi Fraternity
- The Psy – Key Club of The University of Findlay
- The University of Findlay American Sign Language club
- The University of Findlay's Anointed Worship
- The University of Findlay College Republicans
- The University of Findlay Figure Skating Club
- The University of Findlay Habitat for Humanity chapter
- The University of Findlay Horseman's Association
- The University of Findlay Horse Club
- The University of Findlay Martial Arts Club
- The University of Findlay Ohio Student Education Association
- The University of Findlay Wilderness Club
- The University of Findlay Writers' Club
- University of Findlay Korean Student Association (UFKSA)
- WLFC – FM Radio
Honor societies and Greek organizations
- Alpha Psi Omega (Theater)
- Alpha Zeta Omega (Pharmacy)
- Aristos Eklektos
- Phi Alpha Honors Society (Social Work)
- Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity
- Mortar Board, Pi Sigma Alpha – Scholarship, Leadership, Service
- Phi Alpha Theta (History)
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Pi Mu Epsilon (Math)
- Phi Theta Epsilon (Occupational Therapy)
- Psi Chi (Psychology)
- Sigma Tau Delta (English)
- Sigma Xi
The University of Findlay participates in 24 intercollegiate sports: 10 men’s (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and wrestling); 12 women’s (basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance team, golf, lacrosse, softball, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and volleyball); and two mixed sports, western and English equestrian riding.
The University of Findlay is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Both equestrian teams are members of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Their mascot is named Derek the Oiler.
The University of Findlay, known athletically as the Oilers, compete as a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II and its student-athletes participate in 23 intercollegiate sports: men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, Western equestrian, English equestrian, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, wrestling; while women’s sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance team, Western equestrian, English equestrian, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball. The newest varsity sports are western and English equestrian riding, which are mixed sports, although they have predominantly female participants.
On November 14, 2013, the University released plans to build a football and lacrosse stadium, slated for completion by the fall 2015 football season. The stadium will be designed by Wagner Murray Architects and Echo Artz. The stadium is slated to seat 5,000 while including a two story pressbox, and full matrix video board. UF will use this stadium as opposed to playing at Findlay High School's high school stadium: Donnell Stadium.
- 1979: Football – NAIA Division II
- 1992: Football – NAIA Division II
- 1995: Football – NAIA Division II
- 1995: Wrestling – NAIA
- 1997: Football – NAIA
- 2001: Equestrian team (English) – IHSA
- 2001: Equestrian team (Western) – IHSA
- 2005: Equestrian team (Western) – IHSA
- 2007: Equestrian team (Western) – IHSA
- 2009: Equestrian team (Western) – IHSA
- 2009: Men's Basketball – NCAA Division II National Championship Record 36-0
- Tim Beckman—former head football coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
- Dennis Canfield—head coach and part-owner of the Jamestown Jets
- R. Clint Cole—U.S. Representative
- Ralph D. Cole—U.S. Representative
- Joanie Dodds—American fashion model
- Edward L. Feightner—World War II flying ace, test pilot, and Blue Angels pilot
- John W. Grabiel— Arkansas politician
- Gary Harpst— CEO of Six Disciplines
- Waylon Lowe— NCAA D-2 Wrestling Champion; current professional mixed martial arts fighter
- Charlie Parker—basketball coach
- Stacy Westfall—professional horse trainer
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