Facts About Heidelberg

University HallHeidelberg University has come a long way since 1850 when five students attended classes in a commercial building in downtown Tiffin. Through the decades, we’ve maintained our commitment to provide a quality education that enriches our students’ many opportunities and that leads our graduates to lives of purpose with distinction. Today, our liberal arts curriculum and professional programs not only honor our founders’ hopes and dreams, but prepare our students to begin to build successful careers.

At a glance, here are a few important facts you’ll want to know about Heidelberg:

  • We offer 30 undergraduate majors, 30 minors, 10 pre-professional programs and graduate studies in education, counseling, business administration and music education.
  • We are the only college or university in the country with the nickname the Student Prince.
  • Enrollment is about 1,100, including undergraduate, graduate and lifelong learning students.
  • We have a student-faculty ratio of 16:1 (meaning that in the classroom, you’ll get the personal attention you deserve).
  • That attention comes from qualified professors. About 85 percent of our senior faculty members hold doctoral degrees. (They also serve as advisors, mentors and coaches. So you will really get to know them.)
  • We have been ranked as one of the top colleges in the Midwest and the nation by U.S.News & World Report magazine, for 25 consecutive years.
  • At Heidelberg, your education is about more than your classes. Through our 70-plus student organizations, intramurals, Greek life and athletics, you can develop leadership skills and lifelong friendships, and make important connections to others on campus.
  • Students conduct individual and group research projects under the direction of faculty mentors and are encouraged to present their findings at the Student Research Conference. (Many students travel to regional and national professional conferences to share their findings as well.)
  • Our Gothic architecture is one of the many aesthetic treasures on our campus, which is comprised of 29 buildings. Ten of these buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The award-winning Life of the Mind Honors Program is a comprehensive approach toward empowering students to explore their abilities within a community of scholars and learners.
  • As a student-athlete, you’ll be part of the prestigious and competitive Ohio Athletic Conference, the third oldest college athletic conference in the United States (it was founded in 1902).
  • We encourage students to step outside their comfort zone and study abroad for a year, a semester or a summer term. We have exchange programs with several colleges and universities abroad, including our unique American Junior Year program.
  • Our Center for Historic and Military Archaeology is one of the very few programs of its kind that offers students hands-on study in archaeology. (You can participate in excavations at Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison site.)
  • We celebrate our long-time affiliation with the United Church of Christ, and welcome all faith traditions. (Currently more than 30 are represented on our campus).
  • The National Center for Water Quality Research is a leader in surface and groundwater research in the Great Lakes and beyond. Students have opportunities to be involved in the lab’s research activities as interns or employees in lab or field research.

And this is just the start; check out more of our website (we recommend the distinctive programs section), come and visits us on our beautiful campus and see what we are working on next.