About Heidelberg University

A Brief History of Heidelberg University

University Hall

Heidelberg was founded in 1850 by members of the German Reformed Church who named the University after the Heidelberg Catechism of 1563. Seeking to minister to the German population of Ohio, the founders of the University established a church-affiliated institution staffed by a largely theologically trained faculty. Into the 1890s and beyond, the ideal of training Christian scholars persisted as the goal of a Heidelberg education. Heidelberg tenured faculty members were required to be members of a Christian faith until the early 1970s.

Today, many of the staff and the students are not members of the United Church of Christ. Heidelberg is a university of both change and continuity. Proud of its over 159 year tradition, Heidelberg continues to be dedicated toward a liberal arts education, a path the University has followed since its founding when it educated ministers. Today, because men and women change goals and careers with frequency during their lifetimes, Heidelberg’s mix of a liberal arts education with career opportunities offers students a solid base on which to grow in their professional and personal lives. A liberal arts education expands knowledge, sharpens the intellect and explores cultural frameworks so that men and women can shape their values and their lives perceptively and with vision. Educational opportunities afford time for looking at professional options, for developing marketable skills and for gaining real-world experience.


Graduate Studies at Heidelberg

There are four graduate studies programs: Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC), Master of Arts in Education (MAE), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Music Education (MME).

Graduate admissions is located in University Hall (pictured above), office number C118, where you will find the International and Graduate Admissions Coordinator, Melissa Nye. She can be reached by calling 419-448-2602 or emailing grad-studies@heidelberg.edu


Should you need to find a location on campus, see Heidelberg's campus map.

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