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 HeidelbergAigler Alumni Building

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).  The Graduate Studies Office is located in the Aigler Alumni Building (pictured left) where you will find the Administrative Assistant, who manages current student information for all four of Heidelberg's Graduate Programs. Also in this building are the Social Sciences and the Master of Arts in Counseling programs. Graduate Admissions is housed within University Hall (pictured above). They are available to help you throughout the admissions process. They can be reached at 419-448-2602 or grad-studies@heidelberg.edu.

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