4-year, Regionally accredited
Affiliation: United Church of Christ
Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's
Founded in Tiffin, Ohio, by members of the German Reformed Church, Heidelberg University now offers a variety of bachelor's and master's degree programs in a small-town campus setting. While researching student comments about Heidelberg, we learned that the majority of students – and alumni – mentioned the campus and its setting in a very favorable manner. Ohio is known for friendly, down-to-earth people, and Heidelberg University exemplifies the best Ohio has to offer. Most of the 1,200 students attend fulltime, almost all (97%) are under the age of 25, and 20% are from out of state.
Courses for undergrads are taught in a classroom setting while those for graduate students, 60% of whom take courses on a part time basis, are provided online. The most popular degree programs are in business and education, both of which offer bachelor and master tracks as does Heidelberg’s health professions program. Bachelor programs in biology, criminal justice, sports/fitness and psychology are also among the most popular.
Average net cost to attend for first year full-time students is slightly less than $21,000. This is a steep discount from Heidelberg's $42,000 sticker price, but generous financial aid provided to almost every student brings the actual cost to a more affordable level. Affiliated with the United Church of Christ, Heidelberg University respects diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles. We noted that comments from students, usually vocal when it comes to a religion-based college experience, were notably neutral in discussing why they liked Heidelberg University. And more notably, Heidelberg received one of the highest percentages of “I love this university” than most of the other Best Value School Award candidates for 2017.