The University of Findlay: General Information

Our Heritage

The University of Findlay was founded as Findlay College in 1882 by the Churches of God, General Conference, and the citizens of the city of Findlay. Though an independent institution, The University of Findlay is affiliated with the Churches of God, and it acknowledges, preserves, and honors its Judeo-Christian heritage. The institution changed its name, becoming The University of Findlay, on July 1, 1989.

Our Mission

The mission of The University of Findlay is to equip our students for meaningful lives and productive careers.

Principles that Guide our Work

The trustees, faculty, and staff of UF assert that:

  • The University of Findlay is grounded in Christian faith, welcomes all people, and respects the roles of faith and reason in reflective study.
  • Merging the best of education in professional preparation, the liberal arts, the natural sciences, and experiential learning is the ideal preparation for 21st-century careers.
  • We are all teachers. Teaching students is our most important responsibility; every trustee, professor, and staff member should contribute to our students’ learning.
  • Together with our students, we will always engage in a caring, honest, respectful, and reasoned exchange of ideas.
  • As colleagues with our students, we will be prepared to serve others and to participate fully in a diverse, environmentally responsible, global society.

Vision Statement: the UF Distinction

The University of Findlay will become a leading Midwestern university characterized by the following three watch phrases:

Heartland Community

In a university founded on the principles of personal faith, civic mindedness, and scholarly achievement, we will advance our commitment to the personal attention essential to the development of our students as whole persons--knowledgeable, creative, ethical, and compassionate leaders in a global environment.

Diverse Perspectives

We will achieve a productive balance between innovative and time-tested approaches and programs in professional preparation, the liberal arts, and the natural sciences. We will embrace professional, cultural, and intellectual diversity that will distinguish our programs from those of other comprehensive institutions of higher education. We will model civil discourse.

Transformative Experiences

We will leverage our location, size, and values to provide experiential learning for students in every program of study.

Benefits to Our Students of This Educational Approach

The University of Findlay graduates will demonstrate the benefits of an education adaptive to the emerging needs of 21st-century students—in methods and locations of instruction; in experience-based curricula focused on their professions of choice and areas of intellectual interest at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels; and in broad exposure and experience designed to help them live honorably.

Those benefits will include

  1. gainful employment or successful entry into a graduate program;
  2. long-term success in their professions of choice; and
  3. the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that UF believes important for all its graduates, regardless of profession.


The University of Findlay is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to offer the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Bilingual Education (established in 1989; name changed to TESOL and Applied Linguistics in 2017), the Master of Arts in Education (established in 1992), the Master of Business Administration (established in 1993), the Master of Physical Therapy (established in 1999, converted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2008), the Master of Occupational Therapy (established in 1999), the Master of Science in Environmental, Safety and Health Management (established in 1994), the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (established in 2002, discontinued admitting students Sept. 1, 2009), the Master of Athletic Training (established in 2003), the Doctor of Pharmacy (established in 2005), the Master of Physician Assistant (established in 2009), the Master of Science in Health Informatics (established in 2011), the Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing (established in 2013), the Doctor of Education (established in 2013), the Master of Science in Applied Security and Analytics (established in 2016), the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (approved by ACOTE in 2017 as an Applicant Program; candidacy status granted December 2018), the Master of Arts in Professional Communication (established in 2017) and the Doctor of Education in School Psychology (established in 2020) degrees. Any questions regarding The University of Findlay’s accreditation status with HLC should be sent via e-mail to

The Higher Learning Commission

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604-1413

Phone: 312-263-0456

Phone: 800-621-7440

FAX: 312-263-7462

Disabilities Statement

Anyone needing special accommodations or adaptive formats due to a disability should contact The University of Findlay’s Office of Accommodation and Inclusion at 419-434-5532 (V/TDD).