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University of Findlay
Motto Scientia Libertas et Religio (Knowledge, Liberty, and Religion)
Type Private
Established 1882
President Katherine Fell
Academic staff
340
Undergraduates 2,700
Postgraduates 1,000
Location Findlay, Ohio, U.S.
Colors Orange and Black [1]
         
Athletics NCAA Division IIGreat Midwest Athletic Conference
Nickname Oilers
Mascot Derrick the Oiler
Website www.findlay.edu

The University of Findlay (UF) is a private university in Findlay, Ohio. Established in 1882 through a joint partnership between the Churches of God, General Conference and the city of Findlay, the university is known for science, health professions, animal science and equestrian studies programs, The university has nearly 60 undergraduate programs of study leading to baccalaureate degrees and offers 10 master’s degrees, and four doctorate-level degree programs. Nearly 4,200 students from approximately 35 countries are enrolled at Findlay with an international student population of approximately 500. Approximately 1,250 students live on campus in university housing. The University of Findlay has a 73-acre (30 ha) main campus and six off-campus facilities.

UF has been recognized as a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review. UF ranks consistently in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” in the Midwest and has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Private Colleges” by Institutional Research and Evaluation Inc., an independent research organization specializing in higher education. [2]

History

The predecessor of the University of Findlay, Findlay College, was founded on January 28, 1882 by the city of Findlay and the Churches of God General Conference. By 1897, the college had established an endowment of more than $100,000 and boasted sixteen faculty members. In 1989, Findlay College became known as the University of Findlay. The campus, still affiliated with the Church of God, embarked on a building campaign, adding five new buildings over the next several years. By the start of the twenty-first century, the institution boasted sixty-five different areas of undergraduate study and eight graduate programs. The university is especially well known for its equestrian studies program and offers equestrian riding as a varsity sport. In 2012, the university added structures to Davis Street to host its newly created pharmacy program.

Academic profile

The University of Findlay has nearly 60 majors leading to baccalaureate degrees and offers 10 master's degrees, a doctor of pharmacy, doctor of education and a doctor of physical therapy. Unusual and well-recognized programs include equestrian studies, pre-veterinary medicine (animal science/pre-veterinary medicine option), nuclear medicine technology, occupational therapy and physical therapy, as well as environmental, safety and occupational health management.

Findlay offers 54 areas of undergraduate study. Some of its most popular majors include: business, education, pharmacy, equestrian studies, pre-veterinary medicine, nuclear medicine technology, and environmental safety and occupational health management. Its equestrian studies program is nationally recognized.[ citation needed]

The University of Findlay established the nation’s first bachelor's degree in hazardous waste studies, now known as environmental, safety and occupational health management. The All Hazards Training Center, [3] which grew from that initial program, has provided hands-on training simulations to more than 100,000 people from a wide range of backgrounds, including industry leaders and government officials involved in emergency planning, response and recovery.

Notable programs

The animal science/pre-veterinary medicine program [4] is highly respected for its hands-on approach beginning with the freshman year. Its graduates who apply to veterinary school are accepted at a rate at more than twice the national average. Students benefit from a new 31,000-square-foot facility that combines a working barn with an academic wing.

The English equestrian program [5] utilizes a 72-acre (29 ha) farm, named the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex after the late university trustee, houses the English equestrian studies program. Established in 1992, the program has won an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national title, several reserve championships and numerous individual honors. It also includes University Equine Veterinary Services Inc. and an adjacent, 30-acre nature preserve.

Founded in 1976, the western equestrian program [6] shares a 152-acre farm, the Animal Sciences Center, with the animal science/pre-veterinary medicine program. The western program has earned five Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national championships in the past decade as well as numerous individual honors.

The Nuclear Medicine Institute, [7] which is the largest nuclear medicine technology program in the United States and one of the largest in the world, is one of only 100 programs nationwide accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology. Students are trained to be nuclear medicine technologists, using radioactive materials to diagnose and treat disorders and diseases. The five-year overall certification rate for graduates of the program, established in 1966, is 98 percent. The remaining students are eligible for national certification. [8]

Mazza Museum

The campus includes the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books which contains the largest collection of children's book illustrations in the United States. [9] It [10] has the distinction of being the first and one of the largest teaching museum in the world specializing in original artwork from picture books. Its collection numbers more than 11,000 pieces from award-winning authors and artists. Its mission is to promote literacy through its educational programs and to collect, exhibit and preserve original art from children’s books.

Outside the classroom

There are nearly 100 student organizations, including special interest clubs, student media, student government, performing arts groups, service clubs, academic honorary organizations, spiritual life groups, Greek sororities and fraternities, club sports, and 25 intramural sports. The school also holds a variety of theater productions, art exhibits, and vocal and instrumental music concerts.

Accreditation

UF is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the national accrediting organizations for athletic training, business, environmental health science and protection, intensive English language, nuclear medicine technology, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, social work, strength and conditioning, and teacher education, teaching English to speakers of other languages, . [11]

Campus

The University of Findlay is located in Findlay, Ohio. Findlay has been designated a “dreamtown” by Demographics Daily,[ when?] and it has been repeatedly named one of the top 10 “micropolitan” areas (small cities) in the U.S. by Site Selection magazine.[ citation needed] Findlay is the only city in Ohio to have been named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People three consecutive times by America’s Promise Alliance, [12] an organization founded by Colin Powell.

Student organizations

Science center with the bell from Old Main

Active Student Organizations include:

Honor societies and Greek organizations

Athletics

The University of Findlay participates in 24 intercollegiate sports: 10 men’s (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and wrestling); 12 women’s (basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance team, golf, lacrosse, softball, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and volleyball); and two mixed sports, western and English equestrian riding.

The University of Findlay is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and competes in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC). Both equestrian teams are members of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Their mascot is named Derek the Oiler.

The University of Findlay, known athletically as the Oilers, compete as a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II and its student-athletes participate in 23 intercollegiate sports: men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, Western equestrian, English equestrian, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, wrestling; while women’s sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance team, Western equestrian, English equestrian, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball. The newest varsity sports are western and English equestrian riding, which are mixed sports, although they have predominantly female participants.

Notable alumni


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