Findlay College was founded in 1882 by the citizens of the city of Findlay and the Churches of God, General Conference. The institution changed its name to the University of Findlay in 1989 to reflect the dynamic growth in enrollment and the diversity of academic offerings available, including the addition of graduate programs.
Enrollment for 2019-20:
Total Enrollment - approx. 3,800
Undergraduate (doesn't include College Credit Plus Students) - approx. 2,500
Graduate - approx. 1,300
Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded
The University of Findlay offers more than 80 bachelor's degrees within our six colleges.
Five of our most popular majors are animal science/pre-veterinary medicine, pharmacy, business, equestrian studies, and education.
Graduate Degrees Awarded
Doctor of Education
- Doctor of Education in School Psychology
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Pharmacy
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Master of Arts in Education
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Linguistics
Master of Arts in Professional Communication
Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing
Master of Athletic Training
Master of Business Administration
Master of Occupational Therapy
Master of Physician Assistant
Master of Science in Applied Security and Analytics
Master of Science in Environmental, Safety and Health Management
Master of Science in Health Informatics
The Mazza Museum
The Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books is the world’s first and one of the largest teaching museum devoted to literacy and the art of children’s picture books. Founded in 1982, the Mazza Museum now contains more than 14,000 original artworks. A 2007 construction project added more than 9,000 square feet of additional space to serve students and the community.
The University of Findlay has a 76-acre main campus on North Main Street, which includes academic, administrative and athletic buildings, residence halls, townhouses, cottages, duplexes, apartments, Greek and special interest houses, and a number of facilities housing faculty and staff offices.
In addition, the University operates a 42-acre facility on the east side of Findlay, the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex, containing the English equestrian studies program and University Equine Veterinary Services Inc., and a 153-acre farm, the Western Farm and Animal Sciences Center, eight miles south of campus, housing the western riding, animal science, and pre-veterinary medicine programs, wherein 2009 it dedicated a 31,000-square-foot animal science building to allow room for growth of its premier animal science programs.
A five-acre site on State Route 12 east of Findlay provides hands-on training simulations for the All Hazards Training Center. The Russ and Peg Armstrong Sports Complex, located a couple of blocks north of campus, includes six professional-grade tennis courts and two football practice fields.
The Rieck Center for Habitat Studies is a 54-acre living laboratory focused on offering the community and university students environmental education.
NCAA Division II
Conference: Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC)
Mascot: Derrick the Oiler
26 Varsity Athletic Teams:
22 NCAA NCAA Division II
2 Equestrian IHSA
2 Spirit Squads
Swim & Dive
Track & Field
Swim & Dive
Track & Field
The men’s basketball team captured the NCAA Division II national championship in 2009, its first national title, and finished in the Sweet Sixteen in 2017 on the NCAA Division II tournament.
The football teams won the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II National Championship in 1979, 1992, 1995 and 1997, with the Roughneck wrestling team winning the NAIA national crown in 1995.
In 2001, the Findlay equestrian teams won both the English and western IHSA national championships — making the University of Findlay the only institution to win both titles the same year. The western team also won IHSA national championships in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2018 and 2019 and a reserve championship in 2008, 2014 and 2015. The English equestrian team won reserve national championship titles in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2010. The dressage team, which competes in the Intercollegiate Dressage Association, was the reserve national champion in 2012.
Students may participate in any of more than 100 organizations, including special interest clubs, student media, student government, music and theater groups, service clubs, academic honorary organizations, spiritual life groups, and Greek sororities and fraternities. Findlay also has an intramural program with 25 activities, including flag football, basketball, co-ed volleyball, billiards, bowling and more.