Challenge Conventional Wisdom™

To understand who we are and where we are going is to appreciate and embrace the entrepreneurial spirit that has guided us for more than a century. Our motto – without risk, there is no gain – means something here. It is a series of risks that got TU to where it is today —and it is risk that will continue to propel TU forward.

Our story is one of grit and determination, of overcoming insurmountable odds with a desire to prove the naysayers wrong. Collectively there is a feistiness in us Dragons that cannot be ignored, a can-do attitude that becomes contagious. Embracing an underdog’s mentality is what gives us a desire to never give up and meet the toughest challenges head on to get things done.

This is not a rallying cry to ignore wise counsel, confront authority or even disregard best practices. Rather, these are deep-seated convictions we uphold as true and strive to live out. Here you will find that TU is more than the sum of its parts; it is greater than the promise of a higher education. It is a caring and nurturing crossroads: it represents the intersection of who you’ve been and who you will become.

From athletes, artists and entrepreneurs to international students and those from urban, suburban and small-town settings, we are actively building the most unique and diverse community in the rural heartland of Ohio. What makes us different is the way we have intentionally chosen to approach this thing called “college” with an uncommon focus on opportunity, practicality, teaching and mentoring and belonging.

Only by way of example can we be so bold as to inspire you to join us in embracing this mindset.

And in due time you, and every TU student, will come to realize that without risk, there is no gain.


  • “I was faced with the pressure of being the very first to graduate from college in my immediate family. Not coming from a wealthy or 'well off' background, college was just a very faint thought, even approaching my senior year in high school. I dealt with self-esteem issues throughout my high school career and I found it hard to see myself anywhere than where I was. My perceived challenges were rooted from me and my surrounding circumstances. Here at TU, I was able to overcome my fears and put myself in a position that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Becoming a Dragon was the best decision I have ever made.”

    Nellene Arnett
    Class of 2017
    Toledo, Ohio

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  • “The way we see it, we’re not taking risky chances with the students we enroll. We’re taking motivated students and giving them opportunities they never thought were possible.”

    - Jeremy Marinis, Executive Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

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  • “I began my collegiate journey at Purdue University, where I was recruited out of high school. After a few years there I decided it was best if I left and went somewhere else. I didn't really explore many options outside if Tiffin. I knew the coaches here and knew that at the end of the day, even without athletics, I could see myself attending the university. I didn’t look at the size of TU as a deciding factor, I looked more at the people that were there and the quality of education and the product that was offered - and it was the best fit for me.”

    Coy Blair
    Class of 2017, MBA Graduation 2019
    Logan, Ohio

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  • “There is always gonna be a little doubt in any person's mind when it comes to new things. But for me, I think proving people, who said I couldn't do it, wrong is my biggest motivation. There's really nothing that seems impossible to me anymore, the world is constantly changing and I feel like I am much more capable of adapting to those changes now compared to when I was walking on to TU's campus for the first time.”

    Alexandra Tozzie
    Class of 2018
    Louisville, Colorado

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  • “The main challenge I overcame in order to become a Dragon was the language barrier and the financial situation. However, Tiffin University gave the opportunity to join my passion for soccer with my dream of having an education in the U.S. As part of the soccer team, I was able to overcome my language barrier and have the best experience of my life. For that, I will always be thankful.”

    Talita Russo
    Class of 2013
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

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