A fully accredited Christian university associated with churches of Christ, Ohio Valley University was chartered in 1958 by members of the churches of Christ. OVU is a private, independent, regional, faith-proclaiming, liberal arts university. Annually recognized as one of the nation’s best comprehensive baccalaureate universities in U.S.News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges Guide, students at OVU enjoy all the benefits of a great university experience.
At Ohio Valley University we seek to transform lives in a Christ‑centered academic community that integrates higher learning, biblical faith, and service to God and humanity.
Growing closer to God and deeper in faith forms an integral part of daily life at OVU. Students, faculty, and staff participate in daily chapel which centers us as a community on Christ and brings us together in worship. Students attend Bible classes and on-campus devotionals throughout the week. Opportunity abounds for domestic and foreign mission experiences. Numerous are churches of Christ embrace OVU students as active members of their congregations.
OVU is located in beautiful Vienna, West Virginia, on the Ohio River in the historic Mid-Ohio Valley, a community of approximately 80,000. (insert link to map/driving directions)
Sitting atop one of the highest points in Wood County, West Virginia OVU’s campus spreads over 266 wooded acres. The main campus complex features the Stotts Administration Building and two residential halls. Facilities throughout the main and south campuses feature wireless Internet access, learning centers, computer labs, residential housing, administrative offices, smart classrooms, library, student center, university bookstore, athletic and health/fitness center, two gymnasiums, a theatre, student commons, chapel, dining hall and more.
School of Liberal Arts
School of Mathematics and Sciences
School of Biblical Studies
School of Behavioral Sciences
Gene and Joyce Wharton School of IT and Business
School of Professional Studies
School of Education
School of Graduate Education
Ohio Valley University offers study abroad programs that offer credit through coursework that involves travel to locations such as London, Paris, Florence, Venice, Rome, Athens, and Jerusalem.
OVU averages 450 students from 25 states and 12 nations. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1 and an average class size of 20 students, students easily interact with each other and their professors. OVU makes room for everyone who wants to lead and get involved, and no one goes unnoticed.
Our placement rate far exceeds the national average. The true testament of our strength as an institution of higher learning lies in the successes of our graduates. For the last two years, 91 percent of our graduates are working in the fields for which they have been trained or are pursuing graduate studies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average is 75 percent.
2014-2015 tuition for 14-17 hours is $8755 per semester or $17,510 per year. General fees are $875 per semester or $1750 per year. Typically, over 90% of students receive scholarship and/or grant aid from the federal, state, or local government and the institution. Over $3 million was given to students in institutional aid during the 11-12 year.
Starting at $250 and ranging as high as full tuition, OVU offers scholarships for a variety of reasons.
OVU is NCAA Division II university. Men compete in intercollegiate baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, golf, wrestling, and lacrosse. Women compete in intercollegiate basketball, cross country, golf, softball, volleyball, soccer and (coming in 2014-15) lacrosse. Ohio Valley University is a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC).
Ohio Valley University, located in Vienna, West Virginia, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.