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Ohio Valley University Mission

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.

This is accomplished by:

  • Equipping students for life through quality academic programs
  • Encouraging life-shaping relationships among faculty, staff, and students
  • Fostering holistic growth through varied co-curricular activities
  • Promoting knowledge, values, and skills inherent in healthy families and quality relationships
  • Connecting students to the global community
  • Instilling a desire for life-long learning
  • Creating opportunities for growth in faith and service

5 Cornerstones of our Mission

Fulfilling our mission is possible because of important values held by all members of the Ohio Valley University community:

CHRIST (Colossians 1:15-20)
God has placed Christ at the center of everything. All creation began with Christ and its true purpose in Him. Our belief in Christ is central to who we are; it directs our academic pursuits, our community, and our service. Christ is our chief cornerstone. 

EDUCATION THAT TRANSFORMS (Romans 12:1-2)
Christ-centered education transforms the whole person-mind, body, and soul. It demands recognition of God’s purposes and a swift response to them in every facet of our daily lives, including our vocation, our career, our relationships, and our service. Christ-centered education changes us from the inside and brings out the best in each of us.

COMMUNITY (Acts 2:42, 44-47)
Christ-centered community calls for respect, love, and service. It values the worth of each individual. Christ-centered community unites, bringing harmony and fellowship. 

COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE (Philippians 4:8, Colossians 3:23)
A commitment to excellence asks us to devote our attention to worthy endeavors. It requires us to utilize our talents without reservation. A commitment to excellence calls us to care more, risk more, dream more, and expect more.

FAITH MANIFESTED IN SERVICE (James 2:18, 22)
Faith is manifested in service, and service is motivated by faith. Faith without service is unexpressed. Service without faith is incomplete. There is a perfect unity between believing and doing that demands both words and actions.