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Faith + Learning Come Together in Our Mission

Our 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.

As a Christian college affiliated with churches of Christ, our God-given mission stands at the center of all that we do, guiding our decision-making and impacting daily life at OVU. To safeguard that impact, we rely on the following five cornerstones:


CHRIST: Colossians 1:15-20
Christ is our chief cornerstone. God placed Christ at the center of everything. All creation began with Christ and its true purpose in Him. Our belief in Christ directs OVU’s academic pursuits, community, and service.

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 vocations, careers, relationships, and 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 and values the worth of individuals. Christ-centered community unites, bringing harmony and fellowship.

COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE: Philippians 4:8, Colossians 3:23
Commitment to excellence calls on us to devote our attention to worthy endeavors. It requires us to utilize our talents without reservation. Commitment to excellence calls us to care more, risk more, dream more, and expect more, all to the glory of Christ.

FAITH MANIFESTED IN SERVICE: James 2:18, 22
Faith manifests in service, which in turn motivates faith. Faith without service is unexpressed. Service without faith is incomplete. Perfect unity exists between believing and doing, demanding both words and actions. At OVU we intentionally foster a community of service to others.

Faith + Learning in Action

It takes more than a mission statement to create a spiritually vibrant university. At OVU we work to ensure that all students have multiple opportunities to engage their faith and grow in deeper relationship with God. Students participate in devotionals, daily chapel, and Bible classes. Numerous local churches of Christ welcome OVU students as active members. Students, along with faculty and staff, reach out to the community throughout the year through service projects and domestic and foreign missions. Anyone wanting to share their faith around the globe can do so from Ohio Valley University. Put all of this together and you have an exciting place to love God and His people and emerge as a leader with a servant heart.