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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.

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.

Spiritual Life

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 area churches of Christ embrace OVU students as active members of their congregations.

Our Location

OVU is located in beautiful Vienna, West Virginia, on the Ohio River in the historic Mid-Ohio Valley, a community of approximately 80,000.

Our Campus Complex

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 residence halls. Facilities throughout the main and south campuses feature wireless Internet access, learning centers, computer labs, 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.

4 Colleges and 8 Schools

College of Arts & Sciences

                School of Liberal Arts

                School of Mathematics and Sciences

College of Biblical Studies & Behavioral Sciences

                School of Biblical Studies

                School of Behavioral Sciences

College of Business

                Gene and Joyce Wharton School of IT and Business

                School of Professional Studies

College of Education

                School of Education

                School of Graduate Education

Study Abroad Programs

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.

Personalized Attention

Approximately 500 students from 25 states and 16 nations enroll each year. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1 and an average class size of 20, students find it easy to interact with each other and their professors. This intimate academic experience leads to greater personalized attention and more opportunities for growth. 

Graduate Placement Rate

OVU's 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.

Tuition Cost

2014-2015 tuition for 14-17 hours is $8,755 per semester or $17,510 per year. General fees are $875 per semester or $1,750 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 13-14 year. View BASIC COSTS.


Available from $250 to full tuition, OVU offers scholarships for a variety of reasons. Academic scholarships are available based on ACT/SAT scores at the time of admission. Additional scholarships are listed HERE.


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). The OVU lacrosse team is a member of the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC).


Ohio Valley University, located in Vienna, West Virginia, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. the West Virginia State Board of Education and the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education. More affiliations are listed HERE.

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