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FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

What makes OVU different?

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.

Our Church of Christ roots intertwine faith and learning in the classroom. We provide a solid, liberal arts education in a climate that incorporates Christian principles into daily living.

This God-given mission guides every decision we make and impacts our daily lives.


Where is Ohio Valley University?

This is a common question with a surprise answer. OVU is nestled on 266 beautifully wooded rolling acres of West Virginia. It gets its name from sitting in the center of the gorgeous Mid-Ohio Valley. West Virginia touts itself as being “Wild & Wonderful” because of its marvelously rich landscape that offers something for everyone, from beautifully serene walking trails to wildly running white water rapids.


What can you tell me about the OVU Athletics program?

Ohio Valley University proudly competes in 13 NCAA Division II sports. Men compete in intercollegiate baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, golf, wrestling, and lacrosse. Women compete in intercollegiate basketball, cross country, golf, softball, soccer and volleyball. As members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference we enjoy highly competitive sporting events in an environment of camaraderie.


What fun things do OVU students do?

Where to begin to answer that question? In addition to social clubs, movie nights in the Student Center, late night “study sessions”, and the general crazy days of campus life, the OVU Student Government Association or the Office of Student Life are always planning something exciting. Need some examples? How about a Hog Roast, an evening of great Indie music with The Hunts, or perhaps a great big mud slide is what floats your boat? Trust us. Ohio Valley University’s secret middle name is fun.


What can I study at OVU?

Ohio Valley University has four colleges and offers 36 degrees along with myriad minors. Check out the possibilities here OVU Degrees & Degree Tracks.


Does OVU have any study abroad programs?

Ohio Valley University offers study abroad programs that offer credit through coursework that involves travel to such locations as London, Paris, Florence, Venice, Rome, Athens, and Jerusalem.


How does OVU stand among other universities and colleges?

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Ohio Valley University among the top 60 Best Colleges in the Southern Region in America's Best College Guide.


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