Ohio Valley University was founded in 1958 by members of the churches of Christ. In 1978 Ohio Valley University was granted institutional accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Through accreditation, Ohio Valley University awards Associates degrees, Bachelor’s degrees and Master’s Degrees. In 2005 the school name was changed to Ohio Valley University.
Ohio Valley University is a private, independent, regional, faith-proclaiming, liberal arts university. The value of education is held in high regard at Ohio Valley University and the Universities purpose is to transform the lives of students through a Christ-centered academic community that integrates higher learning, biblical faith, and service to God and humanity. The mission of Ohio Valley University is met through the core cornerstone values of Christ, education, community, commitment to excellence and faith in service.
Ohio Valley University is located in the beautiful city of Vienna, West Virginia. The campus sprawls 266 acres and encompasses the beauty of nature through wooded surroundings. The campus includes student learning centers, computer labs, faculty and administration offices, smart classrooms, an athletic and health fitness center, two gymnasiums, a theater, a chapel and a dining hall among many other student focused features. The campus also includes student housing and students who are of freshman or sophomore status and who live on campus are subject to a curfew.
When applying to Ohio Valley University, there is a $20 nonrefundable application fee and students are required to submit an electronic application, official transcripts, SAT or ACT scores and recommendations. In the fall of 2011 870 potential students applied to Ohio Valley University and were accepted at a rate of 46%. Students who decided to attend Ohio Valley University come back for a following year of classes at a rate 69%. Students at Ohio Valley University typically graduate within the four years it is expected to earn a bachelor’s degree at a rate of 32% and graduate within six years at a rate of 43%.
There are 527 students currently enrolled at Ohio Valley University, of these students, 118 are adult learners over the age of 24. The majority of students study at the undergraduate level with only 39 students taking graduate level classes. Students at Ohio Valley University are mostly full time enrollments, with 90% of students taking more than 12 credits per semester. The gender break down of the student body is 47% female students and 53% male students. There is hardly any racial diversity with the most represented race being white students who make up 83% of the student population. The other represented racial groups, African American and Hispanic make up 5% and 2% of the student body respectively.
Students have a variety of options academically at Ohio Valley University. Students have the choice between four colleges which offer over 50 majors of areas of study between them. The colleges at Ohio Valley University are:
- College of Arts & Sciences
- College of Biblical Studies & Behavioral Sciences
- College of Business
- College of Education
Within all of the above schools there is a heavy focus on excellence in both academic endeavors and personal life. Students are strongly encouraged and motivated to think deeply about who they are and critically about what they believe. All full-time students are required to take a Bible class each semester as well as Chapel service every weekday. For students wanting to take classes toward a degree, but who have a hectic schedule, Ohio Valley University offers classes that can be completed entirely online.
There are a total of 80 faculty members, all of which are part of the instructional faculty. These faculty members typically hold their highest degree in their specific field and place a heavy importance on student’s interaction and personalized attention. The faculty is able to provide specialized attention to students through interaction in small class sizes due to a 10:1 student to faculty ratio.
Students at Ohio Valley University are urged to be involved in and out of the classroom. Students can join on campus organization within the areas of performing arts, social organizations, athletics, student government or special interest topics. Clubs at Ohio Valley University are in place with the purpose for students to join together, while they learn team work and discover themselves all in a comfortable environment.
The yearly tuition and fees for enrollment at Ohio Valley University is $18,050 for both in- and out-of-state students. Ohio Valley University offers a tuition payment plan and the assistance and guidance of its financial aid office to help students with the cost of higher education. The financial aid office can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 99% of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average grant or scholarship package is $10,262 per student per year. Students can also take on loans for extra assistance, 84% of students have student loans and the average loan amount is $7,974.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Religious Affiliation:Churches of Christ
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:118
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