Urbana University

579 College Way, Urbana, OH 43078-2091

School Details

Urbana University is a private, four-year not-for-profit institution of higher education located in the city of Urbana, Ohio that is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.


In 1850, the leadership of the Swedenborgian Church founded the coeducational Urbana Seminary, and began classes for elementary and secondary students in a rented room of a building in the Town Square of Urbana, Ohio. Chartered by the State of Ohio, Urbana Seminary added college classes by the mid-1850s. The school halted classes during the Civil War, and resumed once more in 1866. By the turn of the twentieth century, the school eliminated elementary education, focusing on secondary and two-year college programs. By 1928, the school terminated secondary programs, and in 1968, four-year college programs became permanent. Urbana changed its title to Urbana University in the 1980s. Today, the private, not-for-profit institution remains independent, though it retains support from the Swedenborgian Church. The mission of the university states: 

Urbana University shall offer a liberal arts education in a small college environment emphasizing student learning through individual attention, excellence in instruction, career-oriented programs, and critical reflection on moral and ethical values...

The core values of Urbana include: respect for the individual, integrity, Service, and lifelong learning.

Urbana University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Additional programmatic accreditation and affiliations are extensive, some of which include the National Association of Independent Colleges, American Council on Education, Ohio College Association, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and more. Urbana was the second college in Ohio to admit women, and the first Ohio higher educational institution to offer degree completion programs benefitting adult students.

Urbana University encourages on-campus, commuter, and nontraditional students to participate in extracurricular activities. Activities include leadership opportunities, clubs and organizations, student government association, performing arts, club sports, and intramural teams. Students have access to the Bundy Wellness Center. The Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum is also central to Urbana’s campus, paying tribute to John Chapman. Social events feature Spring Fling Week, dances, movies, professional performances, Homecoming, trips, and other activities. Urbana’s “Blue Knights” compete in fifteen NCAA Division II varsity sports ranging from men’s baseball and women’s softball to cross country and swimming.


Urbana University places excellence on classroom instruction in a small university setting. With a curriculum focused on liberal arts and career-oriented degrees, Urbana offers undergraduate associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, in addition to postgraduate certificates and master’s programs. Degrees are housed in five colleges and departments: College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business Administration, College of Education & Sports Studies, College of Nursing & Allied Health, and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. With about 30 undergraduate programs, students can explore fields ranging from education, nursing, and criminal justice to sport and fitness, and community organization and advocacy studies. Graduate programs include education, nursing, criminal justice, and business tracks.

Additionally, the Urbana University Center for Adult and Professional Studies promotes lifelong learning, providing accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs. Bachelor’s programs include degrees in Business Management, Nursing, Criminal Justice, and Human Services Leadership while master’s studies include degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice Administration, and Nursing.


Urbana has an online eLearning program that provides a flexible alternative for nontraditional students. Urbana currently offers three online programs, all accredited, including a B.S. in Business Administration, B.S. in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Healthcare Administration, and a M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration. Interactive instruction, along with an international student body and faculty, enrich the classroom environment. Courses are delivered in eight-week asynchronous formats to better facilitate educational goals.


Approximately 1,900 students are enrolled representing about 19 states and 8 different countries at Urbana University. More than 100 faculty teach at Urbana, including 50 full-time faculty. The student-to-faculty ratio at Urbana is 16:1 with an average class size of 16. Female students make up an estimated 53 percent of the student body, and about 35 percent of all students live on-campus.


The estimated cost of tuition for full time undergraduate students is $21,898 per year. Graduate tuition is $510 per credit hour.

The average financial aid award per student is about $24,240. State and federal grant and scholarship opportunities for eligible students include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Ohio Environmental Education Fund, Ohio War Orphan Scholarship, Ohio National Guard Tuition Grant, and the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship. Students may also access loans supported by Urbana University, including the Federal Direct Stafford and PLUS loans, and the Federal Perkins Loan. Federal Work Study is also available.

Urbana University is approved by the Veterans Administration, and supports a number of benefits for qualifying military personnel and veterans, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program. In addition, students may earn general education credits via military experience, CLEP, or DANTES assessments.

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School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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  • Percent Admitted:
    Open Admissions
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