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Ohio Valley University 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.

Ohio Valley University seeks to accomplish this mission by building on these pillars:

  • Spirituality: Is it holy? We recognize God’s providence, and we emphasize spiritual growth in all curricular, co-curricular, and student life activities
  • Scholarship: Does it stimulate my intellect? We recognize God as the source of all knowledge and wisdom, and we cultivate a foundation of scholarship and competencies that lead to life-long learning
  • Service: Does it make a difference? We recognize Jesus’ model for service, and we provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to service local, national, and global communities
  • Stewardship: Is it responsible? We recognize God’s provision, and we guide OVU’s constituents to properly steward relationships, the environment, and resources

5 Cornerstones of our Mission

Fulfilling our mission is possible because of important values held by all members of the Ohio Valley University community:

CHRIST
(Colossians 1:15-20) - God has placed Christ at the center of everything. All creation began with Christ and finds its true purpose in Him. Our belief in Christ is central to who we are; it directs our academic pursuits, our community, and our service. Christ is our chief cornerstone.

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 vocation, our career, our relationships, and our service. Christ-centered education changes us from the inside and brings out the best in each of us.

COMMUNITY
(Acts 2:42, 44-47) - A Christ-centered community calls for respect, love, and service. It values the worth of each individual. A Christ-centered community unites, bringing harmony and fellowship.

COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE
(Philippians 4:8, Colossians 3:23) - A commitment to excellence asks us to devote our attention to worthy endeavors. It requires us to utilize our talents without reservation. A commitment to excellence calls us to care more, risk more, dream more, and expect more.

FAITH MANIFESTED IN SERVICE
(James 2:18, 22) - Faith is manifested in service, and service is motivated by faith. Faith without service is unexpressed. Service without faith is incomplete. There is a perfect unity between believing and doing that demands both words and actions.