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Ohio Valley University offers a uniquely personalized Christian education. Affiliated with churches of Christ, OVU commits in its daily and ongoing mission to provide students with an atmosphere that will foster spiritual, academic, and emotional growth and prepare them holistically for the career of their choice. With a student to faculty ratio of 10:1, highly qualified professors and staff, myriad internship opportunities in numerous local businesses and organizations, and a supportive spiritual community among the area churches of Christ, what OVU offers is far more than a liberal arts education.

Spiritual Life

Ohio Valley University is a Christian university affiliated with churches of Christ. As such, Christian spirituality forms the center of all that we do. Faculty bring their own faith and spiritual experiences to bear in the classroom, daily chapel and Bible classes provide campus-wide opportunities for worship and learning, and opportunities for faith manifested in service through local and foreign missions abound at OVU. Additionally, OVU students enjoy the support of numerous area churches of Christ, several of which have specific outreach ministries to our students. As a result, our students grow closer to God as they grow academically and toward career mastery.

Rigorous Academics with an Intentionally Personal Touch

Highly qualified faculty teach all of OVU’s courses. Classes range in size from six to 30, with the average class having about 20 students. As a result, students enjoy great classes in which they interact with both professors and fellow students. And the professors know their names, they notice how students are doing, and they care. OVU professors go out of their way to mentor and offer academic assistance to students.

Career Preparation and Mastery

At OVU we like to say we are a Backpack to Briefcase university. In other words, we help students move seamlessly from their high school backpacks to a career briefcase. Our Career Services Center assists students in discovering the endless career options in their course of study and in narrowing those options to fit their own personal dreams and goals.

The Career Master Course (CMC) offers students a more intense look at career-oriented issues such as bridging the gap between academic preparation and real-world jobs, developing higher-level critical thinking and decision-making skills, and career management. The CMC includes online meetings and an intensive course week at OVU.

Academic Support

Every student needs a little help from time to time. OVU’s Student Success Center (SSC) offers that help. From peer tutoring, time management, and study skills to test taking skills, managing test anxiety, and individualized assistance, the SSC is committed to supporting the needs of every student.

Ohio Valley University offers a great return on the investment their families make in their student’s education. More than a liberal arts degree, OVU students graduate with stronger faith ready to embark upon a career.


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