Ohio Valley University
Ohio Valley University is a private, four-year Christian college and is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It is located between the western towns of Parkersburg and Vienna in the State of West Virginia in the United States.Founded in 1958 (with classes beginning in fall 1960), the school integrates education with biblical faith and service to God and humanity. The college is physically located on two separate campuses totalling 267 acres (1.1 kmï¿½). Ohio Valley College offers bachelor's degrees in 14 different subject areas.
In 1956 several alumni of Harding University formed a committee to establish a Christian college in the West Virginia area. A foundation was formed to solicit funds for the future college. On September 14, 1960, the Ohio Valley College opened with classes being offered at South Parkersburg Church of Christ. In 1963 the South Campus opened with an administrative and classroom building on 133 acres (538,000 mï¿½) between Parkersburg and Vienna which had been purchased in 1958. Two dormitories were opened that same year. An additional dormitory and library were built in 1966. Three years later an auditorium and student center opened. A cafeteria and student center opened in the 1979-80 school year. An athletic complex was built in 1992. In 1994 the college doubled its campus size with the purchase of 134 acres (542,000 mï¿½) and a four storied building from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia. This separate campus became the North Campus. The new campus contained two auditoriums, several classrooms, cafeteria, dining and conference rooms, dormitory with 225 beds, a chapel, and two athletic fields. The school renovated the North Campus facility and constructed two new dormitories with a connecting lobby in 2003. In 2005 the college changed its name to Ohio Valley University.
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. This is accomplished by: Equipping students for life through quality academic programs Encouraging life-shaping relationships among faculty, staff, and students Fostering holistic growth through varied co-curricular activities Promoting knowledge, values, and skills inherent in healthy families and quality relationships Connecting students to the global community Instilling a desire for life-long learning Creating opportunities for growth in faith and service
Urban, 267 acres (1.1ï¿½kmï¿½)