Ohio Valley University

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1 Campus View Drive

Vienna, WV 26105-8000

Phone: (304) 865-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Aug. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#27 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Ohio Valley University is a private institution that was founded in 1958. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 436, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 250 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Ohio Valley University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 27. Its tuition and fees are $18,750 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Ohio Valley University is a liberal arts college located between the cities of Parkersburg and Vienna. A student centered college, Ohio Valley University strives to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community that integrates higher learning, biblical faith, and service to God and humanity. Warm friendly faces and a down-to-earth atmosphere are the basic ingredients of the college culture. Challenging academic programs are offered in a variety of associate and baccalaureate degree programs and tracks that are designed for traditional learners, including accounting, Bible, business administration, business management, Christian counseling, elementary education, human resource management, liberal studies, marketing, organizational management, psychology, secondary education, and vocational ministry. At Ohio Valley University, every student is challenged to think critically, improve communication skills, and broaden his or her knowledge base. Those goals are driven by small class sizes and one-on-one relationships with faculty, staff and other students.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1958
Religious affiliation Church of Christ
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $1,290,894


When applying to Ohio Valley University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 41.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 41.5%
Application deadline August 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Ohio Valley University is 10:1, and the school has 85.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Ohio Valley University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Psychology; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 59.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 16%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 39%
Education 19%
Psychology 15%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 9%
Health Professions and Related Programs 7%

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Student Life

Ohio Valley University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 436, with a gender distribution of 53.7 percent male students and 46.3 percent female students. At this school, 46 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 54 percent of students live off campus. Ohio Valley University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 478
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Ohio Valley University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health insurance. Ohio Valley University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Ohio Valley University, 91 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Ohio Valley University.

Students who have cars on campus 91%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Ohio Valley University, 81.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,577.

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Tuition and fees $18,750 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,900 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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