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Ohio Valley University

Vienna, West Virginia, United States
As an awkward teenager growing up near Pittsburgh, it seemed unlikely that I would make any difference at all. But a few people encouraged me to go to a Christian university. There I learned about God’s purpose for my life. I left prepared to pursue that purpose and to make a difference in the world.

Bachelor's programmes



In 1978, the North Central Association granted Ohio Valley full accreditation. The school added its first four-year baccalaureate degree three years later. In 1993, Ohio Valley merged with Northeastern Christian Junior College which brought more students, faculty, staff, and resources.


The provost is the chief academic officer at Ohio Valley University. The university is organized into four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Biblical Studies and Behavioral Sciences, Business, and Education. Each college is led by a dean. Colleges are further divided into schools; schools are led by a school chair. 


Beginning with Freshman Focus and continuing throughout and beyond their time at OVU, the student’s life goals are supported. The four colleges work in conjunction with the Office of Student Success to provide robust training and experiences to develop the real-world skills needed to ensure success in the opportunities they encounter.

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Student services

Welcome to Ohio Valley University Student Services! Students at OVU can access a wide range of information and services within these pages. Student Services offers information about financial aid, student accounts, the bookstore, and other relevant services all at the tips of your fingers.

Library services

Icy Belle Library is an integral part of the university’s instructional program and is the primary provider on campus of scholarly information in all forms, from print to electronic. It is the aim of the library to build and maintain a balanced collection of print, non-print, and electronic resources to support the academic programs of Ohio Valley University. 

Student Life

Campus life

Ohio Valley University dining services are managed by Aladdin Food Management Services, LLC. Meal plans and menus are designed to meet the needs and tastes of our campus community. Students are served delicious meals, nutritious menus and an ever-changing-variety of specialty foods.

Sports facilities

The school's sports teams are called the Fighting Scots and compete in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC), a member of the NCAA's Division II. All Ohio Valley teams compete in the G-MAC except the men's lacrosse team, which competes as a Division II independent. Since moving to NCAA Division II in 2000, the Fighting Scots have captured four conference championships (Men's Golf 2003, 2009; Women's Golf 2010; Baseball 2006). The OVU women's volleyball team reached the G-MAC championship in 2014 and was defeated in the final game by reigning champion, Cedarville University.

Student clubs

When you look back at college days from your future, lifelong friends will be a big part of your memories. Club activities, playing together, serving together nurture those friendships now so that you will have them not only to look back on but to enjoy in the future as well. As with all things at Ohio Valley University, our clubs also strive to uphold our mission and reflect our Christian foundation and affiliation with churches of Christ.


The following bachelor of science programs in the College of Business have been accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE): accounting, sports management, and business administration. Two new programs have been added to our accreditation portfolio: energy management and production engineering (Fall 2015) and forensic investigative accounting (Fall 2016).