Ohio Valley University

Ohio Valley University

Ohio Valley University, OVU, was founded by the American Restoration Movement's churches of Christ in 1958. It started offering classes from September, 1960, when it was known as Ohio Valley College. The name was changed to Ohio Valley University in 2005. The OVU campus is spread across 266 acres in Vienna, West Virginia.

Ohio Valley University confers the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees in various fields of study. Bachelor's degree programs are also available in more than 10 different areas. OVU is organized into the following colleges:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Biblical Studies & Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education

The student body of Ohio Valley University represents more than 30 states and over 10 foreign countries. The athletics department of OVU fields teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and volleyball. The teams are known as the Fighting Scots, and they compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II, and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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Ohio Valley University
#1 Campus View Drive
Vienna , WV 26105-8000
General Phone: (304) 865-6000

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Ohio Valley University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management56business, business management, accounting, human resources, MIS, marketing
Education and Teaching26elementary school teaching, secondary teaching
Liberal Arts23liberal arts and sciences, history
Therapy and Counseling17psychology
Religion and Philosophy7bible studies
Medicine5medical preparatory, public health courses
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy2sports and fitness management
Science and Laboratory Technician0science tech

Number of programs and degrees for Ohio Valley University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree12214
Associate's degree143

Ohio Valley University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Ohio Valley University had a total enrollment of 546 students (542 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 86%
Black 5%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
18-19 26%
20-21 27%
22-24 18%
25-29 8%
30-34 3%
35-39 4%
40-49 7%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

West Virginia35%
(International Students)10%
North Carolina2%
New York2%
New Jersey2%

Ohio Valley University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 60 %

Ohio Valley University Room and Board (2007)

Ohio Valley University offers campus housing for 272 of its 542 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Vienna, West Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other West Virginia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Ohio Valley University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal410540
SAT Math430570
SAT Writing420530
ACT Verbal1725
ACT Math1724
ACT Composite1824

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT28%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT74%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Ohio Valley University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 16,990
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,990
Room and board $ 6,324
Room charge $ 3,296
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,234
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,000

Financial Aid:
Ohio Valley University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 381900)

Ohio Valley University Faculty

Ohio Valley University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year5$46,7340*
Associate professoracademic year2*3$38,652
Assistant professoracademic year8$41,9563$34,126
Instructoracademic year2*3$29,133
All faculty totalacademic year17$40,7269$33,971

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Ohio Valley University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports7411

Ohio Valley University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching

Liberal Arts
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
Public Health, Other

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies

Science And Laboratory Technician
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Ohio Valley University Apart:

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Top 7%Ohio Valley University % of degrees in business and management
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Top 11%Ohio Valley University Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 17%Ohio Valley University Number of degree programs

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checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
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checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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