Ohio Valley University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Ohio Valley University

Situated in Vienna, West Virginia, Ohio Valley University is a four-year, private institution associated with the Churches of Christ. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. Students are backed by a robust 12 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations. The institution plays in the NCAA Division II West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC).


  • Total Enrollment: 509 (481 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male/51% Female
  • 78% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $21,900
  • Books: $1,000
  • Room and Board: $7,980
  • Other Expenses: $2,000
  • Total Cost: $32,880

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 82%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $12,793
    • Loans: $8,165

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Psychology; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; and Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 66%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 28%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 45%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Basketball, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Soccer, Cross Country, Baseball
  • Women’s Sports: Softball, Volleyball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Golf, Cross Country

Overview of Ohio Valley University Admissions

OVU, with an acceptance rate of 34%, is not a highly selective school. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data             

  • Ohio Valley University Acceptance Rate: 34%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 480/585
    • SAT Math: 480/590
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 18/24
    • ACT English: 16/22
    • ACT Math: 17/20

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Ohio Valley University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Ohio Valley University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Bridgeport, Alabama State University, College of St. Elizabeth, Albertus Magnus College, Bloomfield College, Texas Southern University, California State University Dominguez Hills

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Ohio Valley University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University Fresno, California State University Stanislaus, California State University Bakersfield, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Ohio Valley University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Liberty University, University of Texas at El Paso

Applying to Ohio Valley University

Application Deadline: August 15

Undergraduate Admissions Website: https://www.ovu.edu/admissions

Undergraduate Application Link(s): https://www.ovu.edu/undergraduate-application

Graduate Admissions Website: https://www.ovu.edu/admissions

Graduate Application Link(s): https://www.ovu.edu/graduate-application

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