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Greenville University

Greenville, Illinois

Greenville University has served Christ, creation, and community for the past 125 years. Dedicated to the integration of faith and learning; Greenville University provides innovative course structures that offer real-world experience, compassionate professors who want to see their students succeed, a thriving community life, and a Christ-centered heart. Along with their rich history and prestigious academics, Greenville strives to empower students by providing several opportunities to create a valuable and lasting university experience. Greenville University students are motivated and equipped to make real change in the world.


Greenville University (formerly Greenville College) was founded in 1892 with the intent to provide a distinctive, Christ-centered education for men and women. Greenville’s first president, Wilson T. Hogue, used the motto “education for character” to describe the university’s purpose. And it’s with the a mission of inspiring students for lives of character and service that the institution echoes that purpose.


Greenville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,077 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
50% male — 50% female
40% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
63 full-time faculty
2 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

School Location

Students get to enjoy both the charm and atmosphere of a small town alongside big-city perks. Greenville University is seated right in the center of a laid-back rural community. Activities within the town include bowling, fishing, attending plays, visiting museums, watching movies at the theater, and hiking. Big cities are also within reach for weekend trips; St. Louis is only a 45-minute drive west, Chicago is 4 hours north, and Indianapolis is 3 hours east. The community of Greenville, IL, is known for its hospitality, safety, and connectedness. Without a doubt, it is the perfect location for students to immerse themselves in their studies, friendships, and relationships with God.


82% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

57% of students graduated in 6 years

“Greenville University is a place where we absolutely put centrality on our faith in Christ. We want that be the central touchstone of who we are and for the students that graduate from here we want them to have the opportunity to become followers and deep disciples of Christ. Part of my passion is that we become a more diverse and more international campus and so that’s both in our student body and where we have programs. You’ll start to see new programs being developed as we think about what education looks like in the future and deliver programs that really get us there.” – President Ivan Filby


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 10%
White 62%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 17%

More Distinctions

  • 2017 Military Friendly School

  • 2017 Top 50 Best Value – Online Master’s in Management

  • 2017 Best Online Master’s in Special Education

  • 2017 Best Online Secondary Education Degrees

  • 2017 Best Online Special Education Degrees

  • 2017 Online Christian Colleges – Best Schools

  • 2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges – Master’s in Management

  • 2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges – Master’s in Teaching

  • 2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges – Master’s in Human Resources

  • 2016-17 Best Online Colleges in Illinois

  • 2016 Top 25 Most Beautiful Christian College Campuses

  • 2016 Best Online Programs in Illinois

Greenville University offers students the opportunity to continue their education from wherever they are. The university provides unique programs that allow students to tailor their educational plans to their individual needs and wants. Many degrees can be completed through a 3-year program and, each year, the university continues to broaden its portfolio of online classes.


Greenville’s focus on the student experience offers opportunities to learn both inside and outside of the classroom. Undergraduate research and field experience are core components of its curriculum. Towards the end of their studies, students are asked to use the knowledge they’ve gained to solve real issues in the community, nation, or world. With CORE 401, students from different majors work together to address a topic and problem of which they will use their experience and skills to create solutions that they will enact to help create real change in that area. With Experience First, students from the same area of study are paired with industry leaders to gain hands-on experience, solve real-world challenges, and provide fresh innovations for the companies and organizations for whom they work.


Active learning experiences aren’t exclusive to juniors and seniors! In every area of study, students are given upperclassman-like opportunities as early as their first semester of college. As freshmen, music students are given chances to perform and record, engineering students get to work in the quantum lab, and education majors are in the classroom. Along with the opportunities Greenville provides on campus, the university is focused on developing its students worldviews through engaging cultural exposure and life-changing travel. Study abroad programs continue to expand, sending students all around the globe to such destinations as England, Spain, Nicaragua, and Israel.

“Studying at Greenville University gave me the opportunity to have an intimate and personalized education in which to cultivate my base knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences. I was able to know my professors personally, which allowed them to learn of my interests and my passions. These connections helped the professors guide my path through my educational career.” – David Brooks ‘14, Engineering


Greenville University is dedicated to offering an exceptional liberal arts education across over 40 disciplines. Committed to “Experience First” learning, Greenville has created unique programs that get students out of the classroom and into the workplace. Starting from their first day of classes, students are engaged in freshman seminars and discussion groups to help them navigate their transition to both college and adulthood. As these individuals become upperclassmen, they begin to complete real-life projects to solve problems for local schools, businesses, and community organizations. In the classroom, they learn the latest theories, methods, and practices. Their courses hone their skills not only within their disciplines, but also in the broader areas of writing, critical thinking, and interpersonal relationships.


From day one, professors encourage students to become global citizens. Part of the benefit of Greenville University’s liberal arts tradition is the immersion of education in all areas. Professors strive to provide coursework in which their students will gain experiences in not just their field, but in several areas of study, making them utility learners that are able to be both innovative and collaborative. Students are encouraged to take what they’ve learned to develop their own goals and beliefs, all the while developing the ability to understand the goals and beliefs of others. Even as freshmen, Greenville professors instill in students the desire to become lifelong learners in order to be better participants of the world around them.

“My favorite part of working here at GU is really the people I get to interact with. The faculty and staff are amazing but the students are the best part. I get to talk about Digital Media, Art, and life with them on a daily basis both inside the classroom and in the act of living together in community. We get to explore creation and creativity together in ways that teach me just as much as I want to teach students in my classroom.” – Jacob Amundson, Art Department Chair & Associate Professor


The Greenville University experience is not limited to what happens in the classroom. Each of the departments and offices is involved in nurturing the holistic development of students by including them in the campus community. This means celebrating solidarity and unity through the traditional Ivy Planting Ceremony during New Student Orientation. It also means challenging students’ minds by hosting high-profile guest speakers and thought-provoking colloquia. The University’s vision states that each student is created with a unique capability to shape the world. For this reason, students are encouraged to nurture all types of interests, whether they be classical music, hip-hop, athletics, fine arts, cultural studies, or video game design. Whatever a student’s passion, Greenville University is full of resources to help them develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, and emotionally.


Greenville University is a member of multiple athletic organizations, including NCAA Div. III, NCCAA Div. I, SLIAC, MCVL, and UMAC.

7 men’s teams: baseball, basketball, volleyball, cross country, soccer, tennis, and track & field.
7 women’s teams: basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.
2 club teams for both men and women: bass fishing and cheerleading.

At games, Greenville’s mascot, Hoguey the Panther, can be found hyping up the crowd and representing the school’s colors: orange and black.

“My best advice is to lean in. Lean in to the community and reach out to other students, whether you are going to live on or near campus or do online work. Know that transitioning to a new community may be difficult, but you need to give yourself grace […] I gained a deeper love for the Bible and for Christian community. My love for the Bible deepened in courses that taught me how to better study the Bible and apply it to my context.” – Maria Koppelberger ‘14, Spanish and International and Cross-Cultural Studies


Greenville University is dedicated to producing graduates who are well rounded and prepared for lives of character and service to the community around them. Students gain practical experiences in their fields through internships and practica that also count toward their degrees. What’s more, service-based learning is a truly rewarding part of the curriculum. For example, Psychology students have served at nursing homes and schools, while accounting majors have provided tax services to low-income communities. As seniors prepare to graduate, they also complete capstone projects that showcase their expertise in their fields as well as their abilities to apply them to real-world problems. Notably, Briner School of Business students complete three entrepreneurial projects through the “Experience First” program by the time they receive their degrees. In the end, there’s nothing like a quality liberal arts education, and Greenville University consistently goes a step further to ensure that its graduates stay on top.

On working for the St. Louis Cardinals, “I believed I was qualified for the job because my professors like Jane Bell filled me with the confidence that I was qualified for it.” Ish Smith, not only a former president of Greenville University but also a former president of the International Baseball Federation, met with Jake and prayed him through the process. “He shared his personal testimony with me and showed me that just because I’m from a small-town college in Greenville doesn’t mean I am less qualified.” – Jake Vanwey ‘18, Sports Management and Marketing


Admissions Fall 2015

1,901 Total Applicants 
1,070 Total Admissions 
260 Total Freshman Enrollment

56.29% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 440 530
SAT Math 430 540
SAT Writing 410 520
ACT Composite 19 25
ACT Math 17 25
ACT English 18 25
ACT Writing 6 8


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $24,864
Fees $224
Total $25,088
Room and Board (on campus) $8,288
Room Only $4,012
Board Only $4,276
Estimated Total On Campus $33,376


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
84% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$15,858 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,113 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

Financial Aid Information

There’s no hiding it: the cost of education can be scary. That’s where Greenville steps in, offering grants, scholarships, and other forms of aid. The goal is not just to make education attainable, but also to make it reasonable. Additionally, Greenville University goes above and beyond by providing need-based scholarships that reduce tuition costs by an average of nearly 85%. More so, 100% of undergraduate students receive financial aid. Even after graduation, students can enroll in the Loan Repayment Assistance Program to mitigate their student debt.