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Greenville University is a Christian liberal-arts institution that takes pride in producing high-caliber students,...

Greenville University

Greenville, Illinois

Serving Christ, creation, and community: that’s what Greenville University has been doing for the past 125 years. The institution aims to educate students to be ahead of the curve in their careers while also inspiring them in their walk with God. Due to this, Greenville University has a unique dynamic in which cutting edge course structure meets compassionate and experienced individuals. Greenville, however, is not only known for their rich history and prestigious academics. This school contains that perfect mix of new experiences and familiarity that truly grows a valuable and lasting student experience.




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 thrills. 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, and hiking. Big cities are also within reach for weekend trips; St. Louis is only a 45-minute drive west, and Chicago is 4 hours north. 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


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%


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.

Other Information

Greenville University is a private institution founded in 1892 by the Free Methodist denomination in order to provide a Christ-centered education for both men and women. Based on the idea of “education for character,” Greenville University has been inspiring students to shape the world around them for 125 years.

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. It provides unique programs that allow its 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. Furthermore, 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 pieces of its curriculum. Study abroad programs also continue to expand, sending students all around the globe to destinations such as England, Spain, Nicaragua, and Israel.

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.

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 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 it for the Lord’s glory.

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 practicums that count toward their degrees. Service-based learning is also a part of the curriculum; for example, Psychology students have served at nursing homes and schools, and 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.


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%. Even after graduation, students can enroll in the Loan Repayment Assistance Program to mitigate their student debt.