Greenville University was founded in 1892 by the Free Methodist Church with the intent to provide a distinctive, Christ-centered college education for men and women. The college's first president, Wilson T. Hogue, used the motto "education for the character" to describe the college's purpose. Its mission 120 years later - empowering students for lives of character and service - echoes that purpose.

Our Mission:

Greenville University empowers students for lives of character and service through a transforming Christ-centered education in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies.

Our Vision:

Greenville University believes that God created each of our students to uniquely shape the world! Therefore, we

  • Offer a transformational Christ-centered educational experience that empowers, enriches, and endures
  • Focus on the development of the whole person so that each student thrives spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, relationally, and physically
  • Inspire our students to embrace God’s Call
  • Give our work as worship and welcome the presence of the risen Christ to fill us, equip us, and send us

Core Values:

A Christ-Centered Education Greenville University’s roots lie in the Christian college movement of nineteenth-century America that was concerned to provide an education centered on the implications of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. This means that the backdrop of God’s work in Christ – through acts of creation, redemption, and restoration – frames the educational process both in and out of the classroom. It also suggests that education is never for its sake but is seen as part of the larger bending of the created order back to God and to God’s purposes in and through Jesus Christ.

An Open-Minded and Welcoming Community Greenville University recognizes and welcomes each person as a key part of the larger group – a group that loves, respects and supports its members. While the community advocates certain standards for its members, it also values each individual’s identity and strives for openness regarding each one’s background and experiences. In cultivating an environment that welcomes diversity of opinion and tradition, Greenville University promotes open-mindedness and authentic actions of hospitality among its students, faculty, and staff. Holistic Teaching Greenville University aims to facilitate the transformation of students through teaching. By following the scriptural admonition to love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, faculty takes this mandate into the classroom as they teach from the heart to instill a Christ-like character in their students. They strive to impart authoritative and contemporary knowledge in the discipline of the mind as well as inspire passion in their students for a chosen vocation. Global Awareness Greenville University challenges students and faculty to demonstrate awareness, sensitivity, and responsiveness to differences across cultures, social practices, and religions. This also means we keenly recognize the interconnectedness of God’s people. In addition, Greenville University stresses to its community the need for reaching out to other cultures and nations in order to address the world’s problems. Creative and Critical Thinkers Building on the foundation of the liberal arts, Greenville University models and fosters a creative and critical approach to ideas and challenges. Through an academically rigorous curriculum, the faculty encourages original and imaginative thinking while valuing disciplined and reasoned analysis. Character and Service Greenville University challenges students to know themselves recognize their identity through self-discovery, and the development of the special talents they have been given by God. We strive to instill students with skills of introspection that allow them to constantly evaluate their character and develop a deep awareness of how they can look outside of themselves and meet the needs of others. Students best realize their potential through the lifelong practice of serving others.

Students Life

One of the most memorable aspects of your college experience will be living on our beautiful 50-acre campus. Greenville's campus is located in the heart of Greenville, Illinois, a beautiful town of 7,000 people located 45 miles/ 72 Kilometers outside of St. Louis and is easily accessible from I-70, I-55, I-64, and I-57. Our unique location gives invaluable opportunities for outreach, fun, hands-on learning, and civic engagement. Our Residence Life program is built on shared faith in Christ, respect, trust, friendship, and teamwork. Each comfortable residence hall is staffed by a Residence Hall Team, which includes a Coordinator of Residence Education (CRE) and Student Resident Chaplains (RCs). You'll be surrounded by wise, compassionate people who are here to provide direction, guidance, and support. A variety of social and educational programs are scheduled within each hall, from floor parties and "Roomies Night Out" to brother-sister floor activities and Bible studies. You can participate in our mentoring program, be enriched by our faith-based programs, and examine your long-term goals in our career placement program.

Undergraduate, Graduate and Online Programs

Greenville University provides a quality liberal arts education for over 1,600 students. We offer over 50 undergraduate majors as well as adult and graduate programs available online or at partnership locations. Our distinguished academic programs, caring faculty, and genuine Christian community are transforming the lives of students from around the globe.

Get Involved!

We offer more than 50 student organizations, including service and social clubs, musical groups, student government, missions clubs, performance groups, and student publications. Greenville even has its own student-run radio station, WGRN 89.5 FM.

Programs taught in:
  • English (US)

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The computer and information systems major will help prepare students to function as information professionals in a world that is being constantly transformed by technolo ... [+]

The computer and information systems major will help prepare students to function as information professionals in a world that is being constantly transformed by technology. This preparation includes the cultivation of analytic and critical thinking skills as well as the ability to work and communicate with others on complex projects. Students will learn to integrate insights into God's creation derived from computer science and information systems with their Christian understanding of the world and to present themselves as moral and responsible Christian professionals and servant leaders.

The computer and information systems major emphasizes the theoretical foundations of information systems that will allow them, as life-long learners, to keep pace with rapidly changing technology over the course of their careers. Students also learn the technical skills necessary to begin as information professionals following graduation. Students who successfully complete the computer and information systems major can expect entry-level professional positions or admission to graduate school upon graduation.... [-]

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English (US)
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The Digital Media major prepares students to become content creators in a world that is constantly being shaped by technology. Preparation includes the cultivation of ana ... [+]

The Digital Media Major prepares students to become content creators in a world that is constantly being shaped by technology. This preparation includes the cultivation of analytic and critical thinking skills as well as the ability to work and communicate with others on complex interdisciplinary projects integrating digital music, digital art, web-based technologies, and computer programming skills.

Students will learn to integrate their Christian world view as an extension of the creative process as revealed in digital content, presenting themselves as moral and responsible Christian professionals. The digital media major emphasizes a broad-based, theoretical understanding of the delivery tools, which will allow them, as life-long learners, to keep pace with rapidly changing technology over the course of their careers. Students also learn the technical skills necessary to begin as content creators following graduation. Students who successfully complete the digital media major can expect entry-level professional positions or admission to graduate school upon graduation.... [-]

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January 2020
English (US)
Full-time
3 - 4 years
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The Engineering Dual Degree Partnership results in 2 degrees: a bachelor of arts in physics or chemistry from GC and a bachelor of science in engineering from a partnersh ... [+]

Engineering 3-2 Dual Degree Program

According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, engineering is projected to be one of the top five areas of employment for the next decade. If you have been prepared by your high school education in writing, communications, mathematics and science, you should be ready to move into the college level courses. You will have to study a lot, but anything worth doing requires some effort. The payback occurs in career satisfaction. The engineering profession ranks in the upper 15% among the 250 types of work endeavors.

Dual Degree with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Engineering School at UIUC ranks number 6 overall in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report. The Dual Degree (3-2) program results in a Bachelor of Arts in Physics, Chemistry or Biology from Greenville College and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from UIUC.... [-]

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January 2020
English (US)
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3 - 5 years
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The Music Business major is a cross-disciplinary curriculum between music and business that focuses on preparing students to work as executives, managers, and administrat ... [+]

The Music Business major is a cross-disciplinary curriculum between music and business that focuses on preparing students to work as executives, managers, and administrators in all areas of the music industry. The program provides students concentrated study and professional expertise in artist and venue management, production, publishing, distribution, retailing, booking and touring.

Coursework focuses on legal aspects of record company and music publishing operations including financial agreements, production and management contracts, licensing, intellectual property laws, and industry ethics. The study of basic music theory and participation in ensembles teaches the student how to evaluate qualitatively an artist's music and forms the vocabulary necessary to communicate with professionals in this field. Students develop critical and analytical thinking skills through "hands-on" experiences and career-oriented projects such as internships and a practicum in Blackroom Records. Students participate in the Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association (MEISA), an industry-focused organization that allows students to interact with music business professionals through forums, seminars, and panels dealing with current music industry issues.... [-]

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January 2020
English (US)
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3 years
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Physics as a discipline is central to all the natural sciences. Its applications are evident in all the technological advances in our present-day society. ... [+]

Physics as a discipline is central to all the natural sciences. Its applications are evident in all the technological advances in our present-day society.

Students will find our physics major excellent preparation for graduate school or for certification in teaching at the mid-school and secondary levels.

Physics is a natural science that strives to accurately explain matter and energy at a very fundamental level. Mathematics is the primary language used in the field to communicate concepts that qualitatively and quantitatively describe natural phenomena, which is not only responsible for physical but also chemical and biological processes.

Physics is strictly an experimental science, which means that ideas come solely from experimentation and observation. Physics Majors at GC will honor the boundaries of physics, but also be encouraged to step outside and appreciate and acknowledge God's handiwork.... [-]

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January 2020
English (US)
Full-time
3 years
Campus
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