Greenville University (formerly Greenville College) was founded in 1892 by the Free Methodist Church with the intent to provide a distinctive, Christ-centered university education for men and women. The university's first president, Wilson T. Hogue, used the motto "education for character" to describe the university's purpose. Its mission 125 years later - empowering students for lives of character and service - echoes that purpose. Greenville's 50 acre campus is located in the heart of Greenville, Illinois, a beautiful town of 7,000 people located 45 miles 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. Greenville University provides a quality liberal arts education for over 1,200 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. Faith and community are pillars of the learning process at Greenville University. Transformation occurs as students experience meaningful change – both in and out of the classroom. Spiritual formation is woven into our academic and extracurricular programs, and the relationships formed at GC are the catalyst for a deeper exploration of the Christian faith.
Greenville University empowers students for lives of character and service through a transforming Christ-centered education in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies.
Greenville University was the nation's first school to offer the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) major. A variety of music-related majors like Recording Industry, Music Business, and Media Promotions have helped Greenville graduates become Grammy-winning artists, producers, managers and music industry executives.
Greenville University offers a variety of distinguished academic programs. Over 90% of pre-med graduates gain acceptance to their first choice medical school. The school offers 12 undergraduate Teacher Education programs that were given the highest rating from the Illinois State Board of Education, and Greenville's cutting edge Digital Media major is one of the fastest growing on campus.
Greenville's pristine campus – located 45 miles from downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch – was founded in 1892 with the intent to provide a distinctive, Christ-centered college education for men and women. Approximately 1,200 students attend class at Greenville and 80% live on campus. Greenville University is a four-year accredited Christian liberal arts school and is home to AgapeFest, the nation's only student Christian music festival, and other student-run ventures like Blackroom Records label and WGRN radio.