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218 N College Ave
Rio Grande, OH 45674
p. 740-245-7206
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University of Rio Grande

University of Rio Grande Rating: 3.2/5 (5 votes)

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The University of Rio Grande (URG) offers a wide array of courses stressing the importance of critical thinking in order to prepare students for life after college. With over 60 academic programs and associates, bachelors, and masters programs, the University strives to strike the perfect balance between liberal arts theory and state university practicality. Accredited by the Higher Learning Committee, The University of Rio Grande boasts two specialty colleges for their most popular academic pursuits. The College of Professional Studies specializes in business, education, fine arts and technology, with master’s programs in business administration and classroom teaching, where the College of Liberal Arts offers programs in nursing, science, humanities and social science.

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The University of Rio Grande evaluates applications for undergraduates, transfer students, professional study and graduate students.

Undergrads need only submit their application, high school diploma or GED equivalency diploma and ACT results. Application fees are waived if submitted online. International students seeking to attend URG must also submit a certification of finances as well as TOEFL scores, or schedule a TOEFL examination.

URG values a strong academic record as well as involvement in community-oriented extracurricular activities.

Financial Aid

Almost all undergraduate students attending the University of Rio Grande receive some form of financial aid, many in the form of federal grants and loans.

The school’s FAFSA filing deadline is March 15th preceding the year of study, though students who submit their applications early may be eligible to receive additional funding.

Students must be accepted to Rio Grande before being eligible to be evaluated for financial aid. Financial aid for returning students is evaluated based on course completion rate as well as cumulative GPA. URG, in conjunction with Sallie Mae, also offers an installment payment plan.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3281st for the average student loan amount.
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The University of Rio Grande’s campus extends over 190 acres in beautiful Southeastern Ohio, offering students the natural beauty of rolling verdant hills and the safety of a small town community. Campus organization sponsored events in the past have included skiing and hiking trips, concerts, comedians, dances, fundraisers, out-door carnivals, and NHL and NFL games.

In addition to campus organizations URG also sponsors nine social fraternities and sororities. Membership is by invitation, and students must complete 12 credit hours and have a minimum GPA of 2.00 to be eligible to pledge an organization.

The University of Rio Grande also boasts the recent addition of a Circle K chapter, an organization dedicated to nourishing future leaders through service and friendship.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The University of Rio Grande offers eleven sports, six for women and five for men, including baseball, basketball, cross country, softball, track and field, volleyball and soccer. URG also offers cheerleading and dance teams.

The University of Rio Grande is home to college basketball legend Clarence “Bevo” Francis, who in the 1952-53 season led his team to an incredible 39-0 season, a record that remains unbroken.

URG participates in the American Mideast Conference and their mascot is the Redstorm.

Information Summary

Ranks 97th in Ohio and 2741st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.26
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 2 0.09

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Rio Grande, OH 45674
Surrounding communityDistant rural area (between 5 to 25 mi. away from an urban area)
Total Population799 (N/A urban / 799 rural)
Households181 (2.31 people per house)
Median Household Income$16,458
Families119 (2.81 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3906

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 951st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $20,510 $20,510 $20,510
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $270 $270 $270
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $112 $112 $112
FT Graduate Tuition $17,250 $17,250 $17,250
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $575 $575 $575
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $35,008 $35,008 $35,008
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $36,508 $36,508 $36,508
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $27,868 $27,868 $27,868

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $19,520 $19,970 $19,520 $19,970 $19,520 $19,970
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,220 $8,640
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,028(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,600(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,002(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,002(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Basketball Conference Mid-South Conference
NAIA Baseball Conference Mid-South Conference
NAIA Track & Field Conference Mid-South Conference

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity620
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3051st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $53,786 ($56,069 male / $50,417 female)
Number of FT Faculty 89 (45 male / 44 female)
Number of PT Faculty 182
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $3,100,783

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