Mission Statement

The University's contemporary 190 acre campus is located in Rio Grande, Ohio, nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of the Southeastern region of the state offering students the safety associated with a small town. The Rio Grande campus is an oasis of learning, innovation, and technology in the region. The institution's strengths lie in a faculty of teacher/scholars who are dedicated to both the academic and humanistic growth of every student; programs that are academically challenging and numerous opportunities for extracurricular involvement. As America's unique private/public institution of higher education, Rio Grande's mission is to provide learners the opportunity to attain a high-quality, high-value education. Our personalized, learner-centered environment promotes successful lives, careers, and responsible citizenship.

The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College is America’s unique private/public institution of higher education designed to provide learners the opportunity to attain a high quality, high-value education.  Our personalized, learner-centered environment promotes successful lives, careers, and responsible citizenship.

Rio will continue to be a learner-centered community. It will continually provide support, developmental activities and modern equipment for faculty, staff and students. This support enables the faculty and staff to increase the ongoing learning and academic achievements of the students. Rio will consistently provide an environment where learning is the priority and excellent teaching is honored. The institution will respond quickly to regional, state, national and international needs.
Rio Grande Community College offers:
  •  Associate’s degrees for students in professional studies and the liberal arts and sciences, as well as certificates in career and technical
  • The first two years of courses for bachelor’s degrees.
  • Access to a broad array of courses at an affordable price.
  • Developmental courses along with the necessary support to enhance academic skills.
  • Appropriate business and industry partnerships and training for economic development in the surrounding four-county community college district.
  • Linkages with high schools that promote uninterrupted high school to college articulation.
  • Opportunities for community involvement in the decision- making processes.
  • Additional location in Meigs, Jackson, and Vinton Counties to meet the needs of the local community.
The University of Rio Grande offers:
  • Access to a broad array of associate, bachelor, and master degrees.
  • An effective balance of career preparation, liberal arts, and practical training in a nurturing environment characterized by a focus on the unique needs of the individual.
  • Opportunities for intellectual and personal growth in a close-knit campus community.
Both URG and RGCC are committed to:
  • Encouraging the development and enhancement of integrity, morally and ethically responsible behavior, respect for diversity, and service learning among students and
  • Nurturing basic professional values such as a hard work ethic, basic honesty, self-discipline, perseverance, interpersonal cooperation, and social responsibility among students and
  • Providing equal opportunity for students and employees, whatever their age, gender, religious background, ethnic or cultural
  • Providing opportunities for any student with special needs to receive an education equal to that of any other
  • Offering courses though distance and distributed learning at the certificate, undergraduate, and graduate
  • Providing opportunities for students, employees, and members of the communities served by the institutions to be engaged intellectually, aesthetically, socially, and physically outside the classroom
  • Maintaining a highly motivated and academically qualified full-time faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching, advising, and personal

A Rio Grande education instills self-confidence and motivation and prepares students for the challenges of living a fulfilling life, reaching career and pre-professional goals, and being a responsible citizen in a culturally diverse, global community.