Fast Facts


Students can choose from over 70 academic programs, including certificate programs, associates, bachelors, and master’s degrees. Custom majors and minors are also available for those students whose needs differ from traditional program offerings. A Rio Grande education is student centered, and provides an effective balance of practical training and the liberal arts. Rio students also have numerous opportunities available to study abroad and participate in internships.


Rio Grande’s 190 acre campus is nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio, offering students breathtaking natural beauty and the safety of the small town of Rio Grande. The campus includes five residence halls, modern instructional facilities, professional athletics facilities including an Olympic size pool, and a performing arts center.

The Bernard V. Fultz Center for higher education, a full service learning site, is located in a 13,000 square foot facility in Pomeroy, Ohio. At the Fultz Center it is possible to earn a full associate degree or begin work toward a baccalaureate degree through completion of general education courses or the state transfer module.


Rio Grande is located in southeastern Ohio along US Route 35, 100 miles southeast of Columbus via Rts. 23 and 35; 120 miles east of Cincinnati via Rts. 32 and 35; 250 miles south of Cleveland, via Rts. 77, 7, and 35; and 60 miles north of Huntington, WV via Rts. 7 and 35.


The Rio Grande student body of over 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students come from 15 states and 23 countries.


Rio Grande offers its students a vibrant campus life, including nine social fraternities and sororities; numerous professional and community organizations; hundreds of planned campus activities a year; an active intramural sports program; and outlets for artistic expression. In addition, Rio Grande’s location within minutes of national forests and parks makes it ideal for nature enthusiasts.


The student-faculty ratio is 15:1 and the average class size is 14 students.


Rio Grande offers eleven sports, five for men and six for women. Men’s programs include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, and track and field. Women’s programs consist of basketball,
cross country, softball, track and field, volleyball and soccer.

Rio also offers five junior varsity programs in men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men’s soccer and softball. Rio is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.


Over 96% of Rio Grande students receive some form of financial assistance. Eligibility for financial aid is determined by the federal government by information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Rio Grande has set March 15 as the priority filing deadline. Students can submit the FAFSA after that date, but those students submitting their FAFSA prior to Rio’s filing deadline may be eligible to receive additional financial aid. For more information about financial aid, students can contact the Financial Aid Office at 1-800-282-7201.


The University of Rio Grande is accredited or approved by the Higher Learning Commission; the Ohio Board of Regents; the State of Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Board of Nursing, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, the Council on Social Work Education, the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, and the Joint review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.