Mission and Vision
As an independent liberal arts institution, Urbana University's
strength lies in its quality faculty, students, and curriculum supported
by strong student services.
Urbana University prepares students for a lifetime of leadership
and service to society through excellent classroom instruction,
real world experiences, community partnerships, and technology.
It is the mission of Urbana University to offer a liberal arts education
in a small college environment-emphasizing student learning through
individual attention, excellence in instruction, career-oriented
programs, and critical reflection on moral and ethical values.
Urbana University was founded in 1850 by followers of the 18th century
Swedish philosopher and scientist, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772).
The university was the second institution in Ohio to admit women.
The groundwork for the founding of the university was in part laid
by John Chapman, better known as "Johnny Appleseed." While
more famous for spreading apple seeds throughout the East, Chapman
was also a Swedenborgian missionary and helped spread this faith
among the early settlers around Urbana. Chapman encouraged his friend
and fellow Swedenborgian, Colonel John James, to donate the land
on which Urbana University was built. To this day, the University
maintains an informal relationship with the Swedenborgian General
Convention of the Church of the New Jerusalem in the United States
From its founders, Urbana University inherited its mission, philosophy
of learning, and liberal arts traditions. Urbana University graduates
are well-prepared, confident men and women who are able to adapt
to many professional and personal challenges. University enrollment
has grown well above the national average since 1997. Combined enrollment
in all university programs is about 1,300.
Urbana University ranks as one of the least expensive private universities
in Ohio. Our faculties are drawn from the finest universities and
colleges in the world. More than 74 percent hold a Ph.D. or a terminal
degree in their field of expertise. The student-to-faculty ratio
is a comfortable 16-to-1, backing up our claim of "individual
attention." The small class size enables interaction with the
instructor, creating a close relationship that often is not found
at larger institutions. Faculties also believe in an open door policy
and post ample office hours. Students who excel in academics, leadership,
other areas may be recognized by invitation to membership in appropriate
Campus facilities include a blend of modern and traditional architecture,
creating a peaceful and safe setting for learning and interacting
with faculty and students. Set on 128 acres, the campus consists
of academic and administrative buildings including the modern Lewis
and Jean Moore Center for Mathematics and Science, the multipurpose
Warren G. Grimes Center, a recently renovated commons area, and
a new women's residence hall completed in the fall of 2000. Residence
halls offer both traditional rooms and suite-style accommodations
for 350 students.
The curriculum at Urbana University is designed to reflect the values
of liberal arts and career education. The liberal arts component
of the curriculum is provided by courses in the humanities, the
natural sciences, and the social sciences. In addition, many courses
and programs (for example, in business and education) are directed
toward acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes appropriate
to effectively pursue selected careers. Degree programs are designed
to provide the basic preparation for a career. The entire curriculum
reflects an emphasis on personal development, an emphasis directly
related to the University's historic commitment to liberal education.
This approach to learning seeks to broaden the perspective of an
individual toward his or her career while also providing an intellectual
foundation for personal development through life.
Urbana University confers Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
degrees in more than 20 majors in its traditional programs. In addition,
the university also provides teacher certification through its accelerated
program. The Master of Education degree is also awarded for Classroom
Teaching. A nursing degree program was recently begun in partnership
with Community Hospital in Springfield, Ohio.