Mission and Philosophy - Core Values


A Christ-Centered Education 

Greenville University’s roots lie in the Christian college movement of nineteenth-century America that was concerned to provide an education centered in the implications of the life, death and resurrection of Christ.  This means that the backdrop of God’s work in Christ – through acts of creation, redemption and restoration – frames the educational process both in and out of the classroom.  It also suggests that education is never for its own sake but is seen as part of the larger bending of the created order back to God and to God’s purposes in and through Jesus Christ.

An Open-Minded and Welcoming Community

Greenville University recognizes and welcomes each person as a key part of the larger group – a group that loves, respects and supports its members. While the community advocates certain standards for its members, it also values each individual’s identity and strives for openness regarding each one’s background and experiences.  In cultivating an environment that welcomes diversity of opinion and tradition, Greenville University promotes open-mindedness and authentic actions of hospitality among its students, faculty and staff.

Holistic Teaching

Greenville University aims to facilitate the transformation of students through teaching.   By following the scriptural admonition to love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, faculty take this mandate into the classroom as they teach from the heart to instill a Christ-like character in their students. They strive to impart authoritative and contemporary knowledge in the discipline of the mind as well as inspire passion in their students for a chosen vocation.

Global Awareness

Greenville University challenges students and faculty to demonstrate awareness, sensitivity and responsiveness to differences across cultures, social practices and religions.  This also means we keenly recognize the interconnectedness of God’s people.  In addition, Greenville University stresses to its community the need for reaching out to other cultures and nations in order to address the world’s problems.

Creative and Critical Thinkers

Building on the foundation of the liberal arts, Greenville University models and fosters a creative and critical approach to ideas and challenges. Through an academically rigorous curriculum, faculty encourage original and imaginative thinking while valuing disciplined and reasoned analysis.

Character and Service

Greenville University challenges students to know themselves, recognize their identity through self-discovery, and the development of the special talents they have been given by God.  We strive to instill students with skills of introspection that allow them to constantly evaluate their character and develop a deep awareness of how they can look outside of themselves and meet the needs of others.  Students best realize their potential through the lifelong practice of serving others.

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