Inspire to Serve

Hands-on experiences fuel servant leadership

Our goal is to help each student succeed academically, develop skills, and succeed in college and beyond through Christ-centered experiential learning opportunities. 


Experiential Learning

Experiential learning connects students with experts in their fields, cultivates collaboration across multiple disciplines, and fosters professional, and personal growth. 

More than 525 students participated in experiential learning classes and collaborations in the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Experience First Program

The Experience First semester teaches students how to create, collaborate, and solve real marketplace problems. Teams of students are paired with businesses or nonprofits to address a challenge. The students work closely with their professional partners to achieve the partners’ goals.




Marshall Weigang

Biology major Marshal Wiegand is the grateful recipient of donor funded scholarships that enabled him to participate in GU’s Outdoor Adventure immersive experience. When you give to Greenville University, you help students access rich “learning-by-doing” experiences beginning freshman year. 

Marshal says, "GU is a perfect place to grow in faith and as a person. Thank you donors, and thank you GU."


Growth Beyond Measure

Without donors, I would have missed out on the greatest growth I’ve experienced in my life. GU is a perfect place to grow in faith and as a person. Thank you, donors; and thank you, GU.

Marshal Weigand


Smart Experience Initiatives

Smart Experience Initiatives create Christ-centered learning and new revenue streams


The Contemporary Music Center 

Entertainment Industry | Nashville, Tennessee

Our immersive experience partner, the Contemporary Music Center (CMC) provides hands-on experience in recording studios, live audio, lighting design, commercial music, and industry knowledge through an enriching semester experience.


The SMART Experience Greenville 

Multipurpose space | Greenville, ILLinois

The SMART Center’s three-levels provide space that fosters innovation, facilitates connections, and cultivates a sense of community. This dynamic workspace serves as a thriving hub for learning opportunities. It is home to community and entrepreneurial initiatives focused on economic growth, such as Buenos Aires Cafe. 


Healthcare Experience Institute Dallas 

immersive experiential education modeL | Dallas, Texas

This partnership between GU and Faith Presbyterian models hands-on learning at its best. Students gain experience in hospice care, health care, health care management, social work, and chaplaincy.


Recent Accomplishments

From June 2019 to May 2023, alumni and friends of GU provided students with:


Internships and Practicums


Unique Learning Opportunites


Professional Partners/Mentors

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Latest Stories


University News

GU students design multi-functional vanity for Simply Amish Furniture

The Experience First team that partnered with Simply Amish Furniture is shown with the vanity they designed. Members of the group are, from left, Isaiah...

July 11, 2022

University News

Student task force on diversity attends summit to learn about education policy

Spring Summit '23 Student Ambassadors: bottom row left to right, Sedina Logan, Ashley Smith, Vanessa Compton, Katie Chavez. Top row left to right: Joey Wenke,...

March 16, 2023

University News

Experiential learning doesn’t need a classroom

Sitting on the orange round sofa in the Experience Hub, a freshman student brainstorms with her classmates for their Experience First project. She discusses with...

March 24, 2023

University News

Dr. Kent Dunnington delivers 2023 Mannoia Lecture

Dr. Kent Dunnington, professor of philosophy at Biola University in Los Angeles, California, and former professor at Greenville University from 2007-2015, was theguest presenter for...

April 05, 2023

University News

Spark Leadership Conference provides unique leadership examples for GU students

A student-run Greenville University conference on Christian leadership that had been put on hold for the past four years because of the COVID-19 pandemic was...

May 17, 2023

University News

Career and Internship Fair provides opportunities for students

More than 200 Greenville University students interacted with about 60 businesses and organizations at the school’s annual Career and Internship Fair this spring on the...

May 21, 2023

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