Office of the President


President Ryan Smith

Welcome to the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College, and thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We have a phrase here – “Rio is changing tomorrow’s” – and this phrase summarizes the spirit of our vibrant campus. We take pride in being a community college and private institution all rolled into one – in fact, we are the only higher education institution in the nation with that claim to fame.

Our outstanding academics, exceptional support programs, and low student-faculty ratio attract a diverse group of students from near and far, as well as people of all ages and backgrounds.

Since opening our doors in 1876, our faculty and staff have empowered students to believe in themselves and reach their highest potential. Our goal is to provide you with a world-class education so that you too can achieve your dreams.

Nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio, our strengths lie in providing high-quality, high-value education while promoting successful lives and careers.

Thank you for visiting our website. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and hope you will visit us in person to find out how the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College can help change your tomorrow.