Core Values

Three basic pursuits are inherent in the VU educational experience: truth, virtue, and service are enshrined in the University motto and embossed on its official seal.


As members of the VU community we strive to . . .

  • pursue truth by understanding the Word of God and by knowing Christ, who is Truth;

  • develop critical and creative thinking skills for careful, reasoned, and independent analysis of competing ideas;

  • engage in scholarship with integrity and excellence; and

  • explore, participate in, and contribute to our cultural, intellectual, and spiritual heritage.


As members of the VU community we endeavor to . . .

  • honor God and commit ourselves to the person and model of Jesus Christ;

  • develop personal integrity and character by applying biblical values to our lives;

  • understand and accept the responsibilities of living in a free society; and

  • transcend the limitations and errors of the prevailing culture, and through a wholeness of vision, choose and hold to the path for a righteous life.


As members of the VU community we work to . . .

  • develop our talents to their potential and discern God`s purpose for our lives;

  • strengthen the skills necessary for effective communication of ideas and for a productive place in society;

  • prepare students for diverse vocations, graduate programs, and leadership roles; and

  • exercise civic responsibility, respect cultural and individual differences, and care for others.

In order to develop continuously as an inclusive community growing in truth, virtue, and service, the University invites its members to a life lived in response to the claims of the Kingdom of God, in which the transcendent realities of the gospel are brought to bear on the real life challenges which they face as citizens of the twenty-first century.