Ohio Christian University (OCU) is a private, professional-based university located in Circleville, Ohio. It was founded as the Mount of Praise Bible College in 1948 for the purpose of training ministers for the religious denomination – The Churches of Christ in Christian Union. It was later renamed the Circleville Bible College before it adopted its present name in 2006 upon receiving regional accreditation.
The university’s beliefs are based on the Bible as the supreme authority for faith and practice including belief in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit as well as one true universal church composed of true believers in Christ. It offers its educational system in the Wesleyan tradition which seeks to prepare students to serve effectively in church and society through programs that are Christ-Centered, Biblically-Based, Student-Oriented, Ministry Motivated, Leadership Focused, and Academic Excellence-Targeted. Students are sought to be developed intellectually, spiritually, and professionally.
Degree programs offered by OCU include Traditional Undergraduate Programs, Adult Degree Programs, Graduate Programs and post-secondary enrollment for high school students. Undergraduate Degree Programs consist of Associate of Arts in Business Management and Interdisciplinary Studies as well as Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies Concentration, Business Administration, Business Management, International Business, Logistics and Supply Chain, Pre-Law Specialization, Chemical Dependency Counseling Concentration, Christian Ministries, Church Planting Concentration, Disaster Management and Relief, Intercultural Ministries, Interdisciplinary Studies, Music Education, Instrumental Concentration, Music Education Vocal/Choral Concentration, Worship Arts Ministries, Pastoral Counseling, Psychology, Sports Ministry and Management, Teacher Education, and Youth Ministries.
There are about 26 online and 23 onsite adult degree programs offered by Ohio Christian University. Graduate Studies consist of the Master of Arts in Ministry which is offered in the Pastoral Care and Counseling Track, as well as the Practical Theology Track. OCU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
Full-time students attending Ohio Christian University pay an estimated tuition cost of $ 8,050.00 per semester for 12 to 16 credit hours plus $480.00 per additional credit hour. Room and board (19 meals weekly) costs $3,443.00 per semester. Tuition for AIM Programs (Adult Degrees) is $395.00 per credit hour for the bachelor’s program and $285.00 per credit hour for the associate programs.
Financial aid is offered through grants including Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, and the Ohio College Opportunity Grant; loan programs including Supplemental Loan, Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan, and the Federal PLUS Loan; and institutional financial assistance including the Church Matching Grant, Good Neighbor Quality Student Grant/Christian Homeschools Grant, and the Sibling Grant.
The Total student population is approximately 2,400, about 600 of whom are traditional undergraduate students. The Male/Female ratio is 45% to 55%. The Student-faculty ratio is 15:1. Forty-one percent (41%) of the students are commuters.
Ohio Christian University is a member of the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association Division II. The OCU Trailblazers compete in various sports events including baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, and soccer for men, as well as basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, and volleyball for women. These teams compete in the Mid-East Region.