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About OCU

Ohio Christian University is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. OCU offers degree programs for residential undergraduate students, graduate students, and adult and online students. Additionally, the Trailblazer Academy allows high school students to complete college classes. All programs are designed to equip students to become leaders in their careers, communities, families, and the world.

OCU was founded in 1948 as Circleville Bible College for the purpose of educating clergy for the Churches of Christ in Christian Union. While remaining true to its founders' vision, Ohio Christian University has expanded its outreach by becoming accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Association for Biblical Higher Education and adding associate, bachelor, and master's degree programs in disciplines such as business and government, emergency management & businesspsychology, substance abuse counseling, and human services.



OCU Campus, Maxwell CenterOhio Christian University's main campus is located in Circleville, Ohio. Students enrolled in our residential undergraduate program attend classes and reside on campus in Circleville, Ohio. Our adult degree program offers several campus locations in Ohio and Georgia as well as online options.

1476 Lancaster Pike (view map)
Circleville, Ohio 43113

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  • More than 4,000 students are enrolled, with approximately 500 students in the residential undergraduate program.
  • Female/Male Ratio: 64% female and 37% male
  • 94% of First time, full time students receive Financial Aid


  • Ohio Christian University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Association for Biblical Higher Education, and Ohio Board of Regents. (see complete list of recognitions)
  • Student/Faculty Ratio 10:1
  • Residential Undergraduate Programs
  • Adult Degree Programs
  • Graduate Programs
  • Dual Credit/Ohio College Credit Plus (CCP) for High School Students


Ohio Christian University AthleticsAt Ohio Christian University, champions are trained for success on and off the field. The Athletic Department mission statement is to use the platform of athletic competition to develop Christ followers. OCU coaches and players understand winning comes from excellence, and that character comes from perseverance. The Trailblazers compete in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The campus community is united together, rallying our Trailblazers to victory.