Ohio Christian University Celebrates Record Enrollment – Breaks 2,400
Ohio Christian University held its opening academic convocation on August 31st, the beginning of classes and a new academic year. As students gathered in the OCU Maxwell Center, Dr. Mark A. Smith, President of OCU, told the students, “Wow—you are the reason we are here! We missed you this summer. The administration, faculty, and staff have spent the summer preparing for your return.”
Smith announced that the University’s enrollment surpassed 2400 students, up from 1768 last fall. He then challenged the students to develop Godly character and to be servants. “Serving is the greatest way to enjoy life. Serving requires sacrifice and action, it is not natural, it is not ‘me’ centered, and it must become a habit in one’s life,” he told the students.
The enrollment growth has required new residence halls to house students. A new “Townhouse” was recently completed that houses 25 upper-class students.
Also completed was the second floor of the Science and Logistics Center. This area now houses the president, provost, and advancement offices.
A new $5 million student center is under construction that will house the cafeteria, café, bookstore, intramural gym space, and offices.
OCU has had a significant impact on the community with enrollment growing from 400 in 2006 to more than 2400 currently. During this same time period, $14.5 million have been spent on facility projects, and the number of employees have more than doubled, from 56 to 125 current. Some of these new employees have moved from outside the region to Pickaway County. An additional 100 part-time faculty and staff have also been hired, many of which will evolve into full-time positions. This increased employee and student population, along with students’ parents and other campus visitors, has spent more money in the local community. Therefore, OCU has had an economic impact of between $60 million and $100 million, depending on the economic model used.
To continue this growth, OCU has planned $30 million in new facilities over the next five years, and will create an additional 100 jobs.
With a heritage dating back to 1948, Ohio Christian University offers a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally and spiritually. OCU offers degree programs designed to equip students to become leaders in their careers, communities, families and in the world. Students enrolled in OCU’s traditional undergraduate program attend classes at its main campus in Circleville, Ohio. OCU’s AIM Adult Program offers 15 campus locations in the surrounding region as well as online degree programs.