Ohio Christian University Celebrates Record Enrollment – Breaks 3300
Ohio Christian University’s enrollment surpassed 3300 students, up from 2382 last fall. The opening academic convocation on August 30th, marks 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, “You are the reason we are here! We missed you this summer, and we spent the entire summer preparing for your return.”
Using the story of King Josiah, Smith challenged the students to use their time at OCU to prepare themselves for leadership. “The art of leadership requires preparation, a righteous attitude, character, wisdom, and godly guidance. You need to be a leader in your home, church, profession, and community.”
OCU’s enrollment growth has resulted in full residence halls. “There’s not an empty bed this year,” according to Rick Christman, Vice President for Student Development and Athletics.
A new $5 million student center is under construction that will house the cafeteria, café, bookstore, intramural gym space, and offices. This building is expected to be completed this December.
OCU recently started its first Master of Business Administration (MBA) cohort of students totally online and first cohort of students in Circleville.
OCU has had a significant impact on the community with enrollment growing from 400 in 2006 to more than 3300 currently. During this same time period, $18 million has been spent on constructing, purchasing, and renovating facilities; and the number of employees has more than doubled, from 56 to 159 current. Some of these new employees have moved from outside the region to Pickaway County. An additional 300 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 $120 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 Adult and Graduate Studies program offers 12 campus locations in the surrounding region as well as online degree programs.