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, students can participate in OnlinePlus which provides undergraduate classes online with the option of participating in for-credit enrichment experiences on campus or abroad. 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, by being affiliated with the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and by 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 Center

Students enrolled in our residential undergraduate program attend classes and reside on our main campus in Circleville, Ohio.

Our adult degree programs offer several campus locations in Ohio and Georgia as well as online options to fit your needs.

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1476 Lancaster Pike
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: 63.5% female and 36.5% 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, and Ohio Department of Higher Education. It is affiliated with the Association of Biblical Higher Education and Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.  (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


At Ohio Christian University, champions are trained for success on and off the field. Our inter-collegiate athletics program is committed to achieving academic and athletic excellence by using the athletic experience as a platform to prepare and develop our student-athletes for lives of living vibrant faith, learning, and servant-leadership in their chosen fields of endeavor. The Trailblazers compete in the River States Conference (RSC) within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The campus community is united together, rallying our Trailblazers to victory.

Ohio Christian University Athletics