Campus Life


Ohio Christian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education. We are also affiliated with the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Students enrolled at OCU often comment on the challenging courses and the professionalism of degree fields that are rigorous, accredited and in every way comparable with other secular institutions. However, our students are often most appreciative of the Christian perspective from which we teach all of our courses. During our next Preview Day, reach out to a professor in your program and ask about our academic excellence.



It can be argued that the most meaningfully differentiating benefits of attending Ohio Christian University are the Christian professors. The many extremely positive student reviews overwhelmingly prefer the helpful, nurturing atmosphere of classes at OCU in comparison to secular institutions. Unlike other professors in secular institutions who are educating the job-hunters of tomorrow, our professors at OCU are here to fulfill their calling by mentoring and educating burgeoning Christian brothers and sisters who will carry with them the professional future of Christianity.



The care and attention our professors are willing to provide their students is a testament that our professors practice a faith that is genuine. This relationship is unique to a Christian institution, and we believe that building and maintaining this foundational professor-student community is vital to Ohio Christian University's mission. Come on Preview Day to speak one-to-one with the professor in your degree program; you'll notice the difference also.



Ohio Christian University wants to reward hard-working students with generous scholarships to encourage academic excellence. Our annual Scholars Day event enables the highest academic applicants to compete for over $300,000 in annual scholarships including a Creative Communities Scholarship, an Ohio's Future Scholarship, a Home School Scholarship, and a Full-ride Tuition Scholarship. An Honors Program is available to students with ACT scores of 27 or higher or SAT scores of 1820 or higher and high school GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. Students apply by submitting two written references, an essay, and participating in an interview with the Honors Program Committee.



The Student Involvement Council (SIC) empowers students with leadership opportunities, enriches the campus with holistic events, and creates community among students. The Council is a student worker team who serve the student body, creating fun, engaging activities and events throughout the school year. SIC supports the Intramural League, Hub socials, the Senior Grad Party, Friday Night Live, Mr. & Miss social, the Community Action Day Block Party, and the Midnight Breakfast/De-stress Party which are just a few of the many events available to students.



Our main campus in Circleville Ohio provides students with a safe and studious atmosphere to pursue their professional vocation as well as build meaningful relationships. We've been growing here since 1948 and have seen many exciting recent updates to our dorms, classrooms, sports facilities, student community areas, and auditoriums. In 2007 our Maxwell Center was completed and is the home of our NAIA basketball and volleyball trailblazer teams. In 2013 our student community center opened and in 2017 the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center opened which houses the OCU Business Innovations Center as well as many entrepreneurial and business internship opportunities. Our most recent addition is the Ministry and Performing Arts Center (MPAC) which opened in 2018. Its grand auditorium houses our music, worship and performing arts programs as well as many community events and conferences. When you visit during our next Preview Day, you'll see how Ohio Christian University is big where it needs to be and just the right size to foster our close-knit student community.



OCU is proud to offer NAIA and NCCAA competition in the River States Conference (RSC). 18 OCU Trailblazer teams compete including Men's and Women's: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field, Tennis, and Esports. Also included are Men's Baseball, Women's Softball and Women's Volleyball.



The Trailblazers have won a total of 14 Regional Championships in Baseball, Men's Soccer, Men's Basketball, and Women's Volleyball. In March of 2013, Men's Basketball won the first NCCAA National Championship in school history. Keep an eye on OCU Trailblazer Sports news by checking out their dedicated website: Make sure when you visit on Preview Day that you speak with our athletics staff and preview our sports facilities and training areas.



Chapel Services in the Ministry & Performing Arts Center, led by the Director of Spiritual Formation and Chaplain with special guest speakers, enable students to celebrate their faith as a body twice weekly. Chapel services remind our students and faculty that their life must be Christ-centered to serve effectively in the church and society.



Church Service Day, is an annual exercise in giving back to churches through accomplishing dozens of work projects in a day! Student teams serve in Ashville, Chillicothe, Circleville, Columbus, Kingston, Lancaster, Lockbourne, and Williamsport, receiving “Thank Yous” and “Bless Yous” for jobs well done!



The Great Commission is a directive that we take very seriously. Through our partner, World Gospel Mission, OCU has student teams participate in annual mission trips around the world to join in the work that God is doing. Trip destinations include Central and South America, Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Teams serve alongside long-term missionaries to complete short-term projects and support local ministries. Mission trips goal is serving humbly and recognizing we are not taking God to these countries, but joining in work He is doing there.