Follow Christ, Lead the Way
Student Amber Ginter

As a senior, I often hear excited, uncertain freshmen asking: "Excuse me, do you know where Room CE201 is?”, "Have you ever had Professor X?", "Is she as intimidating as everyone says?", "How do I know what to major in?", "Why doesn't this guy who seems perfect for me text me back?" My answers, respectively, are:  “Yes, yes, and yes. But, she's awesome. Don't worry. You will figure it out. I am not one to give ‘guy advice’, but maybe God is telling you he isn't ‘the one’?”

Such questions go on and on. One thing remains: No matter what your class at the start of a new school year, college can be scary!  If you handle it appropriately, your year can be one of the most exciting, fun, and life-changing experiences ever. Here are three things no one tells you about coming to OCU but probably should:

1) OCU isn't like other Christian colleges:  Friends here tell me they attended other Christian colleges.  When I ask about their experiences there and if they added to their faith and growth, they go silent. "OCU requires you to go to Chapel and get spiritual formation credits?" they ask. "You graduate with a Biblical studies degree from all of the required religion credits? That's crazy! My college didn't require that, but it was still a good school," they conclude. Those schools may have been good. What sets OCU apart is the foundation it instills through vigorous coursework, a Godly core, and overall physical, mental, social, and spiritual strengthening and growth. Take time to appreciate these values and realize, though OCU isn't like other colleges, it exemplifies what Christian colleges should be.

2) OCU will take you out of your ‘comfort zone’:  That's okay. When I first started at OCU as a nervous freshman, I was reserved and somewhat uninvolved. As a commuter, I went to classes and drove right home without getting involved in anything or anyone, including new friends. My school experiences were minimal. My growth stagnated in many dimensions. But, God works in mysterious ways. Once I became open to changes He was making in my life, I realized living in my comfort zone brought sorrow. Yet, living outside of the bubble brought more joy than I knew possible. Finally, learning to participate in school activities, make friends, and stretch myself transformed me in ways I see in myself and as others witness through me. I'm no longer reserved and uninvolved. Don't be surprised if you see me all over campus—it's is an example of how God can move in your life here, if you allow Him.

3) Your OCU professors, advisor's, and staff become some of the best friends that you will ever meet:  Before I started here, my high school teachers told me professors would never care about me personally whether I did good work or not. Their indifference would foster independence because no one cares for you if you don't care for yourself. The first part of that statement couldn't be farther from the truth! Yes, you need to foster looking out for yourself. Yes, you have to care about your responsibilities. However, unlike other colleges, staff and professors you meet at OCU do care.  They do want what is best for you. Get this: they care about your social life as much as your academic life.  I consider many of them good friends, talk to them outside of class, and know for a fact that they care about my education as much, if not more, than I do. That's special to say about a Christian university and about college in general. It is my prayer for each of you that you let them be there for you too.

What no one tells you about coming to OCU? It's worth so much more than what you pay for tuition, housing, and food. It’s a priceless experience that will impact your life for the Kingdom of God in more ways than you can ever count.

Articles of Interest

Community Action Day - It was a GREAT Day! image

Community Action Day - It was a GREAT Day!

Community Action Day - It was a GREAT Day! image

Published: April 18, 2019

April 11th proved to not just be a nice day to be outside, but a great day to serve the community of Circleville and surrounding areas. In its 20thyear, Community Action Day brought out over 400 students to serve residents and businesses who were in need. A tradition at Ohio Christian University, classes were canceled, and students were able to go into the public and implement the service attitude taught at OCU.  With help from Volunteer Economy and RPHF Solid Waste District, students were equipped to effectively serve and feel prepared to do so. Students served in various capacities
April 11th proved to not just be a nice day to be outside, but a great day to serve the community of Circleville and surrounding areas. In its 20thyear, Community Action Day brought out over 400 students to serve residents and businesses who were in need. A tradition at Ohio Christian University, classes were canceled, and students were able to go into the public and implement the service
April 11th proved to not just be a nice day to be outside, but a great day to serve the community of Circleville and surrounding areas. In its 20thyear, Community Action Day brought out over 400

Archived Articles of Interest

New Career Services Website for OCU image

New Career Services Website for OCU

New Career Services Website for OCU image

Published: January 9, 2014

The Career Services Department of OCU announces the new Career Services website. This site is accessible through the students’ My OCU site and can assist them in many ways. Students can create resumes, cover letters and thank you notes. They may also utilize this site to search for Work Study jobs, local part time jobs, Christian Service opportunities and even the option for national job searches. Potentially, in the future, students may use the site to search for internship possibilities.Career Services will no longer send out emails advising of job opportunities. Instead all OCU
The Career Services Department of OCU announces the new Career Services website. This site is accessible through the students’ My OCU site and can assist them in many ways. Students can create resumes, cover letters and thank you notes. They may also utilize this site to search for Work Study jobs, local part time jobs, Christian Service opportunities and even the option for national job
The Career Services Department of OCU announces the new Career Services website. This site is accessible through the students’ My OCU site and can assist them in many ways. Students can create
OCU Wins Federal EDA Grant to Develop Small Business Incubator image

OCU Wins Federal EDA Grant to Develop Small Business Incubator

OCU Wins Federal EDA Grant to Develop Small Business Incubator image

Published: October 1, 2013

Ohio Christian University (OCU) has been awarded a $2.5 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA), to establish the Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center.The success of this effort would not have been possible without the unprecedented collaboration of partners and supporters led by OCU, including Ryan Scribner of the Pickaway Progress Partnership (P3), Kenny McDonald of Columbus 2020, Jay Wippel of the Pickaway County Board of Commissioners, TechColumbus, the economic development offices of Pickaway,
Ohio Christian University (OCU) has been awarded a $2.5 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA), to establish the Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center.The success of this effort would not have been possible without the unprecedented collaboration of partners and supporters led by OCU, including Ryan Scribner
Ohio Christian University (OCU) has been awarded a $2.5 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA), to establish the Southern Gateway
OCU Community Garden '13 image

OCU Community Garden '13

OCU Community Garden '13 image

Published: August 1, 2013

Ohio Christian University is, once again, diving into their Community Garden Project. They received a grant $60,000 last year from the Arington Foundation. Dr. Rick Christman is providing oversight for the project this year and pushing through some big obstacles. The rain has been great, but makes it hard for upkeep. We currently have 4 employees that maintain the garden by weeding, watering, harvesting, as well as marketing and sales of produce. We are growing a wide range of crops including tomatoes, corn, a variety of peppers, squash, zucchini, etc. Produce is also given to local
Ohio Christian University is, once again, diving into their Community Garden Project. They received a grant $60,000 last year from the Arington Foundation. Dr. Rick Christman is providing oversight for the project this year and pushing through some big obstacles. The rain has been great, but makes it hard for upkeep. We currently have 4 employees that maintain the garden by weeding, watering
Ohio Christian University is, once again, diving into their Community Garden Project. They received a grant $60,000 last year from the Arington Foundation. Dr. Rick Christman is providing oversight
OCU Announces Application for Federal Grant image

OCU Announces Application for Federal Grant

OCU Announces Application for Federal Grant image

Published: June 5, 2013

Ohio Christian University would like to announce its application for a federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant. This grant will help fund the development of the proposed Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center, on the campus of Ohio Christian University. The proposed project is 2 miles east of the city of Circleville in Pickaway County. Project design drawings (for download, below) will be made available for public review and comments for 30 days beginning on 6/10/13.All interested persons wishing to express their views concerning the project may submit
Ohio Christian University would like to announce its application for a federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant. This grant will help fund the development of the proposed Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center, on the campus of Ohio Christian University. The proposed project is 2 miles east of the city of Circleville in Pickaway County. Project design drawings
Ohio Christian University would like to announce its application for a federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant. This grant will help fund the development of the proposed Southern
Ohio Christian Dedicates New Student Center image

Ohio Christian Dedicates New Student Center

Ohio Christian Dedicates New Student Center image

Published: March 25, 2013

Ohio Christian University (OCU) conducted a dedication ceremony for its 30,000 square foot, $6 million Dean and Diana Hickman Student Center on March 23rd. The building includes a cafeteria, café, bookstore, intramural gym space, game room, classrooms, and offices. The building was needed to support the rapidly growing student body at OCU.The building is named after Dean and Diana Hickman who gave a significant gift to the University. Dean is President of Paragon Technical Services and has sung tenor with the Guardian Quartet since their first concert in 1988.Both Dean and Diana
Ohio Christian University (OCU) conducted a dedication ceremony for its 30,000 square foot, $6 million Dean and Diana Hickman Student Center on March 23rd. The building includes a cafeteria, café, bookstore, intramural gym space, game room, classrooms, and offices. The building was needed to support the rapidly growing student body at OCU.The building is named after Dean and Diana Hickman
Ohio Christian University (OCU) conducted a dedication ceremony for its 30,000 square foot, $6 million Dean and Diana Hickman Student Center on March 23rd. The building includes a cafeteria, café,