What begins at OCU Changes the World

So, you are exploring your options...

There are thousands of colleges and universities that offer a quality education, but on many campuses students are just a number. Ohio Christian University is different. As a regionally accredited university, OCU is committed to academic excellence, but our commitment doesn’t end there. We will spend time getting to know you and investing in your life.

As President, I enjoy traveling with student groups and spending time with the leaders of tomorrow. My wife and I even invite students into our home throughout the year. Whether it’s sharing a home-cooked meal or opening our doors for an informal gathering, we look for ways to invest in the life of every student.

Don’t be a number. Come to Ohio Christian University. Let us help you reach your life dreams and educational goals. We train leaders to change the world!

See you soon,

Dr. Mark A. Smith


On your way to success!

OCU is small and friendly, so your professors will know who you are. You’ll get personalized attention in and out of the classroom. Solid academic programs are complemented by unique opportunities for mentorship, spiritual growth, and personal development. OCU’s faculty, staff, and administration are committed to the success of every student.

99% of students receive financial aid

Be a part of the OCU family in a safe, Christian environment.

10:1 Student to faculty ratio

Experience small classes, personal attention and be mentored by our highly qualified, caring professors as they guide you towards your calling.

Student life

OCU is located in Circleville, Ohio, which is just 20 miles south of Columbus. Enjoy small town life by exploring the streets of historic downtown Circleville and its surrounding cities only a short distance away, which offer a wide variety of things to do: Great shopping, hike, boat, swim, and hone your photography skills with gorgeous landscapes at Hargus Lake State Park!

Fun weekly campus events!

Ice-cream tug-of-war!

The annual Circleville Pumpkin Show!

"The greatest free show on earth!"

There’s nothing quite like being on the campus of Ohio Christian University

Close-knit family environment

Worship together, serve together, compete together, and create lasting friendships together.

Enjoy the...

Blaze Cafe

Connection Bookstore

The Hub game room

Commuter lounge

Main dining hall

Auxiliary gym and fitness center

We love our Trailblazers!

50+ Ministry & Service Opportunities

Ministry Opportunities


Travel Music Ministries


Community Outreaches

International and Domestic Missions Trips

Spring Break 2016 Paraguay Team!

Living Parables Drama Team

Mentoring & Small Groups

Student-led Worship & Preaching

Summer Camp Teams

Summer Camp Team 2016!

University Chorale & Band

Voices of Victory Gospel Choir

Student Leadership Opportunities

College Republicans

Friday Night Live

Heart of Justice Club

Media Club

Ministerial Association

Psychology Club

Residence Life

Student Activities Council

Knocker Ball!

Student Business Association

Student Government Association

SGA 2015-16

Study Abroad

Make a difference and have fun doing it

Our Mission:

To prepare students to serve effectively in the church and society by providing a holistic, Christ-centered, biblically integrated education in the Wesleyan tradition.

Community Action Day, Church Service Day, Stand for Freedom, Mission Trips, Volunteer Opportunities!

Degree programs

Ignite your faith

Blue Crew!

OCU students cheer on their peers at athletic events. Go Blazers!

Ohio Christian University offers seven intercollegiate sports and competes in the NAIA. Trailblazer Athletics focus on serving. Each team participates in a ministry project every year. For more information on a specific sport, visit our website:




Cross Country



Track & Field




Cross Country



Track & Field



Come visit us

Preview Days

Step on campus and experience OCU's community, outstanding faculty and staff and the beautiful scenery firsthand.

Meet one on one with professors & staff

Experience a chapel service & worship together

Eat a free meal in the cafeteria

Chat with students

See for yourself the atmosphere at OCU!

A campus visit offers the most complete picture of what it's like to be at OCU.


Completing your application online is the fastest way to start the admissions process.

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