Founded in 1948 in Circleville, Ohio, Ohio Christian University began as an educational facility for clergy. And though it still retains this mission along with a statement of the Christian faith, the private, not-for-profit University has expanded its reach offering various degree programs in fields like Business Management, Agribusiness, Disaster Management and Relief, Psychology, and Substance Abuse Counseling. Students have the opportunity to earn Master’s degrees in Management, Business Administration and Ministry along with ten different Bachelor’s degree options and five Associate’s degree choices. In addition, students may pursue online Certificate degrees, including the EQUIP Leadership Certificate. 2,900 students currently attend OCU and the vast majority of those students are enrolled through online programs.
Ohio Christian University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of The Higher Learning Commission, the Association for Biblical Higher Education, and authorized by the Ohio board of Regents to issue Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees. The University also retains additional recognitions, including approval by the United States Department of Justice for the education of foreign students and the approval to train veterans or eligible persons.
OCU has designed the online program to fit the needs and schedules of busy adults. Upon acceptance, online students are placed in a “cohort group,” which means they progress through courses together, completing one class at a time. Classes are taught in asynchronous formats with weekly assignments that engage students with their professor and each other. Ohio Christian maintains an Edvance360 learning management system to host online courses and students may contact faculty via chat, email, and threaded discussions. Students can also access resources from Ohio Christian University’s library online. Students will need to use Microsoft Suite products, including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint to submit assignments.
99 percent of students at Ohio Christian University receive some sort of financial aid. Students desiring an aid package must complete the FAFSA form. OCU supports the Federal Pell Grant, in addition to Federal Direct Loans and the Federal PLUS Loan for eligible students. Private student loans are also available and the University accepts military awards, like the GI Bill and the Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program.
In an effort to recognize experience and prior training, OCU works with adult students and military service members to offer earned college credits. A maximum of 24 semester credits may be awarded to eligible students based on workshops, seminars, work experience and other sources. The college will evaluate experience and determine possible earned credits. Military personnel may also earn college credit from prior training as determined by The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services, along with the acceptance of DANTES or DSST credits.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:2,913
Percent Admitted:open admission policy
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