Ohio Christian University

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Ohio Christian University
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Former names
Mount of Praise Bible College, Circleville Bible College
AffiliationChurches of Christ in Christian Union
PresidentDr. Jon Kulaga
United States

39°36′45″N 82°54′19″W / 39.612638°N 82.905146°W / 39.612638; -82.905146Coordinates: 39°36′45″N 82°54′19″W / 39.612638°N 82.905146°W / 39.612638; -82.905146
ColorsBlue and silver         
AffiliationsChurches of Christ in Christian Union

Ohio Christian University (OCU) is a private Christian college in Circleville, Ohio. The school is denominationally affiliated with the Churches of Christ in Christian Union.


The school was founded in 1948 as Mount of Praise Bible College, which met at the Mount of Praise Campground, where the Churches of Christ in Christian Union held annual revivalist camp meetings. The primary objective of the bible college was to train ministers for the Churches of Christ in Christian Union denomination. It later became Circleville Bible College. In 2006, the college changed its name to Ohio Christian University and received regional accreditation.

Over the past several years, the University has seen tremendous growth. In Fall 2011, total enrollment reached 2,382 with about 600 on campus and the rest online or at satellite locations.[1][2]


Name Service Period
Everett A. Keaton 1948-1952
Guy C. Johnson 1952-1953
Richard G. Humble 1953-1956
Glen Johnson 1956-1959
Morton W. Dorsey 1959-1964
Melvin Maxwell 1964-1980
Douglas Carter 1980-1989
David Van Hoose 1989-1994
John Conley 1995-2005
Mark A. Smith 2005-2017


The university sits on the outskirts of Circleville, Ohio. Classes are located in the Maxwell Center, Johnson Hall, and the science and logistics center. Students reside as freshmen in York Hall and Moore Hall. From there, they may choose to live in Lewis Moats Hall, New Hall, an offsite residence named Terrace, or townhouses.

Since 2008, Maxwell Center has expanded by adding the science and logistics center and a student development center.


The school offers the Bachelor of Arts, Associate of Arts and Master of Arts in professional fields of study. It also offers an Adult and Online Degree Program. Their online counseling degrees are the most affordable in the United States.[3] It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Ohio Christian University's Adult and Online Degree Programs offer associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. OCU offers online education and evening or weekend classes at campuses in Ohio and Georgia. Ohio campus locations include Dublin, Columbus, Pataskala, Grove City, Lancaster, Circleville, Chillicothe, Nelsonville and the campuses of Southern State Community College in Wilmington, Washington Court House, Hillsboro and Sardinia. The Georgia campus is located in Milner.


Student life[edit]

The Student Activities Council (SAC) offers activities throughout the school year. Among the more popular activities are Friday Night Live, a live variety show written and performed by students. Performed in Detty Chapel, the night is usually hosted by an alumnus or faculty member. Another popular activity is midnight breakfast, an event scheduled at the beginning of final examinations week, catered by favorite staff and faculty.

Chapel is housed in Detty Chapel and is offered twice every Tuesday and Thursday. Students come to worship with a live student band and hear a message by the chaplain or special guest. There is a required number of times that every student must attend while enrolled at Ohio Christian.

A Student Development Center houses dining facilities, the office of Student Development, the department of psychology, and several classrooms. In addition, there is a full Christian bookstore, a coffee shop, and an arcade.

The Trailblazers, as the school's athletic teams are called, compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in the River States Conference (RSC). Men's sports include baseball, soccer, basketball, track and field, cross country, tennis, and golf. Women's sports include volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross country, softball, tennis, track and field, and golf.


Ohio Christian was accepted by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for membership beginning with the 2015-16 school year.[4] The athletic program has been a member of the River States Conference (known before 2016–17 as the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) since that time.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=ohio+christian&s=all&id=201964
  2. ^ http://www.ohiochristian.edu/about
  3. ^ "2014 Most Affordable Colleges for Online Counseling Degrees". Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. ^ http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=210022306

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