Student Life

Spiritual Emphasis

The development of your spiritual life is an important aspect of your time at Ohio Christian University. Students are encouraged to set aside time each day for private devotions and cultivate the development of their personal devotional lives.

Chapel engages students in worship and preaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Revival services are held at the beginning of each semester to establish a spiritual focus for the semester. Students are expected to regularly attend a church in the Circleville area unless they have a commitment to another church. Special missionary chapels and conferences give students a glimpse of several mission fields and help them develop a concern for other people.

Student Organizations

The Student Government Association is elected by the student body as its official voice. It serves as a liaison between the student body and the administration to encourage a cooperative relationship among students, faculty and staff. The Student Council offers activities and services that benefit the entire student body.

Social and Recreational Activities

Social activity is an important part of college life experience. A well-rounded program of social activities at Ohio Christian University provides students with opportunities to develop positive relationships with students, faculty and staff members. During the school year, students are able to take part in a number of planned events sponsored by various classes and organizations.

The University’s close proximity to Columbus makes it possible for students to take advantage of many cultural events that are found in a university city. In addition, there are a number of cultural events held annually in Circleville. The University is also located within reasonable driving distance to Cincinnati. Several nearby state parks make it possible for students to join friends in informal outings and picnics.

A recreational program is provided for all students. Students are able to participate in intramural sports and to make use of such facilities as the gymnasium, weight room, various lounge areas, basketball courts, sand volleyball court, and paintball course.

Ohio Christian University also offers intercollegiate sports in Men's Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis and Track and Field and Women’s Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball. The University is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the River States Conference.

Church Service Day

Each year the University sponsors a Church Service Day (CSD) when all students, faculty, and staff are involved in service projects to local churches in the Pickaway County area.

Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day

Each year the University sponsors the Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day when all students, faculty, and staff are involved in community work projects in the Circleville area.

Campus Housing

Single students who are not commuting from home are required to live in the respective residence halls. All exceptions must be approved by the Assistant Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Services prior to registration. Normally, to live in the residence hall, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of 9 semester hours unless fewer hours are needed to meet graduation requirements. Students are not permitted to reside in the residence halls during the summer break.

Residence hall life can be an enjoyable learning experience. Each residence hall is supervised by Assistant Resident Directors and Resident Assistants under the supervision of the Director of Housing and Residence Life. Residence hall staff members maintain an open door to student needs.

The goal of residence life is to help students mature socially and spiritually as they become a part of the University community.

Married students live off campus. Students are assisted as much as possible in finding satisfactory housing nearby. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Vice President for Student Development.

Campus Lifestyle

Students of Ohio Christian University are expected to maintain a Christian standard of conduct that accords with Scripture and with the mission and purpose of the University. The Student Handbook gives specific information regarding requirements for conduct, dress, and other expectations regarding the lifestyle for students.

The Assistant Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Services and other staff are available to provide students counsel with personal problems and to provide information and guidance in all areas of student life.