Registration

Course Load Policy

The recommended course load for 4-year completion of most programs is 14-16 credit hours per semester.  *A student may take up to 21 hours per semester for faster degree completion; however, a student should consult with his or her advisor regarding an appropriate load for the semester.  To take more than 21 hours, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and must appeal for the overload.  The appeal must be approved by both the student’s academic advisor and the department chair or dean of the student’s academic program. First-semester transfer students and freshmen without an OCU GPA are excluded from qualifying for a load over 18 credit hours. They must seek approval from their advising office.

Credits Policy
14-18 credits No approvals required if not on academic warning or probation
19-21 credits GPA of 2.7 or higher*
Over 21 credits GPA of 3.0 or higher with advisor’s and department chair/dean’s approval*

 

  • Recommended course load (14-16 hours) for 4-year completion of most programs

  • Faster Completion: A student may take up to 21 hours per semester for faster degree completion; however, a student should consult with his or her advisor regarding an appropriate load for the semester.

  • To take more than 21 hours, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and must appeal for the overload.  The appeal must be approved by both the student’s academic advisor and the department chair ordean of the student’s academic program.

  • Excluded: First-semester transfer students and freshmen without an OCU GPA are excluded from qualifying for a load over 18 credit hours. They must seek approval from their advising office.

 

Directed Study

In the case of a senior level student who needs two required courses that have a schedule conflict, a senior may enroll in a directed study course. Such situations rarely occur if the student has followed the prescribed schedule of courses through the previous semesters. Failure to pass a lower level course or neglect in taking lower level courses at appropriate opportunities does not constitute legitimate grounds for requesting a directed study of a required course. Directed study may not be used to retake a course in which an "F" was previously earned. No course offered in a semester may be taken on a "no attendance" basis.

Due to the additional work and individualized attention that a directed study demands from the supervising faculty member, students are charged a directed study fee of $150.00 per credit hour in addition to regular tuition charges. A "Proposal for Directed Study" form may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office or online at http://www.ohiochristian.edu/registrar/registrar-forms.

Independent Study

During the last three semesters of a four-year program, a student desiring to study a subject relevant to his or her bachelor’s degree program but not listed in the catalog may request an independent study of that subject. The three major criteria for granting approval are (1) the student’s cumulative GPA must be 3.5 or above, (2) the course must be relevant to the program, and (3) the lack of an available course in the subject area. No course listed in the current catalog may be taken as an independent study course.

Due to the additional work and individualized attention that an independent study course demands from the supervising faculty member, students are assessed an independent study fee of $150.00 per credit hour in addition to regular tuition charges. A "Proposal for Independent study" form may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office or online at http://www.ohiochristian.edu/registrar/registrar-forms.

Change of Course Schedule

During the open registration period, students may make class schedule changes in Sonis. After Sonis online registration has closed, class schedule changes are made by completing the change of schedule form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar. Schedule changes may affect the student’s financial obligations for the semester. Forms are available from www.ohiochristian.edu/registrar.

Adding or Dropping a Course

Students may add or remove courses during each semester’s registration period. Once registration begins, class rolls remain open until 5:00 PM on the sixth class day of a semester. Courses dropped during this period will be removed from the student’s academic record.

Withdrawal from a Class

After course rolls have closed, students may still withdraw from courses by completing the change of schedule form and submitting it to the Registrar’s Office. The last date to withdraw from a course is two weeks before the first day of final exams.

Withdrawn courses remain on the student’s transcript. Between the second and sixth week of classes the grade "W" is assigned to withdrawn courses. After the sixth week of classes, instructors assign either a "WP" or "WF" grade. The "W" and "WP" grades have no effect on a student’s GPA. A grade of "WF" has the same effect on a student’s GPA as an "F."

Withdrawal from College

Students who withdraw from college must obtain a Withdrawal Request form from the Registrar’s Office. Failure to complete and return the Withdrawal Request form to the Registrar’s Office may result in both an academic and financial penalty. See "Refund Policy for Withdrawals."