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Academics

AGS - Undergraduate students enrolled in at least 12 graded credit hours who achieve a GPA of at least 3.50 are included on a list that is published following each fall and spring semester. The fall semester ends in July, and the fall Dean's List is available in August. The spring semester ends in December, and the spring Dean's list is available in January.)

Residential - Undergraduate students enrolled in at least 12 graded semester hours who achieve a GPA of at least 3.50 are included on a list published following each fall and spring semester.

For Residential and AGS, if you would like to view the dean's list for a particular semester, you may do  so at the following link: http://my.ohiochristian.edu/university-registrar/deans-list

 

AGS - If you would like to be disenrollment from OCU there are two ways in which this can be accomplished. The first option is to email your academic advisor with a statement indicating you would like to be withdrawn from the University. The second option is to fill out a withdraw form in MyOCU. You can do that by clicking here, click here.


Residential - To withdraw from the program, you will need to complete a withdrawal form acquired at the University Registrar's office.

You can find our catalog by going to http://ohiochristian.edu/ocucatalog or by clicking on the links below. 

Current AGS Catalog

Current Traditional Catalog

For a link to all catalogs, click here.

AGS - Students are allowed to miss one class for emergency circumstances in classes that are 4 or more sessions in length. You may be docked participation points and homework assignments are still due on time. You can find a complete breakdown in the AGS Catalog under "Attendance Policy You can also consult each course's syllabus for additional information.

Traditional - The amount of absences allowed depends on the number of weekly meetings the course has. You can find the current breakdown in the Residential Catalog under "Class Attendance Policy." You can also consult each course's syllabus for additional information.

Note - You can view the catalog online or download a PDF. The downloadable version can be easily searched by using the CTRL & F keys and typing in the quoted text (Windows computer only)

AGS - Usually final grades are submitted by professors within 15 calendar days* after the end of the course. Registrar will then finalize the grades within 10 calendar days* after the final grades are submitted.

Residential - Grades are posted at the end of the semester in your Sonis account. 

*times may vary due to volume

Admissions

Our AGS and Residential (Traditional) programs have many of the same degrees, but there are also many differences. Click on the program below where you would like to learn more about the degree programs we can offer you! 

AGS Degrees Offered

Residential Degrees Offered

Choose Your Program

  • The Adult and Graduate Studies program is where students can take classes at one of our onsite locations one night a week or online.
  • The Residential Undergraduate program is located at our campus in Circleville Ohio and offers classes throughout the day during certain months of the year. 

Choose Your Major

Apply to Ohio Christian University

  • The best way to start your journey with Ohio Christian University is to apply online. A recruiter will contact you within a few days after we receive your application.

Complete Your FAFSA

  • This isn't a required step, but most students apply for federal aid through the FAFSA. This can be completed for free online. OCU's school code is 003030

 

We look forward to serving you! 

 

 

Adult, Online, and Graduate Studies - OCU has cohorts starting in the AGS program about every 2 weeks as our mission is to accommodate busy schedules. To find an exact start date, apply online today and begin working with one of our amazing recruiters!

Residential Program - OCU usually starts semesters in Fall (usually August) and Spring (usually January). We also offer classes during the summer months, so there are several opportunities to enroll with OCU! If you haven't already, apply today

 


Generally speaking, we will need the following:


For the AGS program


  1. An application to OCU

     
  2. A high school transcript, diploma, GED or a college transcript with 12 or more transferrable credits

     
  3. A FAFSA or a Payment Plan Agreement (PPA)

     
  4. Additional information may be required. To learn if additional items will be required you will need to contact your recruiter or the Answer Center at 1-844-7ANSWER

For the Traditional Program


For the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option


For the EQUIP Leadership Certificate program


AGS Advising and Scheduling

AGS students can either email their advisor or fill out this form on MyOCU. These requests do need to be in writing, but you can call the Answer Center to set up a personalized appointment with your advisor for additional questions concerning the process and impacts on financial aid. 


Residential students will need to work with the registrar's office on campus. You can begin the process by using forms located here.

Your advisor has likely had contact with you through phone or email. The AGS advising structure is based on program of choice and last names. Click here to see biographies of our amazing advisors along with which programs they work with. To reach your advisor by phone, please call the Answer Center to schedule an appointment today!

Begin at the MyOCU dashboard and then click College of Adult & Graduate Studies (AGS) to the left > AGS Advising top left > Request for Verification if you scroll down it is in the middle of the page under Advising Forms


- or - 


Click here


 


(Loan servicers verify enrollment with a different process. Please contact the Answer Center if this is why you are requesting verification) 

You can find this information and more in your student SONIS account. Log in and click the “schedule” tab. 

If you are attending an onsite location, you will be guided by the room number by a site coordinator or signs directing you to where to go. 

Diplomas

There are three categories of courses that you will need to complete before graduation

Types of courses:

  • 1. General Education Courses (e.g. Intro to Math, Earth Science, Student Success)
  • 2. General Elective Courses (e.g. Bible Study Methods, Intro to Business Management, Ministry Methods)
  • 3. Core Program Courses (e.g.  Business Law, Principles of Behavior, Pastoral Leadership)

Your Options (AGS):

  1. You can review the AGS academic catalog for more detailed information regarding degree requirements. 
  2. The next course of action is to email your academic advisor and request a "Degree Audit" to see exactly what courses you need for graduation, or review a past audit that you've received. 
  3. The degree audit will be sent to your email as an attachment and will give you a detailed overview of the General Education, Electives, and Core credits that you have taken comparatively to the amount of credits that are required for your specific program. 
  4. If you're not sure of your academic advisor's email address, simply Click Here for more information!

Your Options (Residential):

  1. Compare your completed courses to the Residential catalog of the year you enrolled (or which program path you are following). 
  2. Review what courses are still needed and review the upcoming courses in Sonis (Find a guide and course schedules)
  3. Once nearing completion, schedule a meeting with the University Registrar team. 

There are 2 ways to request an OCU transcript. You can use the Transcript Request form, or complete the process entirely only by using the Clearinghouse


You can choose to request either unofficial or official transcripts, and can even choose to place a rush order if you need them quickly. Standard requests are processed in about 2 business days. 


For the request to be approved, be sure that . . .


1.    You have allowed enough time for everything to be finalized (several weeks after your last course)


2.    You do not have an outstanding balance


3.    You have a payment option ready for the processing fee (unless requesting an unofficial via email with the transcript request form) 

After you have ensured that you have completed your degree requirements (check with your advisor if you are unsure), you will need to complete the "Intent to Graduate" form in SONIS. This form should be made available to you as you get close to completing your degree. 

If you plan on attending commencement, you will need to indicate your preference in the application and you will receive more information closer towards the date of commencement which is usually held in April or May. 

If you do not plan on going to commencement, you will receive your diploma, honors cords, and diploma case in the mail after completing your degree requirements and there is no outstanding balance.

Financial Aid

The 1098-T form is a tax form sent out each year (before Jan. 30th) to students who had tuition or other applicable charges in the prior tax year. Please Note: These forms do not include loans or book charges. You can download the form on Sonis or expect in the mail sometime in January. 

 

The Award Packet is a set of 3 (or more) documents that will overview what you were awarded in financial aid. On this document, you can see your yearly award amounts, your billing statement for the semester, and a form that will determine how any excess funds are handled. You can also use this form to adjust your loan amounts and reject part or all of your loans. Award packets are sent out once a school year 1-2 days after your aid is processed for the semester 

 

PPA – Payment Plan Agreement is used for students who don’t plan on taking out loans to help cover the costs of their education. The PPA can count as the FAFSA regarding admissions requirements and can be filled out here. 

 

The financial aid process can be overwhelming, but with help from our staff at OCU, we can guide you through this process. 


There are many resources we have to help you with the financial aid process, so take some time to review some of the following material: 


The OCU Answer Center and the OCU Financial Aid teams are hear to help you throughout this journey. Give us a call if you have questions along the way.  


 

Select your program to view the tuition charges. 


Adult and Graduate Studies


Residential program

First, take a look at your payment options here!


If you simply want to make an online payment, click here! To view a walkthrough with instructions on how to set up reoccurring or one-time payments, please see the document below titled, "Online Payments Walkthrough". 


You can get more information regarding online payments by calling us at 1-844-7ANSWER

Graduation

There are 2 ways to request an OCU transcript. You can use the Transcript Request form, or complete the process entirely only by using the Clearinghouse


You can choose to request either unofficial or official transcripts, and can even choose to place a rush order if you need them quickly. Standard requests are processed in about 2 business days. 


For the request to be approved, be sure that . . .


1.    You have allowed enough time for everything to be finalized (several weeks after your last course)


2.    You do not have an outstanding balance


3.    You have a payment option ready for the processing fee (unless requesting an unofficial via email with the transcript request form) 

After you have ensured that you have completed your degree requirements (check with your advisor if you are unsure), you will need to complete the "Intent to Graduate" form in SONIS. This form should be made available to you as you get close to completing your degree. 

If you plan on attending commencement, you will need to indicate your preference in the application and you will receive more information closer towards the date of commencement which is usually held in April or May. 

If you do not plan on going to commencement, you will receive your diploma, honors cords, and diploma case in the mail after completing your degree requirements and there is no outstanding balance.

There are three categories of courses that you will need to complete before graduation

Types of courses:

  • 1. General Education Courses (e.g. Intro to Math, Earth Science, Student Success)
  • 2. General Elective Courses (e.g. Bible Study Methods, Intro to Business Management, Ministry Methods)
  • 3. Core Program Courses (e.g.  Business Law, Principles of Behavior, Pastoral Leadership)

Your Options (AGS):

  1. You can review the AGS academic catalog for more detailed information regarding degree requirements. 
  2. The next course of action is to email your academic advisor and request a "Degree Audit" to see exactly what courses you need for graduation, or review a past audit that you've received. 
  3. The degree audit will be sent to your email as an attachment and will give you a detailed overview of the General Education, Electives, and Core credits that you have taken comparatively to the amount of credits that are required for your specific program. 
  4. If you're not sure of your academic advisor's email address, simply Click Here for more information!

Your Options (Residential):

  1. Compare your completed courses to the Residential catalog of the year you enrolled (or which program path you are following). 
  2. Review what courses are still needed and review the upcoming courses in Sonis (Find a guide and course schedules)
  3. Once nearing completion, schedule a meeting with the University Registrar team. 

Miscellaneous

i.      Here at OCU, the headache of searching every few weeks for the right edition of your next class’s textbook is not a problem. All of your books are automatically shipped to you and you should receive them a week before your class begins.

1.       Tree of life is the company that we work with. They can be contacted at 1-888-392-2930 or customercare@treeoflifebooks.com

2.       Be sure to update your address in SONIS if your address changes.

3.       You can save money on your textbooks by requesting used books or rental options. Go to your SONIS account and select “Books and Preference”

4.       Tree of life will send you information and updates through your OCU email. Be sure to check it often!

5.       Important* Not every class will have a physical textbook. 

You can contact our library staff for assistance with Ohio Link, your library number, or other library related questions by contacting the Maxwell Library at 740-477-7737 or by emailing them at library@ohiochristian.edu

OCU Software

As a student of OCU, you are able to access and install Microsoft Office 365 for free! For more information you may download the instructions below: 

 

OCU is transitioning from Novell Groupwise email system to Outlook. Outlook is the source for all of your OCU communication. You will need to check this email address regularly to stay up-to-date on all news, updates, and much more.

The webmail password will change the passwords for all of your OCU email accounts. I.e. if you change your Outlook password, you will use that same password for Sonis and E360

To change your password, call the Blazertech Helpdesk at 1-740-420-5907 or use the self-service tool at my.ohiochristian.edu/password

 

     

    SONIS contains a large amount of information for you such as:

    1.       Biographic information and student ID

    2.       Address and book preference setting (both can be updated with new information)

    3.       Semester schedule and final grades for past courses

    4.       Billing information (Class charges and financial aid information)

    5.       And more!

    • 1098T (for tax filing)
    • Holds (if applicable)
    • Advisor’s name
    • FERPA Form
    • Major, Degree Level (i.e. junior)
    • Intent to Graduate Form (if active) under the “forms” tab
    • Course evaluations

    E360 will be your hub for your courses here at OCU. In there you can find your:

    1.       Course Documents (Syllabuses, weekly guides, class slides, etc.)

    2.       Drop Boxes (for turning in your homework assignments) 

    3.       Grades for each course and each course assignment

    4.       Alerts regarding any news updates about E360, classes, or other OCU related news

    5.       Discussion forums with your classmates and the professor for conversations throughout the week (sometimes these are incorporated as assignments for online students)

     


     


    MyOCU is your source for information about OCU. Time spent to explore this system will be well utilized as this resource contains crucial resources and helpful content that will make your educational experience even better! 


    1. Frequently used MyOCU Pages


    2. Search Tool


    • At the top left of the dashboard, you can search the entire MyOCU database for the information for which you are looking.

    Student Loans

    The MPN (or the loan agreement for a subsidized/unsubsidized loan) is a legal document in which you promise to repay your loan(s) with any accrued interest and fees to the U.S. Department of Education. It also explains the terms and conditions of your loan(s). For instance, it will include information on how interest is calculated and what deferment and cancelation provisions are available to you.

    The Entrance Counseling is used to help you understand what it means to take out a federal student loan. 

    Download our walkthrough (below) for a guide on the stes you'll need to take to complete the MPN and EC.

    If you have any questions about filling out either of these out, feel free to contact the Entrance Counseling helpline: 1-800-557-7394

     

    If you are asking about verification, you likely received an email from the financial aid office informing you of which type(s) of verification for which you were selected. Both the information on how to complete and access the necessary forms are included in the email (OCU email). The exact steps for completing the verification are located on the forms.

    If you need help with the verification process, you can contact the Answer Center.

    Special Instructions for the following verifications:

    Identity and Education Purpose Form: This form has to be notarized and sent physically through the mail; or you may physically come to one of our campuses to verify your identity.

    Default Resolution: Students will need to contact the Department of Education. Contact the Answer Center or the Financial Aid Office for more information.

    Standard Independent Verification Worksheet: This form requires supporting documentation like W-2s and often a tax return transcript that must be obtained from the IRS

    You will be able to see this information in your SONIS account, and it will be mailed to you in your award packet.

    The information will be in SONIS after (1) all of the necessary information is received, (2) you are scheduled for your semester, and (3) financial aid has processed the information and placed the amounts on your account (usually 1-2 weeks before the start of your semester if these steps are completed). You can find this information by going to SONIS and clicking on the “billing” tab. Ensure the proper semester is selected at the top.

     

    There are two ways to do this:


    1) Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Click here for a video walkthrough. (Note, this is by far the most common choice)


    2) Some lending organizations offer private student loans separate from the FAFSA if you wish to apply for loans outside of federal student loans. 


    If you need assistance with filling out the FAFSA application, feel free to contact the FAFSA Helpline: 1-800-433-3243

    TMS and OCU Refund Process

    Click this link. You will need your Student ID (in your SONIS under the Bio tab) and your date of birth to sign up. Be sure you enter the D.O.B. in the proper format.

    If you need to have a new registration link sent to you, click Register and type in your OCU email.

     

    You can activate your card here. Download the Prepaid Card Activation Guide (below) for assistance with activation.

     

    Note that the website has recently changed, but the instructions haven't changed too dramatically. A new guide will be uploaded at a later time. 

     

     

    Check out this video detailing the refund process

    Check out this video regarding how to estimate your refund amount.

    Transcripts

    There are three categories of courses that you will need to complete before graduation

    Types of courses:

    • 1. General Education Courses (e.g. Intro to Math, Earth Science, Student Success)
    • 2. General Elective Courses (e.g. Bible Study Methods, Intro to Business Management, Ministry Methods)
    • 3. Core Program Courses (e.g.  Business Law, Principles of Behavior, Pastoral Leadership)

    Your Options (AGS):

    1. You can review the AGS academic catalog for more detailed information regarding degree requirements. 
    2. The next course of action is to email your academic advisor and request a "Degree Audit" to see exactly what courses you need for graduation, or review a past audit that you've received. 
    3. The degree audit will be sent to your email as an attachment and will give you a detailed overview of the General Education, Electives, and Core credits that you have taken comparatively to the amount of credits that are required for your specific program. 
    4. If you're not sure of your academic advisor's email address, simply Click Here for more information!

    Your Options (Residential):

    1. Compare your completed courses to the Residential catalog of the year you enrolled (or which program path you are following). 
    2. Review what courses are still needed and review the upcoming courses in Sonis (Find a guide and course schedules)
    3. Once nearing completion, schedule a meeting with the University Registrar team. 

    There are 2 ways to request an OCU transcript. You can use the Transcript Request form, or complete the process entirely only by using the Clearinghouse


    You can choose to request either unofficial or official transcripts, and can even choose to place a rush order if you need them quickly. Standard requests are processed in about 2 business days. 


    For the request to be approved, be sure that . . .


    1.    You have allowed enough time for everything to be finalized (several weeks after your last course)


    2.    You do not have an outstanding balance


    3.    You have a payment option ready for the processing fee (unless requesting an unofficial via email with the transcript request form) 

    After you have ensured that you have completed your degree requirements (check with your advisor if you are unsure), you will need to complete the "Intent to Graduate" form in SONIS. This form should be made available to you as you get close to completing your degree. 

    If you plan on attending commencement, you will need to indicate your preference in the application and you will receive more information closer towards the date of commencement which is usually held in April or May. 

    If you do not plan on going to commencement, you will receive your diploma, honors cords, and diploma case in the mail after completing your degree requirements and there is no outstanding balance.

    Diplomas are usually sent about 8-10 weeks after the end date of your last course. Be sure to complete the following:

    1. All classes and requirements for your degree
    2. The "Intent to Graduate" form (located in SONIS)
    3. Have paid any remaining balance that may be on your account. 
    4. Have read the note below

    CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE OCU ANSWER CENTER!