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Oakland City University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university in southern Indiana, offering over 30 undergraduate degrees along with master and doctoral programs. OCU was founded by General Baptists in 1885 and remains the only General Baptist affiliated institute of higher education in the United States.

Students from across the U.S. and around the world choose to study at OCU for many reasons, including excellent academic programs, small class size and personal attention, NCAA Division II sports, and a lively campus atmosphere. 

Our motto at OCU is “Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve.”  We like to think of that mission in terms of the three H’s: the HEAD, the HEART, and the HANDS.  Learn more about how our motto is lived out on campus every day, and find out if OCU is the perfect fit for you!


The Cockrum Family – William and Lucretia Cockrum donated the first ten acres of land for Oakland City University.  Two blocks from Cockrum Hall is Colonel James Cockrum’s house, which was part of the Underground Railroad.

The Well House – In 1995, a time capsule was buried near the Well House to commemorate Oakland City College becoming Oakland City University.  Legend has it that if a guy and a girl share their first kiss inside the Well House, they will get married.

Open Doors – You’re more than just a number or a face in the crowd.  Since we are a small school, everyone knows each other like a family.  Our faculty and staff know the students by name and form close relationships with them.  They operate on an open door policy and are here to help our students succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.

Career Services – Our Career Services department offers free tutoring to all students along with help in writing a resume, finding an internship, and finding a job upon graduation.  In the fall, they put on the Majors Fair for students who are unsure about what they want to study, and in the spring, they host the Career Fair for students to have the opportunity to network with various local businesses.

Student Support Services – Student Support Services is a government-funded program that offers assistance to students based on financial status, disability, or if they are a first generation college student.  Students who are accepted into SSS can participate in the following programs: First Year Experience, Textbook Lending Program, Academic Coaching, Writing Assistance, Academic Plan, and Praxis Assistance.  The SSS computer lab is open to all OCU students.

Deaconess Health Clinic – The Deaconess Health Clinic was opened on the OCU campus in the spring of 2011.  The clinic allows for easy access to health care for our students and anyone in the community.

J. Michael Dunn Art Gallery – The J. Michael Dunn Art Gallery was dedicated to the school in honor of J. Michael Dunn, a student at OCU who was tragically killed in a car accident.  Students, faculty, staff, and people within the art community can present their art work in the gallery, and there are a variety of showcases throughout the year.


Chapel – OCU offers many voluntary chapel services including The 812, Worship Night, Spiritual Renewal Week, and Wednesday chapel during the day.  Local pastors, speakers, professors, music groups, students, and returning alumni who want to share their experiences all participate in leading the chapel services. 

One Day Without Shoes – This is an event created by TOMS Shoes to raise awareness for children who suffer everyday because they don’t have shoes.  Students, faculty, staff, and alumni come and kick off their shoes to play games and participate in activities such as foot washing, jewelry making, foot tattoos, and triathlons.  The students can also purchase a pair of TOMS shoes and decorate them however they want to.  

The Grassy Knoll – The Grassy Knoll is the hangout spot on campus.  Students gather after classes in the afternoon to play Frisbee, flickerball, or football.  Located on the Grassy Knoll are the international flags that represent all the countries that our current OCU students are from.

Campus Activities – Student Government sponsors many different activities on campus including Fall Frenzy Week, Miss OCU Pageant, Homecoming, Spring Fling Week, and Formal Tea.  Campus Life also sponsors activities for those students living in the dorms, including Dorm Wars, movie nights, and cookouts.

Concert on Lucretia St. – The Great Romance, a Christian band from St. Louis, Missouri, often puts on concerts at OCU.  Last year, four of OCU’s students opened for the band at the Concert on Lucretia St., right in front of the Murray Center on campus.  Matt Vollmar, lead singer of the band and an alumnus of OCU, has a love for the school and a desire to share God’s love with our students through his music.

The Oaks Café – The Oaks Café is a relaxed atmosphere for students to eat, watch TV, and hang out.  It is located in the Student Life Center and is one of the two dining facilities on campus.  With the meal plans through the cafeteria, students are allowed 10 exchange meals per semester through the Oaks. 

Athletics – We are the Oaks, the mighty Mighty Oaks!  OCU Athletics is made up of 13 varsity sports, along with cheerleading and pep band.  Our school colors are Columbia blue and navy.  We compete in NCAA Division II and NCCAA I.  OCU has hosted the NCCAA basketball tournament for the past six years.


Missions Trips – Missions trips are a vital part of service at OCU.  Many students have taken missions trips through the FOCUS missions club, class projects, and internships to places like Tennessee, South Dakota, Honduras, and the Philippines.  They have had volunteer opportunities for helping orphans and the homeless, doing construction through Habitat for Humanity, teaching classes, and preaching in various churches.

Internships – Most OCU degree programs require students to complete a 150 hour internship for course credit.  Students will choose a business or organization within their field to get experience “out in the real world,” and it is also a great way to network.  The Career Services department can help students acquire internships.

Big Book – Education majors will design and create a “big book” with whatever theme and subject they choose.  This project is required for one of their education classes, and the students keep the books to use in their future classrooms.

Earthlight – Earthlight is OCU’s traveling singing group.  They minister to churches through southern gospel and Christian contemporary music and serve as representatives of the school.  They also sing at chapel and other university events.  In 2011, they opened for Building 429 at a concert in Evansville.

GNP – Good News Players is a traveling drama group.  They put on dramatic skits with Christian themes and perform at churches and youth camps.  They oftentimes perform during chapel and Spiritual Renewal Week. 

BPA – Business Professionals of America is a group of students who participate in competitive events that consist of tests based on business concepts and technology.  In 2010, the OCU BPA group competed and placed at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California.

OCU Clubs – All OCU clubs and organizations complete at least one community service activity a semester.  Being a member of a club is a great way to meet people, form close relationships, and unite in a common cause to accomplish what you are passionate about.  Our close-knit community makes it easy to get involved and get to know everyone.  For more information on all OCU clubs, click here.

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