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Student Support Services

Student Services is dedicated to the retention and graduation of all students. We focus on academic excellence, technical preparation, and the enhancement of each student's intellectual and social development.

Programs include:

  • First-Year Experience – Freshmen attend regular meetings to help them understand and adjust to college life.
  • Academic Coaching – An academic coach helps a student become an independent learner.
  • Writing Assistance –A writing specialist, reference books, and Internet resources are available.
  • Academic Plan – Students receive assistance with their academic progress plans, career assessments, job searches, internships, resumes and cover letters, and interview preparation.
  • CASA Assistance – Education majors receive help preparing for the required CASA exam, a reading, writing, and mathematics test.


To receive assistance through Student Services, a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, possess an academic need, and fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

  • Be a first-generation college student (meaning that neither parent has a four-year degree)
  • Meet income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Have a documented physical or learning disability


When a student is accepted at OCU, he or she will receive a Student Services application and eligibility form by mail with instructions for returning the form to OCU.


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