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ADMISSIONS FAQ

What kind of university is Oakland City University?

Oakland City University in Oakland City, Indiana, stands for academic excellence in a warm, Christian environment. A private, liberal arts university founded by General Baptists in 1885, OCU places an emphasis on nurturing students' faith and preparing them for servant leadership. While OCU is the only General Baptist institution of higher education and maintains strong ties to the denomination, students of all faiths are welcome.

OCU offers associate, bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, and The Association of Theological Schools.

What athletics programs are available to students?

Oakland City University student athletes participate in NCAA Division II and NCCAA Division I competition. The university also offers intramurals and many other student activities.

How does OCU's tuition compare to other universities?

OCU's tuition is among the lowest of private universities in Indiana.

What is the typical class size at OCU?

The average student-to-teacher ratio is 14:1. Small class size creates an atmosphere in which every student receives personal attention.

What is the OCU campus like?

Students will find a welcoming, nurturing, and safe environment at OCU. Oakland City University is nestled among oak-tree-shaded hills near the heart of Oakland City, Indiana. The 34-acre main campus features several new buildings.

What is the enrollment?

Total enrollment at all five OCU centers is over 2,000, with 600 students on the main campus.

What is the diversity of the student body?

Oakland City University's student body represents 16 countries.

What is Oakland City like?

The rural community of Oakland City has a population of 3,000. This friendly, family-oriented community offers a variety of places of worship, entertainment venues, restaurants, stores, and family-owned businesses.
The region is known for its excellent education system, recreational activities, and cultural venues.

Where is Oakland City and what cities are nearby?

Oakland City, Indiana, is located in southwest Indiana, 30 miles northeast of the city of Evansville, Indiana. The OCU campus is 14 miles north of 164 on Indiana Highway 57, near the heart of Oakland City, Indiana. OCU is close to several metropolitan areas, including Evansville (30 miles, 30-minute drive), Louisville (100 miles, 2-hour drive), Indianapolis (140 miles, 3.5-hour drive), and St. Louis (178 miles, 3.5-hour drive).

What is the best route to drive to Oakland City University from the East?

Take I-64 west towards St. Louis. Take IN-57 north at exit 29B towards Petersburg. Continue toward Petersburg for approximately 15 miles. Turn right off of IN-57 onto Williams Street (approximately 1 mile after the intersection of Hwy 57 & Hwy 64). Murray Administration Building is located 4 blocks east on Williams Street on the right.

What is the best route to drive to Oakland City University from the West?

Take I-64 east towards Louisville. Take IN-57 north at exit 29B towards Petersburg. Continue toward Petersburg for approximately 15 miles. Turn right off of IN-57 onto Williams Street (approximately 1 mile after the intersection of Hwy 57 & Hwy 64). Murray Administration Building is located 4 blocks east on Williams Street on the right.

What is the best route to drive to Oakland City University from Indianapolis?

Take I-70 west. Continue on I-70 west. Take exit 7 for US-41 S toward Evansville. Continue to follow US-41 S. Exit onto IN-64 E toward Princeton. Continue to follow IN-64 East. Turn left at IN-57 North. Turn right onto Williams Street. University is located 4 blocks east on Williams Street.

What is the best route to drive to Oakland City University from the North?

Take US-41 South. Take IN-64 east towards Princeton. Continue through Princeton and into Oakland City (15 miles). Turn left onto IN-57 North. Drive approximately one mile and turn right onto Williams Street. Murray Administration Building is located 4 blocks east on Williams Street on the right.

What is the best route to drive to Oakland City University from the South?

Take US-41 (Pennyrile Parkway) north. Take I-164 east towards I-64. Merge onto IN-57 North. Continue toward Petersburg (IN-57 North) for approximately 15 miles. Turn right off of IN-57 onto Williams Street (approximately 1 mile after the intersection of IN-57 & IN-64). Murray Administration Building is located 4 blocks east on Williams Street on the right.

 

 

ACADEMICS FAQ

My child has not declared a major. Is that a problem?

A student needs to declare a major by the beginning of his or her third semester at OCU. Prior to that time, a student does not have to declare a major.

Does OCU accept dual credits from other colleges that my child earned while still in high school or during the summer after high school?

Yes, if the credit is from an accredited school. OCU must receive official transcripts from the college or university in order to transfer the credits.

Does OCU accept the College Board's Advanced Placement Tests?

Yes, if provided with proof.

My child is interested in music or art. Are there special admissions procedures for these programs?

Yes. Contact the Art or Music department for specific requirements.

 

 

FINANCIAL AID FAQ

My child is interested in music or art. Are there special scholarships for these programs?

Yes. The student must be a music or art major to be eligible. Contact the Music or Art department for details about additional requirements.

What is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and how does it determine financial aid eligibility?

The FAFSA is a federal form that students must complete to qualify for federal or state financial aid. To qualify for state aid, Indiana residents must file the FAFSA by March 10. Using income information from the FAFSA form, a student's eligibility for grants, loans, and work-study is determined using federal Title IV methodology.

How can a student get an on-campus work-study job?

The student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), from which a student's eligibility is determined. After the FAFSA form is processed, a student receives an award letter which outlines all forms of financial aid for which the student is eligible, including work-study. If the student does not receive information about work-study, he or she should contact the OCU Office of Financial Aid to find out if he or she qualifies for work-study.

How can I be sure that a student has applied for scholarships and financial aid awards from all possible sources?

By filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a student is applying for all available federal and state aid. To apply for scholarships, the student must complete the OCU admissions process and the OCU scholarship application form.

 

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FAQ

Is my child required to have his or her own computer?

No. Computer labs on campus are available to every student. However, it could prove to be extremely convenient for a student to have his or her own computer.

If a student chooses to bring a computer, is a laptop or a desktop computer a better option?

Laptops are the better option, because they are mobile. OCU provide wireless Internet access in almost every building on campus.

 

 

ATHLETICS FAQ

How can I find out if my child can play on an athletic team?

The student should contact the coach of the sport in which he or she is interested. That coach will explain specific requirements for being on a team.

 

 

CAMPUS LIFE FAQ

Can a student have a car on campus?

Yes. All students are permitted to have a vehicle on campus. Each student with a driver's license valid in the United States is required to have an OCU parking permit, which is issued once a year through the OCU Office of Campus Life.

How safe is the OCU campus?

OCU is a very safe campus. Walkways are well-lit and security is on staff each night from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Security officers make the rounds of the campus throughout their shifts and are available to escort students to any location on campus. For more information, see the OCU Crime Statistics Report.

Are all students required to live on campus?

Not all students are required to live on campus; however, we strongly encourage them to. Living on campus makes OCU a more fun experience for students. While living in dorms, students have the opportunity to make lifetime friendships. Students also have easy access to all buildings on campus, as well as to sporting events. When deciding whether or not to live on campus, each student should talk to Financial Aid concerning the status of his or her loans and scholarships.

How are roommate matches determined?

The university housing director makes matches based on students' responses to questions included on the housing application. Questions are based on common interests, religious beliefs, and sports. In the event that a roommate match is not working for a student, moving dates are provided at the beginning of each semester during which a student may talk with his or her Residence Director (RD) and Residence Assistant (RA) and switch rooms.

Is a student required to purchase a meal plan?

Any student living in a dormitory on campus is required to purchase the meal plan. Two meal plans are offered. Each plan has the same cost. The first plan offers 19 dining hall meals per week, which are available to the student only. The second plan offers 185 dining hall meals per semester, which are available to the student and guests of the student's choice. Both plans offer 10 exchange meals, which can be taken in The Oaks, a retail dining operation on campus.

What clubs, student organizations, and activities are available at OCU?

A number of organizations and activities are available to OCU students. For more information, see the Student Organizations and Activities sections of this website.

 

 

CAREER SERVICES FAQ

What does the university do to help a student with career development?

OCU Career Services can help in the beginning stages of career development, by offering assessments, counseling, skill development, and job search strategies. As a student approaches completion of his or her degree, Career Services offers guidance in preparing for full-time employment.

What should a student do to keep on track with his or her career development?

A student should maintain contact with the OCU Career Services department throughout his or her college career and should refer to the Career Development Checklist that is provided by Career Services to assist in the development process.

What does OCU do to help a student find a job after graduation?

OCU Career Services provides students with the tools to handle the job search process. Those tools include access to job postings on this website and one-on-one resume critique and interview coaching. Students can be as involved as they would like to be in preparing for full-time employment. A student should contact Career Services before his or her senior year, in order to have enough time to prepare for the job search.



 

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