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About Oakland City University
Earn Your Degree Online From a Christian University Renowned for Academic Excellence
Founded in 1885 and located in Oakland City, Indiana, with a campus spreading on 34 acres, our university trains tomorrow’s leaders guided by high morals, focused values, and ethical standards. Oakland City University strives continuously to be a leader in providing students a high quality, affordable, Christian education.
At OCU, not only do we provide a warm and welcoming environment for all students, we seek to make earning a degree both affordable and convenient. With comprehensive previous experience assessments, no hidden costs, and 5-week class rotations or 8-week class rotations (depending on the program), you can complete your degree faster, and for less. At OCU, we accept up to double the amount of transfer credits accepted at other colleges and universities, as well as complete previous experience assessments for some programs, to cut your costs even further.
From our comprehensive offering of online programs to our accelerated courses, we seek to empower and equip students with the intellectual tools and moral foundations necessary to make a positive impact on their organizations and communities.
Enter to learn, go forth to serve.
Oakland City University is a Christian faith-based learning community dedicated to the enhancement of intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social development for positive leadership.
In 1985, Oakland City University celebrated the 100th anniversary of its charter as an institution of higher education in the state of Indiana. In the years since OCU was founded, many significant developments have highlighted the university’s contributions to the state and nation.
Initial efforts to establish what eventually came to be Oakland City College were put forth by the General Association of General Baptists in 1838, and the history of this institution has always been associated with the denomination. Though the Civil War delayed progress and insufficient funding ended the school’s first incarnation as the Oakland Institute (1866–1867), the present university officially got its start when the state of Indiana granted a charter to Oakland City College in 1885.
The college was established on a tract of land donated by Colonel William Cockrum to serve as a campus, and the first classes were held in 1891 in a two-story building that housed both classrooms and administration. Bricks for the original building were manufactured on the grounds. This structure and a later addition comprised the former Administration Building.
As of 1995, the college was renamed Oakland City University. Today, the campus encompasses over a dozen buildings, multiple athletic fields and courts, and abundant green space. School enrollment has grown to 2,000, and OCU’s online degree programs are expected to help drive continuing growth in the years to come.
Accreditations and Distinctions
OCU is a private Christian university that is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as posted in the University Grad and Undergrad catalog. The university’s undergraduate and graduate Business Administration programs are accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).
U.S. News & World Report ranks Oakland City University among the Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest. The national publication also rates OCU as one of the region’s Best Value Schools and #7 among the Best Colleges for Veterans. In addition, GetEducated.com has designated OCU as a Best Buy for its regionally accredited online MBA program, ranking it among the top 25 of the nation’s Best Affordable Online MBA Programs.
Oakland City University is committed to making education affordable and convenient for military servicemembers and veterans, and has consistently been designated as a Military Friendly® institution. Since 2009, OCU has been a proud participant in the Chapter 33 Yellow Ribbon program, which covers tuition expenses not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. OCU also participates in a number of other programs that provide educational benefits for veterans and tuition assistance for active-duty military; refer to our Admissions and Financial Aid page for additional details.
General Baptist Summit
OCU will be participating in the General Baptist Mission and Ministry Summit this summer. We would love to meet and greet those of you attending this important event, and we would be happy to answer your questions about our campus-based and online degree programs.