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Snapshot of OCC

OCC CampusCampus: OCC's beautiful campus includes eighteen buildings on 60 acres, located at 1111 North Main Street in Joplin, Missouri.

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History: Stable leadership has been a hallmark of OCC throughout its history. The college has had only five Presidents and only five Academic Deans in over 70 years. Ozark Bible College began in 1942 in Bentonville, Arkansas, and relocated to Joplin, Missouri, in 1944. The college relocated again to its present location at 1111 North Main Street in 1963. Ozark Bible College became OZARK CHRISTIAN COLLEGE in 1985 when it consolidated with Midwest Christian College, Oklahoma City.

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Mission: OZARK CHRISTIAN COLLEGE is a classic Bible college training women and men for vocational ministry. An average of 95 percent of each graduating class proceeds directly to vocational ministry upon graduation. See a more detailed description of OCC's mission, core values, objectives and doctrinal statement.

Accreditation: OCC is accredited, along with over 100 other Christian colleges and universities across the United States, by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Read more about OCC's Certification. 

Enrollment & Tuition: 

  • 2015 Fall enrollment of 687 students
  • 2015-2016 Tuition, room and board, and fees is approximately $8,175 per semester

Students:  Forty-five percent of the student body is from Missouri; eleven percent from Kansas; nine percent from Oklahoma; six percent from Colorado; four percent from Illinois; and twenty-five percent from other states. Two percent represent international students. (Statistics from SPRING 2012) Eighty-seven percent are members of the Christian Church/Churches of Christ and thirteen percent are members of various denominations.

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Seventy-two percent of students receive financial aid totaling nearly $4,000,000 (from federal programs, OCC grants, home churches or other sources and scholarships).

Graduates: In 2015 OCC sent out 136 graduates. Over 14,000 alumni serve in 49 states and in forty countries around the world.

Personnel: The President, Executive Vice President, Academic Dean and four executive administrators provide leadership to the various divisions of the college. View the flow chart of OCC's administration. OCC employs 300 administrators, faculty, staff and students. Many full-time professors are popular authors and speakers around the world. The faculty-student ratio is 1:14. 

Board of Trustees: Up to fifteen trustees guide the college. The board is made up of ministers, business professionals and educators.

Current Members: Bob Arnce, Rob Brust, David B. Bycroft, Vance Eubanks, Jim Johnson, Kevin Moyers, Doug Oakes, Joe Simmons, Don Steen, Roger Storms, Jim Vasey, and Clifford Wert

OCC Trustees 

Gift Income: OZARK CHRISTIAN COLLEGE needs $1,800,000 annually in gift income. These funds come from individuals, churches and businesses and subsidize the difference between the actual costs of an OCC education and all other income. The college receives no federal or state government assistance for operating purposes.
The Development office consults with individuals and businesses regarding estate plan preparation and tax advantageous giving and investing.

Library: The Seth Wilson Library collection includes over 108,000 bound volumes, Audio-Visual materials and periodicals. An average number of 4,100 books circulate each month. The library is automated in cataloging, public access and circulation. The catalog may be searched on the Internet at http://swan.searchmobius.org/search~S13. The library is open to the public.

Operating Funds: The annual operating budget of the college is approximately $10,000,000, which is expended mostly in Joplin. Tuition and fees provide for forty-seven percent; residence hall rent, dining hall and bookstore income provide for twenty-six percent; gifts, gift income provides twenty-four percent; and miscellaneous sources provide the final three percent. The Development office consults with interested parties regarding estate plan preparation and tax advantageous giving and investing.

Financial Stability: The College operates on a conservative fiscal basis and operational budgets are prepared each year. An independent audit is conducted annually. OCC is a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

Academic Programs: Four-year and five-year degree programs prepare graduates for vocational Christian leadership. Associate degrees are available, including co-op degree programs with Missouri Southern State University in the areas of Nursing, Elementary, Middle School, Secondary Education, Business Administration and many other fields.

Online Learning: OCC offers a fully online degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies to students worldwide and mandates field experience or internships for all degree programs.

Athletics: OCC holds four national championships and is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). The college operates intercollegiate sports programs including basketball, volleyball, and cross country for women, basketball, soccer and cross country for men. Visit our athletics pages.

Additional Services: The Learning Center and Academic Computer Lab are resource facilities that provide assistance to students / staff. The Academic Computer Lab provides software designed to meet student needs, along with a teaching module computer used for live computer demonstrations. Various campus events provide opportunities to over 20,000 persons to visit the OCC campus yearly. The OCC Bookstore is open to the general public. Men's and Women's counselors are employed by OCC to serve students. The Richardson Health Center employs a part-time nurse to assist in health-needs of the campus.

Spiritual Formation: Spiritual Formation is an integral part of our student life. Our weekly, mandatory Chapel services allow students, staff, and the community to worship without distraction. Weekly life groups allow students to share life-experiences with peers in a safe setting. Each student is also required to complete Christian Service hours each week to keep them involved in the community and sharing our mission. While most students will complete these hours working as a youth sponsor, praise team member, or some other service in the church, there are also several opportunities to serve in community service organizations around Joplin.

OCC Administration: 

  • President, Matt Proctor -- Ext. 2004 (Administrative Assistant)
  • Executive Vice President, Damien Spikereit -- Ext. 2052
  • Academic Dean/Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Doug Aldridge -- Ext. 2021
  • Vice Presidents
    • Enrollment Management, Troy Nelson -- Ext. 2006
    • Campus Operations, David McMillin -- Ext. 2028
    • Alumni Relations, Dru Ashwell -- Ext. 2106
    • Student Life, Monte Shoemake -- Ext. 2012
    • Effectiveness and General Counsel, Doug Miller -- Ext. 2011