OSCP is the flagship course offered by Offensive Security, and it is considered entry-level by their standards. However, it is definitely not an entry-level course. I suggest you read the dozen or so blogs available from people who have passed the exam to get a good idea of what the course entails. It is geared towards those who are capable of self-learning, self-motivation, Google and RTFM; in other words, if you're the type of student who can only learn by someone else holding your hand, it is definitely not for you.
If you're very new to security, I suggest Security+ first to get a general idea of the field and then take a pen-testing course at your college, if you can, to familiarize yourself with the specific processes involved with the practice. Then, you can try your hand at OSCP. You don't need to know how to write software programs, but you should know how to read code (C, Python, Perl, Ruby, etc.), because you will need to modify certain exploit scripts to suit your particular purposes.
In response to the user above who wrote:
Certificates are a waste of time because they don't prove that you
know how to hack.
I would agree with this statement for any certificate vendor, from whom, in order to pass a certification exam, you memorize a bunch of course materials and then recall/guess enough answers on a multiple-choice exam. That is not how OffSec works. On the OSCP exam, in its current form, you are given a private network of 5 computers to hack, and passing depends only on whether you can successfully hack them. No theory. All practice. That's why OffSec is the only certificate vendor I care enough about to pay them money.
Professionally speaking, the OSCP is not yet as well recognized as the CEH or the CISSP, which is a shame, because it's worth more in terms of actual intrinsic value than both of those combined (imho). Hopefully, this will change for the better by the time you graduate. I can all but guarantee you that those who have passed the OSCP will respect you for yours more than probably any other cert you may earn.
I wish I knew more about the eCPPT to provide an informative comparison.