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Olivet College is a private institution that was founded in 1844. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,128, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 56 acres. It utilizes a other-based academic calendar. Olivet College's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 62. Its tuition and fees are $21,971 (2012-13).
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Olivet College is the responsible choice for students who seek a quality liberal arts education, want to develop the knowledge and skills to become professionally successful, and who are committed to making a positive difference in the world. Dedicated to its values-based mission of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility, Olivet integrates responsibility throughout its entire curriculum and 100 percent of students participate in service learning. Olivet is regularly named to the Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. With an ongoing focus on outstanding academics, a friendly, serene community and affordable costs Olivet provides its 1,150 students exceptional value in a distinguished environment. These qualities enable the college to develop graduates who are highly sought after by employers and graduate schools. In fact, the college's placement rates for both are high. Consistent with its Congregational roots, Olivet was one of the first colleges in the United States to admit women and minorities, by charter, on an equal basis with men. Still today, Olivet has one of the most diverse student populations of any private college in Michigan. The college's student body is made up of a strong mixture of first-generation college students, students from urban and rural environments, and students of all socioeconomic backgrounds, with 50 percent qualifying for Federal Pell Grants. This provides a tremendous experience and advantage for Olivet graduates over those from other private colleges. Under President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., the college community is working toward its new vision, "Charting the Course for Olivet College 2020 and Beyond". This multi-year plan involved input from all of the college's constituents - including students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators and trustees - to identify and implement key objectives in charting the course for the future of Olivet. Among these objectives, a traditional liberal arts core curriculum is equally prioritized in combination with professional vocations such as insurance and risk management, criminal justice, the natural and physical sciences, education, business administration and more. In addition, the college places a strong focus on the residential experience provided to its students, recognizing the education students receive outside of the classroom is as equally important as the education they receive in the classroom. Olivet remains as dedicated today, as it was at its founding, to providing the opportunity of a quality liberal arts education and career preparation regardless of financial means, and will continue to offer this unique educational experience well into 2020 and beyond.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||United Church of Christ|
When applying to Olivet College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 4. The application fee at Olivet College is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 52.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||52.6%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||September 4|
The student-faculty ratio at Olivet College is 16:1, and the school has 59.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Olivet College include: Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General; Insurance; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 65.8 percent.
Olivet College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,128, with a gender distribution of 52.2 percent male students and 47.8 percent female students. At this school, 48.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 46.0 percent of students live off campus. Olivet College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Olivet College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Olivet College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Olivet College, 84 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Olivet College.
|Students who have cars on campus||84%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Olivet College, 93.0 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $11,663.
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|Tuition and fees||$21,971 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$7,000 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data