Olivet College

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320 S. Main Street

Olivet, MI 49076

Phone: (269) 749-7000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#52 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Olivet College is a private institution that was founded in 1844. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,116, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 56 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Olivet College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 52. Its tuition and fees are $23,021 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

For nearly 170 years Olivet College has equipped its students to succeed in life. By forming a partnership with each student, Olivet places them at the center of an assessment process designed to help unlock and develop the skills necessary to successfully reach their goals. Students are challenged to take responsibility for their own learning and personal development. Olivet also fosters an understanding of the importance of service to others and the community as students prepare for their roles as successful professional and civic leaders. Dedicated to its values-based mission of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility, Olivet integrates "responsibility" throughout its curriculum. In recognition of this commitment, the college is regularly named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the highest federal honor a college or university can receive for its dedication to service. With an ongoing focus on outstanding academics, a friendly, supportive community and affordable cost, Olivet provides its 1,100 students exceptional value in a distinguished environment. These qualities enable the college to graduate young adults who are sought after by employers and graduate schools - in fact, the college's placement rates for both are high. 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. Olivet consists of first-generation college students, students from urban and rural environments, and students of all socioeconomic backgrounds, with more than 50 percent qualifying for Federal Pell Grants. This provides Olivet graduates a tremendous, real-world experience over those from other private colleges. Under President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., the college 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 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 the future.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1844
Religious affiliation United Church of Christ
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $11,864,550


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 3. The application fee at Olivet College is $25. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 51.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 51.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 3

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Olivet College is 17:1, and the school has 59.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Olivet College include: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Insurance; Business Administration and Management, General; and Sport and Fitness Administration/Management. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 67.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 27%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 19%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 12%
Insurance 10%
Business Administration and Management, General 6%
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 6%

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Student Life

Olivet College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,116, with a gender distribution of 54.6 percent male students and 45.4 percent female students. Olivet College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,147
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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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

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Paying for School

At Olivet College, 90.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $11,702.

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Tuition and fees $23,021 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,400 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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