Olivet College: Narrative Description

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320 South Main St.
Olivet, MI 49076-9701
Tel: (269)749-7000
Free: 800-456-7189
Admissions: 800-456-7189
Fax: (616)749-3821
E-mail: [email protected].edu
Web Site: http://www.olivetcollege.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Congregational Christian Church. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1844. Setting: 92-acre small town campus. Endowment: $11.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $2100 per student. Total enrollment: 1,069. Faculty: 67 (34 full-time, 33 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 750 applied, 54% were admitted. 45% from top 10% of their high school class, 59% from top quarter, 87% from top half. 3 National Merit Scholars, 18 class presidents, 18 valedictorians, 51 student government officers. Full-time: 954 students, 42% women, 58% men. Part-time: 69 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 15 states and territories, 16 other countries, 16% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 14% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 12% 25 or older, 59% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: 4-4-1. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.6 high school GPA. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $21,944 includes full-time tuition ($15,970), mandatory fees ($494), and college room and board ($5480). College room only: $2980. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $515 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and reciprocity agreements.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 32 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 15% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Campus Activities Board, Black Student Union, International Club, non-traditional student organization, Omicron Delta Kappa. Major annual events: Homecoming, Honors Convocation, Welcome Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 620 college housing spaces available; 615 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Burrage Library with 90,000 books, 200 microform titles, 415 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $232,500. 60 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus.

Community Environment:

Olivet, population 1,700, is located 30 miles south of Lansing and 125 miles west of Detroit.

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