Olivet College

Olivet College

Olivet College is a Christian, coeducational liberal arts college located in Olivet, Michigan. The college was founded in 1844 by Rev. John J. Shipherd and 39 missionaries. It offers more than 25 programs leading to bachelor's degrees, dual degrees and a master's degree in Education.

Olivet College is a co-founding member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. It is also a member of the NCAA's Division III. Athletic teams fielded by Olivet are nicknamed the Comets and participate in sports like basketball, golf, cross country, soccer, swimming & diving, track & field, tennis and volleyball. The college is home to many clubs and organizations, including Greek societies, professional and honor Societies, and co-curricular student organizations.

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Olivet College
320 South Main Street
Olivet , MI 49076
General Phone: (269) 749-7000

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Olivet College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management49business management, managerial economics, financial planning, financial management, marketing, insurance
Education and Teaching46education, education of emotionally disturbed, art education, English teaching, health teaching, math teaching, music teaching, science teaching, social studies teaching, ...
Security and Law Enforcement18criminal justice and safety, forensic science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy17health and physical education, sports and fitness management, athletic trainer
Science16biology, biochemistry, biological and physical sciences, chemistry
Therapy and Counseling9psychology
Media9communication studies, journalism
Liberal Arts7English, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, social services, sociology, history
Art Studies4art studies
Drama and Performing Arts2drama
Computer Science and Engineering2computer and info science
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for Olivet College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree17342
Master's degree121

Olivet College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Olivet College had a total enrollment of 1,049 students (1,001 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 58%
Women 42%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 95%
Graduate 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 15%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 30%
20-21 32%
22-24 22%
25-29 6%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Olivet College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %

Olivet College Room and Board (2007)

Olivet College offers campus housing for 711 of its 1,001 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Olivet, Michigan for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Michigan Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Olivet College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1420
ACT Math1621
ACT Composite1721

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT99%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Olivet College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 19,234
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 19,234
Room and board $ 6,472
Room charge $ 3,472
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,874
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 1,776

Financial Aid:
Olivet College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 230800)

Olivet College Faculty

Olivet College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year6$56,7503$46,348
Associate professoracademic year3$41,9406$47,623
Assistant professoracademic year13$38,51110$41,000
All faculty totalacademic year22$43,95319$43,936

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Olivet College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Olivet College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Financial Planning and Services
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Education, General
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Speech Teacher Education

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Olivet College Highlights

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What Sets Olivet College Apart:

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% of degrees in art studies
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Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
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Top 19%Olivet College Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)

checked United Church of Christ affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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