Established in 1844, Olivet College is a private, liberal arts institution located in south central Michigan, between Battle Creek and Lansing. Olivet was one of the first institutions in America to admit women and minorities. The college is dedicated to its vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility, and remains true to its roots by providing a quality higher education to all, regardless of gender, race or financial means. Olivet College is home to more than 1,000 students, who study under The Olivet Plan. In this unique educational experience, students engage in both curricular and co-curricular programs that combine real world experiences with lectures and service learning.
Olivet College offers 28 programs leading to a bachelor of arts degree, a master of arts in teaching degree, and dual degree programs with two higher education institutions in Michigan. Olivet is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The college offers opportunities for students to get involved in more than 20 clubs and organizations. Approximately 40 percent of all Olivet students participate in athletics on a non-scholarship basis. Olivet consistently has one of the most diverse student populations of any private institution in Michigan. In a typical year, the student body includes 20 percent minority students and international students from 14 countries. All of this makes the campus community a microcosm of the world - an ideal place for learning to live and work in the global society of the 21st century.