Move In Day and Beyond

Welcome, Comets!

Welcome New Students!

Whether this is your first time leaving home for college or you are transferring to The University of Olivet, we’re thrilled to have you join our “family.” The University of Olivet is your home away from home, and we want you to feel comfortable and welcome at all times.

Setting up your living space, meeting roommates and other students, starting class and getting into the rhythm of studying can be stressful. But, it can – and will – also be FUN! OC faculty, staff and volunteers are here for you every step of the way, starting now. If you’re ever unsure of where to go or what to do, just ask and someone will help — because that’s what family does.

To assist you in preparing for this new chapter in your life, we’ve prepared some schedules and checklists to help keep track of everything you’ll need to think about in the coming weeks.

Before Arriving

To ensure there will be no surprises when you arrive for move-in, you’ll want to make sure you have completed the following:


Contact the Student Services office at sas@uolivet.edu or 269.749.7645, or your admissions representative for any questions about these items.

Move-In Dates 2022

The number one question you and your family probably have right now is, when do you move in? Start packing your bags and loading up the car because we’ll be seeing you soon!

August 11

Out of state and international students optional early move-in day.

August 12

New students, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

August 14

Returning students, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Student-athletes should check with their coach(es) for their move-in day details.

When You Arrive

On Move-In Day there will be The University of Olivet volunteers available to help you with your move – look for the people with smiling faces wearing red! From helping residents find their dorm rooms, to moving boxes and answering questions, the volunteers will dedicate their day to making you and your family feel welcome and excited about living on campus. So don’t hesitate to ask questions — or hand us a tote full of clothes!

First Things First: Get Your Room Key!

The first thing to do when you arrive is leave all of your belongings in your locked car — don’t start unpacking just yet! First you need to check in at your residence hall, complete a few forms and get your room keys. Once you have your room key, it’s official and it’s time to unpack!

ALT Weekend Schedule


8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Market in the Square: Local vendors, photo booth, information station and more.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

President’s Picnic in The Square. All are invited!

1 – 1:30 p.m.

Transition Ceremony. Congregational Church.

2 – 4 p.m.

Advanced Learning Term (ALT) Kick-Off: Welcome and Creating Community Activities. Mott Auditorium.

5 – 6 p.m.

Dinner at the KC.*

6 – 7:45 p.m.

Free time (activities will be available).

8 – 10:30 p.m.

Residence Life S’mores Night. Open to all new students.

Saturday, August 13

8 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast at the KC.*

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

ALT – A series of presentations to provide answers to your most burning questions about college and to give you the tools you need to succeed in your first year. Mott Auditorium.

12 – 1 p.m.

Lunch at the KC.*

1:30 – 3 p.m.

No Zebras Program – for all new students. Upton Gym.

3 – 4:30 p.m.

Creating Community Activities.

5 – 6 p.m.

Dinner at the KC.*

6 – 7:45 p.m.

Free time – lawn games, volleyball and more fun!

8 – 9 p.m.

The University of Olivet Compact Activities.  Residence Halls.

9 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Game and Movie Night at Cutler – All students are invited! Cutler Event Center

Sunday, August 14

8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1  – 5 p.m.

Returning Students Move-In.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Optional Interdenominational Christian Church Service. Olivet Congregational Church.

11:30 – 12:30

Brunch at the KC.*

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Fall Athletes – mandatory meeting. Cutler Event Center.

2 – 5 p.m.

Free time – lawn games, volleyball and more fun!

4 – 5 p.m.

Winter and Spring Athletes – mandatory meeting. Cutler Event Center.

5 – 6 p.m.

Dinner at the KC.*

6 – 7 p.m.

Free time.

8 – 9 p.m.

Mandatory Residence Hall Meeting – all residential students must attend.

9 – 11 p.m.

Walking Tacos and Pool Party – all new students are invited! Upton Gym and Pool.

Note: All new students are expected to attend the sessions listed in bold above.

*Meals are available at no cost to commuting students. Just give your name at the KC front desk when you enter.

What to Bring

What to bring, what not to bring. That’s always a tough question for new students. You’ll want to feel at home, but you’ll have limited space. Some items are essential and others are nice to have. And some stuff you’ll just want to leave at home as they are prohibited.

Included in Your Room
  • Curtains or shades
  • Bed and mattress
  • Dresser
  • Desk with chairs
  • Closet space
Items Allowed
  • Refrigerator under 4 cubic feet
  • Microwave 800 watts or less
  • Heavy duty extension cords and surge protectors (three-prong)
  • Television and cable cord
  • Desk and/or floor lamp
  • Storage totes and organizers
  • Desk or standing fan
  • Area rug or carpet
  • Hangers
  • Spare blankets
  • Plates, forks and cups
  • Shower caddy
  • First-aid kit
  • Small sewing kit
  • Bath mat and bathroom cleaning supplies for Shipherd residents as each suite has their own bathroom
  • Cleaning supplies such as Windex, Pledge and paper towels
  • Anything to make the room feel homey (photos and posters)
  • Scotch 3M command strips to attach items to the walls
  • Coffee makers with heating element that shuts off after brewing
  • Television and cable cord
  • Area rug
Items to Leave at Home
  • George Foreman grills
  • Crock pots
  • Toasters/toaster ovens
  • Hot plates
  • Hot pots
  • Candles
  • Coffee pots with an open heating source
  • Anything that has an exposed heating coil or does not automatically shut off
  • Pets, with the exception of harmless fish in a tank smaller than 10 gallons
  • Fryers, air fryers, frying pans
  • Electric sauce pans
  • Skillets
  • Bread makers
  • Halogen lamps
  • Pizza Pizzazz
  • Air conditioners

If you are unsure about what you are permitted to bring, don’t hesitate to reach out to the housing team at housing@uolivet.edu.

Contact Information

Wondering who to contact with questions? From last minute admissions questions to where to find Starbucks and more, you’ll find it on the helpful list below. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t ever hesitate to ask anyone. We are here to help on Move In Day and beyond!

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Olivet, MI 49076

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