It's Time for Something More
Olivet College is becoming The University of Olivet, signaling it is stronger, bolder, and more forward-looking as it unveils an array of new programs and begins serving new student groups.
To better reflect the more comprehensive institution it has evolved into, on May 19, the Olivet College Board of Trustees unanimously approved Olivet College becoming The University of Olivet, signaling its commitment to being stronger, bolder, and more forward-looking.
Throughout its history, Olivet has persisted in staying true to its mission by being daring, bold and forward-looking. President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., said, “In 1844, the legislature told us that ‘so long as Olivet had anything to do with the propagation of anti-slavery views,’ there would be no college charter. Our founders firmly believed that higher education should be open and welcome to all, regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic status; they persisted and became the Olivet Institute. When, in 1859, the State of Michigan was ready to accept the Olivet vision and mission for a more just society, we evolved and became Olivet College. Olivet continues to persist 179 years later.”
Olivet’s ambitious 2030: Vision for a Prosperous Future strategic plan precipitated the change. The plan calls for the institution to remain firmly rooted in its mission of serving undergraduate residential students engaged in a deeply immersive experience while launching a robust portfolio of online degree completion, graduate and workforce development programs to benefit students throughout Michigan, nationwide and worldwide.