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Steven M. Corey, Ph.D.

Steven M. Corey, Ph.D.

I’m pleased that you have an interest in learning more about Olivet and our wonderful college community. Whether you’re a prospective or current student, the parent of a student, an OC alum, or just a friend who’s trying to find out more about the college, I hope you’ll find what you’re looking for. If not, be sure to let us know and we’ll do the best we can to assist you.

For those of you who are trying to decide if this could be the college for you, let me share a little about who and what we are. As you may know already, Olivet College is a private, liberal arts college with very strong professional programs and faculty who view themselves as both scholars and facilitators of learning.  We’re known for our values-based mission encapsulated by the motto, Education for Individual and Social Responsibility, where responsibility is woven across the entire curriculum and 100 percent of our students participate in service learning. We’re a place where students come to develop the knowledge and skills to become professionally and economically successful, but to also learn that with success comes responsibility to make a positive difference in the world. This has enabled us to develop graduates who are highly sought after by employers and graduate schools; our placement rates with both are high. 

The college is located in Olivet, an intimate college-town in southcentral Michigan, which provides students with an ability to focus on their education away from distractions. Yet, we’re only 30 to 40 minutes from Battle Creek and the state capital of Lansing. Consistent with our Congregational roots as the first college in the state to admit women and minorities on an equal basis with white men, we also have one of the most diverse student populations of any private, liberal arts college in Michigan. Our student body is also made up of a strong mixture of first-generation college students, students from urban and rural backgrounds, and students of all socioeconomic backgrounds, with 50 percent qualifying for Federal Pell Grants. Unlike many other small colleges, students can come to Olivet and look left, look right, and find someone who is different from them. This provides a tremendous experience and advantage for Olivet graduates over those from other private colleges.

In short, I hope you’ll find that this is a good place for you.  If so, we’d love to have you join us.

Best wishes and thanks for your interest in Olivet.

Steven M. Corey, Ph.D.
President

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