Quality education, student experience lead to record enrollment for Olivet College
Sep 10, 2012
With a record 504 new students enrolled for the fall semester, Olivet College’s total undergraduate enrollment stands at an all-time high 1,156. It is the largest student body total in the college’s 168-year history, according to school officials. In addition, the number of residential students on campus has greatly increased, with the college’s three residence halls and one apartment complex at full capacity.
“A record incoming class on the heels of our largest graduating class is a strong testament to the power and quality of the learning and living experience students are having here at Olivet College,” said President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D. “Students and their families know they can come to Olivet and receive an excellent education in an environment that promotes strong relationships among students and faculty, helps them grow and develop in an intimate learning community and, frankly, is a place where they can have fun.”
Olivet’s fall enrollment has surpassed the 1,000-student plateau for 10 consecutive years. The college takes pride in offering a quality, liberal arts education at an affordable cost while still providing the one-on-one attention that students who choose a small college deserve. Enrollment numbers continue to increase, thanks in part to Olivet’s focus on the overall student experience, as well as providing strong professional preparation within a contemporary liberal arts foundation.
“We are excited about our student enrollment this fall, and happy with the growth that we are seeing in our academic programs,” said Maria Davis, Ph.D., provost and dean of the college. “We have over 200 students majoring in the sciences, over 150 in criminal justice and nearly 100 in the insurance program. Even with these numbers, students still get the small college feel and personal connection with our faculty, with an average class size of just 17.”
Olivet continues to see a drive in enrollment each year thanks to new and improved academic programs, state-of-the-art facilities, strong financial aid packages and retention services. The college welcomed four new faculty members in August with expertise in the areas of insurance, health and human performance, business and economics, and psychology. The athletics staff has also contributed largely to recruiting with the addition of new head coaches in football, men’s basketball, men’s lacrosse, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, and swimming and diving.
In addition, students arrived to enhanced amenities on campus this fall, including several renovated classrooms and laboratories, new residence hall furniture, and parking lot improvements. Thanks to the support of alumni Dave Cutler and Tom Kolassa, the college’s Doris Laimbeer Fitness Center was completely remodeled and equipped with new exercise machinery. The fitness center in the Cutler Event Center was updated as well, and the Upton Center Gymnasium’s indoor pool was also completely remodeled.
“Our enrollment increase reflects a culture in which the entire campus is involved in the recruiting process,” said Melissa Casarez, director of admissions. “It is that culture that will contribute to continued growth into the future. The more we tell the story about Olivet College, the more students are interested.”
This year’s record enrollment comes on the heels of an outstanding spring 2012 semester, with the college graduating its largest class in history. With the college’s vision, Charting the Course for Olivet College 2020 and Beyond, under way, Olivet continues to focus on recruiting, retaining and graduating students who are successful in the classroom, and on into their respective career fields and communities.
Olivet College instills in students the value of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility. At Olivet, students not only develop the knowledge and skills to become professionally and economically successful, they learn that with success comes responsibility to make a positive difference in the world. This has enabled the college to develop graduates who are highly sought after by employers and graduate schools; many within the state of Michigan.