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New class largest ever at Olivet College
Sep 06, 2002

The Olivet College Office of Enrollment Management has announced the largest entering class in school history. The school welcomes 394 new full- and part-time students, including 281 first-year students and 113 transfers. Olivets total enrollment of 928 is the second highest in school history.

According to Tom Shaw, Olivets vice president for enrollment management, prospective students looking for a personalized liberal arts experience were intrigued with Olivets message of education for individual and social responsibility. The incoming students join returning Olivetians from all over the United States and nine countries to make up one of the most diverse student populations of any small, private school in Michigan.

Saleef Kafajouffe, dean of students and vice president of the college, anticipates great things from the entering class. The grade point averages and ACT scores of our entering class are up significantly, underscoring Olivets drive for academic excellence, said Kafajouffe.

Olivets department of athletics has a big reason to be excited about the incoming class as 260 of the students intend on participating in athletics. This is the largest number of new student-athletes ever for Olivet.

This entering class brings drive, said Nancy Van Hoozier, director of womens athletics at Olivet. What we are seeing in terms of the excitement of our new student-athletes is monumental. Each of our 19 athletic teams will benefit from these great new additions.

Shaw said that bringing up the caliber as well as the number of students at Olivet is part of the schools strategic initiatives.

The size of this extremely bright entering class creates the momentum that will ensure we reach our planned total enrollment of 1,050 by 2004, said Shaw. This is just another way in which Olivet is moving in all the right directions.


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