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Enrollment at Olivet College reaches an all-time high
Sep 03, 2003

Olivet, Mich. – Enrollment at Olivet College has reached an all-time high, due in part to a record number of incoming students for this fall semester. With 449 new students, Olivets total enrollment for the 2003 fall semester stands at 1,064. This is the first time in the colleges 159-year history enrollment has surpassed 1,000 students.

Olivet features one of the most diverse student populations of any small, private college in Michigan. For the 2003 fall semester, the colleges minority and international student enrollment stands at 26 and 4 percent, respectively.

Olivet College has made some great progress the last few years and our record enrollment indicates we are continuing to move in the right direction, said Olivet President Don Tuski. Students are excited about the academic year and the expectations we have of them and the entire campus community. Our small class sizes, diverse student-body and intimate campus are what make Olivet so attractive and unique.

This years record enrollment comes on the heels of an outstanding 2002 fall semester, which featured Olivets third highest total enrollment of 941 students. That total included what was then an all-time high of 396 new fall semester students. The previous total enrollment record was 960 students in 2000.

Our record-breaking incoming class allows the institution to reach its total enrollment goal one year ahead of schedule, said Tom Shaw, Olivets vice president for enrollment management. Our goal was to reach total enrollment of 1,050 by fall of 2004. Not only is the incoming class much larger, it is also more prepared academically, arriving on campus from high school with higher grade point averages and ACT scores.

Olivet began the 2003 fall semester on Tuesday, Aug. 19.


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