Olivet Community Schools students will now be automatically admitted to Olivet College, thanks to Olivet Direct!, a new program that makes the admissions process faster and easier for qualified students. President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., and Olivet Community Schools Superintendent John Mertz signed the Olivet Direct! agreement on March 13.
Direct admission allows high-achieving students to lock in their acceptance and financial aid award without requiring them to go through a lengthy admissions process. The College launched the program in December 2022.
“Olivet College is a proud neighbor of Olivet Community Schools. We are thrilled that Olivet High School students will be able to take advantage of direct admission to a college right in their backyard and benefit from our generous financial awards structure,” said President Corey. “An Olivet College education alters the trajectory of a person’s life. A four-year degree increases a person’s lifetime earnings, opens the door to countless career possibilities, broadens life experiences, and offers opportunities to build lasting friendships and mentorships with diverse populations.”
Further, Olivet Community Schools high school students may qualify for the Olivet College ADVANTAGE Scholarship, which will cover the full cost of published tuition and general fees after all federal, state, and institutional grants and scholarships are applied. To qualify for free tuition, seniors must be eligible for the new state Michigan Achievement Scholarship, be Pell-eligible and have been a Michigan resident for at least one year. The Olivet College ADVANTAGE Scholarship aims to guarantee students, especially first-generation students and those from low-to-moderate-income families throughout Michigan, a quality, relationship-based college experience.
Superintendent Mertz said, “Olivet Community Schools is thrilled to be able to offer the Olivet Direct! Program to our high school seniors. This program makes the goal of attending college much easier and the Olivet College ADVANTAGE scholarship makes attending college financially attainable. Having Olivet Community Schools students choose to stay local and attend Olivet College is a tremendous positive for both the college and the school district. Olivet Community Schools has enjoyed a great relationship with Olivet College. We are very grateful to be able to provide this fantastic opportunity to our students and look forward to our continued partnership with the College.”
Established in 1844, Olivet College is a residential, relationship-based institution in south-central Michigan. The College remains dedicated to its academic vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility by providing a quality higher education to all, regardless of gender, race or financial means. Olivet College is committed to each student’s personal, academic, and career success from enrollment to graduation. The College offers 34 majors and 26 minors, including a nationally-ranked insurance and risk management major, criminal justice, business, sports psychology and more. Olivet College graduates have the confidence to be more than they ever dreamed and the conscience to do good in the world around them. www.olivetcollege.edu
Olivet Community Schools is a K-12 school district with 1,267 students located in Olivet, Michigan. The district is well known for outstanding academic achievement and a well-rounded educational experience, including an outstanding fine arts program, an award-winning Future Farmers of America (FFA) program, and a wide range of athletic programs to choose from. Olivet Community Schools is a “destination district” as many parents and students from throughout the area select Olivet Community Schools as their school of choice. www.olivetschools.org