Student Services

Academic Advisors

Olivet University’s academic advising is coordinated by the Office of Academic Affairs, with support from the Office of Student Affairs. Some of Olivet University’s Office of Academic Affairs main functions are to provide guidance in course registration, to serve as a resource in relationship to University policies, procedures, and administrators, and to provide advice and assistance in any academic, vocational, or personal problems that may arise.

Upon admission to Olivet University , each student is assigned two advisors, usually the Program Director from the student’s College (the Academic Advisor) and a faculty member from the student’s College (Faculty Advisor). The role of these advisors is to guide course selection and serve as a resource with regard to the University’s policies and procedures. Olivet University values the spiritual and academic growth that may develop from healthy student-advisor relationships. Thus, students are encouraged to communicate with their advisors throughout their Olivet careers for advice and assistance in any academic issues.

It is the responsibility of the student to see that the proper courses for the intended major are taken in the proper sequence. Special care should be taken if a course is offered in alternate years. The Academic Dean and supporting faculty members/deans can also be consulted for assistance as necessary, but ultimately the student accepts responsibility for registration in the desired and needed courses.


Olivet’s Office of Student Affairs has adopted the following directives to serve as guidelines with regards to meeting the translation needs of the University’s student body:

  • We will provide ‘second mile’ services to provide for the needs of our overwhelmingly international student body by intentionally positioning academic staff and teaching assistants who speak multiple languages as bridges between students and faculty to facilitate high quality education.
  • Though all courses required for students to graduate are offered in English, we will serve our students by trying our best to offer required courses in languages other than English when possible.
  • We will seek to provide library collections in the native languages of our students to support their learning in their own language.


Students who need extra assistance because of academic difficulties may arrange for tutoring through their Academic Advisor. The University believes in giving every student the opportunity for individualized assistance outside of the normal class setting. Tutoring sessions help students clarify points from lectures, labs, discussion sessions, or assigned readings. All tutoring sessions are intended to supplement, not replace, any class attendance or personal study time.

Options for On-Campus Students

Study sessions provide on-campus students with the opportunity to meet with instructors for individual assistance or to use facilities and equipment for individual study or practice. Students who take advantage of study sessions are expected to perform better in the classroom. Should your instructor determine your progress in one or more areas to be unsatisfactory or below normal (typically considered less than C-work), the instructor may recommend attendance at a study session or office hours. Online tutoring options are also available through the Academic Advisors.

Options for Online Courses

The University provides students who are taking online classes with the opportunity to meet with instructors through weekly online office hours.

Ralph D. Winter Library

The Ralph D. Winter Library is open to students Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM , Saturday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM , and is closed Sunday and holidays.

ID Cards

All students are required to have an ID card distributed by the Office of Student Affairs. A valid ID card is required for attendance at most student activities. It is also necessary when checking out library materials. Replacement ID cards are available for a $15.00 fee. Loaning an ID card to another person is prohibited.

Student Volunteer Opportunities

The Office of the Academic Dean, in consultation with the Dean of Students coordinates all on-campus volunteer opportunities. The University accepts student volunteers in the areas of library, janitorial services, and divisional assistants. The Office of Academic Affairs coordinates all off-campus curricular and co-curricular opportunities, whether part-time or fulltime.

Students should seek employment opportunities that in no way compromise their Christian testimony. A work environment should be safe, without undue risk of physical or emotional harm. Students should not work in an environment that requires them to sell pornographic or occult material. Students wishing to work in an establishment that serves alcoholic beverages in a ‘family style’ atmosphere must first submit a written request to the Dean of Students for review and approval. Employment in certain ‘family style’ restaurants may be given approval; a student will not be allowed to work in a ‘bar’ environment or work as the bartender in a restaurant. The University reserves the right to review a student’s employment and to ask the student to resign from a position that does not meet these requirements.


The Olivet University campus has no dormitory facilities, but has located housing nearby the campus for interested students. Still, student housing varies considerably depending on the individual requirements of each student. The campus staff is happy to help students in searching for suitable housing.