Olivet reports another year of strong enrollment with a total of 4,600 traditional undergraduate, graduate and adult students. The fall 2013 enrollment breaks numerous records in the University’s 106-year history, including the largest groups of: traditional undergraduates (2,793); full-time students (3,185); residential students (2,212); and new traditional undergraduate students (940, including first-time freshmen and transfers).
“Families are continuing to recognize the long-term value, academic strength and life-transforming potential of an Olivet education,” said Susan Wolff, dean of undergraduate enrollment. “We hear it time and again, from the moment students first step foot on this campus, they experience a sense of belonging.”
In the last year, more than 2,000 families — also a record — arranged personalized campus visits through Olivet’s Office of Admissions.
The academic profile among the incoming class also remains strong. Among the first-time freshmen, 8 percent achieved ACT composite scores of 30 or higher; nationwide, only 4 percent of test takers achieve such scores.
With more than 1,200 new students enrolled during the last fiscal year, the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies
(SGCS) continues to expand the reach of Olivet. Solid growth continues in all academic areas.
Now approved by the Higher Learning Commission to host programs in more than 200 locations throughout Illinois — including the extension centers in Oak Brook and Rolling Meadows — the SGCS has also received approval to extend the on-ground presence in the states of Michigan and Indiana this fall. In addition, the School is now approved in 38 states to conduct online programming and currently has approximately 1,300 students enrolled in online courses.
“With the Hong Kong extension location, Olivet’s mission is truly extending around the world,” said Ryan Spittal, vice president for strategic expansion. “With all of this growth and expansion, the SGCS is continuing to reach new audiences and locations that are being impacted by the University’s mission.”
Olivet’s fall enrollment data is based on the 10-day count, the standard used by colleges and universities nationwide to measure student enrollment. Its timing is based on the start of the traditional undergraduate calendar.