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Olivet one of top Illinois colleges for student-professor ratio

Posted: Oct 29, 2013


Founded in 1907, Olivet is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 100 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, resulting in associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.


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Olivet is among the nation’s top colleges for student-professor ratio, according to The College Database. With a current ratio of 17 to 1, Olivet is ranked within the top 25 in Illinois, out of the state’s 179 accredited colleges and universities considered.

“For Olivet students, the learning experience is highly-individualized,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president for academic affairs. “Our professors get to know their students by name and circumstance, mentoring and coaching them along the way. Even as we’ve achieved record enrollments, we’ve strived to maintain small class sizes because that direct student-professor interaction is so core to the Olivet experience.”

Each of the top colleges is a four-year, non-profit college with an average ratio less than 20 students per instructor.

"In the smaller classrooms, it is possible to stop, ask questions and create classroom discussion to facilitate true learning,” said Mary DeMent of Quincy, Ill., a junior majoring in biology. “Additionally, Olivet’s student-professor ratio allows the professors to individually help students and develop friendships with them. All my professors keep an open-door policy, and I am absolutely comfortable dropping by their office to simply say hello."

For the fall 2013 semester, Olivet has an enrollment of 4,600 students, of which 2,793 are traditional undergraduates. strives to provide helpful information about colleges, universities, community colleges and vocational schools at the local city and state level. Accuracy of data is of paramount importance with hundreds of person hours devoted to ensuring that the highest quality data at the city and state level was used in the education and career sectors. Federal and state government data sources used include the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Census and the American Fact Finder. The highly talented and experienced staff at the Masters and Doctorate level are critical in the creation of