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3 reasons Florida student chooses Olivet

Posted: Mar 17, 2017


When Caleb Gray visited Olivet Nazarene University, he experienced an even stronger pull to enroll at Olivet.

Caleb Gray is feeling pulled these days. Pulled by soccer. Pulled by his Florida friends. Pulled by his career choice of environmental engineering. But when he visited Olivet Nazarene University during spring break in March 2016, for soccer camp in July, and for Purple & Gold Days in October, he experienced an even stronger pull to enroll at Olivet.

“Most of my Florida friends will go to state schools,” Caleb says. “They keep asking me why I want to go up north, why I want to go to college so far away.”

Here’s why Caleb is choosing Olivet.

1. Environmental engineering program
“Seeing the quality of Olivet’s engineering program is eye-opening,” Caleb says. He has researched a lot of engineering schools and discovered that very few offer environmental engineering in a Christian setting. He is drawn to the Walker School of Engineering because it is preparing engineers with a Christian purpose.

2. Relationship with Tiger men’s soccer team and coaches
When Caleb attended the soccer camp on campus this past summer, he was impressed by the mentoring relationship that the coaches have with the players. “Olivet’s coaches are involved with their players and take a personal interest in them,” he says. “That’s different from what I’ve experienced in high school.”

3. Academic scholarship offer
Caleb will be graduating from high school fourth in his class with a 4.4 GPA. Olivet is rewarding him with financial aid based on his achievements.

Sharing Purple & Gold Days (and some Monical’s Pizza) with his dad, Rusty ’90, sealed the selection for Caleb. “Having my dad here with me and getting the ball rolling for my becoming an Olivet student is the best part of this weekend,” Caleb says. The two met with a professor, had an entrance interview with an admissions counselor, met with a family advocate and met with an enrollment advisor. And they still found time to enjoy attending football and soccer games while on campus.

Caleb’s younger brother, Sam, is a high school junior. He’s already looking at Olivet and the Tiger men’s basketball program.

For more information about Olivet’s Purple & Gold Days events, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.

Percentage of Olivet freshmen who achieved ACT composite scores of 30 or higher (4% achieve this nationally)