Under the direction of the Vice President for Student Development, a concerted effort is made to encourage the development of the whole person. Through numerous organized activities, an extensive system of counseling and guidance, a supportive residence hall program, and a well-developed system of the Associated Students and Student Council, each student is encouraged to develop his/her full potential of leadership as a well-integrated person.
Olivet provides an effective counseling program, which is designed to make capable and mature advisers available to students. Each entering freshman is assigned to a faculty member who serves as an academic adviser. The adviser is generally from the department of the student's major area of study. Faculty advisers are also assigned for students who are undeclared or undecided majors.
Besides the assigned adviser, the student is encouraged to utilize all of the counseling services on the campus, including the Vice President for Student Development, the Associate Dean of Student Development, the Chaplain to the University, the Associate Dean of Community Life, Registrar, Counseling and Career Center, Director of the Center for Student Success, the Director of Retention, resident directors, student resident assistants, the administrative personnel of the University, faculty, and all area pastors.