General Studies

General Studies courses and peer-programming are designed to come alongside students to foster confidence and competence across all areas of study.

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The Department of General Studies exists to help undergraduate students transition to university-level curriculum, set academic and life goals, and develop academic skills and attitudes required for personal and professional success.

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Supporting Students’ Academic Success

Olivet has a variety of General Studies courses in place to support students as they pursue their degrees. Courses are provided for students who want to reinforce the foundational skills necessary to meet and exceed expectations for undergraduate coursework.

Supplemental course instruction is offered for several general education courses.

First-Year Seminar

This class is designed for all freshmen.

Essentials of Learning

Learning Success Strategies

Exploring Vocation and Life Calling

Student Goals

Students who participate in General Studies programming will:

  • Take responsibility for their academic progress and success.
  • Understand their own learning process and how to apply success strategies to all undergraduate coursework.
  • Learn about all support services available to them throughout their academic career.
  • Seek appropriate and timely help to reach personal and academic goals.


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The Rick & Debbie Dykhouse

Center for Academic Excellence

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) exists to strengthen academic behaviors, provide academic support, and foster academic scholarship for all undergraduate students from enrollment through degree completion.

Learn More About the CAE