New students and their families welcomed to Olivet

Orientation: A three-day Olivet event designed to help new students get answers and prepare for success.

June 29, 2018 Uncategorized

Connection is the focus of the special Orientation events hosted by Olivet Nazarene University’s Office of Admissions each summer. Connecting with Olivet faculty, staff and Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. Finding a roommate. Meeting future classmates. Making technical connections with Formalizing financial connections with the Tiger Card. Talking with advisors.

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During this three-day event on campus, parents learn more about Olivet’s values and mission. Learn meaningful ways to help their students make the transition from home life to college life. Learn how to face the financial realities with confidence.

The goal is to take care of all the necessary details before the first day of college arrives.

Orientation gives students and their parents time on campus together — from the worship kick-off service on Thursday evening to the closing breakfast on Saturday morning. 

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At the Friday evening dinner, the reality of being part of something bigger than themselves begins to take root. As Dr. Bowling tells the Olivet story, students begin to understand they are at Olivet because of an amazing series of events that began in 1907. 

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More details about Orientation here.

Orientation may also include some nervousness, a lot of anticipation and a little awkwardness. But as new students ease into life at Olivet, the benefits far outweigh any discomfort for them — and their parents. 

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Olivet students remember and value their Orientation experience. Just ask Rachel Sedgwick, a junior majoring in graphic design. “When I came to Orientation with my parents, I felt a lot of different emotions,” she says. “I was relieved that my college search was over, and I was ready to get started with this next chapter in my life. But I also just felt overwhelmed and unsure about what to expect.”

Rachel adds: “Olivet does an amazing job with welcoming people into a community. That became very evident to me the longer I was on campus. Orientation helps you conquer any fears you have about what’s next. You start the year feeling more equipped for the college experience.”

To learn more about becoming an Olivet student, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.


Published: 6/29/2018

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