Student Success Services

Student Success Services exists to assist students as they transition to and navigate their college experience.

The Student Success Services team comes alongside students by providing opportunities for them to increase their sense of belonging, engage in academic and social communities and access resources to assist in graduation and career plans.

First Year Experience

The first year is a vital time in the undergraduate experience, and it takes campus-wide coordination and collaboration to help students transition to college life and find a sense of belonging in the Olivet campus community. Over the course of the first year, topics being addressed include, but are not limited to: time and stress management, study skills, academic planning, diversity, goal setting, proper use of technology, Olivet's resources, interpersonal skills, career exploration and spiritual growth opportunities. These themes are addressed at different points throughout their first year including activities like, Summer Orientation, Jumpstart new student conference, First Year Seminar, OAR peer mentoring groups, Upper Room worship nights, dorm and class events, academic department workshops, multi-ethnic events and weekly chapel services. 


Retention is a campus-wide initiative and is a priority for faculty and staff as we support students in the academic and social evolution throughout their entire Olivet experience. We work together to anticipate potential issues that might cause a student to get off track. Students have access to numerous resources that assist them at any point in their college journey, whether it is tutoring for a specific course, access to career or life-coaching staff or peer coaching opportunities. Accountability is built into our program in hopes to help students maximize their full potential.

The Rick and Debbie Dykhouse Center for Academic Excellence >
Meet the Faculty >

Career Development for Students

The Office of Career Development assists the traditional student population with career development and employment needs during the college years, and provides the essential career resources to help students enter and navigate the professional world.

Learn More

Contact Information:

Contact: (815) 939-5243
Location: The Rick & Debbie Dykhouse Center for Academic Excellence on the 1st floor of Benner Library

Request Info

Learn why Olivet’s dedication to faith and integrity have earned its rank as Illinois's number one Christian university.


Campus Visit

We offer several different ways for you to visit our beautiful campus! Whether you visit in person or online, choose a personalized visit or energetic event day, we want to show you all that Olivet has to offer.

Start your Visit

Apply to Olivet

It all starts here! We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. All completed applications receive equal consideration.

Apply now

Career Development

Career Development supports all undergraduate students across all majors and departments. We provide Olivet students with access to information, employers and services as we strive to serve them at any point of their journey from career exploration to professional employment. Our services include:

  • Career information, assessments and resources
  • Managing off-campus job/internship/volunteer postings
  • Job/internship assistance, including networking opportunities
  • Assistance with writing résumés, CV and cover letters
  • Coaching on interview preparation and etiquette
  • Facilitating multiple career fairs each year
  • Providing classroom seminars on various career development topics


Career Development For Employers

When it comes to employability, Olivet students have an extraordinary reputation. Employers seek them out because they are young men and women of character, with a strong work ethic and a solid educational background. And with a worldwide network of 32,000 Olivet alumni — and many more friends — the possibilities of student internships and post-graduation jobs are virtually limitless. HandshakeOlivet's online career portal, helps build these connections.

Learn More

Take the Next Step

Apply Today

Ready to take the next step? Applying takes only a few minutes, and is a great way to get the ball rolling. It helps us know you are serious about college, and considering Olivet. We will take it from there!

Apply Today

Visit Online

Explore campus with an online tour and set-up a virtual meeting with your admissions counselor. Of course, you will want to come to campus as soon as possible, but our online visit should help you in the meantime.

Begin Online Visit

Schedule a Visit

Excited to experience more? We’d love to plan a personalized visit just for you. Click below and we’ll schedule a time for you to travel to Olivet, take a campus tour, meet your admissions counselor, and visit with a professor.

Schedule your Visit