OBS offers mentorship programs to help provide divers and approachable role models for incoming students. These Student Mentors are selected examples in their commitment to education, professionalism, Christian faith, and passion to help others. First year students are paired with supportive and informative Student Mentors where they can chat about adjustment to school life, spirituality, ministry practice, health, relationships, and campus activities. The program is meant to cultivate Christian faith in combination with a social and educational atmosphere.
After being admitted to OBS, students will be assigned a primary academic advisor: OSB Dean (or Director) and his/her faculty-status staff, or another faculty member. When possible, a faculty member who is familiar with the student's cultural background is assigned as an advisor or part of the advisory team. Online students with access to a local extension are connected with student service and faculty advisors nearest them, when possible.
The role of these advisors is to guide course selection and serve as a resource with regard to the university's policies and procedures. OBS values the spiritual and academic growth that may develop from healthy student-advisor relationships. Thus, students are encouraged to communicate with their advisors throughout their Olivet careers for advice and assistance in any academic issues.
It is to students' advantage to meet with their academic advisors at least once a quarter and to know their advisors well.
Academic Advising Center provides:
Academic Advising Center serves as a resource in relationship to University policies, procedures, and administrators.
It is the responsibility of the student to see that the proper courses for the intended major are taken in the proper sequence. Special care should be taken if a course is offered in alternate years. The Academic Dean and supporting faculty members/deans can also be consulted for assistance as necessary, but ultimately the student accepts responsibility for registration in the desired and needed courses.
Students are encouraged to communicate openly, but respectfully with all OBS staff members, and to seek spiritual guidance at any time, especially from the Director of Christian Service. Personal counseling is intended to help students better adjust to their experience and to provide support for their personal walks of faith. OBS also encourages students to maintain ties with EAPCA church leaders throughout their tenure at OBS, especially students who attend online.