Undergraduate Admissions

How to Apply

1. Application Form – Prospective students interested in applying to Olivet University must submit the application form through http://apply.myolivet.com/ Olivet University does not accept the Common Application.

2. Essays – Applicants must submit a written essay approximately 700-1000 words in length describing their personal faith in Jesus Christ. Applicants must also submit their admission essay no less than 1000 words, describing their reason for applying to the University and their study plan. All applicants to Olivet University should evince a strong a Christian character, potential for effectiveness in Christian ministry, and the scholastic ability and emotional maturity to handle a higher education experience.

3. High School Transcripts – Applicants to Olivet University’s undergraduate degree programs must submit an official high school transcript from public, private, or home school or official transcripts undertaken at all colleges or universities. Applicants who have not graduated from high school must attain the General Educational Development (GED) certificate before admission. If applicants who reside in the United States but attended school in foreign countries are unable to produce the required documents, evidence may include certification from other official sources.

Applicants are responsible for making sure this information is mailed directly from the issuing educational institution to Olivet University:

Olivet University
Attn: Admissions
36401 Tripp Flats Rd.
Anza, CA 92539

4. Test Scores – Applicants must submit SAT/ACT test scores, with exceptions*. If an applicant submits multiple score reports, the highest score earned in each single sub score of the examination is used.

*NOTE: SAT /ACT test scores are not required to establish the admission eligibility of applicants with high school grade point averages of 3.00 or above in a 4.0 scale. While applicants are not required to submit test scores to Olivet if they earn at least a 3.00 average, it is recommended that they submit standardized admission tests, which can be helpful for the purposes of advising and placement in appropriate courses.

5. English Language Proficiency

A. Prospective students whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction must demonstrate college-level proficiency in English through one of the following for admission:

  1. Undergraduate Studies: A minimum score of 500 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 61 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), or 173 on the computer-based test (CBT), a 6.0 on the International English Language Test (IELTS), or 44 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report. A high school diploma completed at an accredited/recognized high school (where the medium of instruction is English).
  2. A minimum grade of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS’s English as a Second Language Placement Test;
  3. A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam;
  4. A minimum B-2 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge;
  5. A transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester credit hours with an average grade of “C” or higher at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or accepted foreign equivalent that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities where the language of instruction was English.
  6. A diploma of completion of the Certificate in English as a Second Language program from Olivet University or passing the Olivet Language Studies Proficiency Test (OLSPT) in English with scores at or above: total score 75, writing score 7, speaking score 18. (Some majors only accept this test score when achieved during enrollment in the in-residence Certificate in English as a Second Language program. (For example B.A. in Journalism.) Check the respective curriculum chapters in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.)

B. Transcripts not in English must be evaluated by an appropriate third party and translated into English or evaluated by a trained transcript evaluator fluent in the language on the transcript. In this case, the evaluator must have expertise in the educational practices of the country of origin and include an English translation of the review.

6. Recommendations – Applicants must submit at least two recommendation letters. Submitting three recommendation letters is highly recommended. One letter must be a reference from an World Olivet Assembly (WOA) church pastor who is knowledgeable about the applicant’s church involvement. The other recommendation letter should be submitted by persons qualified to speak about the applicant’s academic and/or professional abilities, as described on the recommendation forms provided by Olivet University. Recommendations may not be from a member of your immediate family or your spouse.

7. Statement of Faith – Applicants must sign Olivet University’s Statement of Faith.

8. Application Fee – Applicants must submit a $75.00 non-refundable application fee

Provisional Undergraduate Admission

When evaluating the admission eligibility of an applicant still enrolled in the final year of high school, coursework in progress is included in the tally of required quarters/semesters of study. Admission notices issued on the basis of evaluation of an eight or ten-quarter (or four to five semester) record will stipulate that coursework in progress must be completed successfully and all Olivet University admission requirements satisfied prior to high school graduation. A preliminary admission offer may be rescinded for applicants who do not accurately report their academic performance or who do not retain eligibility at the time of high school graduation, e.g., failure to complete courses in progress, failure to maintain the grade point average, etc.

Applicants must submit an official high school transcript showing date of graduation. Applicants for whom admission decisions cannot be made on the basis of reported information will be notified of additional information requirements by the campus.