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Admissions Requirements

Application – An application form may be submitted by mail or electronically at by selecting "Apply to Olivet" (see the "Quick Links" drop down navigation menu).

Essays – Applicants must submit a written essay approximately 500-750 words in length describing 1) their personal faith in Jesus Christ and 2) reasons for applying to Olivet University. 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.

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 schools or universities. Applicants are responsible for making sure this information is mailed directly to Olivet University from the issuing educational institution. 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.

Test Scores – Submit SAT/ACT test scores. A minimum of a combined Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of 1650 or an American School Test (ACT) composite score of 24. (Students who have not taken the SAT or ACT are evaluated on their country's equivalent of a school-entrance standardized test.)

If an applicant submits multiple score reports, the highest score earned in each single sub score of the examination is used. A redefined SAT-Total will be calculated by adding the highest verbal and highest math scores. A redefined ACT composite will be calculated as an average of the best scores in each of the four areas.

NOTE: SAT I/ACT test scores are not required to establish the admission eligibility of applicants with high school grade point averages of 3.00 or above. 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.

Recommendations – Applicants must submit three recommendation letters. One letter must be a reference from a church pastor who is knowledgeable about the applicant's church involvement, preferably from an Evangelical Assembly of Presbyterian Church in America (EAPCA) denomination. The other two recommendations should come from someone who is able to comment on your professional and educational goals and potential. This could be a professor or supervisor. Recommendations may not be from a member of your immediate family or your spouse.

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

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