Olivet College in South Central Michigan

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Olivet College in South Central MichiganOlivet College in South Central Michigan received its State charter as a college in 1859 after being founded by Rev. John J. Shipherd.  He and 39 followers arrived to the wilderness hilltop now known as Olivet in 1844, with the dream of founding a coeducational Christian college open to students of all races. 

Olivet College in South Central Michigan is an architectural delight, and has grown over the years to several buildings in the City of Olivet since 1844. 

As Olivet College in South Central Michigan continued to grow during the 1930s and 40s, the college developed a national reputation for adopting the "Oxford model," a tutorial system used in European universities that relied heavily on seminars and interaction between faculty and students.

It was during this period that the college also sponsored a series of writers' conferences that brought some of the world's leading literary talents to Olivet College in South Central Michigan. Some of the now worldOlivet College in South Central Michigan famous writers at the time that participated in this program included Katherine Anne Porter, Sherwood Anderson and Ford Maddox Ford.

Olivet College in South Central Michigan was named by its founder Rev. Shipherd from the reference to the ‘Mount of Olives' from the bible.  The city of Olivet also carries this same name, naturally.   

Olivet College in South Central MichiganOlivet College in South Central Michigan is located 30 miles south of Lansing and 125 miles west of Detroit. It sits on a rolling hilltop shaded by huge maple and oak trees in the city of Olivet, a community of about 1,700 people. Olivet College in South Central Michigan is perhaps the most aesthetic college in the area that to this day still attracts students from around the U.S. 

Olivet College in South Central Michigan is a private, four-year liberal arts institution. As a small, coOlivet College in South Central Michiganeducational college, Olivet takes pride in recognizing its students as individuals. The campus features three residence halls, a campus-wide wireless network, computer labs, newly remodeled library, and a new athletic and recreation facility.

Students have the opportunity to participate in more than 30 student organizations and 11 Greek societies.  At present at Olivet College, the student body consists of 1126 students, and 96% are from Michigan. 

Olivet College in South Central Michigan is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, and has a faculty of 92 with a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1.   

As a Realtor I frequently work with investors interested in purchasing property for rentals in the Olivet area, as well as homeowners who want to relocate closer to the college for the benefit of their children's education. The college has a website: http://www.olivetcollege.edu/

If you are traveling through the area, be sure to take some time to visit Olivet College in South Central Michigan.

Olivet College in South Central Michigan

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Comments (4)

Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Beautiful pictures Michael * living in VA, it is interesting to see a college without BIG WHITE colummns and a rotunda

Aug 10, 2010 07:01 PM
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Great shots Mike!

Aug 10, 2010 11:30 PM
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI

Thanks for the comments.  I always am impressed with these buildings when I go to Olivet.  The college looks more like a small European city than the traditional college look.

Aug 11, 2010 01:06 AM
Mary Kay Hopkins
Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB - Lake Charles, LA

Michael, I so agree with you regarding the "European city" look.  What a gorgeous campus. Rev. Shipherd would be proud!

Aug 11, 2010 02:28 AM