Academic advising is an on-going, intentional, educational partnership dedicated to student academic success. After being admitted to the University, students will be assigned to an academic advisor. Whenever possible, students are assigned additional advisors in the area of study in which the students have expressed an interest. The role of these advisors is to guide course selection and serve as a resource with regard to the university’s policies and procedures. Olivet 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
Academic Advising Center provides:
  • Information about academic programs and policies.
  • Guidance in course registration.
  • Advice and assistance in any academic or vocational problems that may arise.
  • Advisors to help students who encounter academic difficulties strategize ways to improve their performance.
  • Evaluation of transfer courses and assessment of credits awarded.
  • Assistance in conveying information about special needs to professors.
  • Assistance in obtaining academic and classroom accommodations, if needed.
  • Advice and counseling regarding learning or physical disabilities.
  • Information about petitioning respective colleges for exceptions to academic policies.

Academic Advising serves as a resource in relationship to institutional 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 Division Chair and supporting faculty members can also be consulted for assistance as necessary, but ultimately the student accepts responsibility for registration in the desired and needed courses.


Should there arise a scenario in which an exception to an academic policy seems necessary, students may file a request online in the Student Services Center in Populi.


In order for the Office of the Registrar to release a transcript, federal law requires a signature from the student requesting his/her transcript. Transcript request forms may be found in the Student Records area of Populi. Transcripts are issued with set fees. Please see fee schedule included in this Catalog.

Verbal requests, whether in person or over the phone, cannot be processed. A transcript request from a student on hold for unpaid fines or bills will not be processed until his/her financial obligations are met. Transcripts are generally processed within 24 hours of the request.


Students are encouraged to communicate openly, but respectfully, with all OUI staff members, and to seek spiritual guidance at any, especially from Director of Student Services. Personal counseling is intended to help students better adjust to their University experience and to provide support for their personal walks of faith. OUI also encourages students to maintain ties with WOA church leaders throughout their studies at OUI.

OUI also allows students to seek counseling services available in their local areas by requesting referrals from our office.


Students who need extra assistance because of academic difficulties may arrange for tutoring through their Academic Advisors. The University believes in giving every student the opportunity for individualized assistance outside of the normal class setting. Online tutoring sessions help students clarify points from lectures, labs, discussion sessions, or assigned readings. All tutoring sessions are intended to supplement, not replace, any class attendance or personal study time.

Study sessions provide students with the opportunity to meet with instructors for individual assistance. Students who take advantage of study sessions are expected to perform better in the classroom. Should an instructor determine a student’s progress in one or more areas to be unsatisfactory or below normal (typically considered less than C- work), the instructor may suggest an online study session.