Welcome to Olivet University, where future leaders and scholars are equipped to change the world for Jesus Christ.


1. Complete the Undergraduate Admission Application. OU prefers students to apply online.

2. Submit Application Fee.

The Fall 2009 the application fee is $100. You may pay with a credit card with the online application or submit a non-refundable application fee in the form of a check or money order drawn on a U.S. Banking Affiliate and made payable to Olivet University. Do not send cash or international postal money orders. Application fees cannot be waived or transferred to a future application.

3. Official transcript(s)

You must submit an official transcript from each of the undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended. Have official transcripts mailed to:

Olivet University
Attn: Olivet School of Media and Communication
1025 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

If you completed coursework through a study abroad program, you must provide a separate transcript from the host institution unless all study abroad course titles and grades are listed on your primary transcript. All official academic transcripts must be official documents bearing the institutional seal and signature of the institution's registrar. They must be submitted in the original, sealed envelope from the institution. Unofficial transcripts printed from a school website will not be considered.

If an original transcript is not in English, the applicant must submit both the official transcript and its English translation. Both the official transcript and the translation should be submitted in one sealed envelope. If the institution attended does not provide an English translation with the official transcript, a certified, verbatim English translation from a translation service must be obtained and submitted in a sealed envelope, endorsed across the seal. Columbia University has no preferred translating services.

4. Two Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation from two individuals must be submitted as part of your application. One letter must be from an ordained pastor with the Evangelical Association of Presbyterian Churches. The second letter can be written by a teacher or supervisor who is familiar with your academic and/or professional skills and talents.

Letters of recommendation forms should be mailed to Olivet University directly from each reference person.

5. Two Personal Statements

Essay A: Autobiographical Essay (750-word limit)
A written statement describing your personal faith in Jesus Christ as it relates to a Christian conversion experience and/or development in Christian character

Essay B: Program/Interests Essay (750-word limit)
A personal essay describing your interest in applying to Olivet School of Media and Communication.

Some questions to consider:

  • What made you interested in journalism?
  • How will a degree in Journalism further your objectives for personal, academic or professional development?
  • What do you plan to do with after graduating with a degree in Journalism?

4. Submit evidence of English language proficiency.

Have your ACT, SAT, TOEFL or IELTS score sent directly to OU.

TOEFL: The official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report can be sent directly to OU from the Educational Testing Service. Please visit

IELTS: For information about this test and registration procedures, contact the IELTS Office, University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate, 1 Hills Road, Cambridge/CB1 2EU, UK or visit

5. An active Email address

During the admissions process, we will communicate with you by email only. It is essential that you have a reliable email account that you check on a daily basis and that blockers and bulk mail filters are disabled from this account. Mail filters sometimes interfere with our communications. Note: the admissions office will post copies of all e-mail communications in your "Apply yourself" message center.

6. Submit your financial guarantee.

In compliance with Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, all international applicants on the F-1 (student) or J-1 (exchange) visa must provide evidence of sufficient funds available for their studies. The Financial Guarantee, dated within the past six months, must be co-signed by an authorized bank or representative of a recognized sponsoring agency in the U.S.A. Review estimated expenses. ( the link here needs to be changed later)

*To complete a paper application:

Make an online request for an application to be sent to you via mail or fax. Write to the address below to request an application.

Download the application (the link here needs to be changed later) and send the completed application and all supporting documents (application fee, transcripts, test scores and the financial guarantee) to the address listed below. Complete and sign the application (incomplete, unsigned applications cannot be processed).

Mailing Address

Olivet University
Attn: Olivet School of Media and Communication
1025 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone: (415) 371-0002
OSMC Office: Ext 210
Fax: (415) 371-0003

After You Have Been Admitted to OU Visa, Immigration Procedures

Admission to OU cannot be determined until your file is complete and all of your credentials are evaluated.

  • Your SEVIS I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Student Status), essential for securing an F-1 student visa, will be forwarded to you if you are admitted to OU. Keep your SEVIS I-20 in a secure place; OU will not issue a second SEVIS I-20.
  • Take your SEVIS I-20 and letter of admission to the nearest U.S. Embassy to apply for a student visa.
  • Arrive at OU no later than one week before classes begin according to the information on the SEVIS I-20. OU cannot authorize you to arrive later or change the information on your SEVIS I-20.
  • When arriving in the United States, show your SEVIS I-20 and your letter of admission to the U.S. customs/immigration officials at the airport.