Olivet School of Media and Communication

Student Services

Academic Advising

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.


Students are encouraged to communicate openly, but respectfully, with all Olivet staff members, and to seek spiritual guidance at any time, especially from the 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. Olivet also encourages students to maintain ties with WOA church leaders throughout their studies at Olivet. 

Olivet 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.

Student ID Cards

All students are required to have a student ID card, which is distributed by the Office of Student Services. A physical ID card is also available upon request and a $15.00 fee. Loaning a physical or digital ID card to another person is prohibited.