• Student Services
  • Christian Service
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Special Needs Assistance

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.

Tutoring

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.

Housing

The Olivet University San Francisco Campus has two dormitory buildings and separate nearby apartments for rent. Unit availability is not guaranteed. The San Francisco Campus Life Office accepts applications and will process the based on need. Applications and the specific criteria for room and apartment assignments can be requested from the Campus Life Office. The campus staff is happy to help students in searching for suitable housing.

Christian Service

Christian Service Program

Olivet University was founded for the purpose of training ministers for Christian Service and this mission remains at the heart of our school. Involvement in the Christian Service helps our students to mature in Jesus Christ and equips them as mission and ministry leaders.

The Christian Service Program at Olivet connects students with practical ministry work experiences in local church and campus fellowship settings. Olivet believes that such hands-on learning is an essential ingredient to personal, spiritual, as well as professional growth, and enriches a student’s educational experience in exciting ways. More information about the Christian Service Program, including a list of acceptable placement sites for satisfaction of the program’s requirements, is provided in the Christian Service Handbook.

Spiritual Formation

Spiritual enrichment through Christian living at Olivet University is opportunity for everyone – students, staff, faculty, and administration – to receive the power of the Holy Spirit and live moved and emboldened by Jesus Christ.

1. Personal Spiritual Formation

Olivet challenges every community member to live totally committed to Jesus Christ, in the image of the apostles and saints of the early church. Students honor Christ and express love for him by assuming his humility and attitude of self-sacrifice, revealed through a life of faithful service.

To this end, Olivet University actively seeks to cultivate the habit of continuous scriptural study and the practice of personal spiritual disciplines in our students.

Daily “Quiet Time”

Olivet encourages students to devote time each day to bible reading, “Quiet Time” meditation and prayer. However, this foundation of biblical knowledge should not be the end, but the start of deepening relationship with the scriptures. Such a relationship requires reflection, especially in the forms of meditation and writing. Towards this end, the Olivet University community collectively engages in “Quiet Time” (QT) at the beginning of each day for the purpose of meditating on the scriptures.

Prayer

Olivet University strongly encourages individual, daily prayer-time. “Set-time prayer” is prayer set for a scheduled time of day over a certain period of time. “Continuous prayer” is done spontaneously.

Olivet University Chapel is open for morning and evening prayers to the entire community.

Students who attend Olivet on-campus are required to attend Friday Prayer Meeting, which is recorded and broadcast internationally. Students abroad are encouraged to attend and participate at this and all broadcasted services live, or view the taped recordings.

Fasting

Fasting is abstaining from food for a time in order to master the cravings of the physical realm, thus opening ourselves to our spirituality. Fasting is more than a diet adjustment; it involves spiritual intensity and intercession. Fasting should always be accompanied with prayer, meditation, and scriptural study.

Anyone may fast voluntarily for a personal prayer topic or self-discipline; however students are strongly advised to counsel with the University Chaplain or Prayer Center Staff before deciding to fast.

Evangelizing

Olivet University desires to train disciples of Jesus Christ to serve as leaders in Christian mission and ministry. Thus, Olivet’s community members should not end at knowing God; rather, they must practice the teachings in the scriptures by actively seeking to make Him known to the world. To this end, Olivet University strongly encourages students to incorporate daily evangelism into their academic and personal routines.

Lecture Training

Anyone who wishes to preach and teach about the bible more effectively is welcome to contact the University Chaplain to request informal training with an OA USA pastor or ministry worker. Such training is viewed as an extension of evangelism, and is not eligible for course credit at Olivet.

2. Corporate Spiritual Formation

The University is concerned with each student’s personal spiritual development, and the spiritual growth of the whole community. For this reason, the University Chaplain seeks to introduce programs and activities that nurture this spiritual growth in the context of a Christian faith community at the beginning of every semester. Students are expected to take full advantage of these opportunities by participating with enthusiasm in the various activities and disciplines.

It should also be noted that the Olivet community is distinguished by a culture of shepherding, even among its student body. More senior students are expected to support and facilitate the emotional-social, spiritual, and academic maturity of newer students in accordance with University ’ s mission and core values.

Wednesday and Friday Chapel Services

Olivet University students are required to attend Wednesday and Friday Services, (as well as Sunday Service) and should have a participatory attitude towards worship.

Retreats

Olivet University holds regular retreats co-sponsored by OA USA, GnIT and/or other mission fellowships featuring sustained time for prayer, discernment, and fellowship. These gathering usually take place seasonally and are led by a selection of OA USA pastors, worship leaders, and administrators at Olivet University. Olivet students frequently assume leadership roles at these gatherings, and hold responsibility for organizing event activities. Participants often testify that retreats encourage a deeper experience of spiritual life at Olivet, and stronger community bonds. Retreat locations vary. In-person participation is required to pass Chapel class.

Prayer Meetings

Olivet University recommends that its students attend regular prayer meetings at their local churches. As previously mentioned, on-campus Olivet students attend Friday prayer meetings at Olivet University Chapel.

Small Group Spiritual Discipline – The Cell Church

Olivet University community members practice faith and discipline as participants in small groups, known as cell churches. New cell churches develop at the start of each year, when entering Olivet University students are organized into groups of five to eight students led by an Olivet University administrator, alumni, graduate student or local OA USA pastor.

This opportunity is intended to help prepare students for the challenge of serving as spiritual leaders in their own respective contexts of ministry.

On-Campus Students

Students who study on-campus at Olivet University must participate in the cell church system organized through Olivet Chapel. The Olivet University Chaplain coordinates cell church formation with Olivet University Chapel leadership.

As previously mentioned, each cell church is comprised of roughly five to eight members. Once cell churches exceed eight members in total, they usually split into two groups comprised of four members each. Cell churches designate a name for themselves upon formation.

Online Students

Students who take courses online are required to join a small group organized by their local OA USA churches. Online student participation must be documented by a letter sent to Olivet University’s Dean of Students each semester from the head OA USA pastor of the church hosting the small group confirming the student’s participation.

Online students also assemble once per week by Colleges, country/native language, and educational-level (in some cases) in an online conference room developed by Olivet College of Information and Technology for use by the Olivet University community. Online students sign up for Olivet online group meetings at the beginning of each semester according to their region, language, or interest. Online small group meetings are headed by Olivet University administrators, senior undergraduate or graduate students.

“BREAKING BREAD” DISCUSSION

Olivet University students get together once a week in small groups for the purpose of “ Breaking Bread, ” – or sharing the grace received from reflection and application of biblical teachings.

On-campus students gather following Sunday Service at Olivet University Chapel by cell church to “ break bread, ” for thirty minutes to one hour. Online students assemble in a similar manner in OA USA congregations and GnIT and other mission fellowships at least once every week.

FELLOWSHIP AND CELL CHURCH LIFE

Close interaction among cell church members is facilitated by the small group structure and nature of cell church activities. Olivet University strongly encourages students to fellowship at the cell church-level, with the goal of forming a continuously expanding circle of lifelong relationships in Christ.

Fellowship time is allotted for students who attend Olivet University on-campus after Sunday Service at Olivet Chapel. Following a period set aside to “ Break Bread, ” cell church members often eat a lunch prepared on a rotation schedule by individual cell churches.

EVANGELIZING WITH CELL CHURCH MEMBERS

Olivet University encourages students to evangelize with the members of their cell churches. Cell church leaders are responsible for setting evangelism standards and schedules, with input from cell church members.

Counseling

Students are encouraged to communicate openly, but respectfully with all Olivet University staff members, and to seek spiritual guidance at any time, especially from the Dean of Students, the University Chaplain and the Director of Christian Service. Personal counseling is intended to help students better adjust to their University experience and to provide support for their personal walks of faith. Olivet University also encourages students to maintain ties with OA USA church leaders throughout their tenure at Olivet University, especially students who attend online.

Special Needs Assistance

ADA Statement

In order to be pro-active in assisting students with disabilities, faculty and instructional staff are encouraged to include a statement on their syllabi each quarter, such as the following:

It is the University’s goal that learning experiences be as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability, please let me know immediately so that we can discuss options. You are also welcome to contact Campus Life Office (415-371-0002) to establish reasonable accommodations.