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University of Mount Olive

Mt Olive, North Carolina

The University of Mount Olive has become one of the most unique and fastest-growing universities in North Carolina. The University offers rigorous academic programs, over 60 majors and minors, experienced faculty, small class sizes, and Division II athletics with a winning tradition. Grounded in the liberal arts, the University of Mount Olive helps individuals realize their creative potential while preparing graduates for professional careers.


Transformational experiences also occur outside the classroom in student organizations, professional and collegiate clubs, performing groups, internships, and community service opportunities. Students have the opportunity to compete on 20 highly competitive NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic teams. The baseball team gained national recognition as the 2008 NCAA Division II Baseball National Champions.



Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
3,406 undergraduate students
40% of undergrad students are full time
34% male — 66% female
23% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
93 full-time faculty
108 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

At this school, 57% of the students live in college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing and 43% of students life off campus.

School Location

Mount Olive, North Carolina

Retention Fall 2014

70% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

43% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 33%
White 49%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 9%


The University of Mount Olive is a member of Conference Carolinas and competes on the NCAA Division II level. Student athletes compete in 20 intercollegiate athletic sports including baseball, softball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

Mascot: Trojan
Colors: green and white


The University of Mount Olive, founded in 1951, is a four-year, private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values.

Academic Programs

Art, Agriculture Education, Biology, Biology: Environmental Science concentration, Biology: Biotechnology concentration, Business Administration: Accounting, Business Administration: Agribusiness, Business Administration: Business Management, Business Administration: Computer Information Systems, Business Administration: Health Care Management, Business Administration: Human Resource Management, Chemistry, Chemistry: Forensic Chemistry concentration, Criminal Justice & Criminology, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English, English Education, History, Liberal Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Music, Music Education, Psychology, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Recreation and Leisure Studies: Exercise Science, Recreation and Leisure Studies: Leisure Service Management, Recreation and Leisure Studies: Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies: Recreation Therapy, Recreation and Leisure Studies: Sport Management, Religion, Science Education, Social Studies Education, Special Education, Visual Communication

More Distinctions

  • The University of Mount Olive is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500, for questions about the accreditation of the University of Mount Olive.

  • The University of Mount Olive’s undergraduate programs in the Tillman School of Business are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is the leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence.

  • The Human Resource Management program is endorsed by Society for Human Resource Management.

Through the liberal arts programs at the University of Mount Olive, opportunities abound for students to participate in service projects, internships, travel abroad experiences, Chapel programs, musical productions, and more! Rather than just allowing the academic, spiritual, and social parts of students’ lives to coexist, the University of Mount Olive strives to teach students how to combine them. When students are able to make connections between all these different pieces of their lives—to truly integrate them—then their lives take on a new dimension.

Honors Program

The Honors program gives students with outstanding high school achievements the opportunity to learn and be intellectually challenged in a community with other scholars. Honors students participate in an academic enrichment program of seminars, forums, and projects. Throughout the program, students study the global aspect of classical literature and writing and decide which country they want to visit.  The program culminates in a ten-day international trip to the country studied.

Internship and Research Opportunities

Students at the University of Mount Olive are able to gain real-world experience from internships and research projects within their field of study. Internships are required in several majors, providing students the opportunity to apply practical knowledge in their day-to-day experiences. Research projects also provide students an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with faculty members in their field of study as they gain experience that will benefit their future studies and career.

The University of Mount Olive began with a simple yet meaningful goal: to change the lives of students. Not just to teach them, but also to help every student grow as an individual while preparing them for a lifetime of meaningful and productive work, personal growth, and community leadership. The University of Mount Olive has awarded more than 20,000 degrees since its founding in 1951. Students arrive on campus to learn, listen, struggle, and explore the possibilities and opportunities of faith and education. The students are participatory and in search of the insights and concepts for a better tomorrow. In return, faculty and staff provide students the education they need to achieve what they are seeking.   

The Right Start

In the first-year experience course, students explore a number of topics to help them adjust to college life and prepare them for successful futures. Students learn skills that assist them in assimilating to campus and community as well as how to navigate the technology used in courses.


The University of Mount Olive is committed to providing every student with a quality education in a safe and rewarding environment. Faculty serve both as experts within their area of study as well as mentors to their students as they prepare for successful careers. Classes are small and taught by professors who want to see each student develop into their personal best. The faculty-to-student ratio is 15:1, allowing for personal interaction between students and their professors.

A complete college experience involves balancing a dedication to academic study and extracurricular activities. The University of Mount Olive offers many opportunities for involvement and self-discovery.

Campus Environment

The University of Mount Olive’s beautiful, 138-acre campus is nestled in the rural community of Mount Olive, North Carolina. Mount Olive is 60 miles southeast of the capital city of Raleigh and 75 miles northwest of the coastal town of Wilmington. 

Freshmen are required to live on campus, and students have the opportunity to reside in residence halls and apartment-style housing. By living on campus, students are in close walking distance from all the resources at the University.

The University of Mount Olive currently educates over 3,430 students, including more than 1,000 students in the traditional day-time program. The male-to-female ratio for traditional students is 8:9.

Spiritual Life

As a denominational ministry of the Original Free Will Baptists, the University of Mount Olive is committed to educating the student mentally, physically, and spiritually. Weekly chapel services are held, though not required. Several student-led groups are also available to help students grow in their faith and leadership.

Clubs and Organizations

The Campus Activities Board offers fun on-campus activities such as movie nights, socials, and fun games. Off-campus trips have included sporting events, skiing trips, and theatre outings.

A wide variety of student organizations provide students the opportunity to get involved and learn leadership skills. The University’s clubs and organizations include performance groups, student-run interest groups, and organizations sponsored by various departments on campus.

The University of Mount Olive athletes compete in 20 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic sports including baseball, softball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Cheerleading is also available.

University of Mount Olive alumni can be found working in numerous types of careers all over the world, making a difference in the communities where they serve. University of Mount Olive alumni can be found making a difference where they live and work—from North Carolina all the way to Japan. Students learn that the value of their education is more than getting paid to do a job; it is about how one can take what they learned and help transform the lives of others.

Career Services

The Career Center at University of Mount Olive assists students in exploring satisfying career opportunities that match their talents, interests, and goals. Students receive career counseling, have access to valuable resources, get resume and interview help, and attend job fairs.

Preparation for Success

The University of Mount Olive’s holistic approach to education seeks to educate students and prepare them for life beyond the college classroom. Students are asked to adhere to the University’s covenant, calling each person to demonstrate the virtues modeled by Jesus Christ including honesty, trustworthiness, justice, courage, responsibility, gratitude, and respect. Capstone courses allow students to gain first-hand experience through a senior project that can provide the catalyst for further education or career exploration. Many graduates attend graduate schools upon completion of their bachelor’s degree. Graduate schools attended include University of North Carolina, East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, Duke University, Campbell University, Liberty University, Seton Hall, Lincoln Memorial University, and James Madison University.



2,143 Total Applicants
1,004 Total Admissions
286 Total Freshmen Enrollment

46.85% of applicants admitted


  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 395 500
SAT Math 410 520
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 16 21
ACT Math 16 23
ACT English 14 21
ACT Writing    


The University of Mount Olive makes applying for admissions an easy process. With rolling admissions, the University allows prospective students to apply at any time throughout the year for an upcoming semester. An application can be found online at

Students are also encouraged to visit campus. A personal tour can be scheduled by calling 1-800-653-0854.


Tuition $17,800
Room and Board (on campus) $7,200
Estimated Total On Campus $25,000


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
66% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$14,590 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$6,446 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates


The following scholarships are available to eligible students:

Merit-based scholarships are available for students who meet the requirements set forth by the Office of Admissions. These awards are renewable annually and may require an application process.

  • Leaders Scholarship in the amount of $3,000
  • Merit Scholarship in the amount of $4,000
  • Presidential Scholarship in the amount of $6,000


Residence scholarships are available for students receiving a Leaders, Merit, or Presidential Scholarship in the amount of $1,200, should they decide to live on campus.

Departmental scholarships are also available in some areas including agribusiness, education, music, art, and science.

Mount Olive College Becomes University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive President Philip P. Kerstetter announced that effective January 1, 2014, the College will officially become the University of Mount Olive. The name change was recommended by the administration...

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