Olivet University

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Not to be confused with Olivet Nazarene University, a Christian institution of higher education located in Bourbonnais, Illinois south of Chicago.
For schools with similar names, see Olivet University (disambiguation).
Olivet University
Established 1992
Type Private; Undergraduate & Graduate
Religious affiliation Evangelical Assembly of Presbyterian Churches in America
President Tracy J. Davis
Location San Francisco, California, United States
Campus Urban
Colors Burgundy, Gold
Website www.olivetuniversity.edu

Olivet University is a private Christian institution of biblical higher education that is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) to award Certificates, Bachelor's, Master’s, and D. Min. degrees.[1]


Olivet was founded by evangelical pastor Rev. Dr. David J. Jang.[2][3] Olivet existed as a small bible college from 1992 until 2000 – the year the Evangelical Assembly of Presbyterian Churches in America (EAPCA) [4] officially launched Olivet Theological College & Seminary (OTCS). The bible college was intended to train the denomination’s ministers. OTCS eventually functioned more as a "seedbed" for mission, offering multiple study fields and distance learning to ministry-bound students.

Olivet's flagship college, Olivet Theological College & Seminary, developed, necessitating several major changes to accommodate the school’s diverse student body. It was broken into separate institutions, each offering different degree programs. In addition to OTCS, there is the Jubilee College of Music, Olivet College of Art & Design, Olivet College of Business, Olivet College of Information Technology, Olivet College of Journalism, and Olivet College of Language Education.

Currently, Olivet University's main campus is located in the heart of San Francisco, where it has been since 2005.[5]

Dr. Tracy J. Davis is the current university President.[6]


Olivet University's campus is located in San Francisco.[7]

Organization and administration[edit]

Link to IBT Media[edit]

IBT Media says it has an ongoing "working relationship" with Olivet University which includes the school providing design assistance and computer resources, and IBT Media providing internships for students. It characterizes it as similar to the relationships Silicon Valley companies have with local universities.[8] However, publication Christianity Today alleges that IBT Media has a close relationship both with Olivet and with its founder, controversial[8][9] evangelical pastor David J. Jang. It claims that Jang is an investor in and has exercised control over IBT Media, that Davis was formerly director of journalism at Olivet, and that Uzac was its Treasurer, at least at one time.[8][10][11] Executives characterize the relationship as between the institutions and not the founders, and that it was purely operational.[8][11] Additionally, students of Olivet also worked for IBT Media in the early days of the International Business Times.[12]


Olivet University is divided into 8 colleges: Olivet Theological College & Seminary, Jubilee College of Music, Olivet College of Journalism, Olivet College of Arts & Design, Olivet Institute of Technology, Olivet College of Language Education, Olivet College of Business, and Zinzendorf School of Doctoral Studies.[13]

The school is approved by the BPPE (Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education) to grant the following Bachelorette, Master’s, Doctoral degrees and certificates.[14]

The Ralph D. Winter Library was named for missiologist and Olivet University Honorary Chairman, the late Dr. Ralph D. Winter in July 2007, the Ralph D. Winter Library currently features 150,000 physical and electronic items for Biblical higher education and research.[15][16]

The Ralph D. Winter Library is a repository for academic and theological resources in multiple formats and languages in service for world mission. Its collection of educational resources are distributed throughout the University’s main library, the William L. Wagner Mission Library, the Asian library, and seven specialized libraries supporting Olivet‘s educational programs.[17]

Student life[edit]

Students at Olivet have no on-campus housing, but housing is located nearby for interested students. Students are also kept to a strict moral standards, according to the school's website.[18]


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  2. ^ "Dr. David Jang New Role at HBS". Olivetnews.com. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  3. ^ "Dr. David Jang WEA NAC Member". worldea.org. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  4. ^ "EAPC a member of the National Association of Evangelicals". nae.net. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  5. ^ "Olivet University". Olivetuniversity.edu. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  6. ^ "Olivet University". Olivetuniversity.edu. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  7. ^ "About". Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d Lauria, Peter (3 August 2013). "Newsweek's New Owners Say They Bought "A Lot Of Cachet"". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  9. ^ Smietana, Bob (16 July 2012). "LifeWay land deal with Calif. school faces scrutiny". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  10. ^ McCarthy, Tom (5 August 2013). "Newsweek is dead. Long live Newsweek?". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  11. ^ a b Bercovici, Jeff (5 August 2013). "Meet The Mysterious Duo Who Just Bought Newsweek". Forbes (New York). Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  12. ^ Dooley, Ben (31 March 2014). "Who's Behind Newsweek?". Mother Jones. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Olivet University". Olivetuniversity.edu. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  14. ^ "BPPE". bppe.ca.gov. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  15. ^ "Olivet University celebrated the official renaming of University library to the Ralph D. Winter Library on September 10, 2007 with a dedication service held in the library facilities of the main campus building immediately after the Fall Convocation ceremony.". Olivet News. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  16. ^ "The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America.". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  17. ^ "Olivet University's Ralph D. Winter Library.". Ralph D. Winter Library Official Website. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  18. ^ "Community". Olivet University. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 

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