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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
Type Private; Undergraduate & Graduate
Established 2000
Affiliation Evangelical Assembly of Presbyterian Churches in America
President Tracy J. Davis
Location 36401 Tripp Flats Rd[1]
33°36′03″N 116°45′29″W / 33.600727°N 116.7580137°W / 33.600727; -116.7580137
, California, United States 92539

36401 Tripp Flats Rd, Anza, CA 92539[2]
33°36′08″N 116°45′18″W / 33.602121°N 116.754924°W / 33.602121; -116.754924Coordinates: 33°36′08″N 116°45′18″W / 33.602121°N 116.754924°W / 33.602121; -116.754924 1025 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103[3]
6 Barclay Street, Floors 3-5, New York, NY 10007[3]
181 Hutchinson Ave, Wingdale, NY 12594[3]

1400 Eye Street NW Suite 375, Washington, DC 20005[3]
Colors Burgundy, Gold

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, D. Min. and Ph.D. degrees.[4]


Olivet Theological College and Seminary (OTCS) was founded in 2000, in Seoul, Korea, where it was co-located with the Southern Cross College Korea Campus, by evangelical pastor Rev. Dr. David J. Jang,[5][6] and in Los Angeles. Jang was a member of the faculty of Southern Cross College and the first director of its Korea campus.[7] 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.

By 2004, the seminary expanded and incorporated into a university comprising five colleges - Olivet Theological College & Seminary, Jubilee College of Music, Olivet College of Art & Design, Olivet College of Journalism, and Olivet Institute of Technology - in the institution’s new home in San Francisco. [8] Dr. Ralph D. Winter advised Jang on the relocation and expansion plan, and later served as the honorary chairman of Olivet University.[9][10] The university moved into the former University of California, Berkeley Downtown Extension Campus, near the Moscone Center in 2005.[11] They also founded Olivet Business School, which offers MBA programs[12] and opened extension sites in Nashville, TN (at 141 Belle Forest Circle), New York City (at 6 Barclay Street in Lower Manhattan), San Francisco (at 1025 Howard Street), and Washington, D.C. (at 1400 Eye Street NW ).[13]

Olivet's flagship college, Olivet Theological College & Seminary ("OTCS"), developed several major changes to accommodate the school’s diverse student body. It was broken into separate institutions, each offering different degree programs. These include: The Jubilee College of Music, Olivet Business School, Olivet Institute of Technology, Olivet School of Art & Design, Olivet School of Language Education, Olivet School of Media and Communication, and Olivet School of Language Education.

Dr. Tracy J. Davis is the current university President.[14]

Campus and student life[edit]

Olivet University's main campus is located at 36401 Tripp Flats Road,[15] in Anza, CA, with offices in San Francisco.[16][17] The university also has campuses in Dover, New York,[18] Lower Manhattan,[19] and Riverside, California.[20]

Students at Olivet have no on-campus housing, but available housing is located nearby.[21] Students are kept to a strict moral standard, according to the school's website.[21]


Olivet University is divided into eight colleges: Jubilee College of Music, Olivet Business School, Olivet Institute of Technology, Olivet School of Art & Design, Olivet School of Language Education, Olivet School of Media & Communication, Olivet Theological College & Seminary, and Zinzendorf School of Doctoral Studies.[22] The university is approved by the BPPE (Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education) to grant Bachelors, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees, and certificates.[23]

Ralph D. Winter Library[edit]

In July 2007, the Ralph D. Winter Library was named for missiologist and Olivet University Honorary Chairman, the late Dr. Ralph D. Winter. The library currently features 150,000 physical and electronic items for Biblical higher education and research,[24][25] and 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.[26]

Link to IBT Media[edit]

IBT Media says it has an ongoing "working relationship" with Olivet University which includes the school's providing design assistance and computer resources, and IBT Media's providing internships for students. IBT characterizes this relationship as similar to those Silicon Valley companies have with local universities.[27] However, publication Christianity Today alleges that IBT Media has a close relationship both with Olivet and with its founder, controversial[27][28] 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.[27][29][30] Executives characterize the relationship as being between the institutions and not the founders, and that it is purely operational.[27][30] Additionally, students of Olivet worked for IBT Media in the early days of the International Business Times.[31]


  1. ^ "Olivet University - About Olivet". Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Olivet University - About Olivet". Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Olivet University - About Olivet". Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Olivet University". Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  5. ^ "Dr. David Jang New Role at HBS". Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  6. ^ "Dr. David Jang WEA NAC Member". Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  7. ^ "David Jang Bio". Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  8. ^ "About Olivet, History". Olivet University. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  9. ^ "Library". Olivet University. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  10. ^ "Dedication Service Marks Renaming of Library". Olivet University. 2007-09-11. 
  11. ^ "Olivet University Public Statement to Recent Media Publications". Olivet University Seminary Blog. 2012-08-23. 
  12. ^ "Olivet Business School". Olivet University. 
  13. ^ "About Olivet: Extensions". Olivet University. Retrieved September 19, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Olivet University". Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  15. ^ "Payment - Admissions & Aid". Olivet University. 
  16. ^ "About". Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Olivet University". Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  18. ^ Bergeroct, Joseph (October 4, 2013). "Amid Questions, Town Welcomes a New College". The New York Times. 
  20. ^ Thomas, Jodi (July 14, 2016). "Commencement Day at Olivet University's New Riverside Campus". Anza Valley Outlook. 
  21. ^ a b "Community". Olivet University. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "Olivet University". Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  23. ^ "BPPE". Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  24. ^ "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. 
  25. ^ "The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America". TIME Magazine. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  26. ^ "Olivet University's Ralph D. Winter Library.". Ralph D. Winter Library Official Website. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  27. ^ 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. 
  28. ^ Smietana, Bob (16 July 2012). "LifeWay land deal with Calif. school faces scrutiny". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  29. ^ McCarthy, Tom (5 August 2013). "Newsweek is dead. Long live Newsweek?". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  30. ^ a b Bercovici, Jeff (5 August 2013). "Meet The Mysterious Duo Who Just Bought Newsweek". Forbes. New York. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  31. ^ Dooley, Ben (31 March 2014). "Who's Behind Newsweek?". Mother Jones. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 

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