The Reverend John J. Shipherd arrived here in 1844 with thirty-nine followers from Oberlin College in Ohio and founded Olivet Institute. In 1858 Olivet became a college dedicated to providing students with the means of intellectual, moral, and spiritual improvement without regard for race, gender, or ability to pay. The campus surrounds a green and stands on an oak- and maple-covered hill above the village of Olivet.
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