University of Mount Olive Prepares for the Start of a New Academic Year

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive is preparing for a freshmen class of 230 with about 190 of those being resident students.  Freshmen move-in is scheduled for Saturday, August 13.  Several churches, local businesses and alumni will be on hand to make the transition as smooth as possible.

“Sometimes it’s hard to get back into the campus groove, into the routine of studying, going to the library, going to classes, etc.,” said Dr. Ronda Bryant, director of the Student Success Center .  “That’s exactly why University of Mount Olive has a variety of activities planned throughout Welcome Week to acclimate students to campus life and get the fall semester off to a great start.”

During the week students will have the opportunity to meet with peer mentors, attend academic area receptions and participate in a service learning activity in the community. Some other key events include a library orientation activity, a parents’ reception hosted by President and Mrs. Philip Kerstetter on Saturday afternoon and a worship service on Sunday morning.

An opening Convocation will take place on Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 PM.  It will begin with a brief address by Dr. Kerstetter and conclude with a candlelight ceremony and singing of the University of Mount Olive Alma Mater.

According to Vice President for Enrollment Dr. Barbara Kornegay, the College is expecting a total of about 800 traditional students this fall. “That’s about where we were last year this time,” Kornegay said.

Returning students will arrive on Monday, August 15 and classes begin on Tuesday, August 16.

University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit