Mount Olive College is a privately owned institution with its main campus located on 110-acres in the rural atmosphere of Mount Olive, North Carolina. It was founded in 1951 and was sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists. The school has several additional locations, which can be found in Goldsboro, Wilmington, the Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville and New Bern. Today the school still maintains its church-affiliated values along with a four-year degree seeking education. MOC was listed as one of the best regional colleges in the South in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges.
MOC is made up of three different schools, which include Tillman School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Professional Studies.
There are several internship opportunities available for students in the Tillman School of Business. Some of the internships available are affiliated with the following companies: United Nations Development Programme, Mount Olive Pickle Company, Progress Energy, North Carolina Department of Administration, Equality Inc, and Self Help Credit Union.
The School of Professional Studies offers several different programs including Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Recreation & Leisure Studies. All of the professional studies programs give students the opportunity to be involved in internships, honor societies, and service clubs, which allow students to network, gain field experience and develop professionalism.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges accredits Mount Olive College, giving the school the ability to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Class sizes are kept small in order to maintain a personal relationship between students and the faculty, with an average class size of 20 students.
One of the MOC’s many campuses is located at Goldsboro Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, providing military and civilian personnel with accelerated day and evening classes. The degrees offered at this location include an Associate in Science, a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science.
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Students applying as a freshman must complete an application, pay a small application fee, send their official high school transcript (or equivalent), send SAT or ACT scores and send official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended. A high school GPA of 2.5 or greater is recommended for all incoming freshmen.
Admissions exceptions are made in specific cases. For example, if the student is applying as non-degree seeking or has completed a minimum of 24 credit hours at a previously attended college, a high school transcript would then not be required. Also if a student is 21 years of age or older, or has received 27 credit hours, SAT or ACT scores are not required.
International students applying as an incoming freshman must send in official transcripts from all secondary institutions attended (equivalent in the U.S. to high school), official TOEFL scores (if native language is not English), official SAT or ACT scores, official WES ICAP Document-by-Document Evaluation Report of all official final transcripts, official graduation diploma/certificate, and official final transcripts from all secondary institutions attended. The same documentation is required for international transfer students, however transcripts must be from all post-secondary institutions attended.
Most of the students attending Mount Olive College receive some type of financial aid. MOC offers several options for students who wish to receive financial aid. The NC Legislative Tuition Grant (NC LTG) is available for North Carolina residents attending private colleges as full-time students. MOC also allows students to participate in federal grant programs, tuition assistance programs for active duty personnel, reservists, National Guard Members and veterans, and several tuition assistance programs offered by the State of North Carolina. All traditional students who are enrolled at the Mount Olive location may be eligible for the Free Will Baptist Tuition Grant and students who are Mount Olive or Duplin County residents may be eligible for the Herring Scholarships.
There are also scholarships awarded to students based on the department they are enrolled in. Students who are part of agribusiness may be eligible for the following scholarships: the Barbara Ross Kornegay Scholarship Award, the Lois G. Britt Scholarship Award, the FFA Scholarship Award, the Dr. H. Don Scott Award, and the Hubert C. and Mozelle F. Scott Award. Other departmental scholarships offered include the Charles and Margenette A. Hinnant Music Scholarship, the Kathleen B. Warren Vocal Scholarship, the William L. Warren Instrumental Scholarship, the Ensemble Scholarships, the Braswell Education Scholarship, and the Science and Math Scholarship.
Scholarships may also be awarded to students based on merit and the Office of Admissions makes the requirements for these scholarships. The merit-based scholarships available include the Leaders Scholarship, the Merit Scholarship and the Honors Scholarship.
Financial Aid for International Students:
International students have two different Financial Aid Packages to choose from. The first one is a 50% International Student Scholarship, which pays for half of the total cost of tuition, room and board. The other option is the Combination of Scholarships/Grants. This financial aid option allows students to receive scholarships based on academics, special talents in music and art, and athletic ability. Students are required to audition or have their portfolios reviewed in order to receive these scholarships. If neither of these options is right for the student, international students can also receive a loan from a variety of lenders. However, in order to receive a loan from a lender the student must have a permanent resident of the U.S. cosign for the loan.
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Despite tuition being the same for both in-state and out-of-state students, the majority of students attending Mount Olive College are from North Carolina. The student body at MOC is almost equally dispersed with male and female students, whereas most schools are composed primarily of females.
All of the on-campus housing is fully equipped with telephone, cable, and high speed Internet access. The residence hall available for male students is the Grantham Hall and female students have the option of living in the Hart, Griffin, or King Halls. Students are not to consume alcohol on campus even if the student is of legal age. Most students attending MOC have a car on campus regardless of if they are living on campus or commuting.
The Trojan Times is a newspaper created by the students of MOC. This newspaper is available online at the newspaper’s website. The newspaper consists of relevant news, issues, advertising and events. Students interested in journalism, online publishing, organizational communication, computer-aided graphics and design, photography, and personal leadership can gain hands on experience by contributing to the development of the Trojan Times.
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Mount Olive College’s athletic program is a member of the NCAA Division II and the Conference Carolinas. Their athletic teams are known as the Trojans and the schools colors are green and white. The sports teams available for both men and women include: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. There is also a baseball team offered for men and a softball team for women.
- “Mount Olive College.” US News & World Report. 2011. US News. 29 May 2011 <http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/mount-olive-college-2949>.
- Mount Olive College. 2011. MOC. 29 May 2011 <http://www.moc.edu/>.
- The Trojan Times. 2011. MOC. 29 May 2011 <http://www.thetrojantimes.com/>.