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University of Mount Olive

University of Mount Olive (3/13/17)

UMO sign

The entrance to the main campus; you can see headlights from cars on the highway behind it

UMO’s main campus is small and located along a highway, tucked behind a shopping plaza. Luckily there’s a sign pointing visitors down the entrance road. Once you’re on campus, though, you would never realize either of those things. It is a lovely, well landscaped campus with low buildings and lots of lawn space.

UMO chapel

Campus Chapel

The chapel sits centrally located in the middle of campus. As a Baptist affiliated school, UMO holds onto its Christian mission. There’s a clear religious feel on campus, and students are encouraged to explore their faith. Students attending here should be aware that this will be a big part of the culture on campus and among students.


Student Center and dining hall

Students say that people are generally pretty friendly here. It’s not an overly competitive environment. Social life got mixed reviews. Students are required to live on campus for the first two years if they aren’t in commuting distance from home. Because it’s still very much a regional university with almost all the students coming from North Carolina, only 40% of freshmen (and less than 20% of the total study body) live on campus. Since there are so many people who don’t live on campus (or are close enough to leave on weekends), sometimes it’s too quiet. The town is very small, but there are plenty of stores and restaurants that are walkable. Raleigh, the closest city, is an hour away. Cars are allowed and parking isn’t much of an issue.

UMO quadBusiness programs are good here and provide several tracks including Human Resources, Agribusiness, Healthcare Management, and Business Analytics. Students wanting to go into Agricultural fields at a small school would love it here: they offer Agricultural Production Systems as well as Agricultural Education certification. However, I’d steer away from here if you’re interested in sciences! There are places that will serve you better in those areas.

UMO offers the typical athletic teams at the DII level. There isn’t any Greek life.

Graduation rates are low, and I’m not sure there’s much in place to correct that at this point in time.

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