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29 eduCation PROFILE: UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT OLIVE The University of Mount Olive has become one of the most unique and fastest-growing private educational institutions in North Carolina. Whether a student is getting ready to graduate from high school, wanting to transfer to a new college setting, or is a working adult with little time to earn a college degree, the University of Mount Olive provides students with programs to fit their individual needs in a time and setting convenient for any lifestyle. Affordable convenience UMO is as affordable as it is convenient, recently earning the top spot in the Southeast colleges division of Washington Monthly magazine's "Best Bang for the Buck" list. UMO President Dr. Philip P. Kerstetter said, "For a long time the University of Mount Olive was one of the best kept secrets in the United States. We are delighted to be recognized in Washington Monthly's ranking as the number one "Best Bang for the Buck" list. This national recognition solidifies that we are delivering an exceptional education at an exceptional value. Others can now see that we are a true gem and are dedicated to providing our students with a world-class education at a very affordable price. The secret is out!" Study, serve, play In its traditional program, the University of Mount Olive offers over 40 different majors including agriculture, business, science, math, criminal justice, English, psychology, education, the arts, and religion. Transformational experiences also occur outside the classroom in more than 30 student organizations, professional and collegiate clubs, performing groups, internships, and community service opportunities. Students have the opportunity to compete on 20 highly-competitive NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic teams. UMO also offers one-night-a-week baccalaureate degree programs for adult students. Bachelor degree options include accounting, business management, criminal justice and criminology, early childhood education, healthcare management, human resource management, leadership, management information systems, and religion. An associate degree in general studies is also available. These programs are offered at University of Mount Olive locations in Mount Olive, Jacksonville, New Bern, Research Triangle Park, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Smithfield at Johnston Community College, Washington, and Wilmington. The University also offers online programs including the RN to BSN program for registered nurses who have graduated with an associate degree or diploma in nursing; criminal justice and criminology; the associate degree in general studies; and master's degrees including the master of business administration degree, master of education, and the master of science in nursing. Caring community In addition to the educational options, the University of Mount Olive offers a wonderful cultural climate. On any given day, students and visitors can experience art exhibitions, musical performances, guest lectures, drama productions, and athletic competitions. The Music Department has moved into an expanded and renovated space, and the Art Department has plans for strengthening its programs through collaborations and partnerships with local community colleges, Arts Councils, and area public schools. The University of Mount Olive is also widely known for its commitment to community service, engaging students in the kind of service that builds citizenship. "The University of Mount Olive embraces and supports acts of service as tangible expressions of our Mission, Vision and Values statements," said president Kerstetter "To us, service is a lasting engagement with a place, a people, a culture." 2017 Windows of Wayne.indd 29 12/13/16 7:32 PM

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