Olivet Nazarene University

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1 University Avenue

Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Phone: (800) 648-1463
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#51 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Olivet Nazarene University is a private institution that was founded in 1907. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,196, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 250 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Olivet Nazarene University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 51. Its tuition and fees are $29,890 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1907, Olivet Nazarene University, a private, Christian, liberal arts university located 50 minutes south of Chicago, offers more than 100 areas of study and over 10 international study-abroad opportunities, including places like China, Egypt, Russia and England. Olivet's mission is "to provide high-quality academic instruction for the purpose of personal development, career and professional readiness, and the preparation of individuals for lives of service to God and humanity." At Olivet, "Education with a Christian Purpose" means faith is at the heart of superior academics, athletics, social atmosphere, and ministry opportunities. The University is home to Shine.FM/WONU, a student-run 35,000-watt radio station ranked among the nation's top contemporary Christian music stations for its format. The University opened a new 3,059-seat chapel, which hosts the entire campus for worship and the surrounding community for a variety of events. Also on campus is the Weber Center, which has garnered attention from other colleges for its impressive technology, and Strickler Planetarium, which is one of only three planetariums in the state of Illinois with digital projection capabilities. In December of 2012, a new 172,000 square-foot student life and recreation center opened for the campus community. This facility includes a full arena, a 25 meter pool, a 3 story atrium with climbing wall, and an area for fitness and weight training. These are just some examples of the University's commitment to leading-edge facilities.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1907
Religious affiliation Church of the Nazarene
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $20,311,450


When applying to Olivet Nazarene University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Olivet Nazarene University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 79.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 79.9%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Olivet Nazarene University is 17:1, and the school has 41.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Olivet Nazarene University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Elementary Education and Teaching; Engineering, General; Social Work; and Business Administration and Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 44%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 25%
Elementary Education and Teaching 8%
Engineering, General 8%
Social Work 6%
Business Administration and Management, General 4%

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Student Life

Olivet Nazarene University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,196, with a gender distribution of 36.1 percent male students and 63.9 percent female students. At this school, 82 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 18 percent of students live off campus. Olivet Nazarene University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,512
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Olivet Nazarene University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Olivet Nazarene University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Olivet Nazarene University, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Olivet Nazarene University.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Olivet Nazarene University, 80.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,992.

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Tuition and fees $29,890 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,900 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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