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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    D+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A
Olivet Nazarene is an above-average private, Christian university located in Bourbonnais, Illinois. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,113 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Olivet Nazarene acceptance rate is 66%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Engineering. Graduating 66% of students, Olivet Nazarene alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,300.
About Olivet Nazarene University...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
Mid-States Football Association
Address
One University Avenue
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Website
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Olivet Nazarene University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
66%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1020-1230
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$21,085/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$23,905/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.69 responses
80%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.88 responses
72%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.88 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,113Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
258
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 73 responses
Report
  • Christian
    34%
  • Friendly
    27%
  • Olivetian
    19%
  • Students with Bachelor degrees
    7%
  • Snobby
    4%
  • Warm
    4%
  • Preppy
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
91%
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.99 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.127 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 70 responses
Report
  • Community centered in a Christian atmosphere
    49%
  • Academics are great, Christian atmosphere
    24%
  • Academics are great, Night life, not so much.
    14%
  • Academics are bad, as well as night life
    4%
  • Intense
    4%
  • Academics are good, housing/dorms are horrid.
    1%
  • Home away from home
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.55 responses
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This is a private Christian University. If you are a Christian and really want your faith in God to enhance, please at least visit this school. Before I transferred to ONU, I attended a very nonreligious institution where I was discriminated against by my religion. I had to speak daily on behalf of my fellow brothers and sister in Christ and religion itself. I also had to create my own gospel choir as an encouragement for me to stay strong in faith due to the discrimination. Now that I have prospered to better things, I believe ONU is best for anyone who wants to be around other Christians who worships the same God as they and fellowship. Please consider ONU!
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Olivet is a place where anyone can find something that makes them feel they belong. The emphasis on “education with a Christian purpose” is not a hoax. The staff and professors pour into each student if given the opportunity and help them achieve their overall best. The campus is gorgeous, and the community is one of a kind. Everywhere you go people engage you in greetings, hold the doors for you, and fill the atmosphere with joy! If you’re looking for a Christian community to take part in, or even if you aren’t, Olivet is the place to root yourself.
When you first arrive on campus, there are many get-togethers to make you feel like you made the right choice. After the first few weeks, the campus gets dry as students begin to start leaving most weekends to go back to their families. There is a curfew on campus and only certain days/hours when a girl can enter your room (monitored). There are nightly checks at each dorm room to make sure this isn't violated.

Olivet Nazarene University is a religious school, and when I say religious, I mean religious! Most classes are started with devotions and prayer and you are required to attend 2 chapel services a week. If you exceed a certain amount of skips, because they do take attendance, they will start fining you $25 per skip, so be on time to those morning services. Most of the student organizations on campus are religious-oriented.

If you here for a quality education or love the religion, you can find it here. For any partying or "real college experience" find elsewhere.