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  1. Academics
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  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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Olivet Nazarene is an above-average private, Christian university located in Bourbonnais, Illinois. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,019 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Olivet Nazarene acceptance rate is 78%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Engineering. Graduating 57% of students, Olivet Nazarene alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,300.
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
78%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
940-1200
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$20,302/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,317/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,565/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,341/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,304/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,687/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.69 responses
79%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.85 responses
71%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.85 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,019Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
31%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 70 responses
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  • Christian
    36%
  • Friendly
    27%
  • Olivetian
    19%
  • Students with Bachelor degrees
    7%
  • Snobby
    4%
  • Preppy
    3%
  • Warm
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
93%
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.96 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.124 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 67 responses
Report
  • Community centered in a Christian atmosphere
    48%
  • Academics are great, Christian atmosphere
    25%
  • Academics are great, Night life, not so much.
    15%
  • 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
$38,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
57%
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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Olivet Nazarene University Reviews

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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.
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In all honesty this institution may seem good at first, but is bogged down by multiple problems. If you aren't a sports or a nurse person this is probably not the place for you, especially for engineers you can get much better for cheesier. Olivet doesn't really excel in any area and feels more so average in every area of study except Theology and has a heavily enforced religious atmosphere. There have been several controversies regarding non-religious issues and people being expelled there is also a fine enforced chapel every week. Administration is often slow, ineffective, and barely cooperates with student groups. Students are unaware of how local communities feel about the campus, and are entitled. Diversity isn't a priority and is mininal. Any activities are usually student lead with administration only pitching in merchandise to sell for over-priced prices. Don't come here unless you're a nurse or athlete and really want a (barely) Christian based education setting
Olivet Nazarene is an excellent school. They have wonderful Dr.'s and professors that are willing to go the extra mile for any student. Olivet Nazarene has excellent athletics that are very fun to watch and enjoy. Student life is all over the campus. Their are so many clubs and activities to do, you will never worry about being bored!