Olivet Nazarene University

Olivet Nazarene University

Olivet Nazarene University, also known as ONU or Olivet, is a private, liberal arts college in Bourbonnais, Illinois. The university, which was established in 1907, sits on a 250 acre campus. Students are offered associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs in areas like art, humanities, science, education, business, and health services. The academic colleges of the university are as follows:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Graduate and Continuing Studies
  • School of Professional Studies
  • School of Theology and Christian Ministry

ONU is a member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I and participates in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. It is a member of the Mid-States Football Association as well and sponsors teams in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track, softball, and volleyball. The athletics teams are known as Tigers. ONU also has many clubs and organizations including the International Justice Mission, ONU Young Republicans, Sigma Tau Delta, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Equestrian Club.

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Contacting Olivet Nazarene University

Olivet Nazarene University
One University Avenue
Bourbonnais , IL 60914-2271
General Phone: (815) 939-5011

Olivet Nazarene University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching727curriculum and instruction, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, kindergarten/preschool teaching, English teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, ...
Business and Management206business, business management, business administration, accounting, human resources, organizational behavior, international business, management science, marketing, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine99registered nursing
Liberal Arts61Spanish language, Biblical languages, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, library science, social services, economics, geography, ...
Therapy and Counseling51psychology, counseling psychology
Religion and Philosophy47religion, philosophy and religious studies, missionary studies, religious education, religious music, theology, theological and ministerial studies, pastoral counseling, youth ministry, ...
Family and Social Work45family and consumer science, child development, public policy analysis, social work
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy29parks and recreation studies, sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer, dietitian
Media29communication studies, mass communication, journalism
Science23biology, zoology, ecology, chemistry, geology, physical science courses
Art Studies23art studies
Security and Law Enforcement22criminal justice and safety
Architecture and Planning7environmental design
Computer Science and Engineering7information science, computer science, computer engineering
Music4music, music performance, music theory and composition
Office and Administration0office management
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech

Number of programs and degrees for Olivet Nazarene University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree62864
Master's degree72820
Doctor's degree01
Associate's degree351

Olivet Nazarene University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Olivet Nazarene University had a total enrollment of 4,636 students (4,251 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 54%
Graduate 46%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 70%
Black 8%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 16%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 26%
20-21 22%
22-24 8%
25-29 12%
30-34 8%
35-39 7%
40-49 10%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Olivet Nazarene University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %
Part-Time 100 %

Olivet Nazarene University Room and Board (2007)

Olivet Nazarene University offers campus housing for 2,358 of its 4,251 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Bourbonnais, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Olivet Nazarene University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1926
ACT Math1926
ACT Composite1926

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Olivet Nazarene University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 21,590
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 21,590
Room and board $ 6,400
Room charge $ 3,200
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,550
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,700

Financial Aid:
Olivet Nazarene University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 174100)

Olivet Nazarene University Faculty

Olivet Nazarene University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year0*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year46$66,61911$65,660
Associate professoracademic year21$52,26110$52,843
Assistant professoracademic year13$44,67511$43,030
Instructoracademic year3$34,5092*
All faculty totalacademic year83$58,38934$52,845

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Olivet Nazarene University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-States Football Association
Basketball Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Track Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports345892

Olivet Nazarene University Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Environmental Design/Architecture

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Fashion Merchandising
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Engineering, General

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Public Policy Analysis
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Ancient Near Eastern/Biblical Languages, Lit & Linguistics
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Religion And Philosophy
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education
Religious/Sacred Music
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other
Theology/Theological Studies
Youth Ministry

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physical Sciences, Other
Zoology/Animal Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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What Sets Olivet Nazarene University Apart:

% of degrees in education and teaching
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Number of degree programs
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Top 7%Olivet Nazarene University Number of degree programs
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Top 16%Olivet Nazarene University Number of students
Female % of student body
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Top 17%Olivet Nazarene University Female % of student body
% of degrees in religion and philosophy
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Top 18%Olivet Nazarene University % of degrees in religion and philosophy
% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
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% students 40 years or older
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Top 20%Olivet Nazarene University % students 40 years or older

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checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
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checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
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