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Olivet Nazarene University Overview

Olivet Nazarene University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Olivet Nazarene is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Olivet Nazarene University Known For?

921 Undergraduate Awards
$27,519 Avg Cost After Aid
66% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Olivet Nazarene have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Olivet Nazarene.
  • In 2017-2018, 33% of the faculty were full-time.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from Olivet Nazarene to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Olivet Nazarene University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Olivet Nazarene has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#78 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#179 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#295 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Olivet Nazarene.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Other Education Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Other Education Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Multilingual Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Teaching English or French Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Value Teaching English or French Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Value Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Olivet Nazarene has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#30 Best Teaching Graduate Certificate Schools Teaching Degree Search
#35 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#38 Best Value Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#54 Best Value Colleges for Nursing College Factual

Where Is Olivet Nazarene University?

Location of Olivet Nazarene University

Contact details for Olivet Nazarene are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2271
Phone: 815-939-5011
Website: www.olivet.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OlivetNazareneUniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/OlivetNazareneU

How Do I Get Into Olivet Nazarene?

You can apply to Olivet Nazarene online at: https://www.olivet.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Olivet Nazarene

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Olivet Nazarene?

66% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
25% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 66%, Olivet Nazarene does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 64%, and the acceptance rate for women is 68%.

Average Test Scores

About 25% of students accepted to Olivet Nazarene submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 620. Math scores were between 510 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Olivet Nazarene University  ( 510 to 620 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Olivet Nazarene University  ( 510 to 610 )
200
800
Olivet Nazarene received ACT scores from 83% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 27. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Olivet Nazarene University  ( 20 to 27 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Olivet Nazarene University  ( 19 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Olivet Nazarene University  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Olivet Nazarene University?

$27,519 Net Price
77% Take Out Loans
4.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Olivet Nazarene is $27,519. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Olivet Nazarene, approximately 77% of students took out student loans averaging $6,818 a year. That adds up to $27,272 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Olivet Nazarene is 4.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Olivet Nazarene University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,855 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,110 undergraduate students at Olivet Nazarene, with 2,855 being full-time and 255 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Olivet Nazarene

There are also 1,207 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,855 full-time undergraduates at Olivet Nazarene, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Olivet Nazarene

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Olivet Nazarene University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Olivet Nazarene Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 58
Black or African American 232
Hispanic or Latino 283
White 2,111
International Students 34
Other Races/Ethnicities 137

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Olivet Nazarene University. At this time, 37 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 24 countries are represented at Olivet Nazarene. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Spain, Canada, and Brazil.

Online Learning at Olivet Nazarene University

1,577 Took All Classes Online
1,809 Took At Least One Class Online
22.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 5 bachelor’s degree and 9 master’s degree programs available online at Olivet Nazarene. In 2017-2018, 1,809 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Olivet Nazarene has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 9th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Olivet Nazarene

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Olivet Nazarene University was 22.8%. This is the #824 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Olivet Nazarene regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Olivet Nazarene majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 13%
Business, Management & Marketing 12%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 27%
Curriculum & Instruction 33%
Education 6%
Educational Administration 90%
Health Professions 10%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 27%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 8%
Nursing 11%
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 5%
Teaching English or French 2%
Theological & Ministerial Studies 63%
Theology & Religious Vocations 35%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Olivet Nazarene ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Olivet Nazarene.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Engineering-Related Fields #14
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries #21
Curriculum & Instruction #27
Engineering Technologies #29
Teacher Education Subject Specific #44
Theology & Religious Vocations #69
Criminal Justice & Corrections #102
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #112
Nursing #149
Education #178
Business Administration & Management #226
Health Professions #254
Business, Management & Marketing #287

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Olivet Nazarene University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 200 14 241 0 455
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 245 0 245
Teacher Education Subject Specific 31 17 141 0 189
Business Administration & Management 86 0 89 0 175
General Engineering 63 0 0 0 63
Teaching English or French 0 54 0 0 54
Criminal Justice & Corrections 41 0 0 0 41
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 9 0 29 0 38
General Psychology 35 0 0 0 35
General Biology 34 0 0 0 34
Social Work 32 0 0 0 32
Theological & Ministerial Studies 22 0 8 0 30
Marketing 28 0 0 0 28
Health & Physical Education 27 0 0 0 27
Economics 24 0 0 0 24
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 23 0 23
Accounting 22 0 0 0 22
Communication & Media Studies 22 0 0 0 22
Teacher Education Grade Specific 22 0 0 0 22
Special Education 2 19 0 0 21
Zoology 17 0 0 0 17
Other Education 0 0 0 14 14
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 13 0 0 0 13
Public Relations & Advertising 12 0 0 0 12
Missionary Studies 12 0 0 0 12
Fine & Studio Arts 12 0 0 0 12
Human Development & Family Studies 11 0 0 0 11
Educational Administration 0 10 0 0 10
General Family & Consumer Sciences 10 0 0 0 10
Religious Education 10 0 0 0 10
Management Information Systems 8 0 0 0 8
General English Literature 8 0 0 0 8
Allied Health Professions 8 0 0 0 8
Liberal Arts General Studies 8 0 0 0 8
Mathematics 8 0 0 0 8
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 7 0 0 0 7
History 6 0 1 0 7
Design & Applied Arts 7 0 0 0 7
Music 7 0 0 0 7
Computer Science 6 0 0 0 6
Information Science 6 0 0 0 6
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 6 0 6
Religious Studies 6 0 0 0 6
Sociology 5 0 0 0 5
Romance Languages 4 0 0 0 4
Sacred Music 4 0 0 0 4
International Business 3 0 0 0 3
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 3 0 0 0 3
Multilingual Education 0 0 3 0 3
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Political Science & Government 3 0 0 0 3
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 2 0 0 0 2
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 2 0 0 0 2
Chemistry 2 0 0 0 2
Geological & Earth Sciences 2 0 0 0 2
General Social Sciences 2 0 0 0 2
Public Policy 2 0 0 0 2
Geography & Cartography 1 0 0 0 1
Biblical Studies 1 0 0 0 1
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 921 114 786 14 1,835

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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