#20 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, Illinois

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Olivet Nazarene University overview
Location Bourbonnais, Illinois
Online olivet.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small Suburban
Religious Affiliation Church of the Nazarene
Olivet Nazarene University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Olivet Nazarene University (ONU), located in Bourbonnais, Illinois, is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. Founded in 1907, the university is situated on a suburban 275-acre campus approximately 50 miles south of Chicago. The campus architecture is characterized by a blend of traditional and contemporary styles, with facilities designed to support both academic and residential life. ONU offers a broad range of undergraduate programs, with particularly noted offerings in nursing, business, education, and the applied sciences. The university provides on-campus housing options to foster an immersive educational experience. While maintaining selective admissions, ONU attracts students seeking a faith-integrated academic environment. Notable for its athletics, the university competes as the "Tigers" in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), particularly gaining recognition in track and field and basketball.

In the most recent statistical year 6,196 prospective students applied, and 3,581 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 682 enrolled in the school.  2,449 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 806 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $36,950 plus fees of $990. Olivet Nazarene University is ranked 555 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Olivet Nazarene University is rated within the top 49% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Olivet Nazarene University overview
SAT 970/1200
ACT 19/26
Estimated GPA 3.38

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Olivet Nazarene University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$850
Other Fees$990
Room and Board $9,790
Budget for Other Expenses$2,900
Total One Year Cost$51,480

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$42,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

56% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Olivet Nazarene University students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 23%
Business 22%
Education 12%
Social Sciences 5%
Theology and Religious Vvocations 4%

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