Olivet Nazarene University

Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) is a private, Christian liberal arts university with a strong emphasis on academic excellence and Christ-centered living. Olivet's 275-acre main campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois, is 50 miles south of Chicago. The campus atmosphere and world-class facilities support the University's mission "to provide high-quality academic instruction for the purpose of personal development, career and professional readiness, and the preparation of individuals for lives of service to God and humanity." The student body of 4,900 including 2,900 undergraduates represents more than 41 denominations, 42 U.S. states and 17 countries. Students also study off campus within the United States in cities that include Los Angeles, California and Washington, D.C. Study-abroad locations include Australia, China, Costa Rica, England, Egypt, India, Latin America, Uganda, Spain and Japan. Faculty, staff and administration are dedicated to teaching, encouraging and mentoring each student as a whole person -- academically, socially and spiritually. Olivet's high retention, graduation and employment/placement rates demonstrate the University's commitment to student success. In addition to traditional undergraduate programs, Olivet offers more than 22 master's degree programs, a Doctor of Education in ethical leadership, and degree-completion continuing studies programs through the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS). The SGCS offers courses on the main campus in Bourbonnais and throughout the Chicago area, Indianapolis, Northeast Indiana and Michigan. Students benefit from robust online programming, as well as courses offered in more than 150 churches, schools, hospitals and other locations convenient to their homes or workplaces. Olivet students participate in more than 73 clubs and organizations, including 20 intramural sports, the 200-member marching band, two orchestras, 22 musical ensembles, theater groups, clubs and ministries. ONU competes in 21 intercollegiate men's and women's sports as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). A signature structure on the Olivet campus is the 3,046-seat Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel, the venue for chapel services, concerts, and campus events and home to the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra. Facilities also include the 168,000-square-foot Douglas E. Perry Student Life and Recreation Center, featuring an eight-lane running track, two swimming pools, a four-story rock climbing wall, basketball courts and other amenities that include facilities used by the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. The ONU campus is home to the Chicago Bears' summer training camp, which annually draws national and local media coverage as well as thousands of fans to Olivet's campus. The University is also home to Shine.FM, a top-rated contemporary Christian U.S. radio network. Olivet-owned Shine.FM broadcasts in the Chicago area, Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana, and Lansing, Michigan. Olivet students studying broadcast journalism and radio broadcasting work alongside seasoned professionals in operating the station.

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Private, Coed 1907 Church of the Nazarene Semester $29.5 million 1 University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL 60914 (800) 648-1463
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55 100.0 Illinois Bourbonnais 1025