Olivet Nazarene University: Narrative Description

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One University Ave.
Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2271
Tel: (815)939-5011
Free: 800-648-1463
Admissions: (815)939-5203
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.olivet.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Church of the Nazarene. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1907. Setting: 200-acre small town campus with easy access to Chicago. Endowment: $12.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $431,865. Educational spending 2003-04: $5201 per student. Total enrollment: 4,364. Faculty: 123 (86 full-time, 37 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 2,747 applied, 65% were admitted. 25% from top 10% of their high school class, 50% from top quarter, 75% from top half. 1 National Merit Scholar, 24 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,352 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 281 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 41 states and territories, 15 other countries, 51% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 9% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 17% 25 or older, 79% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 71% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, ACT. Recommended: essay, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $22,590 includes full-time tuition ($15,650), mandatory fees ($840), and college room and board ($6100). College room only: $3050. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $652 per hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $10 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 30 open to all. Most popular organizations: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, C.A.U.S.E. College and University Serving and Enabling, Diakonia, Student Education Association, Women's Residence Association. Major annual events: All-School Christmas Banquet, Junior/Senior Banquet, Homecoming Coronation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,900 college housing spaces available; 1,829 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Benner Library with 160,039 books, 240,846 microform titles, 925 serials, 6,818 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. 339 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The campus is in the historic village of Bourbonnais (16,000) on the north edge of Kankakee, Illinois (100,000). This is the growing edge of the community, with excellent schools and small businesses. A shopping mall and numerous stores provide shopping convenience and employment opportunities. Major industries in the area include Armour Pharmaceutical, Armstrong Tile, Quaker Oats, General Foods, and a variety of metal working plants. The proximity to the Chicago metropolitan area is a definite asset.

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