Olivet Nazarene University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Olivet Nazarene University

Olivet Nazarene University is a private, Christian institution in Bourbonnais, Illinois. The institution has a large selection of 100 undergraduate and 20 graduate degree programs for students. A robust student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations.  The Olivet Tigers play in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference of the NAIA and the National Christian College Athletic Association.


  • Total Enrollment: 4,655 (3,231 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male/59% Female
  • 91% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $37,070
  • Books: $1,000
  • Room and Board: $8,000
  • Other Expenses: $2,700
  • Total Cost: $48,770

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 77%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $22,369
    • Loans: $7,023

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Engineering, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 76%
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 32%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 53%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 61%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Olivet Nazarene University Admissions

Olivet Nazarene University admits around three-quarters of applicants each year, making it generally accessible to applicants. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the institution’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • Olivet Nazarene University Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 510/620
    • SAT Math: 490/600
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 20/26
    • ACT English: 18/26
    • ACT Math: 19/26

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Olivet Nazarene University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Olivet Nazarene University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of California, Merced, La Salle University, Liberty University, University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Olivet Nazarene University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Hampton University, Washington State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, East Carolina University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Olivet Nazarene University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Temple University, University of Arizona, University of Alabama, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington

Applying to Olivet Nazarene University

Application Deadline: August 1

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