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Christian Life Profile

The best college experience is waiting for you at Olivet Nazarene University. It’s the perfect blend of academic excellence and Christian values. Olivet offers premier facilities on a 275-acre park-like campus within easy reach of Chicago’s culture, vitality, and career opportunities.

We believe. You belong here.
Like tens of thousands of Olivet Nazarene University alumni, you will make a difference in the world because of the life you live at Olivet.

Since 1907, faith has been at the heart of Olivet Nazarene University’s superior academics, nationally competitive athletics, thriving social atmosphere, and numerous ministry opportunities.

Alumni consistently reflect on how thoroughly the Olivet experience of faith and learning has prepared them for life. Olivet graduates cultivate careers as doctors, engineers, teachers, scientists, nurses, pastors, business professionals, and others who lend positive influence in the world.

You have the opportunity to explore more than 120 areas of study, from Accounting to Zoology.

More than 136 full-time faculty members pour their knowledge, skill, and experience—inside and outside the classroom—into students’ lives. A 17:1 student-faculty ratio enables professors to teach, mentor, and encourage you.

At Olivet the world is your classroom. In addition to traditional classes, you may choose to study in locations around the United States and beyond. Study abroad opportunities include Australia, Costa Rica, England (Oxford), India, and numerous other destinations.

Plentiful professional internships and employment opportunities are available, thanks to Olivet’s geographic location and business and professional relationships throughout the United States and around the world. Olivet is just 50 miles south of Chicago, one of the world’s greatest cities and an international hub of vibrant culture, exciting internships, and plentiful job opportunities.

Practical experience is available on campus in a number of areas, including University-owned Shine.FM, a top-rated contemporary Christian radio network. Olivet students preparing to enter the radio and recording industries gain real-world experience by working alongside seasoned professionals in operating the station.

Campus life offers more than 90 clubs and organizations; a broad array of intramural athletics; and facilities that enhance your intellectual, physical, and spiritual growth.

A center of campus activity is the 160,000-sq. ft. Douglas E. Perry Student Life and Recreation Center. The facility features a 72,000-sq. ft. field house equipped with basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts as well as an eight-lane indoor running track. The Perry Center also boasts two swimming pools, a four-story rock-climbing wall, and a high-end fitness center used in summer training camp by the Chicago Bears of the National Football League.

Looking for competitive athletics? The Olivet Tigers compete in 21 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). “Winning Championships, Developing Champions” is the Tiger motto. In 2015–2016 Tiger accomplishments included 16 NAIA national tournament appearances; one relay, one team, and 11 individual national championships; and four Coach of the Year awards. Champions in competition and in the classroom, Olivet led the NAIA with all 21 teams named as NAIA Scholar Teams.

If music is your focus, you’ll appreciate how Olivet’s School of Music blends the latest technology with a rich music culture. The school is recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for its iLearn@Olivet initiative. You can hone your musical expertise in the 200-member marching band, two full orchestras, three mixed choirs, or any of our numerous musical ensembles.  

At the heart of Olivet Nazarene University is a vibrant spiritual life. “Education with a Christian Purpose” is our mission. At Olivet you will grow academically, socially, and spiritually. Whether praying with friends in the dorm or worshipping with fellow students, faculty, and staff in the 3,059-seat Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel, your faith will flourish.

You have opportunities to practice your faith as you join hundreds of students who travel each year on mission trips. Life-changing experiences—for students, faculty, staff, and those they serve—take place in Africa, China, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, France, Haiti, Thailand, and many other locations.

Visit Olivet
Schedule your personalized visit to campus to meet current students, professors, coaches, and counselors. You choose the day and decide what you want to do.

Financial aid and admissions counselor meetings are only the beginning. Visit classes, have a meal in the dining hall, or enjoy a beverage in our gourmet coffeehouse. Check out activities in the Perry Center. See our events calendar at olivet.edu, and plan to take in a sporting event, campus play, or concert. Your personalized visit is your first opportunity to experience life at Olivet.

Come for a visit, and you’ll know you belong.



Programs of Study
• Accounting
• Actuarial Science
• Art
• Art—Digital Graphics
• Art—Drawing/Illustration
• Art—Painting
• Art—Photography
• Art Education
• Athletic Coaching
• Athletic Training
• Biblical Languages
• Biblical Studies
• Biology
• Biology Teaching
• Business—Healthcare Management
• Business—Human Resource Management
• Business—Management
• Business—Not-for-Profit/Philanthropy
• Business—Operations Management
• Business—Public Administration
• Business Administration
• Chemistry
• Chemistry—Biochemistry
• Chemistry—Forensics
• Chemistry Teaching
• Child Development
• Children’s Ministry
• Christian Education
• Communication Studies
• Communication Teaching
• Computer Science
• Corporate Communication
• Criminal Justice
• Criminal Justice—Law Enforcement
• Dietetics
• Early Childhood Education
• Earth & Space Science Teaching
• Economics
• Economics & Finance—Applied Economics
• Economics & Finance—Certified Financial Planning
• Economics & Finance—Corporate Finance
• Elementary Education
• Engineering—Architectural
• Engineering—Chemical
• Engineering—Civil
• Engineering—Computer
• Engineering—Electrical
• Engineering—Environmental
• Engineering—Geological
• Engineering—Industrial
• Engineering—Mechanical
• Engineering—Software
• English
• English as a Second Language
• English as a Second Language Teaching
• English Education
• Environmental Science
• Exercise Science
• Family & Consumer Sciences
• Family & Consumer Sciences—Family Studies
• Family & Consumer Sciences—Hospitality
• Family & Consumer Sciences Education
• Fashion Merchandising
• Finance
• French
• General Studies
• Geography
• Geological Science
• Greek
• Health Education
• Hebrew
• History
• History Teaching
• Hospitality
• Information Systems
• Information Technology
• Intercultural Studies
• Interior Design
• International Business
• Leadership Studies
• Legal Studies
• Literature
• Management Information Systems
• Marketing
• Marketing—Commercial Graphics
• Marketing—International
• Marketing—Management
• Marketing—Public Relations
• Mass Communications
• Mathematics
• Mathematics Education
• Military Affairs
• Military Science
• Ministerial Missions
• Multimedia Communication
• Multimedia Communication—Film Studies
• Multimedia Communication—Journalism
• Multimedia Communication—Live Event Media Management
• Multimedia Communication—Ministry Media
• Multimedia Communication—Radio/Record Industry
• Multimedia Communication—TV/Video Production
• Music
• Music Composition
• Music Education
• Music Ministry
• Music Performance
• Musical Theatre
• Nursing
• Pastoral Ministry
• Philosophy
• Physical Education & Health Teaching
• Physical Sciences
• Political Science
• Pre-art Therapy
• Pre-dental
• Pre-law
• Pre-medicine
• Pre-optometry
• Pre-pharmacy
• Pre-physical Therapy
• Pre-physician Assistant
• Pre-seminary
• Pre-veterinary
• Psychology
• Psychology Teaching
• Public Policy—Domestic
• Public Policy—Foreign
• Public Relations & Strategic Communication
• Recreation
• Recreation, Sport & Fitness
• Religion
• Religion—Biblical Studies
• Religion—Philosophy
• Religion—Theology
• Religious Studies
• Science Education—Earth & Space Science
• Social Science
• Social Science Education
• Social Work
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Spanish Education
• Special Education
• Sport Management—Administration
• Sport Management—Marketing
• Theatre
• Theology
• Writing
• Youth Ministry
• Zoology