School Overview

Olivet Nazarene University was founded in 1907 by several families in east central Illinois who were committed to providing a Christian education for their children. In 1909, after land was acquired, the school became a liberal arts college that operated under the name Illinois Holiness University. In 1912, the school became associated with the Church of the Nazarene. Over the next few decades, the school grew in size, was renamed to what it is known as today, Olivet Nazarene University, and moved its campus to Bourbonnais, Illinois. The stated mission of Olivet Nazarene University is "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."

Olivet Nazarene University awards associate's degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees from the following schools and colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Life and Health Sciences
  • School of Music
  • School of Theology and Christian ministry

Olivet Online offers online degrees in business, nursing, education, and ministry. Using the cohort model, programs are completed entirely online in an accelerated format in approximately two years or less.

School Details

Location: One University Avenue,Bourbonnais, IL 60914-2271

Religious Affiliation: Church of the Nazarene

Sector & Type: Private, Not-for-profit

Military Support:

  • Credit for Training
  • Dedicated POC
  • Member of SOC
  • Recognized SVO
  • Yellow Ribbon

Highest Offering: Doctorate

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission



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