Olivet Nazarene University, or ONU, has over 100 years of providing a liberal arts education for “a higher purpose.” ONU was founded in 1907 in Georgetown, Illinois, by several families who were committed to providing their children with higher education from a Christian perspective. ONU was adopted by the Nazarene Church, an affiliate of the Wesleyan Church, in 1912. In addition to the Georgetown location, the main campus was also moved to Olivet, IL. ONU was relocated to its current location in Bourbonnais, IL in 1939.
The mission of ONU is to provide higher education for a higher purpose. The university is still governed by the Nazarene Church, and as such, the university professes that a liberal arts education should occur in a Christian context, and that faith is central to learning and education. ONU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Furthermore, ONU’s professional programs are accredited by the appropriate national accrediting bodies, such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs.
ONU offers several opportunities for students of all backgrounds to earn a degree, thanks to its commitment to distance learning. ONU’s distance learning programs are managed by the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. The purpose of ONU’s distance learning opportunities are to best serve non-traditional students that are typically under-served by traditional on-campus programs. This is done through off-campus distance learning opportunities, which allows students to attend class at convenient off-campus locations or online. Blended distance learning allows students to reap the benefits of both types of distance learning. Satellite campuses are located in the greater Chicago area in Illinois. Distance learning degrees are offered in accelerated formats, and many programs can be completed in as little as 10-16 months.
Distance learning degrees are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels. All degrees can be taken online, at satellite campuses, or both; some programs require students to utilize the blended approach, though. Undergraduate degrees are offered at the associate’s and bachelor’s levels. An Associate of Arts (AA) in Business is available at the associate’s level. Bachelor’s degrees include a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business, Bachelor of Practical Ministries for Salvation Army Officers, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
Distance learning graduate degrees are offered at the master’s and doctoral levels. Master’s degrees are offered in Business Administration (MBA), Executive Business Administration (EMBA), Organizational Leadership, Philosophy of History, Political Theory, Professional Counseling, School Counseling, Education, Ministry and Nursing (MSN). The Education and Ministry master’s programs offer many concentrations for prospective students to choose from. A Doctor of Education (EdD) in Ethical Leadership is available at the doctoral level.
One of the values of ONU is to make an excellent education affordable. Estimated costs of tuition are approximately $13,000 per semester, and $26,000 per year. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships to those who qualify. Approximately 96% of students receive aid.