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Olivet Nazarene University

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1907
Affiliation: Church of the Nazarene
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 2,978
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $16,834,368
Admissions Address

1 University Avenue
Bourbonnais, IL 60914



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.5
Send application by: May 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Susan Wolff
Admissions office telephone: (815) 939-5011
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: May 1
Decision sent by:  
Accept offer by: June 1
Early decision
Not offered  
Early action
Not offered  
Application fee: $25
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? No
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Electronic application:
Tuition deposit: $500 (Refundable by May 1)
Room deposit: None (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 3
Science 3 3
Lab 0 0
Foreign language 0 2
Social studies 3 3
History 2 2
Academic electives 0 0
Total academic units 15 17

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.

Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: May 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Very important
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Not considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 65%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 65%
Total applicants: 2,867
Total acceptances: 1,871
Total freshman enrollment: 752
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.


Male applicants: 1,136
Male acceptances: 779
Male freshman enrollment: 334
Female applicants: 1,731
Female acceptances: 1,092
Female freshman enrollment: 418
Out-of-state freshmen: 52%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 26%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 55%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 82%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 85%
Average high school GPA: 3.5
First-year students submitting GPA: 87%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 19%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 480 - 650
Math: 480 - 630
Combined: 960 - 1280


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 6.0% 6.0%
600-699 31.0% 21.0%
500-599 40.0% 51.0%
400-499 22.0% 21.0%
300-399 1.0% 1.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 100%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 19 - 29
Math: 19 - 27
Composite: 20 - 28


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 7.0% 12.0% 6.0%
24-29 41.0% 34.0% 37.0%
18-23 52.0% 45.0% 46.0%
12-17 0.0% 9.0% 11.0%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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