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as of May 25, 2016

Olivet Nazarene University

One University Avenue
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
(815) 939-5221

*Previous names: Olivet Nazarene College to Olivet Nazarene University (1986)

The information on this page describes the accreditation relationship between this institution and the Higher Learning Commission. General information about the Commission and the accreditation process is provided at the end of this document. In addition, links to definitions are provided for many of the terms used.

Accreditation Information

Current status: Accredited

Accreditation granted:04/13/1956

Most recent reaffirmation of accreditation: 2014 - 2015
     • Action Letter (PDF)

Next reaffirmation of accreditation: 2024 - 2025

Upcoming or In-Progress Reviews

2018 - 2019:Comprehensive Evaluation 
2024 - 2025:Comprehensive Evaluation 

Most Recent History with the Commission

01/27/2015:Comprehensive EvaluationContinue Accreditation

General Institutional Information

This section provides brief, general information about the institution’s organization and scope. The information is self-reported by the institution through the annual Institutional Update to the Commission. Additional information can be found at nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ or on the institution’s web site noted above.

Control: Private NFP

Degree programs (number in each category): Associates (2), Bachelors (70), Masters (26), Doctoral (1)

Certificate programs (number offered): 0

Off-Campus Activities (This listing was last updated: 05/11/2016; the information may not be current.) The institution’s accreditation includes courses and programs at:

In-State:   Campuses:   None.
    Additional Locations:   Indian Trail Junior High School - Addison, IL; John Hersey High School - Arlington Heights, IL; Northwest Community Hospital - Arlington Heights, IL; Wolf's Crossing Elementary - Aurora, IL; Metea Valley High School - Aurora, IL; West Aurora High School - Aurora, IL; Advocate Good Shepard Hospital - Barrington, IL; West Cook Intermediate Service Center - Bellwood, IL; Fenton High School - Bensenville, IL; Heritage Middle School - Berwyn, IL; Westfield Middle School - Bloomingdale, IL; Eisenhower High School - Blue Island, IL; Metro South Medical Center - Blue Island, IL; Cook County School District 130 District Office - Blue Island, IL; Bolingbrook High School - Bolingbrook, IL; Hubert Humphrey Middle School - Bolingbrook, IL; Reed Custer High School - Braidwood, IL; Reavis High School - Burbank, IL; Spring Trail Elementary School - Carol Stream, IL; Minooka High School - South Campus - Channahon, IL; Mt. Sinai Hospital - Chicago, IL; Washington High School - Chicago, IL; Norwegian American Hospital - Chicago, IL; Jackson Park Hospital & Medical Center - Chicago, IL; Roseland Hospital - Chicago, IL; John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County - Chicago, IL; St. Bernard Hospital - Chicago, IL; Advocate Medical Group - Skyes Building - Chicago, IL; Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital - Chicago, IL; Advocate Medical Group-Beverly Center - Chicago, IL; Provident Hospital of Cook County - Chicago , IL; Chicago Hope Academy - Chicago, IL; RML Specialty Hospital - Chicago, IL; James Ward Elementary School - Chicago, IL; Mercy Hospital - Chicago, IL; Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago, IL; Sullivan High School - Chicago, IL; Alcott High School - Chicago, IL; South Shore Hospital - Chicago, IL; Walter L. Newberry Math & Science Academy - Chicago, IL; Swedish Covenant Hospital - Chicago, IL; Senate Apartments - Chicago, IL; Chicago Police Department - Chicago, IL; Holy Cross Hospital - Chicago, IL; St. James Hospital - Chicago Heights, IL; Washington Junior High School - Chicago Heights, IL; South Cook Intermediate Service Center - Chicago Heights, IL; Prairie State College - Chicago Heights, IL; Crescent City Grade School - Crescent City, IL; Crete-Monee District Office - Crete, IL; Prairie Ridge High School - Crystal Lake, IL; North Ridge Middle School - Danville, IL; Algonquin Middle School - Des Plaines, IL; Chippewa Middle School - Des Plaines, IL; Thornridge High School - Dolton, IL; Dwight High School District 230 - Dwight, IL; Elgin High School - Elgin, IL; Provena St. Joseph Hospital/St. Claire Building - Elgin, IL; Sherman Hospital - Elgin, IL; Creekside Elementary School - Elgin, IL; Larkin High School - Elgin, IL; Alexian Brothers Medical Center - Elk Grove Village, IL; Elmwood Park High School - Elmwood Park, IL; Evanston Township H.S. - Evanston, IL; Lincoln Elementary School - Evanston, IL; Chute Middle School - Evanston, IL; Little Company of Mary Hospital - Evergreen Park, IL; Homewood Flossmoor H.S. - Flossmoor, IL; Ingalls Family Care Center - Flossmoor, IL; Lincoln Way East H.S. - Frankfort, IL; Highland Community College - Freeport, IL; Gardner Grade School - Gardner, IL; Delnor Hospital - Geneva, IL; Iroquois West High School - Gilman, IL; Queen Bee 16 Professional Development Center - Glendale Heights, IL; Brookwood Junior High District 167 - Glenwood, IL; University Center of Lake County - Grayslake, IL; College of Lake County - Grayslake, IL; Warren Township High School - O'Plaine Campus - Gurnee, IL; Horizon Elementary School - Hanover Park , IL; Ingalls Memorial Hospital - Harvey, IL; Advocate South Suburban Hospital - Hazel Crest, IL; Hazel Crest 152.5 District Office - Hazel Crest, IL; West 40 Intermediate Service Center - Hillside, IL; RML Specialty Hospital - Hinsdale, IL; Goodings Grove Elementary - Homer Glen, IL; Advocate Trinity Hospital - Homer Glen, IL; Oak Prairie School - Homer Glen, IL; Hometown Elementary School - Hometown, IL; Joliet Township High School - Joliet, IL; Joliet West High School - Joliet, IL; Joliet Junior College - Joliet, IL; Riverside Medical Center - Kankakee, IL; Provena St. Mary's Hospital - Kankakee, IL; Kankakee Community College - Kankakee, IL; River Valley Middle School - Lemont, IL; Lemont Township H.S. - Lemont, IL; Condell - Libertyville, IL; Kennedy Junior High - Lisle, IL; DuPage Regional Office of Education - Professional Development Center - Lombard, IL; Kishwaukee College - Malta, IL; Matteson Elementary District - Matteson, IL; Northern Illinois Medical Center - McHenry, IL; McHenry Middle School - McHenry, IL; Westlake Hospital - Melrose Park, IL; Bremen High School - Midlothian, IL; Minooka Intermediate - Minooka, IL; Mokena Elementary - Mokena, IL; Lakewood Creek Elementary - Montgomery, IL; Shabbona Middle School - Morris, IL; Morris Hospital and HealthCare Centers - Morris, IL; White Oak Elementary - Morris, IL; Neuqua Valley High School - Naperville, IL; Calvary Church - Naperville, IL; Washington Junior High School - Naperville, IL; Lincoln Junior High - Naperville, IL; Trinity Church of the Nazarene - Naperville, IL; Alex M. Martino Jr. High - New Lenox, IL; Spencer Crossing Elementary - New Lenox, IL; Liberty Junior High School - New Lenox, IL; Gemini Junior High School - Niles, IL; Advocate BroMenn Hospital - Normal, IL; Pennoyer Elementary - Norridge, IL; Oak Forest High School - Oak Forest, IL; Oak Lawn Community H.S. - Oak Lawn, IL; Advocate Hope Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn, IL; Kolb Elementary School - Oak Lawn, IL; H.L. Richard High School - Oak Lawn, IL; Rush Oak Park Hospital - Oak Park, IL; OakBrook International Office Center - Oakbrook, IL; Illinois Valley Community College - Oglesby, IL; St. James Hospital - Olympia Fields - Olympia Fields, IL; Consolidated High School District 230 Office - Orland Park, IL; Advocate Health Center - Orland park, IL; Prairie Point Elementary School - Oswego, IL; Oswego High School - Oswego, IL; Oswego East High School - Oswego, IL; Oak Ridge Elementary School - Palos Hills, IL; North Palos/District 117 Admin Ctr. - Palos Hills, IL; Advocate Lutheran General Hospital - Park Ridge, IL; Plainfield Central High School - Plainfield, IL; Timber Ridge Middle School - Plainfield, IL; Plainfield Central Elementary - Plainfield, IL; Emily G. Johns Elementary School - Plano, IL; Plano High School - Plano, IL; Rantoul J.W. Eater High School - Rantoul , IL; Rockford Memorial Hospital - Rockford, IL; Swedish American Hospital - Rockford, IL; Diocese of Rockford - Rockford, IL; Rock Valley College - Rockford, IL; Holiday Inn - Rolling Meadows, IL; Chicago Regional Center - Rolling Meadows, IL; South Elgin High School - South Elgin, IL; South Holland District Office - South Holland, IL; Seton Academy - South Holland, IL; Thornwood High School - South Holland, IL; Columbia Central School - Steger, IL; Ridge Circle Elementary School - Streamwood, IL; Streamwood High School - Streamwood, IL; Robert W. Procunier Administration Center - Tinley Park, IL; Burt H. Fulton School - Tinley Park, IL; Urbana School District 116 - Urbana, IL; Carle Foundation Hospital - Main Campus - Urbana, IL; Urbana High School - Urbana, IL; Carle Hospital - Urbana , IL; Vernon Hills High School - Vernon Hills, IL; Hawthorn Elementary North - Vernon Hills, IL; Glenn Raymond Middle School - Watseka, IL; University Center at Waukegan - Waukegan, IL; Lowell Elementary School - Wheaton, IL; Wheaton North High School - Wheaton, IL; Wheeling High School - Wheeling, IL; Centegra Memorial Medical Center - South - Woodstock, IL; Centegra Memorial Medical Center-Main Campus - Woodstock, IL; Worthwoods Elementary - Worth, IL; Worth Junior High School - Worth, IL; Midwestern Regional Med Center - Zion, IL; Zion Central Middle School - Zion, IL;
Out-of-State:   Campuses:   None.
    Additional Locations:   Michigan District Church of the Nazarene - Grand Ledge, MI; Kenmoor, L.L.C. - Grand Rapids, MI; Westside Church of the Nazarene - Indianapolis, IN; RHW Enterprises, Inc. - Indianapolis, IN; Mid America Nazarene University - Olathe, KS;
Out-of-U.S.:   Campuses:   None.
    Additional Locations:   Hong Kong Institute of Christian Counselors - Kowloon, Hong Kong, CHINA;

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