Design for Educational Excellence
Olivet Nazarene University is committed to academic excellence. The University is accredited to offer associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctorate degrees by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504, telephone: (312) 263-0456.
The Illinois State Department of Education has approved Olivet as a teacher training college for baccalaureate and master's degrees. The teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education programs.
The baccalaureate degree and master's degree programs in Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The baccalaureate program is approved by the Board of Nursing of the Department of Professional Regulation of the State of Illinois. The Athletic Training Education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The baccalaureate degree program in Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
The baccalaureate degree program in Dietetics is accredited by the American Dietetic Association; the baccalaureate program in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; and the baccalaureate program in Engineering is accredited by the American Board of Engineering and Technology. Olivet is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Midwest Association of Graduate Schools, Associated Colleges of Illinois, the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. It is a member of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area, with the privilege of selective use of the Argonne National Laboratories for research and educational purposes.
Olivet carries on a sustained program of self-study in the belief that improvement is a continuous process. Its faculty is competent for the duties assigned. An effort is made to bring a genuine academic challenge to every student. This is done with the conviction that the impact of Christian lives can be increased by excellence of scholarship, logical thought, and effectiveness in communication. The University seeks through its curriculum, co-curricular activities, and campus citizenship to assure the priority of academic discipline and achievement.
A genuine encounter with the traditional liberal arts is felt to be the best way to assure the development of the whole person and to give balance in making the judgments required in a world of rapid change. Accordingly, Olivet Nazarene University offers the student a variety of opportunities for growth according to his or her aptitude and interests. These opportunities are presented through curriculum, co-curricular activities, field experiences, and internships. Teachers and counselors are ready to assist the student in planning his or her program, but the student has primary responsibility for meeting requirements for graduation, licensing, certification, and graduate school admission.