Pacific Rim Students

Olivet Nazarene University is excited to bring its mission of “Education with a Christian Purpose” to an underserved part of the globe.

Pacific Rim Student Services

ONU is reaching out to young men and women from the pacific rim to be a part of one of the nation’s premier Christian universities. The Pacific Rim Region consists of the States and Territories that border or are located in the Pacific Ocean: Alaska, America Samoa, Guam, Hawaii and the Marshall Islands. This initiative also includes US Citizens and Nationals that live in Japan and Korea.

The Pacific Rim Student Services (PRSS) office is designed to help make a smooth transition to Olivet. As a student at Olivet, you will have access to every service necessary to prepare you for success in your career and in life. We are, in every way, a student-centered University. Nowhere is this commitment more evident than in the many services and resources we provide to ensure the academic and personal success of our students. We take a caring, highly personalized approach – not only in the classroom, but in every area of student support. We believe in the vast potential of every student. And we do all we can to help you become your best. The PRSS office will add an extra layer of support that is focused on the unique needs of the students and parents of the Pacific Rim. The office is located in the Elwood Center for Student Success on the second floor. If you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to contact Beth Ann Conway.

Beth Conway

“Since my first visit to Hawaii and American Samoa in 2014 I felt an instant connection with the students and families. My experience working with them has been life changing. I walk alongside and love the students and families God has allowed to cross my path – as well as help them achieve their educational and spiritual goals. The Lord has given me the privilege to “be family away from home” for these students while they are preparing for their future. I take that responsibility very seriously.”

Pacific Rim Association

The Pacific Rim Association (PRA) was established to support Pacific Rim students transitioning to the mainland and the college culture. As an organization, the PRA strives to develop and maintain a healthy, diverse community while supporting high moral and educational standards and integrating faith and learning. As a group, PRA will grow together to help each other each their fullest potential to achieve goals greater than ever imagined.

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You won’t find yourself sitting passively listening to lectures. Olivet offers a dynamic, engaging, interactive experience designed to empower you to achieve your goals in life — whether it’s getting into an elite graduate or medical school, or stepping into that dream career.

Campus Services for Pacific Rim Students

As a Pacific Rim student at Olivet, you will have access to every service necessary to assist you in transitioning to college life and preparing for success in educational endeavors, spiritual journey and life! We are, in every way, a student-centered University. We take care of our students! As you enter this new chapter in your life, you do not have to navigate this new territory on your own. Individuals will be here to walk alongside you, providing you the guidance and support to be successful. Over these next four years, we will be your home away from home.

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With campus just 50 miles south of Chicago, Olivet students are only a quick car or train ride away from the third largest city in the United States. Chicago’s two world-class airports, O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Midway International Airport (MDW), provide easy access for Olivet students from all over the world as they return to campus each year.

Take a walk along the sprawling Lake Michigan shoreline. See a play or hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ride the 150-foot tall Ferris wheel at Navy Pier. Stroll Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and visit the finest shops, galleries and restaurants the Midwest has to offer. And with the Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Fire and Wolves, Chicago is a sports fanatic’s dream destination!


Located in the historic village of Bourbonnais in the Kankakee River Valley, Olivet students have access to a variety of local internships, recreation, dining, and entertainment in a safe, friendly environment.

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With more than 140 areas of study and a stunning campus, Olivet Nazarene University stands tall as one of the nation’s premier hubs of learning and faith. Our nationally recognized academic programs, title-winning athletics, vibrant, energized social climate and countless ministry opportunities make this place unique. Olivet seamlessly integrates passion and calling with career preparedness.

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