Recreation & Campus Life

From intramural sports, Tiger Athletics, color run, Rock ‘n Glow, Ollies Follies and concerts by some of today’s hottest artists, Olivet students are never at a loss for things to do.


So Much To Do

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Looking for some friendly competition and great relationships? Olivet offers a vibrant intramurals program — with nearly 20 different sports.

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Students at the lat machines in the fitness center.

Fitness Center

Our fitness center offers top-of-the-line workout equipment for your personal use and fitness classes.

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Group of cheering juniors during Ollies Follies.

Traditions & Special Days

Ollies Follies, Homecoming, Mr. ONU, Senior Banquet — these are just a few of the many exciting events Olivet students look forward to each year.

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Student Life & Recreation Center

Completed in December 2012, the new 168,000 foot Student Life and Recreation Center (SLRC) boasts two pools, four basketball courts, and a four-story climbing wall!

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Perry Student Life & Recreation Center

Features of the Perry Center

  • Eight-lane, 200-meter running track with Mondo surface
  • Two pools, including a 10-lane competition pool with a constant depth of 2 meters
  • Four-story rock climbing wall that is one of the largest among U.S. universities
  • 72,000-square-foot field house with running track and four basketball courts
  • Workout facilities
  • Large game area
  • Spacious central lounge where students can gather for recreation or study
  • Several classrooms
Swimmer in indoor pool in Perry Center

Tiger Sports Competition

The Perry Center also offers new enhancements and opportunities for Tiger Athletics.

  • Track and Field Olivet is among the few colleges in the state of Illinois with an eight-lane, 200-meter indoor track. Its Mondo surface is the same as that used in the 2012 Olympics.
  • Swimming With a 10-lane competition pool, varsity men’s and women’s swimming has been added to the list of Olivet’s intercollegiate programs. ONU swim teams began competing in fall 2012.
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A Place for Everyone

Your education doesn’t stop in the classroom. Student activities are a vital part of your Olivet experience and not only compliment your studies but create opportunities for community.

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Clubs and Organizations

Student Life Clubs and Honor Societies are managed by the Clubs and Organizations Manager with the support of the Student Life Leadership Team. Such organizations exist to serve and represent the student body in their respective departments, campus, and the community at large. Student Life Clubs and Honor Societies have meetings, host events, and travel based on their focus.

Accounting Club

This clubs seeks to provide students with a greater understanding of the variety of careers available within the accounting profession through social, educational, and networking events.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AlChE)

Chemical engineering students seeking to foster a community, network, and forge a better understanding of chemical engineering including serving the local area and campus.

Group of students gather to engineer solar panels

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine, while protecting and restoring the natural environment.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

This club promotes the art, science and practice of mechanical engineering and allied sciences around the globe.

Biophilic (Biology Club)

This club exists to promote community and service within the biology department, the campus of Olivet, and surrounding area as well as understanding of biology and the environment.

Capitol Hill Gang

This club exists in order to encourage political activity and debate among the students, faculty, and staff in order to advance awareness on domestic and global issues.


This club exists to involve all students on campus who enjoy chemistry.

Diakonia (Social Work)

This club exists in order to promote fellowship for social work and social welfare-oriented students. Various activities will be sponsored in order to raise awareness at ONU about human need.


This club exists to provide college students the best opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise.

Equestrian Club

This club exists to promote community among students who have an interest or passion for horses and to promote understanding of horsemanship.

Exercise Science Club

This club exists to promote unity among all students interested in Exercise Science, including various job opportunities in the field and graduate school speakers.

Group of students in the chem lab

International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE)

ISPE is committed to the advancement of the educational and technical efficiency of its members through forums for the exchange of ideas and practical experience.

Engineering students gather together to learn

Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

IEEE is dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

Investment Club

This club exists in order to provide students with an opportunity to learn about and participate in investments. It teaches students how to invest wisely and that there is always a risk when investing. All majors are welcome!

Law and Politics Society

This club exists in order to promote the awareness of law and the legal profession and to prepare ourselves for the challenges of law school and of a legal career.

Marketing Club

The Marketing Club allows Olivet students to experience what means to thrive in business and life through guest speakers, ‘ADventure’ road-trips, and real-world marketing and advertising projects through our relationships with professional associations, ONU alumni, and community/ministry partners. Marketing Club encourages cross-disciplinary engagement with Communications Studies, Art and Digital Media, and other areas of study across campus.


Student Led

The Olivet student experience is enriched by the leadership of current students whose vision is to make everyone find a sense of belonging. The Student Life Leadership Team and the Executive Officers of Social Life work together with the Office of Student Development to create the experiences that students know and love. Annual responsibilities include Ollies Follies, Paint Wars, Candy Costume Fest, and the Christmas Party, along with many other social activities to build community amongst the campus and community.

Math Club

This club promotes community amongst students who share a passion for mathematics by participating in mathematical origami, math scavenger hunts, math movies and an annual Math Murder Mystery. No upper division math is required.

MuKappa (Students from International Missionary and Military Homes)

This club exists to encourage the international missionary and military students at Olivet.

National Association for Music Educators

This club exists to help future music educators and the community music programs learn more about music education and how to be Christ-like influences in our respective communities.

National Science Teachers Association

This club exists to promote the mission of NSTA and familiarize students with the resources provided by the association as well as provide opportunities for professional growth and development.

Nursing Student Association

This club exists to provide unity and support among the nursing students and to provide community service opportunities such as blood drives.

Phi Beta Lambda (Business Competition)

Inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.

Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA)

This club exists to establish a community of strategic communication young professionals through affiliation with an international organization through which students broaden networking opportunities, participate in community outreach, and earn leadership experience.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Student Chapter

Students interested in entering a career in human resources will be enriched by a membership in both the local chapter and national organizations. Members have the opportunity to explore internship and job opportunities, network with industry professionals, attend conferences, compete in case competitions and apply for scholarships.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

This club exists to encourage academic growth and excellence in the field of engineering, particularly among women in the engineering field.

Spoons 4 Forks

This club exists as an improv team that performs a show regularly about once a month both on and off campus. We exist to show that Christians relax, have a good time and laugh ‘til it hurts while glorifying God in the process.

Student Dietetic Association (SDA)

This club exists to join dietetic majors together as a community for making a positive impact on the nutritional status of our local and global communities.

Student Education Association (SEA)

This club exists to empower future educators in their pursuit to invest in the lives of the next generation.

Student Unit of Family and Consumer Sciences

This club exists to provide an introduction into the profession of family consumer sciences and development of Christian professional attitudes and competencies.

Tabletop Games Club

This club exists to provide a supportive gaming community for students on campus. Anyone who loves playing games is welcome to join or attend events.

Zoology Club

This club exists to practice stewardship and conservation of God’s creation as well as provide zoology majors with the opportunity to learn about future careers, create professional connections, and discover personal passions.

Honor Societies

Honor Societies exist to recognize students for their outstanding academic achievements. Olivet Nazarene University is proud to offer several honor societies for our diverse student body.

Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honor Society)

This honor society exists to encourage and promote the continuing excellence in the education department.

Kappa Delta Rho (Family and Consumer Science Honor Society)

This honor society is dedicated to recognizing and encouraging excellence in scholarship, research and leadership in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Lambda Pi Eta Theta (Communication Department Honor Society)

This honor society exists to encourage the development and reward the accomplishments of those in the communications program.

Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society)

This honor society exists to encourage and promote continuing excellence in the history department.

Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)

This honor society exists in order to promote the awareness of legal and governmental policies.

Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society)

This honor society exists to encourage academic growth and excellence in the psychology field.

Sigma Delta Pi-Chi Omega (Spanish)

This honor society exists to encourage academic growth and practice in the Spanish language.

Sigma Tau Delta (English and English Education Honor Society)

This honor society exists to encourage academic growth and excellence in the field of English through opportunities such as the submission of personal writings to national competitions.

Current intramural activities

Olivet Nazarene University sponsors a well-balanced program of intramural activities for both men and women. Intramurals provide students, faculty and staff the opportunity to develop relationships while engaging in friendly competition.

  • Arena Football
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Doubles Cornhole tournament
  • Flag football (men’s and women’s)
  • Floor Hockey
  • Homecoming Power Puff football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Spikeball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball (indoor and sand)
  • Wiffle ball

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