ONU Plus

Pastors and Church Leaders; An Affordable Olivet Degree, for your Community

Olivet is meeting the needs of churches and students through education that is affordable, local, practical and fully accredited. The ONU+ program is an opportunity for local churches to create a program that provides a powerful answer to the college debt crisis.


Here's how it works...

Churches are responsible for recruiting students, overseeing campus activities and coordinating relationships. Olivet manages enrollment, financial aid, accreditation, learning support, IT help desk, etc. and performs instruction. Students pay $10,000 per year (similar to a typical full-time student at a community college) and $2,500 of that is a site fee that goes to your church or parachurch for program expenses. For example: 10 students = $25,000 per year for the church.


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Church and Community Benefits:

  • Increased engagement in the community
  • Developing strong local leaders 
  • Financial incentives
  • Access to resources of an accredited university
Student Benefits

Life Flexibility

Through ONU PLUS, you will earn a college degree while having the flexibility to remain at home and continue to work a part-time job.

Reduced Tuition

Olivet Nazarene University offers discounted tuition to students at extension sites, allowing ONU PLUS to offer tuition at a much lower cost. You can earn 30 credit hours for a full year at the cost of $10,000.

Practical Training

Ministry and business apprenticeships will be offered to you through ONU PLUS. Up to three credit hours per semester will be given for practicum experience. This amounts to 8-10 weekly hours of firsthand leadership, ministry, and workplace experience.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry
  • Bachelor of Science in Child Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Electives to introductory courses: Actuarial Science, Communication, Data Science, Psychology

*associate degrees are being developed for HLC approval

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply to ONU PLUS?

ONU PLUS is for all high school graduates and interested young adults who look to discover and embrace their God-given mission within a platform of vocational ministry or the marketplace.

What is ONU PLUS?

ONU PLUS is a network of sites where students attend to take online courses from Olivet Nazarene University so that students can stay involved in their local community, church or organization. Some courses will feature an online model where professors teach live over Zoom, while some other courses will be work at your own pace each week. In addition to coursework, many sites offer leadership training, practical experience and engaging activities for college-aged students.

What activities are available to me as a student?

This varies by site and location, but each site may offer volunteer opportunities on a monthly basis, group outings, and through the Olivet Nazarene University community, students can also participate on the E-Sports team.

What are classes like?

ONU PLUS courses are Christ-centered and vibrant, exhibiting a missional focus that matches the ministry of the local site. Courses are offered in either a 8-week (accelerated) or 16-week format. Each week’s work must be completed before moving on to the next week. Students will be part of a supportive student community where learning is upbeat and positive.

What does a typical week look like at ONU PLUS?

Students have scheduled classes and academic activities for approximately 3-4 days per week to work on coursework and engage in spiritual formation. Students may also participate in practicum experiences, small groups or other student activities as coordinated by each site.

Who is teaching the classes?

Olivet Nazarene University will provide a quality curriculum taught by Olivet-hired faculty. Students complete classes at your local site. Classes will be offered in fully online formats, many of which include a 1-hour weekly live class session with the professor for full engagement.

Can I transfer credits?

Dual-credit or college-level credits earned require that a student submits all transcripts prior to acceptance for an official review process. Yes, any credits from a regionally accredited college or university would generally transfer. For more questions, please visit Olivet’s Transfer Equivalency page.

What degree do I receive when I finish?

There are four-year bachelor’s degrees available from Olivet Nazarene University. Both types of degrees offer valuable life experience, leadership development and practical training from serving with a local business, ministry or organization.

How can I pay for classes through ONU PLUS?

Because ONU PLUS degrees are regionally accredited, financial aid is available to those who qualify. Students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loan programs. Additionally, monthly payment plans are available to many students with out-of-pocket tuition costs.

How can I apply?

Students are admitted in either the fall (classes begin in August) or spring (classes begin in January) semesters. Students declare their intention to the local site. Then, after approval, the student would apply to Olivet Nazarene University (link coming soon).