Olivet Nazarene University Reviews

  • 45 Reviews
  • Bourbonnais (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $36,070
26% of 45 students said this degree improved their career prospects
29% of 45 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 8/17/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"All of the reviews about the ABSN program on here are 100% correct. This program is by far the worst decision I have made in my life. From the second you walk into the program they hound you for money and once they get it, they stop attending to you. The instructors in level 1 and 2 have experience TEACHING while the ones in level 3 and 4 do not. That is exactly why level 1 and 2 were a breeze. Since I started the program 3 teachers were let go because they were so incompetent and lacked all of the qualities of a teacher. Instructors have no problem lying to you and making life as difficult as possible. Since I started more than half the class failed out, transfered, or got held back and that says a lot about the integrity of the program because everyone in my original class had a bachelors, masters, or experience in the field. It is better for you to go somewhere else where teachers actually care about their students, are willing to teach, and do not scream at tutors for attempting to help you learn a topic. Do not listen to the advertisements of this legal scam- 16 months can easily turn into 20+. Another point to add is that this program does not have good relations with hospitals or nursing homes so their clinical spots are very limited- be prepared to drive 2+ hours 1 way from your home."
ABSN review
  • Reviewed: 7/11/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"Beyond horrible. Seriously cannot believe someone gave this place 4/5 stars. They must be delusional or a brown-noser which seems to be the only way to get through to the staff. Some instructors are really nice and willing to help you but once you hit level 3 and 4 it all changes. The profs could care less because they do not want you to succeed. I agree with the instructors and staff when they say do NOT work unless you are working behind a desk where you can actually study then go ahead and work. Much of this program is broken promises and dreams. They promise you that you will be done in 16 months so you start to dream about it. Next thing you know more than half of your classmates either failed or dropped out. No wonder they hide those stats from the public. Once your check from the bank clears they could care less about you and basically tell you that they can't help because when you sit down to take the NCLEX no one will help you. Those instructors should be so ashamed of themselves for claiming that they are apart of the church of Nazarene. Avoid this place unless you are willing to go to the depths of the underworld and be another victim of an expensive scam."
  • Reviewed: 7/1/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"I am only writing this review because I believe the only people writing reviews on this website have had a poor experience. I have loved my journey with Olivet but it does come with it's challenges. This is a web blended program which means everything is online expect exams and skills which you will go to campus for once or twice a week. This program is not for you if you cannot devote your time for 16 months. If you have to work full or part time, do not go to this program because you won't succeed. OR go part time, part time is a great option for those who HAVE to work throughout the program. If you cannot learn through reading and online lectures, this program is not for you. I have also had a great experience with the professors. Not all of them are great, but if you show you care, they will help you. If you want a nursing degree and can devote 16 months of nothing but studying and school, you can do it and this program is for you. Don't let all these other comments get to you because the only people writing these reviews are those who had a bad experience. I know a lot of people who graduated in 16 or 20 months from this program and are now nurses because they devoted themselves. Its all about how much you put into it."
Do not go here
  • Reviewed: 6/15/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"Future students, please avoid this school at all costs. I was once like you and read the reviews on here and thought maybe the people who wrote the reviews were lazy. Those people were not lazy because I lived a nightmare for almost 16 months. They promise that you will be done in 16 months but that is a lie for many people. My original level started off with around 50 people and we are now down to 30. I think that says a lot about this program. Staff encourages you to go part time in the 3rd level because its very challenging if you havent had kids. First off, we know that nursing school is not a walk in the park but they dont even make an attempt to give students a chance. They have no issue with failing people even if the issue is with the instructors. There were 22 people that failed OB one semester and Olivet did not care cause that instructor is still employed. You also will have instructors that do not respond to emails for 9+ days even though the handbook says that they have 24 hours to respond. The classes are all online and its pretty awful that instructors signed up for it but yet do not respond to emails. Level 1 is easy because they want your money. Once you are in the program and they received the tuition money from you they will send you down the drain. There are several instructors that do care and that do want to help but for the most part your instructors could care less because at the end of the day they are still getting paid. The clinical situation is also a nightmare. They will send you to places that are 2+ hours away from your home even if there is a clinical site 15 minutes away. Most people that enroll already have a degree and some even have a masters. This goes to show that the student population is educated and the fact that many of these people either failed or transferred is further validation that this program is awful. I would have transferred after level 1 had I known 2,3,4 were a nightmare. Future students please please avoid this school because it is not worth the stress one bit. Please look into other ABSN programs if you are trying to finish quick."
Nursing student
  • Reviewed: 5/27/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"Please do not come to this school if you are latinno. You will be treated differently by the faculty and staff here. ABSN nursing program is very disorganized and they are professional about anything. You will be welcomed like a rockstar when they are trying to get you enrolled and the problems begin immediately after enrollment."
  • Reviewed: 5/18/2018
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Worse experience ever. Very disorganized. The school does not help students succeed. It is a money pit that is their biggest interest. Do yourselves a favor save your money. Look at all your options im sure there are better options than ONU. Do not go here for FNP MSN"
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"Worst school ever. People are complete hypocrites and bot true Christians like they proclaim. They lied about having a Paramedic aspect to their ABSN program. The program was solely to work around 24 hour shifts and once I started the course they acted as if it never existed. EMS & Fire students go find other programs. They hate us!"
ABSN- Oak Brook
  • Reviewed: 4/24/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"Probably the biggest SCAM of a school of all time. Please I repeat please RUN. Go to ResU or Chamberlain or one of the many other accelerated programs in the Chicagoland area. There is a reason why their logo is a cross in a burning flame, this place was complete hell for me. They claim to be a caring Christian University, but let me tell you, there is NOTHING holy about these people. This place is all about the tuition check and not remotely about preparing you to be the nurse you want and need to be in order to succeed. Mostly online, with no guidance at all and no tools to help you get through. They give you CBLOs (study guides) which are a complete joke and don't help you. Professors do not even give you PowerPoints in place of an in-person lecture. You read the book, and take the exam. Nursing is a hard field to begin with, and this program lacks the support students need to succeed. I caution you. Its one thing for a program to be rigorous.. but its another not to even help your students in success. They set students up to fail in order to make more money. I wouldn't recommend this place to my worst enemy."
  • Reviewed: 4/14/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"The Accelerated nursing bachelors program and FNP out of Oakbrook is poorly organized. Seemingly, some of the teachers hold prejudice against students of colors. I have openly heard a few rolling their eyes and openly gossiping about colored students here. They do not like colored students here. Avoid this terrible school at all cost."
  • Reviewed: 4/4/2018
  • Degree: Biology
"I came from a failing school district high school in Illinois, received 85% of my tuition in scholarship for academics, and my first lab ever was in gen chem 103! The biology department is incredible, the least efficient class was organic chemistry, because the professor is an archaic genius. That being said, by the time I graduated I was able to analyze academic literature, perform lab techniques with confidence, and became friends with my professors. I recommend the bio department to anyone!"
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"Disorganized at best! They promise the moon they deliver nothing! Please talk with current students prior to making your decision to attend any nursing program. Hopefully,the school is seeing the light and making some much needed changes to all levels of the Nursing programs."
Nursing Student
  • Reviewed: 9/26/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Possibly the worst educational experience of my life, the program is disorganized and generally a complete mess. I attended school looking forward to learning how to be a professional nurse with expectations of gaining the tools to be successful; all while maintaining my christian values. I am leaving this school with none of the above. The program administration preach compassion and understanding but demonstrate NONE of these values. This school places the burden of all work on students while not providing enough resources or teaching to allow students to be successful. They will say anything to get you into the door and your money in their hand, then find reasons to fail or mark you as unsatisfactory in order to gain more money for students repeating classes. Going through this program the only thing that kept me going was the light at the end of the tunnel of leaving this place and never looking back. I will NEVER suggest this program to anyone, never recommend attending any classes at the Oak Brook site, and never think about taking any other advanced practice courses at this location again."
Grad 2017
  • Reviewed: 8/2/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Do not go to the nursing program at Olivet! Teachers are very arrogant and they hate the students. They fail and kick out over 70% of the class. Everything is disorganized. FAculty will not answer emails. Many times they made us drive to class and our professor did not show. We would wait for hours with no information. If we leave when the professor does not show it is an unexcused absence and we have to make it up. Clinicals are disorganized and many times we arrived at hospitals to learn our paperwork was not completed by the university and we had to go home only to make it up during exam week. I had to write 20 - 30 pages of research topics a week and that left little time to study actual content. There is no accountability for treating the students fairly. Many of us filed grievances and went to higher level deans without assistance. They wait until they get your entire $55,000 and then kick many out the last semester. Run..... Find a more reputable program that is also reasonable."
  • Reviewed: 7/4/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Very disorganized. Instructors are mean and not helpful. I would not recommend this program at all. They whole online portion is a mess. The teachers do not know how to use canvas. The tests are poorly written and people get Screamed at by teachers. All the instructors care about is making money. No instructor actually cares. Terrible terrible program."
James paul
  • Reviewed: 6/3/2017
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Olivet Nazarene University school treats students as an ATM machine. They use workplace discounts (10-20%) to lure students in. After admission, there is no one to help. Professors are there to make quick money. They are not willing to help with anyone or willing to direct you in the correct direction. Ask too many questions, you will get message written in CAPS telling you that they are mad at you. Many Professors do not reply to your questions nor answer phone calls. For all future RNS, do not come to this school. You will be paying to have all your money ripped off. You will wind paying way more for your degree than the discount they provide to attract you during admission. Go to another online school where you will be treated as a student and not as an ATM machine."
  • Reviewed: 5/30/2017
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"This is such a poor excuse for a master's program. I wish I would have read reviews and researched more about Olivet before taking that first class. I chose Olivet for the convenienceĀ of an online program and the discount from work. I am terribly let down by the experience I have had. The professors treat this like a side job, communication is poor, and you get no help in finding clinical sites. The little help I did receive turned out to be inaccurate. The professors are unaware with Olivet's policies, leaving the student to connect the dots for them. I went to an outstanding undergrad BSN program and expected nothing less from Olivet. I am too far into the program to transfer, otherwise I would. I feel like I am simply handing my money over to a school who treats me as another source of income. I am so upset with the program and am extremely upset that the hospital I work at even allows the promotion of this program on their campus. I will be sure to see that no other RNs are misguided by the false advertising. I am in class with some of the brightest hard working RNs, it is a shame this program fell short of all of our expectations. If you want to simply pay for your degree, Olivet is your school. Be ready for miscommunication, lack of support, lack of professionalism, and to be embarrassed of this horrendous program. I pray the school leaves us with something positive before graduation."
  • Reviewed: 5/13/2017
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"The MSN FNP program is an embarrassment to the nursing profession. Olivet is a disappointment on many levels. There is no support at all. You pay to teach yourself. The Deans do not care at all. I have already told anyone who asks about my program and to not waste their time even looking. They lie to you and tell you can work full time and then they tell you right before clinical it's expected you do not. You have some classes with zero interactions with he so called instructors for the whole 6 weeks. They do not help you find preceptors. And the course load is way to much. In 6 weeks you cover more content than in a 15 week course at other schools. You have no work life balance and they do not care! There are plenty of other programs out there. Do yourself a favor and avoid this one! All they want is your money."
  • Reviewed: 4/23/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"There ABSN program is terrible, awful, and crap. Words cannot describe how they make all heir students suffer for nothing. The school is run as for-profit-institution so they are on a look out for money. They treat students like a machine to fill their bank accounts. Professor play favoritism with grading on who to pass and who to fail. Wouldn't recommend this school."
  • Reviewed: 4/2/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"I completed my ABSN program here at their Oak Brook location. This place is completely disorganized and worst of the worse schools I have been to in my life. I would never recommend anyone to come here. Save your money and go somewhere else. I would recommend Chamberlain or Resurrection than this place."
L Disp
  • Reviewed: 3/24/2017
  • Degree: Spanish
"Olivet has a wonderful community, but it does have a bubble-like feel to it. The professors are wonderful and care deeply about their students, but I did not feel particularly challenged academically while attending. There is a lot of financial aid available, but be aware that tuition increases quite a bit yearly."