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Olivet Nazarene University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB+ Faculty AccessibilityB-
Useful SchoolworkC Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessB+ Creativity/ InnovationD+
Individual ValueD- University Resource UseB-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA- FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceB- Social LifeF
Surrounding CityD Extra CurricularsF
SafetyA+
Describes the student body as:
Arrogant, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Helpful, Unhelpful

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ACT:29
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Not so bright
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Social Life
F
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Safety
A+
He cares more about Extra Curriculars than the average student.
Date: Nov 23 2014
Major: Engineering Department (This Major's Salary over time)
I would consider coming here a mistake, to be honest. You can read about the ridiculous rules. And that is certainly true. They treat you like a conservative, uptight parent might treat their 14 year old. You have no doubt read about all the fines, and they too are a large and steaming crock of shit. You have heard about the detached and bubble-like culture (although I think it has as much to do with some of the students who come here as it does the University's administration). This too is absolutely dead on. As is the pathetically poor excuse of a financial aid phalanx that this university employs. The price tag is baffling, considering the state of a lot of the dorms, the small size of the student body, and the small size of the campus. One wonders where in the hell all that cash is going. It isn't as though the faculty is large or especially brilliant. Of course, if you hop on over to the positive reviews, a lot of this bullshit suits some folks just fine. Not me. There's also the infernally excessive number of e-mails they send out. A yik-yak commenter here a while back noted that he gets more e-mails from ONU in a day than he gets text messages from friends over the same period. He wasn't exaggerating by much. 99% of it is banal bullshit, and it's up to you to sift through it to find that occasional piece of vital information. Fine, but why send all the bullshit?

The only thing I'd add to all of this is how it might affect your schoolwork. Olivet's insane rules regime, constantly-demanding-but-never-helping financial apparatus, and somewhat dysfunctional culture add a whole bunch of shit (literally) to your plate that you wouldn't deal with elsewhere. If you take college seriously then it is stressful enough without, for instance, worrying about how many chapel skips you have left. Better hope you don't have a heavy work night on a Tuesday or Wednesday, lest you oversleep chapel. Or rushing back from a night out in Chicago to beat curfew. Or having to pony up an extra $2,000 at the end of every semester so the Administration can do God-knows-what. It goes on and on. Each thing is a small, somewhat heavy brick by itself, but Olivet has managed to build a colossal wall with them. Together, they take their toll on you. I went around asking how to remedy a brand new, multi-thousand dollar short-fall in my student balance (I was "good to go" in September. That's some funny inflation…) and BOTH people I talked to mentioned my missing chapel. Both. Along the lines of "I see you've been missing some chapel. Why's that?" (I've missed two). I'm sitting there like "motherfucker, I've got to come up with $4,000 in a week and a half, and you're talking about chapel!?! I give a damn if I missed Reverend Whatshisface say the exact same thing they all say. I was unaware that I was in the Chapel Attendance Coordinator's office!" (that's a real position, by the way). You see what I mean? This school's got it's priorities out of whack. "Education with a Christian purpose" is more like "Finance and a Conservative brand of Christianity, with a side of overpriced Education." And the fact that they have their priorities out of whack can mess up your priorities too. You aren't just juggling classes and friends here. This university is not a stage on which to conduct your life, like it is at a state school. Pay a state school what you owe it, obey the law, and that's about all you'll hear from Admin. They don't give a damn what time you come back at night, or if you go to church twice a week. They treat you like an adult. But not here at Olivet. It's less like a stage and more like a cage, where the powers that be (RAs, RDs, Faculty, Administration, etc.) are all a little TOO involved in your life. So beware. The regime here isn't just overly restrictive and overly priced. If you're not careful, it could have a deleterious affect on your academic or social life as well. If you don't find classes here easy (and not everyone does) then the nonsense rules may be the straws which break your back.

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