Olivet Nazarene University is among the friendliest college campuses in the United States, according to rankings released late in 2014.
The Christian liberal arts university placed 13th among 589 colleges in student friendliness rankings compiled by Niche, a content service that provides insight and reviews on neighborhoods and schools. Olivet placed higher than all other Illinois colleges and universities as well as larger institutions including the University of California-Davis and Texas A&M University. Olivet's main campus is in Bourbonnais, 50 miles south of Chicago.
Rankings were based on 84,115 opinion-based survey responses from 55,204 current college students and recent alumni.
"My first day at Olivet, I was sitting alone in the dining room because I didn't know anyone yet," said Becca Mooi (junior, social work major, Frankfort, Illinois). "In less than five minutes, an upperclassman started a conversation with me. One of the things I love best about Olivet is how students you don't know go out of their way to be kind and even open a door for you."
"Big smiles and friendly waves are common at Olivet," said Micah Forshee (freshman, engineering major, Grand Blanc, Michigan). "The students make Olivet such a warm and pleasant place to be."