Local, Affordable, and Fully-Accredited!

ONU@VNC provides a unique college experience with the best of two worlds – Olivet Nazarene University’s academic excellence and the leadership culture and support of Valparaiso Nazarene Church. Our program gives you a low-or no-debt path to earning an accredited degree while also providing practical experience every semester, intentional leadership development that professionals would pay thousands of dollars for, and robust spiritual guidance. ONU@VNC will equip you to discover your God-given mission and help you intentionally prepare yourself for life after graduation. 

Why Choose ONU@VNC?


Transitioning from high school to college to adult life can be scary. You will have structure and intentional support from the ONU@VNC team throughout the whole learning process, with one-on-one guidance so you aren’t alone on the journey. 


Earn your degree while experiencing a close-knit college community while still having the ability to live at home, work a part-time job, and be involved in the areas of life that are most important to you!


Earn up to 30 credit hours a year for a flat cost of $10,000 (with full access to federal student aid)!


Hands-on learning opportunities that align with your choice of study will be offered to you through ONU@VNC. Up to 3 credit hours per semester will be given for practicum experience. This amounts to 10-12 hours weekly of firsthand leadership, ministry, and workplace experience.

Initial Degrees Offered

Bachelors Degrees (4-year)

Bachelor of Arts

- Business

- Christian Ministry

- Computing Technology

Bachelor of Science

- Child Development

- Computer Science - Networking & Data Communications

- Computer Science - Software Development

- Computer Science - Software Entrepreneurship

- Cybersecurity

- Early Childhood Education

Pre-Major Courses*

– Actuarial Science

– Communication

– Data Science

– Psychology

– Mathematics

*For these programs, students can complete two years of pre-major coursework at ONU@VNC, leading to Bachelor of Science degrees in these majors by completing years 3 & 4 on Olivet's main campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

Next Steps

Click here to get more information about ONU@VNC. Someone will contact you about your interest and answer any questions you may have about the program.

Adam Keller | ONU@VNC Site Director

Contact Adam at adamk@valponaz.org.


WHo should apply to onu@vnc?

ONU@VNC is for all high school graduates/ soon to be high school graduates and interested young adults who are interested in pursuing a 4 year degree from a fully accredited university, while staying connected to their local community, and avoiding the weight of heavy school debt.

What does a typical week look like at ONU@VNC?

Students have scheduled classes and academic activities for approximately 3-4 days per week to work on coursework and engage in community formation. Students will also participate in practicum experiences, gaining practical experience in their field of study, as well as small groups, and other student activities coordinated at VNC.

Who is teaching the classes?

Olivet Faculty! ONU has been providing online education for over 20 years. Classes are dynamic online courses with a higher level of professor interaction and engagement in the course. There will be videos, live video conference sessions, and interactive office hours. In addition, each course includes 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. Learn more.

How can I pay for ONU@VNC?

Students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loan programs. (Olivet’s federal school code is 001741). Additionally, monthly payment plans are available to many students with out-of-pocket tuition costs.