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Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) and Elgin Community College (ECC) have announced a new partnership agreement that will allow students to seamlessly transfer from the community college and begin pursuing a four-year baccalaureate degree. The dual admissions initiative created by ONU is aptly dubbed Pursue ONU and will provide ECC students an opportunity to earn degrees in applied science in management, business administration, and nursing.

“We are thrilled to offer Pursue ONU to our students,” said Sean Jensen, ECC director of transfer services. “This partnership further reinforces ECC as a two-year postsecondary institution nationally recognized for being an incubator of innovation and student development.” 

ECC is one of many community colleges participating in Pursue ONU, a program designed for students who desire to continue furthering their education. ECC students receive support from Olivet’s Financial Solutions, Admissions, and Academic Advising departments.

ECC is located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago in Elgin, Ill.

“We are excited to partner with Elgin Community College through our Pursue ONU initiative,” said Tiffany Holohan, Olivet’s Senior Director of Transfer Relations at the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. “ECC strives to prepare students with the occupational skills needed to succeed in today’s job market. Now, this partnership will provide ECC students another opportunity to excel by continuing their outstanding education.”

The Pursue ONU initiative allows students to be simultaneously admitted to ECC and ONU’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS.) Through SGCS, adults and other non-traditional students can study Nursing, Business, Education, and Ministry at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. Classes can be taken online or at numerous locations throughout the Midwest.

Dually admitted ECC students can transfer more quickly by taking general education and prerequisite classes before beginning as full-time Olivet students. Academic advisors will ensure that students are enrolled in only the courses needed to pursue their bachelor degree.