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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Located in the middle of farming areas there is not much going on during the school year. Although in the summer, the Chicago Bears use the campus for their pre-season training.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Bourbonnais is conviently located within fifty miles south of Chicago, which means students can take the train up or drive to visit the city on a weekend. In the local area, there are lots of shops and plenty of restaurants that my friends and I definitely take advantage of!

5 College Senior

Local Area: Very safe and quiet. Bourbonnais isn't too big but just big enough to find stuff to do. Perfect town for a small college.

3 College Junior

Local Area: There's plenty of restaurants and stores so you won't be lacking in that area.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: For me Olivet's location is perfect. I can get the small town feel in Bourbonnais, yet still have areas like Orland and Chicago for weekend trips with friends. Even within Bourbonnais there are a number of places where you can do things (parks, movie theaters, coffee shops, etc.).


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Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 62 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 63 responses

  • 2% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 24% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 46% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 21% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 8% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 62 responses

  • 13% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 37% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 50% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 63 responses

  • 13% Totally.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 32% No way.



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