Southern Nazarene University
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian liberal arts university with a mission to make Christlike disciples through higher education. Located on a 44-acre campus in the heart of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and to one another. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and around the world.
Southern Nazarene University’s campus in Bethany, Oklahoma, is where faith and learning intersect. Here, students are prepared to excel academically, professionally, and spiritually. With over 30 majors and several unique learning opportunities, SNU offers an unparalleled undergraduate experience.
Get to know Southern Nazarene University
NEW STUDENT INSTITUTE
The journey to becoming a successful college student can be just as challenging as it is exciting. That’s why all students participate in the New Student Institute at Southern Nazarene University! This experience aims to celebrate the start of a student’s collegiate journey by imparting the knowledge and skills needed to be successful. New Student Institute is a four-day event full of fun, informative, and meaningful experiences for SNU students. Altogether, students feel at home, get connected with other students, and set themselves up for an incredible first year at SNU.
FRESHMAN LEARNING COMMUNITIES
SNU believes that meaningful connection and collaboration is key to a successful college experience. That’s why all incoming freshmen are enrolled in a learning community combining two linked courses. These learning communities are intentionally kept small—about 25-30 students each—so that they are really able to really get to know each other. Throughout that first semester, students begin to form strong bonds with their classmates and professors, ultimately leading to more engagement and success in the classroom and beyond.
At SNU, students are encouraged to take their education to new horizons. Whether it’s conducting research on campus in the tropical Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica at the Quetzal Education Research Center (QERC) or staying closer to home in a domestic semester exchange program, students have unique and exciting opportunities to study in different environments. Want to go even farther? SNU students can participate in international semester exchange programs with other institutions in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities consortium. Additionally, faculty members offer field courses with intensive travel components during the summer terms.
“QERC has prepared me for my future by exposing me to high level scientific research and giving me opportunities to present my research at different conferences. Also, the friendships I made at QERC and the memories we share will last a lifetime and I would do it 100x over again if I had the chance” – Natalie James
It is the priority of SNU to create a place for students to connect. This looks like hanging out in one of the residence halls, taking some time to meet a friend for coffee in our campus coffee shop, leading a small group or chapel worship, or even getting involved in student leadership or a club. SNU prides itself on a Christian environment where individuals are valued and every student’s success matters.
“Student Government gave me a chance to learn to collaborate with others and problem-solve in a healthy, supportive environment. I made great friends and incredible memories. There’s no doubt my college experience was better by being involved in student leadership.” – Baylor Redwine
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 16%
White, non-Hispanic: 55%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 3%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 7%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 0%
SNU’s General Education program is an integral part of a liberal arts education that introduces students to the knowledge and skills necessary for both academic success and Christian service. To these ends, SNU students engage in coursework focusing on developing the critical skills necessary for lifelong learning.
Through General Education, students emerge with seven learning outcomes. Coursework encourages students to:
- Think critically and become better problem-solvers
- Communicate effectively in written and oral formats
- Analyze artistic expression
- Examine global perspectives
- Discover their own social responsibilities
- Evaluate science and technology
- Develop their faith through Christian scriptures and traditions
SNU LAB SCHOOL
At SNU, research is not just for graduate students. Since 1972, SNU has provided all students opportunities to conduct and present ground-breaking research. The Lab School is a dynamic environment where intellectual inquiry and discovery flourish. Students develop independent and critical thought, entrepreneurship, self-direction, and collaborative capabilities.
The Undergraduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for SNU undergrads to showcase the hard work they’ve put forth researching various topics in an array of disciplines.
SNU’s McNair Scholars program is a federally funded TRiO program that provides research and scholarly activities for first-generation, income-eligible, and otherwise underserved students. Students conduct at least one funded independent research project and have access to funds to present at state, regional, and national conferences. SNU students have presented at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Students, the American Psychological Association national conference, and many others.
“My time in the McNair program was a foundational stepping stone for my career. This program, under the advisement of my mentors, enabled me to become a better researcher and writer; ultimately this led to becoming a more competitive, successful candidate for law school.” – Jason Patalano
The Honors Program at Southern Nazarene prepares highly ambitious scholars to become lifelong learners and servants of their communities. Honors Program students not only lead the larger community of students around them, but they also nurture a community that values scholarship and service. The goal of Southern Nazarene Honors is to challenge students to challenge themselves in every aspect of their lives.
“The Honors Program has provided me with great opportunities to grow during my undergrad years by providing classes in cultural competence and animal ethics, as well as by having community involvement opportunities. Getting to mentor kids at a Title 1 school and write a grant on their behalf was one of the most rewarding opportunities.” – Ana Victoria Ruiz Bautista
With a mission to create Christlike disciples through higher education, Southern Nazarene University’s ultimate goal is to be a hope-dealer, sending young adults throughout the world to live out their professional and personal callings, fully equipped to represent Christ with excellence in all they do.
The Hope Rising initiative creates an opportunity for a focused group of students who possess a Biblical worldview, service lifestyle, academic discipline, leadership potential, and a vision for influence. With oversight through the Mark 9:35 Center for Service, students are mobilized in service throughout the greater Oklahoma City metro. Christian formation, hands-on learning and leadership, along with volunteer experiences, all contribute to the student experience.
Located in the heart of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, SNU is close to art museums, outdoor recreation, and a vast array of locally owned restaurants and coffee shops.
SOUTHERN NAZARENE CRIMSON STORM
Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Track & Field
Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Cheer, Track & Field, Volleyball
- Sand Volleyball
- Co-Ed Slow-pitch Softball
- Flag Football
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Frisbee Golf
- 3 v 3 Basketball
- Court Volleyball
- 5 v 5 Basketball
- Futsal Soccer
- Frisbee Golf
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced that 1,269 student-athletes achieved Academic All-Conference honors in the sports of Football, Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Men’s and Women’s Golf, and Softball for the 2020-22 academic year.
This year’s All-Academic list had to be adjusted to include Fall and Spring sports due to complications with COVID-19. The usual format splits the Fall and Spring sports into two different news releases.
Southern Nazarene represented well with a total of 135 student-athletes earning Academic All-Conference honors, finishing third in the GAC behind only Oklahoma Baptist and Harding. Women’s Soccer led the way for the Crimson Storm as 14 of their 30 student-athletes graced this year’s list. Men’s Soccer followed closely behind as they led all GAC Men’s Soccer teams with 13 student-athletes earning over a 3.3 GPA.
The Crimson Storm football sat atop the league’s football clubs with 30 All-Academic honorees while Men’s Basketball turned in three.
SNU Volleyball came in with 10 honorees, third most amongst Volleyball squads in the GAC, while Baseball had 16 named to the list. Men’s and Women’s Cross Country had a combined eight tabbed to the list, while Women’s Basketball had seven.
Women’s Track & Field recorded 10 selections while the Men had four. Women’s and Men’s Golf posted four and three student-athletes to the list, respectively, while Softball had 13. Men’s Track & Field concludes the Crimson Storm’s selections with four.
Harding saw 155 of its student-athletes earn GAC Academic All-Conference, the best among the 12 league institutions. The Bisons produced a league-high 12 All-Academic selections in Volleyball and 20 in Women’s Track & Field.
For student-athletes to be recognized on the Academic All-Conference team, they must have enrolled as freshmen prior to the fall of 2020. In addition, their grade-point average must be a minimum of 3.30 based on the 4.0 system. The GPA shall be cumulative for the athlete’s entire collegiate career.
Posted 8.2.21 https://snuathletics.com/
The Career Education office connects SNU students with companies and organizations through “Handshake”—an online job posting board—in order to provide practical work experience that helps them successfully transition from college to a career. The office also works to link students with on-campus jobs, professional internships, and more.
To bridge the gap and prepare students for professional careers, the Career Education office offers assistance with résumé writing, cover letters, mock interviews, letters of reference, and employment applications. Workshops on writing résumés and wearing proper business clothing, as well as partnership events with the Office of Alumni, altogether help build a bridge from a student’s academic to professional career.
You want to change the world, and your undergraduate experience should help you achieve that goal. SNU will prepare you professionally, challenge you to think, and encourage you to serve. For more information and to schedule a visit go to https://www.snu.edu/admissions/.
Tuition & Cost
More than 90% of students receive financial aid. Each new incoming student is assigned to a personalized experience with the Admissions Financial Aid Manager for individualized attention.