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Southern Nazarene University

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About Southern Nazarene University

Southern Nazarene University (SNU) is a four-year, private Christian institution affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. Established in 1899 and located in Bethany, Oklahoma, Southern Nazarene University is a liberal arts-based school that resulted from the merging of five different colleges. SNU fosters a Christ-centered community through academic excellence and is situated on 40 acres just outside of Oklahoma City.


Southern Nazarene University has more than 70 undergraduate programs and several graduate degree programs available through three divisions and six schools. SNU also offers six pre-professional bachelor's programs in pre-medicine, pre-engineering and other fields. Popular undergraduate majors include organizational leadership, business administration, human development and family studies, psychology and theological studies. Students can earn master's degrees in business, counseling, education, nursing or theology.

SNU offers distance learning options, and some programs can be completed entirely online. Students may also take individual classes to supplement a traditional degree program.

This school has a wide selection of study-abroad programs that last one semester or longer. SNU also houses the Morningstar Institute, which has an interning program that focuses on economic development issues in various locations.


First-year students applying to SNU must submit a completed application, SAT or ACT scores, official high school transcripts, a $35 application fee and on-campus housing forms. An admissions interview is also necessary. SNU requires all students under the age of 22 to live on campus unless they live with family members or are married. SNU's graduate programs all have specific admissions requirements; students can check the website of the program they're interested in for more information.

Admission decisions are based on a student's ACT/SAT scores, high school GPA and college GPA, if applicable. Students need to score 19 on the ACT to receive full admission, but the school may grant provisional admission to students who have ACT scores below 19. Students who are provisionally admitted are placed on academic probation and must complete a certain set of courses. The university encourages students seeking enrollment in the fall to apply by February 15, while students who wish to begin in the spring semester should apply by November 1.

The school's total enrollment in 2011 was 2,098. SNU reported a slightly higher enrollment of female students than male (51% v. 49%) in 2011, and 95% of the combined population was enrolled full-time.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for undergraduate students enrolled full-time (12-17 hours) was $20,490 for the 2012-2013 year. Additional costs for the 2012-2013 year include general fees ($684) and room and board ($7,600). Tuition for graduate programs ranged from $20,781 to $40,200, depending on the program. Students who are unable to pay their bill in full before the start of the semester can enroll in SNU's 4- or 10-month payment plan.

SNU offers several forms of financial aid to help with the cost of attendance, including federal loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs. The priority deadline for scholarships is March 15 each year. In 2011, 100% of all undergraduates enrolled full-time received grant or scholarship aid, and the average award amount was $8,508.

School Type Four-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's and master's*
Religious Affiliation Church of the Nazarene*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 1,615 undergraduates and 483 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing Students 22 years of age or younger are required to live on campus; apartments, residence halls and townhouses are available**
Divisions/Schools and Programs Three divisions and six schools; roughly 70 undergraduate and five graduate degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Organizational Leadership (176)
Master's: Business Administration (64), Educational Leadership (64)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who started in 2003:
32% in four years
49% in six years
53% in eight years*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 265 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 62% for first-time students enrolled full-time who began in 2010 and returned in 2011*
Application Due Date Suggested dates: February 15 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester*
Decision Notification Date Decision notifications sent out on a rolling basis**
Tuition $20,490 per year for undergraduates enrolled full-time (2012-2013)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For full-time beginning students in 2011: Federal grants (52%), state and local grants (28%), institutional scholarships (97%), federal loans (73%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 98% of first-year undergraduates enrolled full-time in 2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Southern Nazarene University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008
  • Phone: (800) 648-9899
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