Southern Nazarene University

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School Overview

Southern Nazarene University (SNU) is located in Bethany, Oklahoma. The University is one of eight liberal arts colleges in the region that is directly affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene and much of its funding comes from the Church. This Christian liberal arts school is an open admissions college (which means they have a 100% acceptance rate). SNU offers seven professional programs and three graduate degrees as well as an extensive selection of undergraduate degree programs.

General Information

Admission Office

6729 NW 39th Expressway

Bethany, OK 73008

(405) 491-6324

(800) 648-9899

Fax: (405) 491-6320

Contact: Warren Rogers

Director of Admissions
Main Address

6729 NW 39th Expressway

Bethany, OK 73008

(405) 789-6400

Total undergrads: 1,611

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 270

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,611

Graduate enrollment: 441


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $15,924 $16,824 $17,664 $18,354 +3.91%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $5,707 $5,987 $6,705 $7,276 +8.52%
Other $3,000 $3,600 $3,600 $3,600 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $4,500 $5,400 $5,400 $5,400 0.00%
Other $4,500 $5,000 $5,625 $5,625 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $25,631 $27,411 $28,969 $30,230 +4.35%
In-state Off Campus $25,924 $28,224 $29,689 $30,379 +2.32%
In-state with Family $16,924 $17,824 $18,664 $19,354 +3.70%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $15,763
In-state Student Fees $2,319
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $15,763
Out-of-state Fees $2,319

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 252 93%
Grant or scholarship aid 250 93% $2,964,581 $11,858
• Federal grants 101 37% $419,948 $4,158
• Pell grants 101 37% $325,823 $3,226
• Other federal grants 100 37% $94,125 $941
State/local government grant or scholarships 66 24% $255,444 $3,870
Institutional grants or scholarships 247 91% $2,289,189 $9,268
Student loan aid 170 63% $1,175,397 $6,914
• Federal student loans 170 63% $1,074,274 $6,319
• Other student loans 13 5% $101,123 $7,779

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 497 236 3
Horse Husbandry/equine Science and Management
Architecture and Related Services
Architecture and Related Services, Other
Interior Architecture
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies
American/united States Studies/civilization
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 16
Biochemistry 10
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 6
Environmental Biology
Zoology/animal Biology
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 220 106
Accounting 5
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Programs
Business Administration and Management 65 73
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 5 33
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Business/commerce 2
Fashion Merchandising
Finance 5
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration
Marketing/marketing Management 5
Organizational Behavior Studies 133
Real Estate
Communication and Journalism Programs 10
Broadcast Journalism
Journalism, Other 1
Mass Communication/media Studies 7
Public Relations/image Management 1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 4
Graphic Communications 4
Computing and Information Sciences 22
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 17
Computer and Information Sciences
Information Science/studies 1
System, Networking, and Lan/wan Management/manager 4
Education 33 68
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction 16
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 8
Education, Other 2
Educational Leadership and Administration 52
Elementary Education and Teaching 8
English/language Arts Teacher Education 1
Mathematics Teacher Education 3
Music Teacher Education 6
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 2
Social Studies Teacher Education 1
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Speech Teacher Education
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Engineering, Other
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 3
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature 2
Rhetoric and Composition 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures
French Language and Literature
Language Interpretation and Translation
Spanish Language and Literature
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 45 54
Electroneurodiagnostic/electroencephalographic Technology/technologist 5
Health/medical Preparatory Programs, Other 1
Marriage and Family Therapy/counseling 38
Nursing Administration 6
Occupational Therapy/therapist
Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants, Other 10
Pre-medicine/pre-medical Studies
Pre-nursing Studies
Pre-pharmacy Studies
Pre-veterinary Studies
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 39
History 2
History 2
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 11
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 11
Legal and Law Studies
Pre-law Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 3
General Studies 3
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mathematics 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 18
Health and Physical Education/fitness 8
Health and Physical Education/fitness, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 5
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 5
Physical Sciences 3
Chemistry 1
Physical Sciences 1
Physics 1
Psychology 11 2
Community Psychology 4
Counseling Psychology 2
Psychology 7
Social Sciences 10
American Government and Politics (united States) 1
International Relations and Affairs 6
Political Science and Government
Social Sciences
Sociology 3
Theology and Religious Vocations 17 6
Bible/biblical Studies
Missions/missionary Studies and Missiology 3
Religious Education
Religious/sacred Music 1
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other 2 2
Theology/theological Studies 9 4
Youth Ministry 2
Transportation and Materials Moving 1
Aeronautics/aviation/aerospace Science and Technology 1
Visual and Performing Arts 13
Art/art Studies
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Music Management 7
Music Performance 2
Music 4
Work and Family Studies 57
Family and Community Services
Human Development and Family Studies 57
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: Not reported

Open admission

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Arts – General B
Graphic Design B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management A,B
Finance/Banking B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric A,B
Journalism B

Communications Technologies

Communications Technologies – General B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Reading Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Speech Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Behavioral Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Missionary Studies B
Religious Education B
Religious/Sacred Music B
Theology B

Transportation & Materials Moving

Aviation Management B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Southern Nazarene University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (405) 789-6400
Website: SNU.EDU
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 6729 NW 39th Expy, Bethany, OK 73008
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,239
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 44%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,744 (78% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $25,416
Out-of-state Tuition: $25,416
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 72%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $18,501

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Southern Nazarene University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Southern Nazarene University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 182
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 4
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 5
Education 93
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 155
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 42
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 41
Social Sciences 3
Theology and Religious Vocations 81
Transportation and Materials Moving 1
Visual and Performing Arts 3
Grand total 37414

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Southern Nazarene University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $25,416
Out-of-state $25,416
Books and supplies $1,360

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $23,440
Out-of-state $23,440

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 213 72%
Grant or scholarship aid 213 72% $18,501
Student loan aid 126 43% $7,265

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 866 55% $15,232
Federal student loans 658 42% $7,994

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Southern Nazarene University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Southern Nazarene University students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Southern Nazarene University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 2,239
Undergraduate enrollment 1,618
Graduate enrollment 621

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Southern Nazarene University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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