The history of the institution is one of various mergers and, therefore, one of differing institutions.While SNU claims its founding date as 1899, that founding date refers to an institution that merged with what is now SNU: Texas Holiness University. As an Oklahoman institution, SNU dates back to 1906, with the founding of the Beulah Heights Academy and Bible School.
SNU provides students undergraduate degree options in several different fields of interest. It also offers three graduate degrees and seven professional programs for adults.Southern Nazarene is an open admissions college, meaning that all who apply with a high school diploma are accepted without regard to course grades or standardized test scores; the 2007 acceptance rate for students who applied to the college was 100 percent.
Students at Southern Nazarene University have many opportunities to be actively involved in research opportunities as a part of an enriched academic experience and pursuit of knowledge in the chosen fields of study. Our faculty often work together with students in a mentoring relationship to explore together what they may discover through research. Although primarily a teaching university, SNU is committed to including research as a part of the experiential learning involved in excellent academic pursuit.
Specifically we provide the following services:
As at most Christian colleges, there is an emphasis on spiritual development at SNU. . There are also alternative chapel credit opportunities available to students: missions trips, community service projects, and regular church attendance. Chapel speakers and musical groups are arranged by the VP of Spiritual Development.
The Student Government Association (SGA) coordinates events and services for students. The SGA is broken up into four councils executives. The SGA councils are responsible for hosting school activities, including the SNL (Southern Nazarene Live) talent contest, T.W.I.R.P., Heart-Pal Banquet, Junior-Senior Banquet, class chapels, and class parties.
SNU provides on-campus apartments and various dormitories. All students under the age of 22 must live on-campus, although exceptions are made for local students living with families. The housing options include Bracken Hall and Chapman Apartments for upperclassmen,
The SNU Library (formally known as the RT Williams Learning Resource Center) offers a variety of learning environments and collections to best serve students, faculty, staff, alumni, and surrounding community members.
The Student Health Center aims to provide primary care and health education to the students of SNU, as well as the faculty and staff of Southern Nazarene University. The Christian atmosphere of the school is continued in the health services department.
The A.M. Hills Residential Complex is divided into 2 separate halls, Garey Hall & Jernigan Hall. One hall houses male students while the other houses female students. There are a total of 288 student beds for students. In addition, the building also is home to the Bud Robinson Room, located at the center of the 1st floor which holds 300+ people and is equipped with a projector and 3 TV's which can be synced to the main projector or used independently.
SNU is a member of the Great American Conference (GAC), in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II level. SNU offers 17 sports for men and women: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, indoor track, soccer, tennis, track and field, softball, and volleyball. SNU also competes in cheerleading. There are five facilities and sites for athletic competition and training, including the Sawyer Center (1998) for basketball, volleyball, indoor track, commencement, and other ceremonies, McFarland Park Stadium (2001) for football, the Claud & Betty Cypert Athletic Complex (2000) for baseball and softball, the Wanda Rhodes Soccer Complex (1978), and the tennis courts (1985).
Various clubs are offered across campus, highlighting different interests and passions of our students. Students who wish to charter a new club may submit an application to the Student Body President and the Director of Student Leadership.
Southern Nazarene University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
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