Southern Nazarene University

Southern Nazarene University

Southern Nazarene University, commonly referred to as SNU or So-Naz, is located in Bethany, Oklahoma. Initially, the Texas Holiness University was founded in 1899. It disbanded in 1910 and became the Nazarene institution called the Peniel College. It merged with the Oklahoma Nazarene College in 1920 and became the Bethany-Peniel College. Following some more mergers and name changes, the institute was finally established as the Southern Nazarene University in 1986. It is now a Christian liberal arts university. SNU's recent enrollments have been more than 1,500 students.

SNU offers undergraduate degrees in over 70 fields, and several associate's and graduate degree programs. The university is divided into the following academic divisions:

  • Division of Cultural and Communication Studies
  • Division of Science & Mathematics
  • Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Music
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Theology & Ministry

The sports teams of SNU are nicknamed the Crimson Storm. They participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball. The teams are members of the Sooner Athletic Conference, and Region VI of the NAIA Division I.

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Contacting Southern Nazarene University

Southern Nazarene University
6729 NW 39th Expy
Bethany , OK 73008
General Phone: (405) 789-6400

Southern Nazarene University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management374business, business management, business administration, accounting, finance, human resources management, marketing
Education and Teaching97educational administration, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching, social studies teaching, speech teaching, ...
Therapy and Counseling65psychology, community psychology, counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy
Family and Social Work48family studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine46registered nursing, nursing administration, various nursing
Computer Science and Engineering30computer and info science, computer networking, computer support
Religion and Philosophy25missionary studies, religious music, theology
Liberal Arts21Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, political science, sociology, social studies, history, history courses
Science18biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy13health and physical education, sports and fitness management, exercise science
Media9communication studies, mass communication, journalism, broadcast journalism, graphic communications
Music3voice, music management, various music studies
Animal Science and Care1equine science
Transportation1aviation operations

Number of programs and degrees for Southern Nazarene University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree53852
Master's degree2148
Associate's degree11

Southern Nazarene University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southern Nazarene University had a total enrollment of 2,090 students (2,278 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 78%
Graduate 22%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 77%
Black 11%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 2%
American Indian 5%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 20%
20-21 21%
22-24 15%
25-29 11%
30-34 10%
35-39 8%
40-49 11%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%
New Mexico1%

Southern Nazarene University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 69 %

Southern Nazarene University Room and Board (2007)

Southern Nazarene University offers campus housing for 964 of its 2,278 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Bethany, Oklahoma for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Oklahoma Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Southern Nazarene University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 16,824
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,824
Room and board $ 5,987
Room charge $ 2,612
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,160
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 3,600

Financial Aid:
Southern Nazarene University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 314900)

Southern Nazarene University Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4034

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*1*
Associate professorcalendar year2*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*2*
No academic rankcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year5$62,0993$59,419

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year17$58,4048$57,578
Associate professoracademic year10$53,1318$52,082
Assistant professoracademic year8$44,27614$42,433
No academic rankacademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year35$53,66831$48,811

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Southern Nazarene University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Central States Football League
Basketball Sooner Athletic Conference
Baseball Sooner Athletic Conference
Track Sooner Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports101828

Southern Nazarene University Degree Programs (2007)

Animal Science And Care
Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Speech Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Human Development and Family Studies, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
History, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Graphic Communications, General
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Music Management and Merchandising
Music, Other
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
Religious/Sacred Music
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Community Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Psychology, General

Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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What Sets Southern Nazarene University Apart:

% of degrees in business and management
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Southern Nazarene University % of degrees in business and management
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Southern Nazarene University Dorm rooms per full-time student
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Southern Nazarene University Number of degree programs
Male % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 15%Southern Nazarene University Male % of student body
% of degrees in education and teaching
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 19%Southern Nazarene University % of degrees in education and teaching
% of degrees in family and social work
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 20%Southern Nazarene University % of degrees in family and social work

checked Church of the Nazarene affiliation
checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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