Southern Nazarene University’s mission is to make Christlike disciples through higher education.
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university – a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus in the heart of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read more about our Nazarene Heritage.
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Southern Nazarene University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
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Southern Nazarene University is:
- an approved four-year senior college for the South Central region of the Church of the Nazarene.
- accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools with accreditation through the Master’s program. (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; phone number 312-263-0456).
- accredited for Master of Arts degree programs in Theology, Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, and Marriage and Family Therapy; Master of Business Administration; and Master of Science in Management and in Counseling Psychology.
- accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
- accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
- accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
- accredited by the Association of College and Business School Programs (ACBSP).
- approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.
- approved for Teacher Education by the Oklahoma State Board of Education.
- a member of the International Board of Education (Church of the Nazarene).
- a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
- a member of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
- a member of the Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities.
- a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
- a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
- a member of the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE).
- a member of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.
- a member of the Christian Adult Higher Education Association (CAHEA).
- approved for the Exercise Science major and recognized in the National Strength & Conditioning Education Recognition Program
SNU is a licensed educational provider located in Bethany, Oklahoma and several locations throughout the state of Oklahoma. The university serves students from the South Central educational region of the Church of the Nazarene, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas and across the nation through programs offered at the Bethany campus and other Oklahoma locations.
Additionally, it is authorized to provide online educational programs to students in various states through its participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) initiative for institutions without a physical presence in the state. Students are responsible for checking with the appropriate education authority in their state to confirm that online course delivery by out of state institutions not licensed in their state is authorized [or, “not prohibited”].
It is the policy of the University to resolve student complaints through the university appeals process outlined in the SNU Student Handbook and SNU Academic Catalog. The processes outlined in these documents resolve in a final and exclusive manner any complaint of violations of university policies and procedures contained therein and any and all other unresolved student complaints based on the university’s policy against discrimination, harassment and complaints challenging a final grade. Any other complaint or controversy which relates to the interpretation or the application of the Student Handbook, Catalog or of other publications of the university related to students shall be finally exclusively resolved by the General Student Complaint Procedure.