Center for Student Success

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Located next to the coffee shop in the Library, the Center for Student Success at SNU houses many distinct but interconnected areas, all focused on creating spaces of belonging and affinity for all learners at SNU.  Areas of the Center for Student Success include Academic Engagement Services, Disability Services, Student Retention Initiatives, and New Student Institute.  Each of these diverse programs works to promote and sustain inclusion and a sense of belonging in areas including race, class, gender, ethnicity, culture, and ableness. These programs work in close collaboration to embrace and support SNU’s mission of creating Christ-like disciples through higher education.

  • Academic Engagement

    Our academic engagement services seek to provide all SNU students with a high-quality educational experience through relevant academic programming and support services that fosters academic success. The high-quality experience will lead to students’ readiness for career integration and/or advanced degree aspiration. We execute this mission by offering dynamic support services including academic advising, strategies courses for underprepared students, academic coaching, tutoring services, academic workshops, and our early alert system.

  • Access and Opportunity

    At SNU, we believe the core of our Christian identity is defined by Christ and his work on earth. In this passage, Christ emphasizes that the work of the gospel is one of liberation and flourishing. We believe that by providing access to educational support and resources and by guiding students to opportunities that allow them to grow and flourish, we are fulfilling this central mandate of Christian work in the world. Many of our students find themselves held captive not only by systems of inequity and poverty but also by spiritual and social experiences. We take seriously Christ’s words to “proclaim release to the captives (and) to let the oppressed go free.” With God’s help, we work together with our students to create a place where every student at SNU can thrive and grow in Christ-centered community.

    For more information on the services provided by this area, click here.

  • Disability Services

    The office of Disability Services provides and coordinates support services that enable students with disabilities to receive equal access to all aspects of university life.  The Disability Services director provides accommodations to qualifying students, educates faculty/staff/students on policies, laws, and regulations associated with disability services, serves as an advocate for students in their interactions with faculty and staff, and works to create a culture of inclusiveness for all types of learners at SNU.  Disability Services provides services for traditional undergraduate students, professional studies students, and graduate students at SNU.

    Students may request services by contacting Disability Services at (405) 717-6272 or click here for additional information on available services.

  • International Students

    The Center for Student Success offers unique resources and support for International students. More details listed on the International Students page.

  • SNU Tutoring Center

    The SNU Tutoring Center offers FREE tutoring for traditional undergraduate students. To see available subjects and tutors, click HERE! Students utilizing our tutors can set an appointment with the tutor (best option as students with appointments will have first priority), or drop by during the available times for that tutor. Needing help with a paper? Our writing tutors are ready to help! Schedule an appointment and the tutor will contact you for your paper. The SNU Tutoring Center is here to offer support and help our students be successful!

  • Testing Services

    CLEP at SNU General Information

    CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) exams are national standardized tests that allow students to earn transcript credit by demonstrating they have proficiency in a subject equivalent to the expectations for a college course. All CLEP tests should be taken before a student achieves 36 college hour credits per Southern Nazarene University policy. To arrange to take a CLEP test at SNU, call Testing Services at 405-491-6686. Not all CLEP tests listed will apply to graduation requirements in given majors. To find out what applies to you, contact your University’s Registrar Office.

    Exams are given by appointment only Call to schedule. Please arrive promptly at your appointment time, arriving early isn’t necessary. The exams are 90 minutes in length, except for College Composition with Essay, which is 120 minutes. CLEP tests are offered Monday through Friday by appointment only. Please take your appointment time seriously, if you need to cancel and reschedule we will be happy to do so one time. If you cancel and reschedule a second time, there will be an additional $20 SNU administration fee.

    Testing Location

    The Testing Center is located in the Learning Resources Center (Library), third floor, Suite 325.

    Exam Cost

    As of January 2014, all CLEP exam payments must be made by test-takers online through the My Account registration portal. Please go to . Here you will be able to select the desired CLEP test, pay for your exam, and find other helpful information pertaining to the CLEP exams. Cost for the test is $89. There is also a separately charged $20.00 administration fee for each test paid by cash, check, or money order to Southern Nazarene University. Sorry, no credit cards are accepted at this time in the Testing Center . Please make sure to print your registration ticket and bring it with you on your test day. If you have questions regarding My Account or the CLEP Exam Registration Ticket, please contact CLEP Services at (800) 257-9558, (212) 237-1331, or


    As of July 1, 2014, CLEP is only requiring one form of ID to be admitted for your exam. It must be a government-issued photo ID bearing your name, signature and a recognizable photo (examples: passport, driver’s license, State ID, etc.). If you do not have an appropriate government ID as stated above, go to the CLEP website and download the “Student ID Form” that you need to complete that will substitute for the ID. This form can be reused for a period of one year. This form needs to be completed by a school official or by a notary. NOTE: First and last names on your ID must match your on the Registration Ticket.

    Test Day

    On test day: bring your ID, your CLEP registration ticket, and your proctor fee.

    Exam Scores

    You will receive your unofficial score report at the end of the exam, except when taking the
    College Composition with Essay. It is free to have your score provided directly to an institution at the time of the exam. CLEP will charge a $20 fee to send your score to an institution any time after your test date.

    If you take the College Composition with Essay, you will receive one combined score after the essays have been scored, which could take three to four weeks.

    If you do not receive a passing score, you may retake a test in three months. If you retake the exam before three months, your test will not be scored. It is your responsibility to know when you took an exam and if enough time has passed to retest.

    Transcript Credit

    If you pass the exam, a ” P ” will be recorded on your transcript and it does not affect your grade point average. SNU allows up to 30 hours of credit this way. This includes CLEP, AP, Departmental Proficiency, Military Credit, etc.

    Test Prep

    ● Visit the College Board website at which has useful tips, exam descriptions, and sample questions.

    ● On the College Board website, you can order the CLEP Official Study Guide book and exam-specific Exam electronic guides.

    ● Look for books like “How to prepare for CLEP” of which are usually available from local bookstores, libraries, and online.

    ● Another good source to review is the textbook used for the class for which you are trying to get CLEP credit.

    Veterans: Please visit U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for information on financial help at

    The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a program that enables students to earn college credit for introductory-level courses by achieving satisfactory scores on subject-specific tests. For more information about the available tests, go to

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