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Southern Nazarene University

Southern Nazarene University is a Christian liberal arts college located in Bethany, Oklahoma, United States

Location

Address
6729 NW 39th Expy
City
Bethany
State
OK
Zip/Post Code
73008

Contact Information

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
1744
Total Graduate enrollment
471
In State Tuition Fees
21420
Out State Tuition Fees
21420
ACT Score
22
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.30
Male Female Ratio
46:54
Acceptance Rate
48%
Student Faculty Ratio
17:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
Church of the Nazarene
Campus Housing
Yes
Mascot
Thunder Cat
Colors
White Crimson
Conference
GAC

College History

History

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. The roots of the original Southern Nazarene University are primarily in an orphanage of downtown Oklahoma City, founded by Miss Mattie Mallory. Mallory used her inheritance to buy property north of the city, which she named Beulah Heights, and relocated the orphanage there. Then, in 1906, the Beulah Heights Academy and Bible School opened. In 1909, the school was renamed Oklahoma Holiness College and new property was purchased to the west of Oklahoma City at Bethany. That same year the surrounding holiness community became Nazarene and, as its church base swelled, the school�s financial problems "proved less threatening than those at other institutions." The school eventually changed its name in 1918 to Oklahoma Nazarene College, when the first Nazarene Educational Regions were established. When Peniel College merged with Oklahoma Nazarene College in 1920, the name changed to Bethany-Peniel College. Peniel was the first of four fellow Nazarene institutions that would be absorbed by the Oklahoma school. The second institution was Central Nazarene College, another Nazarene school in Texas, in 1929. Two years later, Arkansas Holiness College was absorbed by Bethany-Peniel. The last merger was Bresee Theological College, in 1940. As historian Timothy L. Smith wrote, "It eventually outdistanced and absorbed the schools at Hutchinson, Kansas, Peniel and Hamlin, Texas, Vilonia, Arkansas, and Des Arc, Missouri. Bethany became the Nazarene center for the whole Southwest.� In 1955, the name changed again from Bethany-Peniel College to Bethany Nazarene College (BNC) to avoid confusion with the term "penal" or "penal colony", and again in 1986, from Bethany Nazarene College to Southern Nazarene University (SNU).

College Specialty

Specialty

The mission of the Academy of Senior Professionals (ASP) at Southern Nazarene University is to create a setting in which the members of the Academy may have their lifelong learning, cultural, and social needs met.

Alumni

Alumni

Several SNU alumni have become notable as academics, politicians, and leaders in the Church of the Nazarene. Alumna Linda N. Hanson is currently the 19th president of Hamline University. Alumnus Gary Hart is a politician and former U.S. Presidential candidate, Howard Hendrick is an Oklahoma state politician, and Kenny Marchant is a Republican from Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. Alumnus Boyd Matson, adventurer and journalist, former host of National Geographic Explorer and NBC Weekend Today shows and other television and radio broadcasts. Alumni Jerry D. Porter and J. K. Warrick are currently Nazarene general superintendents, and alumnus Talmadge Johnson is a general superintendent emeritus. Jim Garlow is the pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego. Angelo Cruz was a professional basketball player who played for the Puerto Rican national basketball team and Ryan Daniel Dobson was an actor, director, and writer of the film Prattle and has appeared in the TV series How I Met Your Mother and Castle (TV series).

Campus

Campus

Suburban

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