4-year, Regionally accredited
Affiliation: Church of the Nazarene
Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's
On 44 acres just west of Oklahoma City, Southern Nazarene University is home to about 2,250 students, including over 1,600 undergraduates, almost all of whom attend fulltime. The 600 graduate students are in master’s programs in education, business, and health. Masters programs in education leadership, health administration, family counseling, and business are popular, while bachelor degree programs in business (organizational leadership), education, computer science, family studies, theology, and health are among the programs popular with undergraduates.
Interestingly, all Southern Nazarene’s graduate students attend fulltime, and some take courses online. And with 35% of all students 25 years of age and older this indicates a serious group of students. Racially mixed, the diversity in backgrounds and ages provides a solid experience from both social and educational bases. Although affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, people of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome.
When we examined Southern Nazarene University as a possible 2017 Best Value School awardee, we looked closely at cost to attend before researching academic programs, mission and constituents served, and student attitudes towards their school. While first glance indicated a high sticker price (about $36,000) further digging showed a high level of financial aid – 99% of students receive aid including institutional grants and scholarships – which brings the actual net cost to attend to less than $16,000. For a wide choice of academic programs, including graduate programs in educational leadership, health administration, and family counseling, and a very reasonable cost to attend, we selected Southern Nazarene University as one of our 2017 Best Value School Awardees.
"I graduated from SNU with a B.S. in Family Studies and Gerontology and M.S. in Counseling Psychology. Both programs were through the adult studies department and I can't speak highly enough about the professors, the staff, and the courses. For those who don't prefer the traditional college environment and want smaller classes with personal attention, you can't go wrong with SNU's adult programs!"