Southern Nazarene University

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Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university-a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 44-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and to one another.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Southern Nazarene University
6729 NW 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK 73008


Phone: 405-789-6400

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 730587210

CEO/President: Dr. J Keith Newman

Chairman: Dr. Terry Roland

Board size: 0


Ruling year: 1959

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


We are a sent people, responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom. Our mission begins in worship, ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion, encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship and prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.

Mission statement

To make Christlike disciples through higher education in Christ-centered community.

As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth, and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with purpose.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating758 of 107788 of 130
Fund acquisition rating581 of 107869 of 130
Resource allocation rating907 of 1078103 of 130
Asset utilization rating518 of 107757 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,900,660$3,961,733$4,344,239$5,408,959$6,904,193
Short-term investments$20,800,535$20,404,501$19,842,128$20,689,622$19,839,650
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$34,898,720$31,295,381$28,481,534$28,358,026$28,920,045
Long-term investments$1,640,131$1,890,199$2,129,340$2,016,410$1,845,225
Fixed assets$82,417,822$83,374,781$84,079,126$82,754,356$66,892,729
Other long-term assets$189,777$420,426$458,605$515,001$444,029
Total long-term assets$84,247,730$85,685,406$86,667,071$85,285,767$69,181,983
Total assets$119,146,450$116,980,787$115,148,605$113,643,793$98,102,028
Payables and accrued expenses$3,325,840$3,109,929$3,180,980$3,404,841$1,565,637
Other current liabilities$2,252,454$2,623,263$3,886,324$6,277,749$8,682,810
Total current liabilities$5,578,294$5,733,192$7,067,304$9,682,590$10,248,447
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$7,352,355$8,388,586$11,949,037$7,771,778$7,571,199
Total long-term liabilities$56,416,697$54,861,946$53,083,901$49,219,737$32,368,924
Total liabilities$61,994,991$60,595,138$60,151,205$58,902,327$42,617,371
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$37,589,537$36,681,925$36,132,345$37,068,581$38,757,506
With donor restrictions$19,561,922$19,703,724$18,865,055$17,672,885$16,727,151
Net assets$57,151,459$56,385,649$54,997,400$54,741,466$55,484,657
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,635,000$5,150,807$4,693,221$4,250,295$4,428,581
Program service revenue$53,908,204$56,170,723$52,898,303$47,468,596$50,665,346
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$394,336$1,775,479$1,806,419$2,415,362$807,892
Other revenue$2,849,949$4,116,936$2,664,331$3,898,411$4,034,151
Total other revenue$57,152,489$62,063,138$57,369,053$53,782,369$55,507,389
Total revenue$64,787,489$67,213,945$62,062,274$58,032,664$59,935,970
Program services$47,853,833$49,074,359$45,237,191$40,821,705$42,654,512
Management and general$14,908,657$15,885,821$15,753,004$17,200,320$17,843,281
Total expenses$63,726,342$65,888,421$61,816,144$58,869,823$61,255,947
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$1,061,147$1,325,524$246,130($837,159)($1,319,977)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,061,147$1,325,524$246,130($837,159)($1,319,977)


Dr Keith NewmanUniversity President$297,293
Dr Scott StrawnVP For Business & Finance$134,786
Dr Mike RedwineExecutive Vice President$119,606

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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Our rich history as a Christian liberal arts university dates back to 1899. Serving the mission of the Church of the Nazarene, we believe in the inherent worth of all people. We work to help every student find their unique purpose. Our 44-acre main campus is just west of Oklahoma City and grew out of several small colleges committed to training people to achieve their highest potential. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve the mission of God throughout the United States and the world.

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