New Student Institute

NSI - New Student Institute at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany Oklahoma


New Student Institute (NSI)
is a REQUIRED orientation program to welcome incoming students, 23 years old and younger, and their parents. We’ve been working hard to plan fun, informative, and meaningful events for both family and students. Each student will connect with upperclassmen, faculty, staff, and other peers in a family group setting enabling new friendships within the student body. New Student Institute, which begins on Friday, August 15th, will help you feel welcome, get settled in, and get ready for your first year as a student at SNU.

NSI Registration and Housing Check-In: NSI Registration is from 9am-2pm at the Centennial Plaza in front of the Webster Commons on Friday, August 15th. 2014.  Housing Check-in is from 8am-1pm at each students’ Residence Hall on campus.


Freshmen (23 years old and younger)

Very soon you will be packing up all of your stuff and heading for university life.  When you arrive on the campus of SNU, you will begin what we hope will be the most exciting part of your journey thus far.  You will be jumping in to new friendships, new academic challenges, further spiritual development, and endless opportunities for growth that will encompass your time at SNU.

During NSI there will be faculty and student mentors who want to guide you as you take those steps through the many open doors that lie ahead of you at this place.  They will share with you, from experience, the crucial keys to making the most of your endeavors at SNU.  You’ll be amazed how those relationships and the knowledge they offer will build many gateways to success during your years at SNU.  We are already praying for you as those doors open to reveal a new adventure filled with exciting possibilities!

You can download the full student schedule here.

Some highlights include:

NSI at SNU
  • University Fair on Friday from 9am-2pm
  • President’s Welcome Friday night
  • Student Programming all day Saturday
  • SIREN Event Saturday night
  • Dedication Service Sunday morning
  • Faculty Mentor Home Visit
  • Academic Programming on Monday
  • Southern Supper on Monday night (be sure to bring your western wear)
  • Service Projects on Tuesday
  • Celebration Service Tuesday night

Transfers (23 years old and younger)

We realize that you have “done this college thing” before but we are confident that your experience at SNU will be much different than your last experience with college.  We know that there are specific “SNU things” you need to know in order to be successful in your academic and personal endeavors here.  We offer specific programming for transfer students to give you all the information you need to know and get you connected with other new transfer students.

You can download the full NSI Schedule here.

Some highlights include:

  • University Fair on Friday from 9am-2pm
  • President’s Welcome Friday night
  • Student Programming all day Saturday
  • SIREN Event Saturday night
  • Dedication Service Sunday morning
  • Faculty Mentor Home Visit
  • Academic Programming on Monday
  • Southern Supper on Monday night (be sure to bring your western wear)
  • Service Projects on Tuesday
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  • Celebration Service Tuesday night

New Students older than 23

We realize that even though you are not required to participate in NSI, you likely have questions and apprehensions about the transition of becoming an SNU student.  We encourage you to participate in the academic programming on Monday, August 18th from 9:15am until 1pm.  Programming starts at 9:15am in the auditorium in Royce Brown Hall.  We will discuss general classroom expectations and give you a brief orientation to SNU technology.  You can RSVP for this programming by contacting Misty Jaggers at 405-491-6336.
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Parents

This is a big passage for you, whether this is your first or last child entering university life.  You have been the one working so hard to help your child navigate through life thus far. SNU is excited to now partner with you as your son or daughter takes this next big step in their journey.  New Student Institute is a great way to welcome you and your child to this place.  Come and be a part of it with them.  You are invited to participate during the first three days (August 15-17th). The events of these three days will help you understand what lies in store for your child as we welcome them to SNU.  We will be praying for you in the coming days as you prepare for this transition.

You can download the full parent schedule here.

Some highlights include:

  • Friday Night Parent Dinner with SNU Faculty
  • Parent Programming throughout the day Saturday
  • Lunch with your student on Saturday
  • Opportunities to explore OKC Saturday night
  • Dedication Service Sunday morning

Parents

This is a big passage for you, whether this is your first or last child entering university life.  You have been the one working so hard to help your child navigate through life thus far. SNU is excited to now partner with you as your son or daughter takes this next big step in their journey.  New Student Institute is a great way to welcome you and your child to this place.  Come and be a part of it with them.  You are invited to participate during the first three days (August 15-17th). The events of these three days will help you understand what lies in store for your child as we welcome them to SNU.  We will be praying for you in the coming days as you prepare for this transition.

You can download the full parent schedule here.

Some highlights include:

Friday Night Parent Dinner with SNU Faculty

Parent Programming throughout the day Saturday

Lunch with your student on Saturday

Opportunities to explore OKC Saturday night

Dedication Service Sunday morning

Parents

This is a big passage for you, whether this is your first or last child entering university life.  You have been the one working so hard to help your child navigate through life thus far. SNU is excited to now partner with you as your son or daughter takes this next big step in their journey.  New Student Institute is a great way to welcome you and your child to this place.  Come and be a part of it with them.  You are invited to participate during the first three days (August 15-17th). The events of these three days will help you understand what lies in store for your child as we welcome them to SNU.  We will be praying for you in the coming days as you prepare for this transition.

You can download the full parent schedule here.

Some highlights include:

Friday Night Parent Dinner with SNU Faculty

Parent Programming throughout the day Saturday

Lunch with your student on Saturday

Opportunities to explore OKC Saturday night

Dedication Service Sunday morning

Parents

This is a big passage for you, whether this is your first or last child entering university life.  You have been the one working so hard to help your child navigate through life thus far. SNU is excited to now partner with you as your son or daughter takes this next big step in their journey.  New Student Institute is a great way to welcome you and your child to this place.  Come and be a part of it with them.  You are invited to participate during the first three days (August 15-17th). The events of these three days will help you understand what lies in store for your child as we welcome them to SNU.  We will be praying for you in the coming days as you prepare for this transition.

You can download the full parent schedule here.

Some highlights include:

Friday Night Parent Dinner with SNU Faculty

Parent Programming throughout the day Saturday

Lunch with your student on Saturday

Opportunities to explore OKC Saturday night

Dedication Service Sunday morning


Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I register for NSI?

You will register on Friday, August 15th from 9am-2pm at the University Fair located directly in front of the Webster Commons.

2. How much does NSI cost?

NSI is free to all new students and their immediate family members. This includes all meals and activities for students during the 5 days of NSI.  For parents and family members meals are available for Friday dinner and Saturday lunch.

3. When should parents/family members leave?

You can use your own discretion as to the best time to say farewell to your student; however, we ask that you leave no later than 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 17th.

4. Is it possible to move in to my residence hall early?

New students can begin the move-in process at 8 a.m. on Friday, August 15th. If your student is an athlete of a fall sport, he/she will receive move-in instructions from the athletic department.

5. Where am I supposed to stay during NSI?

As a new student, you can move in and stay at your on-campus residence beginning 8 a.m. on Friday, August 15th. Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay at a local hotel. To view a list of local lodging options, check out the lodging page on the SNU website.

6. Is NSI mandatory?

All events are mandatory for ALL NEW SNU STUDENTS 23 years old and younger. NSI is an integral part of your success at Southern Nazarene University. It is designed specifically for you as a new student as well as for new SNU family members. Even if you have had relatives or friends attend SNU in the past, you will want to come and learn about all the new additions we make every year.

7. Where am I supposed to go when I arrive on campus?

If you are living on campus, you will first want to locate the Residence Hall you have been assigned to live in and check in there. If you are a commuter student, you will need to register for NSI at the University Fair between 9am and 2pm on Friday, August 15th. Registration is located at the plaza in front of the Webster Commons.

8. What is a family group?

A family group is a small group of freshmen or transfer students led by an upperclassman through the NSI experience. Your assigned family group will be given to you at NSI Check-In beginning Friday, August 17th.

9. What if I have questions not found on this page?

Please either call (405)491-6336 or email mjaggers@snu.edu with any and all additional questions that you may have regarding the New Student Orientation process.