Southern Nazarene University Residential Population Increases 13%

BETHANY, Okla. (January 27, 2011) – Southern Nazarene University president, Dr. Loren Gresham, announces SNU has had a significant increase in residential enrollment this semester above spring of 2010. Spring on-campus numbers increased 13% from 626 in 2010 to 707 in 2011, an increase of 81.

Spring enrollment of traditional students is at 1,050. This comes at the completion of A.M. Hills Residential Complex, the largest and most expensive capital effort in SNU history.

The $12 million A.M. Hills Residential Complex holds 288 students in its 4 and 8 person room suites. Students have common lobby’s, study areas and even a common kitchen. An entertainment room contains TV’s, couches and tables on the lower level. New classrooms have been built with smart boards and the Bud Robinson Conference Room holds 300 people for meetings and dinners.

A.M. Hills has been designed to meet LEED standards for certification at the Silver level. The LEED green building certification program encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. SNU anticipates LEED commissioning of the building to occur sometime during 2011-2012.

Southern Nazarene University's mission is to transform lives 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.