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VETS Center


Whether you’re looking to move up in the ranks or start a second career, we’re here to serve you. Our Veterans Educational Transitions Success (VETS) Center can help you transition to campus life, provide career counseling, and connect you to community support.

SNU accepts ACE credit for military training and experience, and all of SNU’s adult education programs are eligible to use with VA Educational Benefits. Our full-time staff at the VETS Center are here to help make the transition into education as seamless as possible.

For more information, complete the information form.

View the VETS Center video transcript.

Locations

Southern Nazarene University, VETS Center
4200 N Peniel Ave.
Bethany, OK 73008
(405) 717-6299
veterans@snu.edu

Mon. – Thur. 8 to 5pm
Friday – 8 to 4pm
Sat. & Sun. – Closed

SNU – Tulsa, VETS Center
8210 E. Regal Court
Tulsa, OK 74133
(918) 664-4100
tulsavets@snu.edu

Mon. – Thur. 9 to 6pm
Friday – 9 to 4pm
Sat. & Sun. – Closed

i-TS7T5Vt-X5We are here to serve you.  Let us be your navigator as you determine your next steps in pursuing your academic, career, and life goals.
 
Speak with someone knowledgeable who has also walked your walk in the military.  At SNU, we have Mark, Josh, and Fount who together have 60 years military service and 5 combat tours.  We also have Crystal and Cadron who have over 16 years as a military spouse, military family member, and supporter of the veteran community.  They understand.
 
i-R7BK9Xg-X3Whether you choose to attend SNU or choose another route, our Vets Team wants to help you know what veteran and military benefits are available to you and use them with the most efficiency and effectiveness. Plus, our Vets Team wants to share a cup of coffee with you on their front porch and thank you for your service to our nation!  That's right! At SNU we have a dedicated house where veterans can come to study, relax between classes and/or work, get some refreshments, and spend time with other veterans and military family members.
 
Check us out and come to SNU, tour our campus, and schedule a visit with our VETS Center staff to meet with one of our certifying officers for a personal review of your benefits and to discuss opportunities that await you and your family!  Before calling or visiting our VETS Center, we suggest you gather your:
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  • Medical records
  • Immunization records
  • Joint service transcript
  • DD-214
  • Certificate of eligibility
To schedule a visit to our Vets House and meet with our staff please fill out this form.

Hundreds of military and veteran students, as well as their dependents, have graduated from SNU’s programs with support from the VETS Center. They go on to rise through the ranks, begin a fulfilling second career, or even open businesses of their own. Learn what made this possible below.

Our Mission
SUPPORT | EMPOWER | CONNECT
We serve the SNU veteran and military community by assisting them with their benefits, involvement, integration, growth, and connection with the SNU family.
 
Our Purpose
We engage with the SNU veteran and military community to serve as a coach, advisor, and mentor as they pursue academic, career, and personal goals for growing and sustaining excellence in their lives.
 
Grant Award
SNU’s VETS Center, as it exists today, was established in 2015 with grant funding from the U.S. Dept. of Education to support veteran success in college. The FIPSE grant program selected SNU as one of thirteen Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS).
 

Accolades
Recruiting Service Award, Air Force, 2019
Recruiting Services, OKC Recruiting Battalion, 2019
Pinnacle Award, Force50, 2019
Military Friendly® School, Military Friendly®, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Grant for Veterans and Families Program, Boeing Foundation, 2018
Supporter-Recognition of Appreciation, NAVPA, 2019
Certificate of Appreciation, Interim Healthcare, 2019

Your life experience and time in the military prepared you to work hard and face challenges head-on. Whether it’s been a year or twenty since you’ve been in a classroom, we know you have what it takes to succeed. All you need is the right tools.

Are you interested in getting involved?  The following student organizations are available at SNU: 

Student Veterans of America (SVA)SVA
With a mission focused on empowering student veterans, Student Veterans of America is committed to providing an educational experience that goes beyond the classroom. Through a dedicated network of more than 1,500 on-campus chapters in all 50 states and 4 countries representing more than 750,000 student veterans, SVA aims to inspire yesterday’s warriors by connecting student veterans with a community of like-minded chapter leaders. Every day these passionate leaders work to provide the necessary resources, network support, and advocacy to ensure student veterans can effectively connect, expand their skills, and ultimately achieve their greatest potential.If you're looking to add to your experience while at SNU we welcome you to attend our meetings and to join our ranks. For more information email veterans@snu.edu
 
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Salute Honor Society (SALUTE)
SALUTE is the first national academic honor society established for student veterans, and active military, in 2-year and 4-year institutions of higher education. SALUTE is an acronym of the foundation blocks and core-values of the honor society, and is the basis of our success.(Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, Excellence) Currently 326 Colleges as active chapters, and over 17,000 Student Veterans inducted. Are you next? For more information email tulsavets@snu.edu 
 
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)army
The Reserve Officer Training Corps was founded with the passage of the National Defense Act in 1916 and is now offered at more than 1,100 colleges across the country. Southern Nazarene University is blessed to have a partnership with our host school, the University of Central Oklahoma. In addition to providing an avenue for college students to work towards commission as an officer in the United States Army, the University of Central Oklahoma Broncho Battalion Army ROTC Program provides Cadets with character-building skills, a diverse, self-disciplined civilian education, and leadership development training.
 
 
Are you looking for resources to help you navigate through your academic journey while at SNU?  The following veterans services are available: 
 
Benefits Review
Our team offers unique, personalized assistance in assessing the benefits you are eligible and offers advice on how to access them. You may also get a quick look inside what you may be able to expect using our benefits calculator tool.
 

Career Services
We understand you have unique goals for yourself and your future, and we want to help you meet them. That’s why we offer career services, including resume review, a job board for SNU grads, and advice on ranking up or getting started in a second career.

Tutoring
If you need help getting back into the rhythm of school or want some extra assistance for homework assignments and studying for tests, tutoring can be a great option. Adult students at SNU receive free tutoring at tutor.com so you can access support at a time and location convenient to you. Connect with your advisor to get your sign in and password and begin using services. On-campus, traditional students can meet with a tutor in-person using the writing center.

Counseling
Students at our Bethany location or who live within driving distance may access counseling at Renew Counseling Center. They will meet with you for an intake session to assess your needs, and from then on you can schedule sessions as needed. With hours ranging from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., there is sure to be a time that works for your busy schedule.

Disability Services
If you have a disability that interferes with your ability to thrive as a student, we have a disability services office that can help with accommodations. The VETS Center has designated a Veterans Services Support Representative for better service to veterans who come with service-related injuries or issues. These services are provided on a case-by-case basis so your unique needs can be met in a meaningful way.

Reference Library
Our library offers a wide variety of reference materials, both in-person and online. You will also have access to online research databases, housing thousands of peer-reviewed articles you can use on research and class assignments. We also have librarians on staff you can get personalized assistance from using our “Ask a Librarian” chat feature or by calling 405-491-6351. Students in Bethany or Tulsa may also visit their local VETS Center in person to borrow books geared toward professional growth that are available in the center.

 

Are you looking for resources to assist you in preparing for and getting accepted into a university?  The following veteran service is available at our partner schools, UCO, Redlands CC, and ECU:

Veterans Upward Bound 
Veterans Upward Bound can help you obtain and pay for your military and other transcripts. Email John Engel at jengel@ecok.edu or reach out to VUB@redlandscc.edu or stripes-vub@uco.edu 

A degree is an important step in rising through the ranks or reaching your true potential in the civilian world. To make the most of your education, we offer career services and support based on your goals.

Resume Review
Our team is available to consult with you and help you tailor your resume to the career you are seeking. Learn how to highlight your unique career and life experience and position yourself as a skilled, qualified candidate in your job search.

Career Fairs
Our team is in regular contact with workforce placement groups throughout the state, including the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. We regularly attend job fairs throughout the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas, and are in search of great positions for graduating students.

Career Search
In addition to open access job boards like Indeed, Glassdoor, or Monster, you can use a career search specifically for SNU students and graduates called Handshake. This tool links to employers and job postings, as well as offering resources to improve your job search and make you more appealing as a candidate.

Mentoring
The staff and faculty at the VETS Center and all of SNU often serve as mentors to military students. With a unique range of life experiences, roles, and responsibilities represented, we can help you find the person who you will relate to most.

Get tips on adjusting to academic life, hear inspirational stories from adult students, and see where to connect with us on social media for regular updates.

Student Stories

Adult Education Blog

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Your connection to the SNU VETS Center community does not have to end when you graduate. When you join the SNU Veterans Alumni Association, you stay connected to a vibrant, growing network of educated and driven individuals. As a member, you will have opportunities to attend exclusive events, give back to future students, and support the national rankings of SNU.

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