Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

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Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a privately owned and operated four-year university with main campuses in Manchester and Hooksett, New Hampshire.

SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Many of the SNHU’s programs and academic schools also have special accreditation status.

SNHU was founded in 1933 as the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Science. About thirty years later, in 1961, the school was renamed the New Hampshire College of Accounting and Commerce. Yet again, in 1969, the school’s name was changed to New Hampshire College, and finally, in 2001, it became Southern New Hampshire University to reflect its expanding degree options.

In addition to its two campuses in Manchester and Hooksett, SNHU offers several undergraduate and graduate-level programs through 5 regional learning centers in New Hampshire and Maine.

Many of the courses offered through SNHU’s regional centers can be completed on-campus, online, or a combination of the two. Regional learning centers are currently located in the New Hampshire cities of Manchester, Portsmouth, Nashua, and Salem, and also in Brunswick, Maine.

At Southern New Hampshire University, we believe there are no limits on what you can do, what you can be, or what you can achieve. This is a University that goes the extra mile – so you can too. – SNHU Website


Southern New Hampshire University offers a comprehensive selection of undergraduate bachelor’s degrees in over 100 fields of study and academic disciplines, including business, education, social science, psychology, environmental studies, liberal arts, public administration, visual arts and communications.

SNHU also offers a large selection of dual-majors, minors and graduate degree programs (master’s and doctoral) in over 40 areas of study and concentrations.

Southern New Hampshire University Online Degrees

SNHU is well known for its world-class distance learning and online degree programs offered through the College of Online & Continuing Education (COCE). SNHU’s online degree programs have been designed to help students reach their educational goals while keeping up with their busy lives.

All degrees and courses are offered through one of SNHU’s three academic schools; the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, or School of Education.

Within each of the three academic schools are located several field-specific departments. The School of Arts & Sciences includes the departments of Communications, Media Arts & Technology; Environment, Politics & Society; Psychology; Humanities & Fine Arts; English; Justice Studies; Mathematics; and Science. The School of Business includes the departments of Accounting & Taxation; International Business; Economics/Finance; Community Economic Development; Culinary Arts; Hospitality Business; Information Technology; Organizational Leadership; Marketing; Sports Management; and Quantitative Studies, Operations & Project Management.

The SNHU School of Education covers degrees and programs ranging from Curriculum and Instruction to Early Childhood Education to Business Teacher Education.

Honors Program

Through the School of Business, SNHU offers a 3-year honors program for business majors.

The SNHU honors program covers six semesters and is custom-designed by each individual student. The honors program is also an accelerated program that allows students to earn a traditional 4-year bachelor’s degree in business in just three years. The program was launched in 1995 and has been in continuous operation ever since.

SNHU Rankings and Recognitions

In 2010, US News & World Report ranked SNHU No.110 in its list of Northern Regional Universities. Over the last decade, it has received several awards and recognitions, including the New England Higher Education Excellence Award in 2007.

Recently, SNHU’s online MBA program was recognized by the New Hampshire Business Review as a top, online MBA program and listed it within its “Best Online Degree Program” and “Best M.B.A. Program” categories.

SNHU has been recognized as one of the most innovative organizations in the world by Fast Company who placed it in its list of the “World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” with the likes of Google, NFL, Apple and Starbucks.

Southern New Hampshire University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (603) 668-2211
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
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Address: 2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106-1045
Setting: Suburb: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 113,514
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 48%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 22 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 6,752 (6% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $31,136
Out-of-state Tuition: $31,136
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 77%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $10,243

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Southern New Hampshire University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Southern New Hampshire University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1141381
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2131
Education 29101
Engineering 2
English Language and Literature/Letters 221
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 2174
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 2122
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 22
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Personal and Culinary Services 21
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 12
Social Sciences 152
Transportation and Materials Moving 1
Visual and Performing Arts 1121
Grand total 251262332

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Southern New Hampshire University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $31,136
Out-of-state $31,136
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $18,810
Out-of-state $18,810

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,186 77%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,018 71% $10,243
Student loan aid 1,843 65% $7,134

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 43,129 52% $3,913
Federal student loans 56,143 68% $7,303

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Southern New Hampshire University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Southern New Hampshire University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 25,019 9,671 15,348
Percent admitted 100% 84% 91%
Percent admitted who enrolled 42% 39% 44%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Southern New Hampshire University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 113,514
Undergraduate enrollment 92,902
Graduate enrollment 20,612

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Southern New Hampshire University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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