Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

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School Overview

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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


Address:2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106-1045
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:61,285
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):55%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:30 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Degree Levels:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$30,386
Out-of-state Tuition:$30,386
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:90%

* Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Southern New Hampshire University Programs

See how many students completed programs in 2015-2016 from Southern New Hampshire University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1341291
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs41
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services3121
English Language and Literature/Letters21
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences11
Health Professions and Related Programs5165
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service2112
Legal Professions and Studies1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities22
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies12
Natural Resources and Conservation2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies111
Personal and Culinary Services221
Physical Sciences2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions12
Social Sciences421
Visual and Performing Arts11

Online Programs & Distance Learning

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
English Language and Literature/Letters
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Health Professions and Related Programs
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Mathematics and Statistics
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Natural Resources and Conservation
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies
Physical Sciences
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Sciences
Visual and Performing Arts

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 Fees2015-2016
Books and supplies$1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2015-2016

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,77490%
Grant or scholarship aid1,62682%$8,766
Student loan aid1,46474%$7,685

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid15,24552%$4,934
Federal student loans19,72767%$7,469

Admissions & Enrollment

See what it takes to apply to Southern New Hampshire University, how many students get in, and a breakdown of the students are currently enrolled in the school.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2016

Number of applicants3,8481,7852,063
Percent admitted100%90%93%
Percent admitted who enrolled21%44%1%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedOptional
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

Utah State University Enrollment, Fall 2016

Total Enrollment61,285
Undergraduate enrollment43,831
Graduate enrollment17,454

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Southern New Hampshire University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions 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

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