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Southern New Hampshire University Overview

Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, Southern New Hampshire University is a private not-for-profit institution. The suburban atmosphere of Manchester makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Southern New Hampshire University Known For?

13,321 Undergraduate Awards
$49,895 Avg Cost After Aid
78% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at SNHU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, SNHU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $45,400 a year. That's about 11% more than their peers at other schools.
  • It takes the average SNHU student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Southern New Hampshire University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

SNHU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#55 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#77 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SNHU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Accounting Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Mental & Social Health Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Computer & Information Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards SNHU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Business Administration & Management Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#7 Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#12 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#16 Best Business Associate’s Degree Schools Business Degree Central
#20 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#22 Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Southern New Hampshire University?

Location of Southern New Hampshire University

Contact details for SNHU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106-1045
Phone: 603-668-2211
Website: www.snhu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SNHU
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SNHU

How Do I Get Into SNHU?

You can apply to SNHU online at: www.snhu.edu/18.asp

Admission Requirements for SNHU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into SNHU?

78% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
SNHU has an acceptance rate of 78%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 76%, and the acceptance rate for women is 79%.

Can I Afford Southern New Hampshire University?

$49,895 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
12.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SNHU is $49,895. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SNHU, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $7,511 a year. That adds up to $30,044 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SNHU is 12.4%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Southern New Hampshire University Undergraduate Student Diversity

27,372 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 92,902 undergraduate students at SNHU, with 27,372 being full-time and 65,530 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SNHU

There are also 20,612 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 27,372 full-time undergraduates at SNHU, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SNHU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Southern New Hampshire University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SNHU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 477
Black or African American 3,551
Hispanic or Latino 3,204
White 16,860
International Students 324
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,956

Geographic Diversity

New Hampshire students aren't the only ones who study at Southern New Hampshire University. At this time, all 50 states and the District of Columbia are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 81 countries are represented at SNHU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Southern New Hampshire University

96,912 Took All Classes Online
97,412 Took At Least One Class Online
29.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 35 bachelor’s degree and 22 master’s degree programs available online at SNHU. In 2017-2018, 97,412 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SNHU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in New Hampshire for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SNHU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Southern New Hampshire University was 29.1%. This is the #48 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at SNHU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SNHU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 6%
Anthropology 56%
Business Administration & Management 9%
Business, Management & Marketing 9%
Communication & Journalism 1%
Computer & Information Sciences 11%
Computer Information Systems 6%
Computer Science 78%
Computer Software & Applications 49%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 20%
Curriculum & Instruction 12%
Design & Applied Arts 23%
Economics 6%
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 72%
General Psychology 9%
General Social Sciences 29%
Geological & Earth Sciences 52%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 26%
Health Professions 24%
Health Sciences & Services 13%
History 9%
History 9%
Homeland Security 58%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 24%
Human Resource Management 8%
Human Services 46%
International Relations & National Security 89%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 12%
Liberal Arts General Studies 12%
Management Information Systems 89%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 25%
Marketing 8%
Mathematics 12%
Mathematics & Statistics 12%
Mental & Social Health Services 13%
Natural Resources & Conservation 31%
Natural Resources Conservation 31%
Nursing 19%
Physical Sciences 52%
Political Science & Government 44%
Psychology 9%
Public Administration 27%
Public Administration & Social Service 43%
Public Health 44%
Public Relations & Advertising 1%
Social Sciences 33%
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 17%
Visual & Performing Arts 31%
Writing Studies 14%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SNHU ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SNHU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Mathematics #1
Medical Illustration & Informatics #1
Teacher Education Subject Specific #1
General Social Sciences #1
Economics #1
General Sales & Marketing #1
Taxation #1
Mathematics & Statistics #1
Computer Software & Applications #1
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #2
Geological & Earth Sciences #2
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing #2
Other Business, Management & Marketing #2
English Language & Literature #2
Public Relations & Advertising #2
General English Literature #2
Public Administration #2
Physical Sciences #2
Political Science & Government #2
Writing Studies #2
Special Education #3
History #3
Curriculum & Instruction #3
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #3
History #3
Anthropology #3
International Business #3
Natural Resources Conservation #4
Instructional Media Design #4
General Education #4
Finance & Financial Management #4
Natural Resources & Conservation #4
Computer Science #4
Health & Physical Education #4
Human Services #4
Management Information Systems #4
Marketing #4
Public Health #5
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #5
Design & Applied Arts #5
Computer Information Systems #5
Mental & Social Health Services #6
Visual & Performing Arts #6
Social Sciences #6
Communication & Journalism #7
Health Sciences & Services #7
Public Administration & Social Service #7
Educational Administration #7
Homeland Security #7
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #8
Teacher Education Grade Specific #8
Human Resource Management #9
Liberal Arts General Studies #10
Information Technology #10
Nursing #10
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #10
General Psychology #10
Accounting #11
Computer & Information Sciences #12
Psychology #13
Education #13
Criminal Justice & Corrections #15
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #15
Health & Medical Administrative Services #15
Business Administration & Management #24
Health Professions #26
Business, Management & Marketing #28

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Southern New Hampshire University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 505 2,372 105 2,256 0 5,238
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 921 773 0 0 0 1,694
General Psychology 0 0 1,069 0 541 0 1,610
Accounting 38 221 568 43 404 0 1,274
Computer Information Systems 0 237 516 0 354 0 1,107
Nursing 0 0 931 3 113 0 1,047
Health & Medical Administrative Services 2 108 582 0 271 0 963
Criminal Justice & Corrections 4 191 476 1 189 0 861
General English Literature 0 0 113 0 589 0 702
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 396 0 192 0 588
Writing Studies 0 0 399 10 0 0 409
History 0 0 215 0 187 0 402
Human Resource Management 65 0 0 44 284 0 393
Marketing 0 58 143 14 114 0 329
Public Health 0 0 121 0 203 0 324
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 284 0 0 0 284
Human Services 0 0 283 0 0 0 283
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 221 0 0 0 221
Health & Physical Education 0 0 86 0 132 0 218
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 75 0 137 0 212
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 195 0 0 0 195
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 179 0 179
Mathematics 0 0 164 0 0 0 164
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 58 0 86 0 144
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 115 7 122
Homeland Security 0 0 0 0 109 0 109
General Education 0 0 15 3 90 0 108
General Social Sciences 0 0 108 0 0 0 108
Political Science & Government 0 0 46 0 62 0 108
Economics 0 0 66 0 31 0 97
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 41 40 0 0 0 81
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 78 0 0 0 78
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 21 48 0 0 0 69
Public Administration 0 0 55 12 0 0 67
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 66 0 0 0 66
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 40 0 25 0 65
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 31 0 32 0 63
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 50 0 50
Anthropology 0 0 50 0 0 0 50
International Business 0 0 40 0 0 7 47
Computer Science 0 0 46 0 0 0 46
Culinary Arts 0 16 17 0 0 0 33
Special Education 0 0 3 19 10 0 32
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 2 27 0 29
Hospitality Management 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 14 0 5 0 19
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 10 0 10
Management Information Systems 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 9 0 0 9
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Other Homeland Security 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Taxation 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Information Technology 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Accounting & Computer Science 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Computer Programming 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Air Transportation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 109 2,319 10,893 267 6,797 14 20,399

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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