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Southern New Hampshire University Overview

Southern New Hampshire University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Manchester, New Hampshire. 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?

15,494 Undergraduate Awards
$28,739 Avg Cost After Aid
94% 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.
  • Students who graduate from SNHU with a bachelor's degree make about $45,400 a year. That's 11% more than those who graduate from 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
#53 Best Associate 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 Medical Illustration & Informatics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Computer Information Systems Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Liberal Arts & Humanities Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Health Sciences & Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Law Enforcement & Firefighting Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Business Administration & Management Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Computer & Information Sciences Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#72 Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#120 Best Health Professions Associate 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
#21 Best General Studies Schools College Factual
#38 Best Personal & Culinary Services Schools College Factual
#76 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools College Factual
#76 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Schools College Factual
#157 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools College Factual
#183 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is Southern New Hampshire University?

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Contact details for SNHU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106-1045
Phone: 603-668-2211
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/admission/apply-now

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?

94% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
SNHU has the high acceptance rate of 94%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 34% of accepted students are men and 66% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 91%, and the acceptance rate for women is 95%.

Can I Afford Southern New Hampshire University?

$28,739 Net Price
63% Take Out Loans
12.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SNHU is $28,739. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SNHU, approximately 63% of students took out student loans averaging $7,501 a year. That adds up to $30,004 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SNHU is 12.5%. 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

34,316 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 111,599 undergraduate students at SNHU, with 34,316 being full-time and 77,283 being part-time.

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There are also 22,746 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 34,316 full-time undergraduates at SNHU, 38% are male and 62% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 644
Black or African American 4,179
Hispanic or Latino 3,794
White 19,010
International Students 382
Other Races/Ethnicities 6,307

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

128,360 Took All Classes Online
128,672 Took At Least One Class Online
20.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 32 bachelor’s degree and 26 master’s degree programs available online at SNHU. In 2019-2020, 128,672 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of SNHU Rankings

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Southern New Hampshire University was $9,650 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how SNHU is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing #1 #1
Accounting & Computer Science #1 #1
Economics #4 #4
Physical Sciences #4 #4
Cultural Studies & Analysis #4 #4
Public Relations & Advertising #4 #4
Health & Physical Education #4 #4
Geological & Earth Sciences #4 #4
Anthropology #4 #4
Communication & Journalism #7 #7
General Sales & Marketing #7 #7
General English Literature #7 #7
Film, Video & Photographic Arts #7 #7
Medical Illustration & Informatics #7 #7
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #7 #7
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #10 #10
Writing Studies #10 #10
English Language & Literature #10 #10
Mathematics & Statistics #10 #10
Mathematics #10 #10
History #10 #10
History #10 #10
Transportation & Materials Moving #15 #9
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #15 #15
Air Transportation #15 #9
Natural Resources Conservation #16 #16
Social Sciences #16 #16
International Business #16 #16
Visual & Performing Arts #20 #20
Other Business, Management & Marketing #21 #21
Natural Resources & Conservation #21 #21
Health Sciences & Services #21 #21
General Psychology #22 #22
Special Education #22 #22
Design & Applied Arts #24 #24
General Social Sciences #25 #25
Marketing #25 #25
Homeland Security #26 #26
Finance & Financial Management #27 #27
Public Health #28 #28
Mental & Social Health Services #28 #28
Teacher Education Grade Specific #28 #7
Political Science & Government #32 #32
Computer Science #36 #36
Psychology #37 #37
Teacher Education Subject Specific #38 #38
Computer Software & Applications #38 #38
Accounting #40 #19
Public Administration #40 #40
Computer Information Systems #42 #42
General Education #44 #44
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #45 #45
Education #46 #46
Criminal Justice & Corrections #46 #46
Computer & Information Sciences #47 #47
Instructional Media Design #48 #48
Curriculum & Instruction #51 #51
Human Services #52 #52
Public Administration & Social Service #60 #60
Management Information Systems #60 #60

Online Growth Rankings of SNHU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Southern New Hampshire University was 20.6%. This is the #694 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 & Computer Science 50%
Anthropology 12%
Business Administration & Management 0%
Business, Management & Marketing 0%
Communication & Journalism 8%
Computer & Information Sciences 4%
Computer Science 64%
Computer Software & Applications 44%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 10%
Design & Applied Arts 18%
Economics 10%
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 46%
Finance & Financial Management 17%
General Psychology 6%
General Social Sciences 1%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 22%
Health Professions 11%
Health Sciences & Services 5%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 8%
Human Services 14%
International Relations & National Security 53%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 17%
Liberal Arts General Studies 17%
Management Information Systems 59%
Marketing 10%
Mental & Social Health Services 47%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 67%
Nursing 4%
Other Business, Management & Marketing 20%
Psychology 6%
Public Administration & Social Service 6%
Public Relations & Advertising 8%
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 13%
Visual & Performing Arts 25%
Writing Studies 26%

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
Cultural Studies & Analysis #2
Accounting & Computer Science #3
Geological & Earth Sciences #10
International Relations & National Security #12
Film, Video & Photographic Arts #13
Medical Illustration & Informatics #20
Air Transportation #20
Transportation & Materials Moving #20
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing #21
Economics #23
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #25
Other Business, Management & Marketing #28
Anthropology #28
Physical Sciences #30
Public Relations & Advertising #32
Political Science & Government #34
Human Services #34
General Sales & Marketing #39
Computer Science #40
General Social Sciences #43
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #45
Homeland Security #49
History #49
History #49
Health Sciences & Services #49
Writing Studies #52
International Business #54
Health & Physical Education #54
Design & Applied Arts #61
Curriculum & Instruction #61
General English Literature #63
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #63
Management Information Systems #67
Public Administration #68
Computer Software & Applications #78
Mental & Social Health Services #89
Finance & Financial Management #92
Public Health #92
Instructional Media Design #95
English Language & Literature #111
General Psychology #113
Marketing #114
Visual & Performing Arts #115
Communication & Journalism #116
Teacher Education Subject Specific #141
Special Education #143
Human Resource Management #145
Public Administration & Social Service #150
Social Sciences #155
Psychology #172
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #180
Nursing #202
Computer Information Systems #206
Teacher Education Grade Specific #232
Health & Medical Administrative Services #305
Criminal Justice & Corrections #325
Accounting #338
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #408
Computer & Information Sciences #424
Liberal Arts General Studies #426
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #426
Education #476

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 0 617 2,855 107 1,683 0 5,262
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 1,226 803 0 0 0 2,029
General Psychology 0 0 1,201 0 517 0 1,718
Health & Medical Administrative Services 1 199 769 0 271 0 1,240
Accounting 64 261 594 25 292 0 1,236
Nursing 0 0 977 4 110 0 1,091
Computer Information Systems 0 237 493 1 282 0 1,013
Criminal Justice & Corrections 6 270 520 0 157 0 953
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 498 0 142 0 640
General English Literature 0 0 141 0 413 0 554
Writing Studies 0 0 442 69 43 0 554
History 0 0 226 0 175 0 401
Human Resource Management 64 0 0 36 268 0 368
Marketing 0 59 188 12 107 0 366
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 345 0 0 0 345
Human Services 0 0 328 0 0 0 328
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 267 0 0 0 267
Public Health 0 0 110 0 145 0 255
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 233 0 0 0 233
Health & Physical Education 0 0 79 0 124 0 203
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 59 0 122 0 181
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 97 1 76 0 174
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 64 86 0 0 0 150
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 146 0 146
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 139 0 0 0 139
Mathematics 0 0 139 0 0 0 139
Computer Science 0 0 129 0 0 0 129
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 124 4 128
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 34 0 84 0 118
General Social Sciences 0 0 109 0 0 0 109
Economics 0 0 81 0 27 0 108
General Education 0 0 24 45 37 0 106
Homeland Security 0 0 0 0 104 0 104
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 21 58 0 0 0 79
Political Science & Government 0 0 37 0 38 0 75
Anthropology 0 0 57 0 0 0 57
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 53 0 0 0 53
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 29 0 20 0 49
Public Administration 0 0 42 2 0 0 44
International Business 0 0 32 0 2 4 38
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 0 33 0 33
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 30 0 0 0 30
Special Education 0 0 6 16 6 0 28
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 26 0 26
Management Information Systems 0 0 22 0 0 0 22
Hospitality Management 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 19 0 0 19
Culinary Arts 0 2 15 0 0 0 17
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 10 0 3 0 13
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 1 0 4 0 0 0 5
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Accounting & Computer Science 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
General Biology 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Taxation 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Electrical Engineering 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Cultural Studies & Analysis 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Air Transportation 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 138 2,956 12,400 338 5,578 8 21,418

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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