Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 3,000 on-campus students, over 80,000 online students and an alumni network of over 84,000, making it one of the fastest growing universities in the nation.

Top reasons to study here

  • SNHU is proud to provide affordable, accessible education that students can pursue on our 300-acre campus in Manchester
  • Awarded the 21st Century Distance Learning Award for Excellence in Online Technology by The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • One of Fast Company's 50 Most Innovative Companies



Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) began as a two-room business school above a nondescript storefront in downtown Manchester, NH. Originally named the New Hampshire Accounting and Secretarial School, the tiny enterprise enrolled fewer than 10 day students and 35 evening students in bookkeeping, accounting, and secretarial courses.


By relentlessly challenging the status quo and providing the best support in higher education, Southern New Hampshire University expands access to education by creating high quality, affordable and innovative pathways to meet the unique needs of each and every student.

By reinventing higher education to fit the needs of today's students and workforce, SNHU ensures that students are keeping pace with new technologies and professional requirements. SNHU provides unparalleled support and service to help students achieve their dreams and transform their lives and the lives of those around them. SNHU is proud to offer you an exceptional student experience with nationally recognized academic programs. 


Here at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), we work hard to attract, develop, motivate, support and retain talent. We strive to make a difference every day in the lives of our employees.

SNHU has been recognized as a Great College to Work For™ by The Chronicle of Higher Education every year since the program's inception. Our unique culture of innovation has been widely recognized and in 2012, we were the only University to make Fast Company's World's Most Innovative Companies list.

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Student services

International Student Services (ISS), located in William S. and Joan Green Center for Student Success, assists and supports international students and scholars at SNHU.

SNHU is committed to the academic growth and development of all of our students. We also help students looking for career information and planning, graduate school preparation and other experiences. With support from SNHU, you'll make yourself and your family proud.

Housing services

Housing is available on campus for ESL, undergraduate, and graduate students with the exception of married students or students with children. On campus housing is limited, so make your reservation early. More information can be found on the Campus Housing page. You have the ability to choose from traditional residence halls (furnished shared rooms typically in suites with a shared common lounge and bathroom), apartments (furnished single rooms with a shared kitchen, living, and bath space), and townhouses (furnished single rooms similar to apartments but with slightly more space). Learn more about options in each category by clicking on the link provided.

Library services

Shapiro Library supports all SNHU students whether they are online or on campus. Using innovative services and technologies, the library delivers information and instruction necessary for academic success and lifelong learning.

Shapiro Library provides online access to and instruction on leading business, education, arts and sciences databases.

Medical services

Health Services offers treatment of common acute problems, personal health counseling, education on preventative medicine, information on birth control, referral for sexually transmitted infections testing and assistance processing insurance claims. Health Services is a licensed facility and must follow guidelines established by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Student Life

Campus life

At SNHU, you can explore your interests and passions in and out of class — from hospitality to hiking, communication to concerts and finance to Frisbee — so you become exactly what you want to be while you enjoy fun school traditions and activities on a beautiful New England campus.

Sports facilities

Southern New Hampshire University's athletic complex is considered one of the finest in the region, and boasts a 5,500 square-foot fitness center containing state-of-the-art equipment as well as free weights and a climbing wall.

  • 2,000-seat fieldhouse (with a function room that overlooks it)
  • an auxiliary gym with stage to accommodate a variety of university activities
  • a 25-meter six-lane swimming pool with a viewing gallery
  • racquetball court
  • mirrored exercise/dance room
  • training room
  • equipment room
  • several locker & team rooms
  • meeting rooms and offices

Student clubs

With more than 60 clubs and organizations, life at SNHU is busy and active. From the Outreach Association to the Crew Club, you're sure to find a club that interests you. Of course, there's always room for more clubs, and it's easy to start your own!

All student members must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA (UG) and 3.0 GPA (GR) to be involved in organizations (higher for select organizations).

  • Accounting Society
  • Animation & Art Forms Club
  • Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • Cake Decorating Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Culinary Student Association
  • Economic & Finance Association
  • Love Your Melon
  • Outreach Association
  • Students for Environmental Action
  • Kappa Delta Phi Fraternity
  • Phi Delta Psi Fraternity


New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). All programs offered by SNHU are encompassed by this regional accreditation.

Student Reviews

summary of school experience
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Communication wit my Professor was easy and access to necessary pages was readily available.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the emphasis on integrative course work. However I feel the advisors could be more interactive with assisting students.

My Insight with College For America at Southern New Hampshire University
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My academic journey with Southern New Hampshire University was really positive. First of all, I enjoyed doing all my academic tasks at my own pace. With this regards, I completed all the projects and courses in 17 months and 10 days while It would have taken me a maximum of 4 years if it was in a regular school. Having said that, the program is economically effective. The...

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States