Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University, also referred to as SNHU, is a coeducational, private university in Manchester, New Hampshire, United States. It was founded in 1932 by Harry A.B. Shapiro and Gertrude Crockett Shapiro under the name New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Science. In 1961, it was renamed to New Hampshire College of Accounting and Commerce. It was chartered in 1963 under the state of New Hampshire. In 1969, it was renamed again to New Hampshire College. On July 1, 2001, it was granted University status, and the name was changed to Southern New Hampshire University. The University now grants admission to more than 2,000 students every year.

The schools and colleges under SNHU include the following:

  • The School of Liberal Arts
  • The School of Business
  • The School of Education
  • The School of Community Economic Development
  • The School of Professional & Continuing Education

In 2007, the School of Community Economic Development under SNHU received the Robert J. McKenna award, a New England Higher Education Excellence Award. This award was named for the former Rhode Island state senator and NEBHE chair.

The University's sports teams are called the Penmen. The official mascot is the Penmen. Students participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, softball, and volleyball. The University also has a cheerleading squad.

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Southern New Hampshire University
2500 N River Rd
Manchester , NH 03106
General Phone: (603) 668-2211

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Southern New Hampshire University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,332business management, logistics, operations management, accounting, accounting and finance, finance, human resources, international business, MIS, ...
Liberal Arts232English, creative writing, liberal arts and humanities, social services, economics, international development, political science, history
Therapy and Counseling152psychology, substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling
Education and Teaching146education, curriculum and instruction, educational admin and supervision, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, business teaching, English teaching, ...
Hospitality99hospitality management, tourism and travel
Computer Science and Engineering89computer and info science, computer programming, web design
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy47sports and fitness management
Media43media studies, digital communications, advertising
Cooking and Culinary Arts31chef training
Family and Social Work11child development
Design7graphic design
Fine Arts1fine arts
Medical Administration1health and medical administrative

Number of programs and degrees for Southern New Hampshire University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,03231
Associate's degree1657
Master's degree81920
Post-master's certificate12415
Postbaccalaureate certificate464
Doctor's degree52

Southern New Hampshire University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southern New Hampshire University had a total enrollment of 6,439 students (5,690 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 69%
Graduate 31%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 29%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 61%
(Foreign Students) 7%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 16%
20-21 15%
22-24 15%
25-29 18%
30-34 11%
35-39 9%
40-49 12%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Hampshire40%
Rhode Island3%
New York2%
State unknown1%
New Jersey1%

Southern New Hampshire University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %

Southern New Hampshire University Room and Board (2007)

Southern New Hampshire University offers campus housing for 1,668 of its 5,690 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Manchester, New Hampshire for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New Hampshire Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Southern New Hampshire University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440520
SAT Math440540
SAT Writing430525
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1821

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT92%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT10%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)not required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Southern New Hampshire University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 24,954
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 24,954
Room and board $ 9,600
Room charge $ 6,850
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,350
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,550

Financial Aid:
Southern New Hampshire University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 258000)

Southern New Hampshire University Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track7751

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year37$90,16712$86,345
Associate professoracademic year18$70,24316$59,392
Assistant professoracademic year16$59,60716$55,039
Lectureracademic year3$40,8814$41,034
All faculty totalacademic year74$76,71548$63,149

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Southern New Hampshire University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Northeast 10 Conference
Baseball Northeast 10 Conference
Track Northeast 10 Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports284270

Southern New Hampshire University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting and Finance
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Fashion Merchandising
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Retailing and Retail Operations

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Graphic Design

Education And Teaching
Business Teacher Education
Computer Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Family And Social Work
Child Development

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Tourism and Travel Services Management

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Development Economics and International Development
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Communication and Media Studies, Other
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Medical Administration
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Therapy And Counseling
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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% students 40 years or older
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