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:
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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