About SNHU

We are committed to providing affordable and accessible higher education for all

Founded in
1932
as a school of Accounting and Secretarial Sciences
  Over   
3,000
students on campus
135K
online students
An alumni network
of over
100K
students
200
programs including Management, Arts, Social Sciences and STEM
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit, accredited U.S. institution with more than 3,000 on-campus students and over 135,000 online students, making it one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. SNHU proudly offers affordable and accessible education via both our campus and online platform.

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.

Students interested in studying in the US can learn more here. Students interested in enrolling in other US-based online degree programs can learn more here
SNHU is proud to offer you an exceptional student experience with nationally recognized academic programs. Here are just a few of our accolades:

  • Named 2020 Most Innovative University in the North (U.S.) and one of the nation's "Best Regional Universities" by U.S. News & World Report.
  • 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 (2012)

A Top U.S. University

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Named 2020 Most Innovative University in the North and one of the nation's "Best Regional Universities"
by U.S. News & World Report
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Awarded the 21st Century
Distance Learning Award for Excellence in Online Technology
by The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
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Named "Great College to Work For" by the Chronicle of Higher Education every year since its inception
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One of Fast Company's 50 Most Innovative Companies (2012)

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Our Mission

Southern New Hampshire University transforms the lives of learners. Our success is defined by our learners' success. 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 learner.

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Accreditation

SNHU is an accredited institution in the United States. Some of SNHU's online degrees have specific accreditations at the program level.

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New England Commission of Higher Education
Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). All programs offered by SNHU are included in this regional accreditation.
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New Hampshire Department of Education, Division of Higher Education, Commission on Higher Education.
Southern New Hampshire University maintains approval to award degrees from the New Hampshire Department of Education, Division of Higher Education, Commission on Higher Education.
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Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Many of the undergraduate and graduate management programs offered by Southern New Hampshire University are ACBSP accredited. Management programs that are not listed under ACBSP accreditation may be accredited as soon as they are eligible.

Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc - SNHU Professors
Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc
President, SNHU
Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc is President of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Since 2003, under Paul’s leadership, SNHU has grown from 2,800 students to over 150,000 learners and is the largest nonprofit provider of online higher education in the country.

The university was #12 on Fast Company magazine’s “World’s Fifty Most Innovative Companies” list and was the only university included. Forbes Magazine has listed him as one of its 15 “Classroom Revolutionaries” and one of the “most influential people in higher education.” Washington Monthly named him one of America’s 10 most innovative university presidents. In 2018, Paul won the prestigious TIAA Institute Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education, joining some of the most respected university and college presidents in American higher education.

University History

  1. 1932

    The University was founded as the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Science.
  2. 1961

    The University changed its name to New Hampshire College of Accounting and Commerce.

  3. 1963

    The State of New Hampshire granted the university its charter, which authorized it to grant higher education degrees.

  4. 1968

    The University became a not-for-profit institution with a board of directors.

  5. 1971

    The University moved from central Manchester, New Hampshire to its current site, a 300-acre campus on the River Merrimack.
  6. 1999

    The University offers its first programs 100% online.

  7. 2003

    A growth stage begins in which the University grows from 2,500 to over 135,000 students, with students in the 50 U.S. states and in 137 countries around the world, forming a global network of more than 100,000 alumni.

  8. 2012

    The University was recognized as the 12th most innovative institution in the world.

  9. 2016

    The global refugee education initiative was formalized.

  10. TODAY

    SNHU is the largest not-for-profit institution of higher education in the U.S. and continues to expand access to education and research new ways to make education more accessible to all.