Southern New Hampshire University

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Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private university in Manchester and Hooksett, New Hampshire.

The university is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and also has numerous specialized accreditations for its schools and programmes.

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SNHU offers over 75 undergraduate majors including dual majors and over 30 minors, and over 60 graduate programs many with concentrations. SNHU is divided into the following schools:

  1. The School of Arts and Sciences
  2. The School of Business
  3. The School of Education

The 3 Year Honors Program is a custom-designed, integrated academic experience that is offered over the course of six semesters for business majors. As a result, students earn an undergraduate business degree in three years rather than four. It was started using a challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 1995.

Distance education

SNHU also maintains a leading distance-education program through SNHU online -


The university was founded in 1932 as the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Science.

In 1961, it was incorporated and renamed New Hampshire College of Accounting and Commerce. The state of New Hampshire granted the college its charter in 1963, which gave it degree-granting authority. The first associate's degrees were awarded that year, and the first bachelor's degrees were conferred in 1966.

The college became a nonprofit institution under a board of trustees in September 1968, and its name was shortened to New Hampshire College in 1969. The 1970s were a time of growth and change. The college moved from its downtown Manchester site to the now 300-acre (120 ha) campus on the Merrimack River in 1971. The college introduced its first Master of Business Administration program in 1974, and now almost four decades later offers more than a dozen specialized MBA programs in fields such as Forensic Accounting, Project Management, Information Technology Management, and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Campus expansion began in the mid 1990s with the construction of a new residence hall; Webster Hall, home to the School of Business; the Hospitality Center, home to the Quill (a student-run restaurant) and culinary programs; and Belknap Hall, now home to the Institute for Language Education, Public Safety, the School of Education and several university offices, including the Office of Admissions. In 1998 academic offerings expanded to include the Ph.D. in community economic development and the Doctor of Business Administration.

One of the most important events in the institution's almost 80-year history was when New Hampshire College became Southern New Hampshire University in 2001. A new academic facility, Robert Frost Hall, containing the McIninch Art Gallery and a new state-of-the-art Center for Financial Studies, was completed in 2002. When nearby Notre Dame College closed, three of Notre Dame's graduate education programs and two undergraduate education programs transferred to SNHU.

Southern New Hampshire University is one of only a few American educational institutions that is accredited by the European Council for Business Education (ECBE) in addition to ACBSP.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER University (OER u)

SNHU is a founding anchor partner of OER u -

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