Southern New Hampshire University: A Leader in Online Education Reinventing the System
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Southern New Hampshire University transforms the lives of students. Our success is defined by our students’ success. By relentlessly challenging the status quo and providing the best support in higher education, Southern New Hampshire University expands its access to education by creating high quality, affordable and innovative pathways to meet the unique needs of each and every student.

Providing Students with the Best Learning Experience

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private institution that was founded in 1932. Ever since, the University has transformed from a school of accounting and secretarial science into an institution offering over 200 programs fully online, from certificates to masters level degrees including liberal arts, business, education, social sciences and STEM. It has a total undergraduate enrolment of 3,020 students, pursuing affordable & accessible education on a 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH or over an innovative online platform.

SNHU has always believed that there are no limits to what their students can achieve, and they apply this philosophy to everything that they do. Since its inception, SNHU has built a reputation for challenging education norms and creating a university atmosphere that feels both traditional and innovative. The University provides small class sizes, personalized support, and career development built right into the curriculum. SNHU has also blazed the trail for exciting new degree paths, including the Degree-in-Three program, which allows business students to earn their degree in just three years without summer or night classes.

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.

Affordable, Accessible and Achievable Education

SNHU offers a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs through its multiple colleges and schools. As a non-profit university, they’re committed to help the students achieve their goals, no matter how seemingly impossible.

SNHU’s College of Online & Continuing Education (COCE) offers over 200 fully online programs over web to students worldwide. The University also offers 13 online clubs, 5 honor societies, numerous ways for students to connect through online communities, peer leadership programs, career events, alumni association, networking events, etc. Tuition rates for SNHU’s online programs are among the lowest in the nation. Financial aid packages are offered to students who qualify and tuition discounts for active-duty service members and their spouses.

With 24/7 access to the online classroom, one can complete the coursework as per their convenience. They also offer generous credit transfer policies and multiple term starts per year, saving the time and tuition.

Each online program is designed to deliver relevant, applicable course outcomes that prepare the learner to succeed in the workplace. SNHU’s online instructors are industry leaders who have relevant, real-world experience and are accomplished in online learning and course delivery.

Career Opportunities

Students and graduates of SNHU have immediate and lifelong access to the resources and advice of the University’s skilled, holistic Career Services Department. Their team of expert career advisors assists students to align the academic degree programs with personal passions and interests in order to set them on a path to fulfil professional success. They provide important one-on-one coaching on all components of the modern career search including mock interviews and professional documents such as resumes, cover letters, and portfolios. This helps to ensure that the students are ready to present their best selves to any potential employers.

Outside of traditional career assistance, SNHU students have the opportunity to take the advantage of informational interview resources, webinars, self-assessment tools, virtual and regional hiring events, and SNHU Recruit—a job board designed specifically to connect SNHU students with opportunities affiliated with strategic employer contacts.

With a key focus on earlier integration into the academic classroom, SNHU Career Department continues to evolve. The department’s early engagement team is actively developing initiatives that will make sure that the students are taking proactive steps towards their professional goals. Meanwhile, the internship team is actively collaborating with academics to identify and establish opportunities for students to put the knowledge they’ve acquired in their classes into action in real world settings through formal internships and experiential learning opportunities.

SNHU Career Services is passionate about providing students with resources, guidance, and support that will help them feel empowered and well-prepared for a lifetime of professional success.

Notable Accolades

SNHU is continually transforming the lives of students by providing exceptional student experience through nationally recognized academic programs. The School of Business and the COCE have won multiple “Best of Business” Awards, for Best MBA Program and Best Online Degree Program, respectively. The University was named 2017 Most Innovative University in the North and one of the nation’s “Best Regional Universities” by U.S. News & World Report. They were awarded the 21st Century Distance Learning Award for Excellence in Online Technology by The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).

For ten years in a row, SNHU has been named as the “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Fast Company has named SNHU the 12th most innovative organization in the world in its World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies edition.

An Intuitive Technologist and Adept Leader

Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc serves as the President of Southern New Hampshire University. Under 13 years of Paul’s able guidance, SNHU has grown from 2500 students to over 80,000 becoming the second largest non-profit provider of online higher education in the country, and the first to have a full competency-based degree program untethered to the credit hour or classes approved by a regional accreditor and the US Department of Education.

Dr. Le Blanc. has most recently served as the Senior Policy Advisor to Under Secretary Ted Mitchell at the US Department of Education, working on competency-based education, new accreditation pathways, and innovation. He also serves on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce (and served on its Committee on Quality in Undergraduate Education). From 1993 to 1996, he directed a technology start up for Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company, was the President of Marlboro College (VT) from 1996 to 2003, and became the President of SNHU in 2003.

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