Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH

Southern New Hampshire University, which is also known as SNHU, is located in the town of Manchester, New Hampshire and was first founded in 1932 during the Great Depression. While the university had been granting undergraduate degrees for a number of years, it only began awarding graduate degrees starting in 1982. The college offers degrees in culinary arts, education, business, communication, economics, hospitality, tourism and more. These days, SNHU also offers a range of degree programs that students can earn online.

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Information about Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University began life in 1932 as New Hampshire School of Accounting & Secretarial Science. It continued to keep classes small and provide training in those areas all the way up until 1961 when it was made part of another school, and together they were renamed the New Hampshire College of Accounting and Commerce. The college was named a full-fledged university in 1963 by the state of New Hampshire. It has since grown by leaps and bounds offering more and more degrees for both undergraduate and master's degree students starting in 1982. Today, the university has expanded its campus, created and opened new student buildings, added an online degree program and offers degrees in the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia.

Student Population Number of Students
Total enrollment 6,186
Undergraduate enrollment 4,345

Undergraduate Enrollment Statistics
by gender
Men: 42.0%
Women: 58.0%
by race/ethnicity
Hispanic: 1.0%
Black non-Hispanic: 1.0%
White non-Hispanic: 59.0%
Non-resident alien: 3.0%
American Indian or Alaskan: 0.0%
Asian or Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Race-ethnicity unknown: 34.0%

Tuition & fees 2007-08
Total: $23,016.00

Southern New Hampshire University Departments

  • School of Business

SNHU's school of business offers graduate and undergraduate degrees that stress the applications of business theory in the real world. The school recently added a Global MBA program to its finance department. Organizational leadership is also a new area of emphasis in this school. SNHU stresses night classes that can be taken by those already working to further their education and advance their careers in their continuing education program.

  • School of Community Economic Development

Students who want to learn how to empower communities all over the world can learn how in the School of Community Economic Development. It is the only school in the world offering doctoral and graduate degrees in this specialization. The methods learned here can teach communities how to control their own economic futures and develop leaders in disenfranchised areas. Economic development policy, nonprofit development and community economic development are just three of the programs initiated here.

  • School of Education

This school prepares teachers at both undergraduate and graduate levels to teach children from preschool through high school and college. This is one of the schools for which SNHU has instituted a new online degree program, one for continuing education teachers. The university also offers training programs that can be tailored to specific communities and school districts, and they have implemented field offices and programs in Mexico, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Alaska and Vermont.

  • School of Liberal Arts

Student here can study ancient and modern history as well as develop their artistic abilities through the programs and courses offered by the School of Liberal Arts. The school follows a motto to teach students 'to learn how to live well.' Specialties in advertising, communications, arts and humanities, creative writing and digital media are all offered here in addition to history and other creative pursuits.

  • School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Management

The area of hospitality and tourism is a $4 trillion industry, and the school at SNHU that offers degrees in this area is one of the University's fastest growing ones. Classes and programs are offered in baking and pastries, culinary arts, hospitality administration, international tourism and restaurant management.

Contact Information

Southern New Hampshire University
Address 2500 N River Road Manchester, NH 03106

General Information (603) 668-2211
Financial Aid Office (603) 668-2211
Admissions Office (603) 645-9611

City Information

Manchester is the largest city in New Hampshire and one of the biggest cities in all of New England. It is located in the south central portion of New Hampshire along the Merrimack River. It is 58 miles to the north of Boston. The city itself is as old as the country, first settled back in 1722, when it was known as Derryfield. This city was a major player in the textile manufacturing industry when the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company was opened in 1838. The city also has much of New Hampshire's cultural life, and is home to the Currier Museum or Arts, the Palace Theatre, the Opera League of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra.

Population Statistics Number Percentage
Total Population 107,006 100.0%
Male 52,394 49.0%
Female 54,612 51.0%
Under 18 25,358
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