Expanding the Boundaries of Higher Education

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 3,000 on-campus students and over 60,000 online students, making us one of the fastest-growing universities in the country. Founded in 1932, we’ve been relentlessly reinventing higher education ever since and have gained national recognition for our dedication to helping students transform their lives and the lives of those around them.

We’re proud to provide affordable, accessible education that students can pursue on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH, over our innovative online platform or at our regional centers in Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth and Salem, NH, and Brunswick, ME.

University Mission

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 access to education by creating high quality, affordable and innovative pathways to meet the unique needs of each and every student.


Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Campus Majors

At Southern New Hampshire University, you won't just learn — you'll experience learning. Our innovative and affordable undergraduate and graduate college majors and hybrid online and on-campus programs will help you turn your passion into your profession. From graphic design and culinary arts to sport management and MBA, we have options for every interest and aspiration. You’ll gain employer-demanded skills, knowledge and real-world experience through classwork, labs and internships. Our faculty and staff will challenge you, support you and really get to know you. And you'll have dedicated academic and career advisors to guide and encourage you every step of the way.

Leadership & History

The leadership at Southern New Hampshire University is comprised of dedicated professionals from diverse backgrounds, each of whom brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the institution. Their commonality is this: Their belief in the university's mission and the desire to provide affordable access to quality higher education to all. Collectively, they fuel the passion that drives every individual at Southern New Hampshire University to do all that can be done to see our students succeed.

The state of New Hampshire in 1963 granted the university its charter, which gave it degree-granting authority. The first associate degrees were awarded that year, and the first bachelor's degrees were conferred three years later. The college became a nonprofit institution under a board of trustees in September 1968, and the name was shortened to New Hampshire College in 1969.