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Southern New Hampshire University Data & Information Overview

425 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
92% Acceptance Rate
This overview covers the essential stats on Southern New Hampshire University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more.
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How Well Is Southern New Hampshire University Ranked?

#245 Best Colleges in Nation
#3 Best Colleges in NH
Business Administration & Management Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Southern New Hampshire University was awarded 425 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration & management.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked SNHU as #245 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when SNHU held the #434 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

SNHU is also ranked #3 out of 17 schools in New Hampshire.

See all of the rankings for Southern New Hampshire University.

Is It Hard to Get Into SNHU?

92% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 92%, some consider SNHU to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

Learn more about Southern New Hampshire University admissions.

Southern New Hampshire University Faculty

24 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Southern New Hampshire University, this rate is 24 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Southern New Hampshire University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Southern New Hampshire University

62% Freshmen Retention
40% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Southern New Hampshire University this rate is 62%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  62 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at SNHU for first-time, full-time students is 40%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  40 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Southern New Hampshire University.

Southern New Hampshire University Undergraduate Student Diversity

34,316 Full-Time Undergraduates
28.3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
61.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 111,599 undergraduates at SNHU with 34,316 being full-time and 77,283 being part-time.

How Much Does Southern New Hampshire University Cost?

$42,645 Net Price
50% Take Out Loans
$20,864 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of SNHU is $42,645. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SNHU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$45,135 $43,415 $41,757 $38,868 $35,819

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SNHU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SNHU, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $5,216 a year. That adds up to $20,864 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SNHU is 8.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do SNHU Graduates Make?

$52,024 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from SNHU make around $52,024 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future SNHU graduates since it is 22% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Southern New Hampshire University make the most money.

Location of Southern New Hampshire University

New Hampshire State
34,316 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, Southern New Hampshire University is a private not-for-profit institution. The suburban atmosphere of Manchester makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Contact details for SNHU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106-1045
Phone: 603-668-2211

Southern New Hampshire University Majors

59 Majors With Completions
18,818 Undergraduate Degrees
7,386 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 59 majors graduated from Southern New Hampshire University. Of these students, 18,818 received undergraduate degrees and 7,386 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 3,968 $52,197
General Psychology 1,646 $33,208
Liberal Arts General Studies 1,105 $48,678
Health & Medical Administrative Services 1,019 $45,661
Nursing 945 $72,753
Criminal Justice & Corrections 679 $40,917
Accounting 642 $46,867
Computer Information Systems 564 $54,280
Public Relations & Advertising 534 $40,928
Writing Studies 489 $26,207

Learn more about the majors offered at Southern New Hampshire University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SNHU

96% Take At Least One Class Online
95% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 139,412 students took at least one online class at Southern New Hampshire University. This is an increase from the 134,247 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 139,412 138,672
2019-2020 134,247 134,247
2018-2019 106,762 106,375
2017-2018 97,412 96,912
2016-2017 84,550 83,919

Learn more about online learning at Southern New Hampshire University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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