Southern New Hampshire University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, & More

Robert Frost Hall at SNHU
Robert Frost Hall at SNHU. DeLarge77 / Wikimedia Commons

Southern New Hampshire University Admissions Overview:

The large majority of applicants are admitted to SNHU each year; those with solid grades and test scores are likely to be accepted. Students interested in the traditional campus undergraduate program will need to submit an application, essay, transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and a letter of recommendation. If you are interested in online admissions, or non-traditional admissions, check out the school's website for complete instructions and requirements.

Admissions Data (2016):

Southern New Hampshire University Description:

Southern New Hampshire University, SNHU, sits on a 300-acre wooded campus on the northern edge of Manchester and the banks of the Merrimack River. Boston is an hour to the south. The university also operates several continuing education centers in New Hampshire and Maine, and the university's online offerings continue to grow. SNHU students come from 25 states and 65 countries and represent a mix of traditional and adult students. At both the bachelor's and master's level, SNHU's well-regarded business programs are most popular. Academics are supported by an 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio. For residential students, life on campus is active with a wide range of student clubs and organizations. On the athletic front, the SNHU Penmen compete in the NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference. The university fields eight men's and eight women's intercollegiate sports.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 73,177 (54,150 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 36% Male / 64% Female
  • 40% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $31,136
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,062
  • Other Expenses: $5,584
  • Total Cost: $49,982

Southern New Hampshire University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 66%
  • Southern New Hampshire University Scholarships (
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 61%
    • Loans: 56%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,292
    • Loans: $7,129

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Accounting Finance, Business Administration, Hospitality Administration, English, Marketing, Psychology, Sport Management

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 53%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 49%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 56%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Golf, Tennis, Volleyball, Cross Country, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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