Southern New Hampshire University

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Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University logo.png
Motto Summa Optimaque (Latin)
Motto in English "The Greatest and the Best"
Established 1932[1]
Type Private, Nonprofit, Coeducational
Endowment $16.5 million[2]
President Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc
Provost Dr. Patricia Lynott[3]
Academic staff 123
Students 8,034[4]
Undergraduates 5,347
Postgraduates 2,687
Location Manchester/Hooksett, New Hampshire, USA
Campus Suburban 300 acres (1.2 km2)
Colors Blue and Gold          
Athletics NCAA Division II, NE-10
Sports Baseball, basketball, softball, cross country, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball, golf, cheerleading
Nickname Penmen
Mascot "Petey Penmen"
Affiliations New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Website www.snhu.edu

Coordinates: 43°02′23″N 71°27′14″W / 43.03972°N 71.45389°W / 43.03972; -71.45389 Southern New Hampshire University, also known as SNHU, is a private, nonprofit, coeducational university situated between Manchester and Hooksett, New Hampshire, in the United States. The university is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and also has specialized accreditation for its schools and programs.

History[edit]

The university was founded in 1933 by Harry A.B. Shapiro and Gertrude Crockett Shapiro (his wife) as the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Science. In 1961, it was incorporated and renamed New Hampshire College of Accounting and Commerce. The state of New Hampshire granted the college its charter in 1963, which gave it degree-granting authority. The first associate degrees were awarded that year, and the first bachelor's degrees were conferred in 1966. The college became a nonprofit institution under a board of trustees in September 1968, and its name was shortened to New Hampshire College in 1969.[5]

The 1970s were a time of growth and change. The college moved from its downtown Manchester site to the now 300-acre (120 ha) campus along the Merrimack River at the northern border of Manchester with the town of Hooksett in 1971. The college introduced its first Master of Business Administration program in 1974, and now almost four decades later offers more than a dozen specialized MBA programs in fields such as forensic accounting, project management, information technology management, and corporate social responsibility. New Hampshire College absorbed some of the programs of Franconia College, which closed in 1978.[6]

Campus expansion began in the mid-1990s with the construction of a new residence hall; Webster Hall, home to the School of Business; the Hospitality Center, home to the Quill (a student-run restaurant) and culinary programs; and Belknap Hall, now home to the Institute for Language Education, Office of Transfer Admissions, the School of Education and several university offices, including the Office of Admissions. In 1998 academic offerings expanded to include the Ph.D. in community economic development and the Doctor of Business Administration.[7]

One of the most important events in the institution's almost 80-year history was when New Hampshire College became Southern New Hampshire University on July 1, 2001. A new academic facility, Robert Frost Hall, containing the McIninch Art Gallery and a new state-of-the-art Center for Financial Studies, was completed in 2002. When nearby Notre Dame College closed, three of Notre Dame's graduate education programs and two undergraduate education programs transferred to SNHU.[8]

Paul LeBlanc, the university's President, is one of the signatories of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and in 2007 SNHU became the first carbon-neutral university in New Hampshire.[9] The 2009-10 academic year brought the completion of two new buildings: the Academic Building and the Dining Center.[10] A new residence hall is also in the planning stages. The new hall is expected have 152 dormitory rooms.[11] In 2013, the university announced that it would be replacing the outdated Shapiro Library with the new 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) Learning Commons. The new facility will house the library, the information technology help desk, a café, and media production services. It is expected to open in the fall of 2014.[12]

Academics[edit]

Southern New Hampshire University is composed of three distinct schools that offer over 100 undergraduate programs, 40 graduate programs, as well as a wide variety of certificate programs.[13] [14]

Robert Frost Hall is located on the main campus in Manchester, NH

School of Arts & Sciences[edit]

The School of Arts & Sciences contains the following academic departments:[15]

  • Communications, Media Arts & Technology
  • English
  • Humanities & Fine Arts
  • Justice Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

School of Business[edit]

The School of Business contains the following academic departments:[16]

  • Accounting & Taxation
  • Culinary
  • Economics/Finance
  • Hospitality Business
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Quantitative Studies, Operations & Project Management
  • Sport Management

School of Education[edit]

The School of Education offers programs ranging from early childhood development to elementary education. It also administers the school's teacher certification program.[17]

Honors Program[edit]

The 3-Year Honors Program is a custom-designed, integrated academic experience that is offered over the course of six semesters for business majors. As a result, students earn an undergraduate business degree in three years rather than four. It was started using a challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 1995. SNHU offers similar accelerated programs to undergraduate students majoring in creative writing and justice studies as well.[18]

Regional centers[edit]

Southern New Hampshire University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs at its five regional centers throughout Maine and New Hampshire. Regional centers are located in:

Accreditation and memberships[edit]

Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges[24] and the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission.[25] Individual programs also have special accreditation. For instance, the culinary program is recognized by the American Culinary Federation,[26] and the sport management program is recognized by the North American Society for Sport Management[27] It is one of only a few American educational institutions that is accredited by the European Council for Business Education[28] in addition to the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.[29]

At the state level, it is a member of the New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC), which is a consortium of higher learning institutes in New Hampshire.[30] Nationally, it is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities,[31] the American Council on Education,[32] and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.[33]

Rankings and awards[edit]

US News ranked Southern New Hampshire University #110 of Regional Universities (Northern) in 2010.[34]

The university's community economic development program received a 2007 New England Higher Education Excellence Award, the Robert J. McKenna award, named for the former Rhode Island state senator and New England Board of Higher Education chair. It is presented each year to an outstanding academic program.[35]

The university's distance and continuing education division, the College of Online & Continuing Education (COCE), was ranked the #8 online college in the 2014 edition of SuperScholar's Smart Choice 25 Best Online Colleges.[36]

The School of Business and the COCE won the 2009 "Best of Business Award" for Best MBA Program and Best Online Degree Program, respectively, by the New Hampshire Business Review.[37]

Fast Company has named Southern New Hampshire University the 12th most innovative organization in the world in its World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies. SNHU ranked with such notable companies as Apple, Google, and HBO, and was listed ahead of such companies as the National Football League, Starbucks, and LinkedIn.[38]

Student activities[edit]

Southern New Hampshire University has almost 60 student organizations on campus. Club types range from academics (debate, history, math, etc.) to community service to the performing arts. The university publishes its own newspaper, "The Penmen Press", operates its own radio station, and also has a student government association.[39]

Honors societies[edit]

Greek life[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Southern New Hampshire University participates in NCAA Division II varsity athletics. The school is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Eastern College Athletic Conference, and the Northeast Ten Conference. The volleyball and basketball teams play at the 2,000-seat fieldhouse within the Athletic & Recreation Complex. The teams' nickname is "The Penmen", an homage to the university's history as an accounting school. The school's mascot is "Petey Penmen" .[40]

NBA Head Coach P.J. Carlesimo coached the New Hampshire College men's basketball team during the 1975-1976 season, compiling a 14-13 record and winning the Mayflower Conference championship.[41]

Longtime men's basketball coach Stan Spirou (1985–present) is considered one of the most successful NCAA Division II basketball coaches, compiling a career winning percentage of .652 (522-279), four New England Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year awards (1993, 1994, 1995, 1999), and was named the National Coach of the Year in 1994 by Division II Bulletin. His teams have averaged 22 wins per season and also have 14 NCAA tournament appearances, four NCAA regional titles, and six NECC tournament championships.[42]

In 1989, when it was known as New Hampshire College, the Penmen won its first NCAA Men's Soccer Championship, against UNC Greensboro. In 2002, the men's soccer team returned to the NCAA Division II championship game, but lost to Sonoma State.[43] On December 7, 2013, the Penmen won its second NCAA men's soccer national title, defeating Carson-Newman, 2-1.[44]

SNHU is a recipient of the NCAA Foundation Academic Achievement Award, in recognition of high graduation rates among student athletes. SNHU took home the award for the highest graduation rate among all Division II schools. SNHU also earned the Northeast-10 Conference Academic Achievement Award following the 2001-02 school year.[45]

Men's teams[edit]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Women's teams[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Cheerleading (offered as a co-ed varsity sport)

Notable alumni[edit]

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