Southern New Hampshire University
|Motto||Summa Optimaque (Latin)|
Motto in English
|"The Greatest and the Best"|
|Type||Private, nonprofit, coeducational, nonsectarian|
|Endowment||$16.7 million |
|President||Paul J. LeBlanc|
|152 (Full time)
1,642 (Part time)
64,000 3,898 (On campus)
60,000 (Online/Continuing education)
|Location||Manchester/Hooksett, New Hampshire, U.S.|
|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, field hockey, track and field|
|Affiliations||NEASC, ACBSP, AAC&U, ACE, NAICU|
Coordinates: Southern New Hampshire University, also known as SNHU, is a private, nonprofit, coeducational, and nonsectarian 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Accreditation and memberships
- 4 Recognitions and awards
- 5 Student activities
- 6 Athletics
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The university was founded in 1932 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.
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 two 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.
In 1981, New Hampshire College received authorization from the New Hampshire General Court to offer Master of Science degrees in business-related subjects, as well as Master of Human Services degrees. The latter program would eventually be transferred to Springfield College. At the same time, the college opened its North Campus on the site of the former Mount Saint Mary College, which had shutdown three years prior. The culinary arts program was established in 1983.
Ultimately, the North Campus was sold, and all its academic programs were reconsolidated onto the main campus. This spurred major expansions to the main campus in the mid-1990s. Construction began on 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 arts 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.
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. 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. The 2009-10 academic year brought the completion of two new buildings: the Academic Building and the Dining Center.
The 2013-14 academic year saw the opening of a new 152-room residence hall, Tuckerman Hall. 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 opened in the fall of 2014. In February 2016, it was announced that the university has partnered with SMG for the naming rights to the current Verizon Wireless Arena which will be renamed to the SNHU Arena beginning in September 2016 for a period of at least 10 years.
Colleges and schools
Southern New Hampshire University offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as a wide variety of certificate programs. These programs are offered through the university's colleges and schools:  
- College for America
- College of Online & Continuing Education (COCE)
- School of Arts & Sciences
- School of Business
- School of Education
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.
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:
- Manchester, New Hampshire (main campus)
- Nashua, New Hampshire
- Portsmouth, New Hampshire
- Salem, New Hampshire
- Brunswick, Maine
Accreditation and memberships
Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education Division of Higher Education—Higher Education Commission. The School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. All sport management programs are recognized by the North American Society for Sport Management, and the hospitality administration program is recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.
Nationally, it is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. At the state level, it is a member of the New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC), a consortium of higher learning institutions in New Hampshire.
Recognitions and awards
Fast Company has named Southern New Hampshire University the 12th most innovative organization in the world in its World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies edition. 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. Additionally, the university has been repeatedly recognized by the Chronicle for Higher Education as one of the best colleges for which to work.
Both the School of Business and the COCE have won multiple "Best of Business" Awards for Best MBA Program and Best Online Degree Program, respectively. These awards are presented annually by the New Hampshire Business Review.
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.
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 has a student government association, and also operates its own radio station.
In addition to publishing its own newspaper, The Penmen Press, the university also publishes an official magazine called The Extra Mile, as well as a literary journal called Amoskeag Journal. Amoskeag Journal is a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, with issues available in Kindle editions.
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-10 Conference. The volleyball and basketball teams play at the 2,000-seat fieldhouse within the Athletic & Recreation Complex. The teams' nickname, the Penmen, is an homage to the university's history as an accounting school. The university's mascot is named "Petey Penmen".
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. 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.
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. On December 7, 2013, the Penmen won its second NCAA men's soccer national title, defeating Carson-Newman, 2-1.
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.
- Cross country
- Ice hockey
- Cross country
- Field hockey
- Track and field
- Felix G. Arroyo, former member of the Boston City Council and primary candidate for mayor of Boston in 2013
- Anthony Augustine, midfielder for the Western Mass Pioneers
- Romelle Burgess, midfielder for the New Hampshire Phantoms
- Preston Burpo, retired goalkeeping coach for the Montreal Impact
- Chuck Collins, author, co-founder of United for a Fair Economy, and senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.
- Edward F. Davis, former commissioner of the Boston Police Department
- Ron Fortier, comic book writer
- Mohd Sidek Hassan, chairman of Petronas, former president of the International Islamic University Malaysia, and 12th Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia
- Sotirios Karapostolou, professional Greek basketball player
- Marjoie Kilkelly, former member of the Maine House of Representatives and Maine Senate
- Warren Lewis, retired South African soccer player
- Stephen D. Lovejoy, former member of the Maine House of Representatives for the 115th District
- Paul Mark, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the 2nd Berkshire District
- Garrett Mason, member of the Maine Senate for the 17th District
- Gabriel Mercier, defenseman for the New Hampshire Phantoms and head coach of the Assumption Greyhounds men's soccer team
- Peggy Morgan, professional mixed martial artist
- Pierre Omanga, professional French soccer player
- Marc R. Pacheco, member of the Massachusetts Senate for the 1st Plymouth and Bristol District
- Rob Paternostro, professional basketball coach and head coach of the Leicester Riders
- Benjamin Ramos, former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 180th District
- Abuhena Saifulislam, chaplain in the United States military
- Dean Sewell, retired Jamaican soccer player
- Samia Hassan Suluhu, first female vice president of Tanzania
- Chris Tsonis, professional soccer player
- Jay Willis, defenseman for the Western Mass Pioneers and head coach of the Worcester State Lancers men's soccer team
- Corey Wilson, US Marine Corps veteran and member of the Maine House of Representatives for the 56th District
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