In 1932, H.A.B. Shapiro founded the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Science in an effort to provide business education in the area. The school remained small until 1961 when it became the New Hampshire College of Accounting and Commerce after its incorporation. A charter was granted by the state of New Hampshire in 1963 which allowed the school to grant degrees.
The first associate's degrees were awarded in 1963 and the first bachelor's degrees in 1966. In 1968, a board of trustees was appointed and the school became a non-profit institution. The name of the school was changed to the New Hampshire College in 1969. Off-campus centers were opened in order to serve adult learners who faced obstacles when it came to traditional classes. These programs were opened in Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth and Salem as well as Brunswick, Maine. This helped the college grow rapidly, prompting a move from downtown Manchester to a 300-acre campus on the Merrimack River in 1971. A Master of Business Administration program was added in 1974 and a Human Services degrees added in 1978.
In 1981, with programs expanding rapidly, the college purchased the former Mount Saint Mary College in Hooksett, creating what was known as the North Campus. In 1988, the Human Services programs were transferred to Springfield College in Massachusetts. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the college continued to grow. In 1995, the school became a global institute of higher learning when it added an online program.
In 2001, the school gained university status and the name was changed to Southern New Hampshire University. Programs that had once been held on the North Campus were consolidated at the southern location.
Today, the school is a private, non-profit institution with 3,000 students attending on campus and over 80,000 attending online.
Southern New Hampshire University Accreditation Details
Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through the organization's Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. This accreditation demonstrates to parents, students and employers that graduates have achieved the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in their chosen field. In addition, the following organizations or associations accredit specific programs at the university:
- Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration
- Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
- Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
Southern New Hampshire University Application Requirements
Students who have not earned college credit after high school graduation are considered freshmen. They must complete the Common Application and submit official high school transcripts. They must also provide official SAT and ACT scores as well as a recommendation from a counselor or teacher. Creative writing applicants must submit a ten-page writing sample while music applicants must submit to an audition.
Students who have earned college credits after graduation may transfer up to 90 credits into the university. Students must complete an application and an Attestation Form. They must also submit a Transfer Request for every college and university attended.
Each graduate program has their own requirements for admission so students are encouraged to contact an admissions counselor before applying.
Online students must complete the online application. Once the application is received, an admissions counselor will contact them as soon as possible to walk them through the process.
Southern New Hampshire University Tuition and Financial Aid
Undergraduate full-time tuition at Southern New Hampshire University is $30,756 per year. Graduate tuition is $1,881 per course or $627 for degrees and certificates. Online tuition is $960 per course or $320 per credit hour.
Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify.
Southern New Hampshire University Degree(s) Available
BS Business Studies in Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Southern New Hampshire University offers one of the few industrial-organizational psychology degrees in the country that has a business focus. The program merges psychology with business to create leaders in the business world with an understanding of the psychological aspects of industry. Students learn to apply psychological principles to improve employee performance in an organization as well as how the climate of the business can impact those who work there. Skills learned in the program can help with recruitment, selection, training and development in a wide range of industries. The program is available online making it flexible for working adults.
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling helps students develop the relationship skills necessary that allow clients to find comfort as they work toward wellness. Students learn how to work with people from a diverse population at all grade levels. Students also gain an understanding of the differences in mental states between children and adults as well as how trauma, addiction and mental illness impact individuals, families and communities. The program is 60 credits and can be earned either online or in a traditional campus setting. Both the online and campus programs follow the same rigorous curriculum, creating graduates who are leaders in their field.
BA in Psychology
The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology immerses students in the theories of psychology using case studies and experiential learning. Students are provided extensive opportunities for research in order to identify concepts that impact human behavior. Students may choose the general track or can specialize in the following concentration:
- Addictions (Online)
- Applied Psychology (Online)
- Child & Adolescent Development (Online or Campus)
- Forensic Psychology (Online or Campus)
- Mental Health (Online or Campus)
- Social Psychology (Online)
MS in Psychology
The Master of Science in Psychology prepares students for leadership roles in the field of psychology. Students develop an understanding of the social issues that are becoming more prevalent in society today. Students are provided insight into how transformations globally are having an impact on the well-being of individuals, communities and organizations. The degree prepares students to become an important tool in the diagnosis and treatment of those who are dealing with mental health issues as well as to help maximize the performance of an organization. Students develop a deeper understanding of research methods, cognitive psychology, social psychology, personality and learning theory. Ethics are also stressed strongly throughout the program. The program is offered online and students may choose from three concentrations:
- Child & Adolescent Development
- Forensic Psychology
- Industrial Organizational Psychology
Southern New Hampshire University has been providing outstanding education for students for almost 100 years and was one of the first to implement online learning so that adults who may have work, family or social obligations could achieve their higher education goals.