Tuesday, April 15, 2014

[CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT] Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) educates intellectually and culturally enriched individuals to be successful in their careers and contribute to their communities. It provides a supportive and close-knit learning community, delivering engaging instruction in a flexible variety of formats. Students develop the knowledge to understand a complex world, the skills to act effectively within that world and the wisdom to make good choices. They do so within a community of teachers, staff and peers that is encouraged to add its scholarly, creative and pedagogical contributions to the larger social good.


  • Website: http://www.snhu.edu/
  • 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Established: 1932
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Less than one year certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
(AY 2013-14)
  • Total enrollment: 42,677
  • On-campus enrollment: 4,411
    • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,909
    • Graduate enrollment: 1,502
  • Online enrollment: 38,266 (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Total international student enrollment: : 1,089 (Includes approx. 150 UG/GR on OPT)
    • 25% undergraduate
    • 75% graduate 
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 24:1
  • Full-Time Faculty: 130

Southern New Hampshire University
2500 North River Road,
Manchester. NH, 03106, USA
Phone: 603.645.9629
Fax: 603.645.9603
Email:  international@snhu.edu

[Photo Source: Southern New Hampshire University]

Student Life

Going to college is about more than going to class. It’s also about developing friendships, discovering new worlds, and, well, having lots of fun. At SNHU, you’ll find all the elements of a great university experience. With over 50 student organizations from the Human Rights Association to the Ski Club, you’ll be sure to find something that interests you. As for having fun, SNHU sponsors some 200 events each year. You can hear great bands, see stand-up comics, win prizes at bingo every Wednesday, take part in an off-campus trip, and much more.

International Student Services (ISS) assists and supports international students and scholars at SNHU. ISS staff works with the student-led International Student Association and other campus departments to promote inter-cultural events. They provide orientation programs, immigration advising on maintaining legal status, travel documents, enrollment certification, information about applying for a Social Security number and driver's licenses, practical training assistance and cross-cultural adjustment counseling for international students to help you succeed at SNHU.

Residence Life and Housing Services

Housing is available for ELS and undergraduate students with the exception of married students. Undergraduate housing is limited, so make your reservation early. There is no on campus housing for graduate students.

Some of the benefits of living on-campus are: 

  • Extensive Housing Options: Each room is equipped with high-speed Internet access, individual phone lines with voice mail, and more. 
  • Vibrant Events Calendar 
  • Flexible Meal Plans: Students can find a variety of food to satisfy their taste buds. 
  • Easy to Sign-up: Signing up for a Residence Hall takes 5 minutes! 
  • Proximity to Other Campus Buildings: All of our Residence Halls are located on campus, so they are within minutes of classrooms, computer labs, recreation facilities, the library, the Student Center, and other important university buildings. 
  • Community: If you’re new to the area, living in a Residence Hall is a terrific way to meet new people, build friendships, and introduce yourself to the SNHU community. 

International Admissions

Application Requirements
  1. Originals or attested copies of your degrees, diplomas, and certificates. 
    • Include an official record of courses and grades or marks received. 
  2. Evidence of English proficiency 
  3. Documentation demonstrating your ability to pay the financial obligations of studying in the United States, such as a bank letter indicating the actual financial condition of your sponsor. 

Application Evaluation
Bachelor Degrees

  1. Applicants need to have completed the equivalent of a US Secondary School 
  2. Applicants will require the equivalent of a 2.5 on a 4.0 grading scale 
  3. Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency 

Master’s Degrees

  1. Applicants should have the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree 
  2. Applicants will require the equivalent of 2.75 on a 4.0 grading scale. 
  3. Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency 

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency as evidenced by:
  • TOEFL score of 71 and greater, 
  • IELTS score of 6.5 and greater, 
  • PTE score of 49 and greater, 
  • ELS score of 111 and greater, 
  • EF score of 107 and greater,
  • or Michigan score of 85 and greater. 
The TOIEC examination is not accepted. Students with scores between TOEFL 61-70, IELTS 6, PTE 44-48, ELD 109/110, EF 106, Michigan 80-84 will be assigned to a bridge program with some English and some course work. Students who have some university level academic work may be eligible for transfer credits or exemptions. Students with scores of TOEFL less than 61, IELTS less than 6.0, PTE less than 43, ELS less than 109, EF less than 106, and Michigan less than 80, can register and attend English as a Second Language (ESL) program

Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency as evidenced by:
  • TOEFL score 79-80 and greater, 
  • IELTS 6.5 and greater, 
  • PPTE 54 and greater, 
  • ELS 107 and greater, 
  • or Michigan 90 and greater. 
The TOIEC examination is not accepted. Students with scores between TOEFL 71-78, IELTS 6, PTE 49-53, ELS 112, EF 106, Michigan 85-89 will be assigned to a bridge program. Students with scores of TOEFL less than 71, IELTS less than 6.0, PTE less than 48, ELS less than 112, EF less than 106, and Michigan less than 85, can register and attend English as a Second Language (ESL) program

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance for international students applying to SNHU is limited. Most forms of financial aid are subsidized by the U.S. Government, and therefore, are open only to U.S. citizens. However, international students are eligible for the following:

1. Student Employment
Any full-time student is able to work on campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week when classes are in session.

2. Resident Assistant
These positions require living in a campus residence hall and being responsible for assisting students on a floor. RA awards include a scholarship, a stipend, and a reduced rate on a single room accommodation.

3. Merit Scholarships 
  • Penmen Merit Scholarship
  • Community College Transfer Scholarship
  • SNHU Branch Campus Transfer Scholarship
  • Young Women's Leadership Scholarship
  • European Scholarship
  • European Transfer Scholarship
  • Double Degree Merit Award

4. Athletic scholarships are available to outstanding athletes in basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer (football), tennis, baseball, softball, and volleyball. Scholarship amounts vary and are determined by the coaches.

5. International Student Loan Program (Private Loans) offers loans for up to the full cost of your education. Repayment terms are up to 25 years. This loan is available for both graduate and undergraduate programs, but not for Intensive English. The primary condition is that the student has a family member or friend who is a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. who must be willing to co-sign or guarantee the loan.

6. OPT - Optional Practical Training
Upon graduation, any international student is eligible to extend their student status in order to work in the US for up to 12 months (for certain science subjects it could be up to 18 months). Students can work at full time, full paying positions related to their course of study in companies anywhere in the US. This affords an opportunity to recover some of the investment in your education.

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