The rich tradition of athletics has long been the source of pride for the family and friends of Southern New Hampshire University. Since the glory days of the Greater Boston Small College Conference, to the present status as a NCAA Division II power, the Penmen have maintained a level of excellence that is second to none. SNHU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Northeast-10 Conference.
Numerous individual and team achievements in recent years have brought SNHU both regional and national recognition.
SNHU student-athletes succeed off the playing field as well. Proof of this came in September of 2001 when the University was one of nine recipients of the inaugural USA Today 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. A total of 140 SNHU student-athletes were named to the Northeast-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2009-10, while nine student-athletes garnered NE-10 All-Academic Team honors. Tyler Parks and Mike Smith of the men’s cross country team were honored with the Northeast-10 Sportsmanship Award in 2010.
SNHU also earned the Northeast-10 Conference Academic Achievement Award following the 2001-02 school year.