SNHU is accredited by the regional accreditor the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The university also carries specialized accreditations for some programs.
But what does that mean, exactly?
Accreditation Matters – Here's Why
As you decide which school is right for you, one of the most important things to consider is the university's accreditation. That's because accreditation is a measurement of an academic institution’s quality of education. Like a health inspector for a restaurant, a university's accreditation is a check by an independent organization to see if it meets certain standards of quality.
So, if you see that a college or university is accredited, that means they've:
- Undergone an independent review
- Met specific standards of quality
- Have the tools and resources necessary for students to be successful
To learn more about what it means to be accredited and how that should factor in your decision when finding the right school, check out the video below. Questions regarding accreditation should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to meeting standards of quality, there are even more reasons why choosing an accredited school may be beneficial.
If you switch schools and want to transfer credits from one school to another, your university's accreditation can help make it easier to transfer to another accredited institution, reducing the likelihood of retaking classes and spending more time and money.
Credit transfers are ultimately up to the receiving institution, so check your university's transfer credit policy or work with an admission counselor to determine exactly which credits they will accept.
Federal Financial Aid
Attending an accredited institution can help with your ability to secure and receive federal financial aid, like student loans, or other grants and scholarships.
The Job Market
If you're already in the workforce or planning to enter it after graduation, accreditation helps convey to potential employers that you've received a degree from an institution with verified academic standards for your field of study.
What SNHU Students are Saying
Kemar Reid '18 '20G
“Accreditation played a significant role in determining that SNHU was the school for me.”
Degree Granting Approval:
New Hampshire Department of Education, Division of Higher Education - Higher Education Commission
Southern New Hampshire University is chartered as an institution of higher education in accordance with New Hampshire law. As such, SNHU is authorized to grant degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master's and doctoral levels. The university maintains its degree granting approval from the New Hampshire Department of Education, Division of Higher Education - Higher Education Commission.
It’s important to note that there are different types of accreditations: institutional and programmatic.
Institutional accreditation means the university as a whole is accredited. Institutional accreditation can be either national or regional, depending on the rigor and requirements of the accreditation process.
In addition to institutional accreditation, your chosen program of study may also carry a Programmatic or Specialized Accreditation – meaning the degree program itself meets the standards specific to that area of study.
SNHU's Institutional Accreditation – Regional:
New England Commission of Higher Education
New England Commission of Higher Education
Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).
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The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits. The Commission is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), affirming that its standards and processes are consistent with the quality, improvement and accountability expectations that CHEA has established. Recognition by the Department of Education provides access to federal financial aid for U.S. students attending institutions accredited by the Commission.
SNHU's Programmatic Accreditations:
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Many of the undergraduate and graduate business programs offered by Southern New Hampshire University are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Business programs that are currently not listed as ACBSP accredited may become accredited upon eligibility.
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
The Health Information Management accreditor of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The university’s accreditation for the Baccalaureate degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2029. Accreditation for the Master's degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2030. All inquiries about the programs’ accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at 312.235.3255; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master’s degree program in nursing at Southern New Hampshire University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202.887.6791.
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
The School of Arts, Sciences and Education at Southern New Hampshire University is granted accreditation at the initial licensure level by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (1140 19th St NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036; 202.223.0077). Additional information regarding the programs covered under this accreditation and the accountability measures can be found on the CAEP Accreditation page.
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Southern New Hampshire University’s Master of Public Health program (including the general and global health concentrations) is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. For a copy of the final self-study document and/or final accreditation report, please contact the Office of Academic Quality, Accreditation and Support at email@example.com.
Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
The baccalaureate degree in Mechanical Engineering, the baccalaureate degree in Aeronautical Engineering and the baccalaureate degree in Electrical Engineering offered by Southern New Hampshire University's School of Engineering, Technology and Aeronautics (SETA) are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is SNHU an accredited school?
Yes. Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).
Regardless of how you learn (in person or online), you'll earn a diploma from a respected, accredited university.
What is the difference between national and regional accreditation?
Institutional accreditation is provided by regional and national organizations and there are several such entities in the United States. Nationally accredited schools are often technical or religious colleges, while regionally accredited institutions are typically traditional universities.
SNHU is accredited by the regional accreditor the New England Commission of Higher Education, and this accreditation applies to the institution as a whole.
Does an accredited degree matter?
When it comes to college degrees, accreditation matters. Accreditation is a standard of quality in the academic world. And, although accreditation is voluntary, schools can assure students that their programs meet certain quality standards by going through the accreditation process. Having a degree from an accredited school will especially matter when applying to jobs or graduate school.
What is the best accreditation for an online school?
Credible online schools are nationally or regionally accredited. Depending on your degree of choice, programmatic accreditation may be beneficial to you as well.
It's important to remember that accreditation is based on a school meeting certain quality standards, not on the way education is delivered. Regardless of whether classes are in person, online, or a combination of both, accreditation is based on the school, its programs and the resources they have to help students be successful. In fact, the same organization that provides SNHU's accreditation, the New England Commission of Higher Education, accredits a wide range of universities. Many of them, like SNHU, offer both campus and online programs.
Do online universities have credibility?
Yes, many online universities are credible and respected institutions. In fact, some of the oldest colleges in the world now offer their programs online. If you are concerned about the quality or reputation of a school, you should look into its accreditation. Accreditation is a standard of quality in the academic world.
How do I know if my online degree is accredited?
You can see if your university or degree is accredited by checking your school’s website. This information is usually accessible under an “accreditation” or “about” section. If you can’t find the information there, you can search the U.S. Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.
SNHU builds programs and courses based on real-world knowledge, skills and abilities that are grounded both in the academic canon of knowledge and the expertise of practitioners in the field. In order to continue to deliver high-quality and academically relevant programs, all Southern New Hampshire University credit-bearing programs undergo a comprehensive review on a 5-year schedule, unless otherwise needed for industry or accreditation reasons. Program reviews include an analysis of program outcomes, curriculum and student support, involving multiple constituents across the university including faculty, assessment committees, academic leadership and external stakeholders. These program reviews comprise all student populations and delivery methods. The university continually fosters transparency within program and course creation, assessment and evaluation, and alignment of program outcomes. Following the completion of a program review, required changes are implemented and monitored on an ongoing basis. In addition, all Southern New Hampshire University faculty members are either academically or professionally qualified to teach, per the institution's credentialing requirements.