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Accredited University - Online & Campus Programs Regional and Programmatic Accreditation

SNHU is accredited by the regional accreditor the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The university also carries specialized accreditations for particular 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,
  • and 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.

In addition to meeting standards of quality, there are even more reasons why choosing an accredited school may be beneficial:

Transferring credits:
If you switch schools and want to transfer credits from one school to another, your university's accreditation helps to facilitate that work you've done will be recognized by other accredited institutions, reducing the likelihood of retaking classes and spending more time and money.

Check your university's transfer policy or work with an admission counselor to know exactly which credits you've earned will transfer to your new program.

Federal Financial Aid:
Attending an accredited institution can help with your ability to secure and receive federal financial aid 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.

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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:

It’s important to note that there are different types of accreditations: institutional and programmatic


Institutional means that the university as a whole is accredited. Institutional accreditation is 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 Accreditation—meaning the degree program itself meets a certain set of quality standards specific to that area of study.

SNHU's Institutional Accreditation – Regional:

SNHU's Programmatic Accreditations:

Frequently Asked Questions


All Southern New Hampshire University programs complete a comprehensive review on a 5-year schedule, unless otherwise needed as a result of 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 all delivery methods. The University continually fosters transparency within program and course creation, assessment and evaluation, and alignment of program outcomes. In addition, all Southern New Hampshire University faculty are either academically or professionally qualified to teach, per the institution's credentialing requirements.