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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 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 accreditation@snhu.edu


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 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.

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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

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. 

Programmatic

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:

SNHU's Programmatic Accreditations:

Frequently Asked Questions

Assessment

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.