Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) has once again been named to Washington Monthly's "Best Colleges for Adult Learners." SNHU, a repeat top-fifty school, ranked 22nd on the list of 4-year colleges this year, and is one of three institutions from New Hampshire to earn this distinction.
As part of the honor, the University has also been recognized as one of the nation's top 12 "Most Innovative Colleges for Adult Learners," for offering competency-based degree programs designed specifically to meet the unique needs of adult learners.
"This recognition from Washington Monthly reflects our commitment to serve students from all walks of life," said Paul LeBlanc, president, SNHU. "We believe every student should have equal access to education, and we'll continue to find new ways to adapt to the changing needs of today's students."
Nearly half of all college students in the United States are adult learners, yet no national publication had previously rated schools that serve working adults. To recognize the nation's colleges and universities that are meeting the needs of the fastest-growing demographic in higher education, Washington Monthly inaugurated the "Best Colleges for Adult Learners" rankings in 2016. SNHU has been named to the list every year since its inception.
The rankings were determined based on data from the Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the Department's College Scorecard database and the College Board's Annual Survey of Colleges. More than 2,400 two- and four-year institutions were recognized this year, and the following criteria was used to rate each school:
- Ease of transfer/enrollment; • Flexibility of programs;
- Services for adult learners;
- Percentage of adult students (age 25+);
- Mean earnings after ten years;
- Loan repayment rates; and
- Tuition and fees