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A Leader in Innovation: SNHU Named 2024's Most Innovative University in the North by U.S. News & World Report

Today, U.S. News & World Report named Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) the most innovative university in the north for 2024, marking the eighth time SNHU has earned the top spot since the rankings were established. SNHU is the only institution from New Hampshire to make the list.

“We are very proud of our ability to innovate to better serve and support our learners,” said Paul LeBlanc, President, SNHU. “At SNHU, we have a long history of innovation and trying new things to make higher education more accessible, and it is an honor to be recognized for that work.”

Unlike most of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings, the "Most Innovative Schools" category relies solely on a peer assessment survey conducted among college presidents, provosts, and admission deans. These academic leaders have recognized SNHU as an institution that consistently implements innovative improvements in curriculum, faculty, student support, campus life, technology, and facilities.

To learn more about the methodology and ranking, visit U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 College Rankings.

About Southern New Hampshire University: Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, nonprofit institution with a 91-year history of educating traditional-aged students and working adults. Now serving more than 180,000 learners worldwide, SNHU offers approximately 200 accredited undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, available online and on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH. Recognized as one of the “Most Innovative" regional universities by U.S. News & World Report and one of the fastest-growing universities in the country, SNHU is committed to expanding access to high quality, affordable pathways that meet the needs of each learner. Learn more at

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About Southern New Hampshire University

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SNHU is a nonprofit, accredited university with a mission to make high-quality education more accessible and affordable for everyone.

Founded in 1932, and online since 1995, we’ve helped countless students reach their goals with flexible, career-focused programs. Our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH is home to over 3,000 students, and we serve over 135,000 students online. Visit our about SNHU page to learn more about our mission, accreditations, leadership team, national recognitions and awards.