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SNHU Named a Top 10 Military Friendly® School

The distinction recognizes institutions with the best opportunities for the military community

MFS20 Top LogoManchester, NH (February 11, 2020) –  In recognition of its commitment to support military-affiliated learners, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) has been named a top 10 Military Friendly® School for 2020. The University earned the fourth spot on this year’s list. 

“As a longtime supporter of the military community, we are proud to be named a top 10 Military Friendly® School,” said Paul LeBlanc, University President and CEO, SNHU. “At SNHU, we understand the unique needs of service members and their families on the path to a degree, and we will continue to find ways to support the men and women who selflessly serve our nation.”

SNHU has a long history of supporting service members, veterans and their families. After the United States entered World War II, the institution launched its first clerical program for active-duty personnel stationed at Manchester Air Base. It later expanded educational opportunity to the armed forces by offering innovative 8-week courses on military bases across New England and Puerto Rico. Today, SNHU offers military benefits and tuition assistance for service members and their spouses, provides support from a dedicated team of military advisors, hosts Operation Homefront Celebrations for military spouses, and awards full-tuition scholarships to military-affiliated learners through its military partnerships with Operation Homefront and the USO. 

“Oftentimes, it is difficult for military families to continue their education while also balancing frequent moves and raising a family,” said Emily DeVito, Senior Director of Military Initiatives, SNHU. “Whether a student is at home or deployed, our flexible online programs can help service members and their families accomplish their educational goals. We hope to show these families that higher education is within reach, no matter where they’re stationed or how many times they’re relocated.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,000 schools participated in the 2020-21 survey with 695 earning the designation.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

Military Friendly’s National Director Josh Rosen stated, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to colleges creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to invest in programs to provide educational outcomes that are better for the Military Community as a whole.”

The 2020-21 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at

For more information about SNHU’s degree programs and military experience, visit

About Military Friendly® Schools

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data­-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post­secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at

About Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, nonprofit institution with an 87-year history of educating traditional-aged students and working adults. Now serving more than 135,000 learners worldwide, SNHU offers over 300 accredited undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, available online and on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH. Recognized as the "Most Innovative" regional university 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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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.