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Freshmen

The application for the Fall 2021 start term is open.

How to apply

1. Complete & submit the application: 

2. Submit documents to SNHU Office of Admission:

  • Your official high school transcript (or GED)
  • One letter of recommendation from your school counselor or a teacher
  • SNHU is test optional. Standardized test scores are not required for admission.
  • SAT School code is 3649 and ACT School code is 2514.
  • Music Education applicants: an audition is required prior to enrolling.
  • University Honors Program applicants: an additional essay and completed Honors application.

3. Explore financial aid.

4. Contact the Office of Freshman Admission with any questions related to application requirements, or if you need assistance in completing your application.

Application Deadlines

Please know the application deadlines for First-Year campus students interested in enrolling at SNHU beginning fall of 2021 have been extended due to the disruption caused by COVID-19. Below are the extended deadlines.

  • Early Action Deadline - 12/31/2020
  • Priority Deadline - 03/15/2021

If you're applying as a transfer student, see transferring to SNHU.

Freshman Application Guidelines

As we look at your application, our first consideration is your academic background. We also look for well-rounded students who have a variety of interests and have been involved in school and/or community activities.

Most candidates admitted to SNHU have completed 16 college-prep courses, including:

  • Four years of English
  • Three or more years of mathematics
  • Two or more years of science
  • Two or more years of social science

SNHU is excited to share their participation in the Reimagining College Access (RCA) pilot; a program launched by the Learning Policy Institute designed to create opportunities for students to provide evidence of their deeper learning and higher-order skills in the college application process. As a result, first-year students applying to SNHU for the fall 2020 semester will be invited to submit performance assessment artifacts as part of their Common Application. This is entirely optional and not a requirement for admission.

Home-Schooled Applicants

Depending on the program's accreditation, home-schooled students must submit the following requirements:

Home-schooled, accredited program:

  • SAT or ACT scores. (These may be reported directly by the College Board. Our College Board Code is #3649.) Not required for culinary arts applicants.
  • One recommendation from the primary educator.
  • One recommendation from a coach, community leader, or supervisor.

Home-schooled, non-accredited program: If the home school program is not accredited, the student must meet all state regulations put forth by their home state and the state of New Hampshire, and should submit a portfolio including course descriptions, an annotated reading list, and graded work for review.

Find Your Admission Counselor

Learn about the application process for high school students seeking to attend SNHU as freshmen.

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