Southern New Hampshire University offers more than 150 affordable and comprehensive online bachelor's degrees and on campus majors to fit your busy schedule and your goals. That number continues to grow every year as we work with subject matter experts to create innovative, career-focused courses and programs.
When you attend class on campus or pursue your online bachelor's degree at SNHU, you can expect:
- Flexibility. Choose from a variety of program options, including majors and ways to learn – like traditional, online or accelerated.
- Credibility. Our bachelor's programs are regionally accredited – which means they meet high academic standards.
- Expert instruction. Learn from experienced faculty who bring relevant and actionable insights into the classroom.
- Transfer-friendly programs. We accept up to 90 undergraduate credits for bachelor's degrees, saving you time and money.
Higher education is constantly changing to meet the needs of modern students. SNHU is leading the charge by bringing affordable, accessible education to everyone.
Explore our bachelor's programs today.
3 Reasons to Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree
People today are earning bachelor’s degrees at increasing rates. The U.S. Census Bureau notes that the between 2000 and 2018 the percentage of adults age 25 and older who had completed a bachelor's degree or higher increased by 9 percentage points, from 25.6% to 35%.*
As organizations increasingly demand qualified candidates, job seekers have turned to higher education to outshine the competition. A bachelor’s degree can help you get your foot in the door and be strongly considered for your dream position; the skills you acquire in your program are what can help you secure the job offer.
1. Increase your earnings
Earning your bachelor’s degree can make financial sense. Comparing median weekly earnings, a bachelor’s degree could bump up your paycheck by almost 65% – an amount that makes your undergraduate program a smart investment beyond a high school diploma. Even when compared to an associate degree, median weekly earnings increase 40% for bachelor’s degree holders.**
When Janna Goraya ’17 earned her bachelor’s in accounting from SNHU, her paycheck jumped: “I am now in a job I love, have doubled my salary from where I was when I started this journey and have a sense of accomplishment I haven’t felt in a long time.” Her next goal? An even higher-paying chief financial officer position.
2. Reach your goals
Not only does higher education make sense in regards to your finances, but a bachelor’s degree can also lead to more career opportunities and personal fulfillment. For Stacy Fuller ’17, her bachelor’s in health information management from SNHU meant increased responsibility: “This degree helped me obtain this job, and my job duties have grown double since I started at the hospital full time.”
3. Decrease likelihood of unemployment
A bachelor’s degree doesn’t just improve your chances for a healthier salary. The unemployment rate also decreases for graduates - by over 45% when compared to those with a high school diploma.**
Justin Perry ’17 knows that earning a bachelor’s degree is an accomplishment he can always fall back on. “I work every day at becoming better at what I do and getting closer to my goals,” he said about his BA in Communication from SNHU. “Having a degree was always part of the plan, though; I realized that no matter what my circumstance is, I could always improve it through the use of education.”
If you're unsure of which program would be the best fit for you, request information and talk to an advisor about it.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to earn a bachelor's degree?
Traditionally, a bachelor's degree is considered a four-year degree, but the beauty of earning your bachelor's from Southern New Hampshire University is the flexibility to achieve your degree on a timetable that allows you to balance life's many other demands.
A bachelor's degree is 120 credits, which is generally 40 3-credit courses. However, depending on your previous education, you may transfer up to 90 credits into your SNHU program. You may also get credit for previous work/life experience, so there are many factors impacting whether it takes more or less than four years to earn your degree.
Therefore, the total time it takes to earn your bachelor's degree really depends on the amount of credits, if any, you bring from previous education and work experience, and whether you're a full- or part-time student.
If you're still interested in additional information, read more about how long it takes to earn a bachelor's degree.
"(Earning my degree) felt like running up a hill for a very long time - and trying to visualize the top and finally getting there - and realizing how high I ran ... It feels more than worth it. I'd do it all over again ... This is something I worked really hard for. And I didn't realize how good I was going to feel when I got that degree." - Annie Klupshas '15, BA in Sociology
Can I get a bachelor’s degree online?
Yes. As part of our commitment to flexibility and accessibility, Southern New Hampshire University offers more than 100 online bachelor's degree programs and concentrations. That means you can find a program that fits your interests and career goals.
Heidi Nolan '19, for instance, embraced the opportunity to boost her professional advancement prospects by earning a health information management (HIM) degree online.
“That’s the only thing I could do consistently,” Nolan said of finding a balance between work, life and education through online coursework.
What degrees can I get online?
Options range from business programs to social sciences such as criminal justice and psychology, and we offer many popular liberal arts degrees, including history, communication, creative writing and more.
If you prefer math and science courses, we also offer many online programs in science and technology like engineering, mathematics, information technology and computer science.
Explore all on campus and online degree options with our comprehensive program finder.
Whatever your passion, we have the degree and support you need to help you succeed.
"(SNHU) really is designed to help students be successful and feel successful. Everybody from the advisers to the professors to financial aid, administration - everybody's very helpful in making sure that you feel comfortable." - Adam Waters '16, BA in General Studies
How much does an online bachelor’s degree cost?
The online degree bachelor's programs offered by SNHU are 120 total credits. At $320 per credit, that's only $38,400 for a full degree.
Better yet, you can save up to three-quarters of your tuition cost by transferring as many as 90 credits into your degree program. You may also test out of some college courses,get credit for work and life experience and apply for a number of online college scholarships.
To further illustrate our commitment to making quality education affordable to students, Southern New Hampshire University recently announced a tuition freeze for online tuition – one that's been in place since 2012.
“At SNHU, we know that economic barriers often limit opportunities for learners across the world and we are proud to say that by 2021, we will have frozen our online tuition for a full decade,” said Southern New Hampshire University President Paul LeBlanc.
What is the fastest way to get a bachelor’s degree online?
There are many factors that influence how long it takes to get a bachelor's degree, including the amount of time you have to invest in coursework and the number of credits you're able to transfer into your program. SNHU accepts up to 90 transfer credits toward your 120-credit bachelor's degree, which could trim as many as 30 courses from your program.
However long it takes you to earn your degree, it's worth it, said SNHU career advisor Grace Donahue.
"A bachelor's degree can provide a greater depth of knowledge in a field, alongside general education courses that teach students transferable skills," Donahue said. "Certain careers and employers place an emphasis on a bachelor's degree rather than an associate because it can offer greater long-term flexibility for students and show that they have the ability to learn new skills over time."
If it's a master's degree you ultimately seek, we also offer several accelerated online degree programs in accounting, finance, marketing and sport management. These BS-to-MS pathways are designed to help you save time and money by earning both your bachelor's and master's degree in as few as five total years. Connect with a dedicated advisor to learn more about these accelerated opportunities.
What is the easiest degree to get online?
We can't really say, because different people find different things easier than others.
For instance, if you excelled in algebra or trigonometry in high school, you may find it easier to complete a data analytics degree or mathematics program. Similarly, if you found English classes challenging, a creative writing degree may not offer the smoothest path for you.
However, all of Southern New Hampshire University’s 200+ online degree and concentration options are designed to remove barriers to your success. Whether it's 24/7 online access to coursework, dedicated academic and career advisors, or some of the most affordable online tuition rates in the nation, we are committed to giving you what you need to make your online degree experience enjoyable, rewarding and achievable.
If you're unsure of which program would be the best fit for you, request information and talk to an advisor about it.
"No matter how much is going on in your life, there's always time to go back to school and do the things you love. It’s about finding a balance." – Kelyn Rowe, MLS Professional Soccer player and SNHU BA in Communication student
Do online degrees say "online?"
No. Your online degree from Southern New Hampshire University carries the same weight and value as our on campus programs. No matter where you earn your degree, your diploma will indicate your name, date of receipt and the degree you earned — without indicating “online” or “ on campus.”
In addition, all online students have the opportunity to receive their degrees during Southern New Hampshire University's graduation ceremony weekend. So whether you earn your degree online or attend a traditional campus program, you'll have the chance to walk with your class, and cross the stage to receive your diploma.
“After meeting with staff and faculty and listening to our president (Paul LeBlanc) speak at graduation, I knew that SNHU was the absolute best choice for me. I don’t regret one thing about my undergrad experience. Everything was perfect." - Rasheeda Davis '17, BS in Business Administration
Is an online degree recognized/respected?
Yes. Southern New Hampshire University has a long history of excellence in higher education, ever since our founding in 1932. As a private, nonprofit institution, SNHU's only mission is student success — which is why we've been nationally recognized for our efforts to lead the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
- “Most Innovative” regional university honors from U.S. News & World Report each year since 2015
- A $1 million grant from Google.org to explore soft skills assessments for high-need youth
- Recognition as a 2017 Digital Learning Innovator by the Online Learning Consortium
Southern New Hampshire University is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) — which means our 200+ associate, bachelor's and master's programs meet high academic standards. In addition, many bachelor's degree programs also carry specialized programmatic accreditation.
Visit our accreditations page for more information.
"SNHU helped change my life in all positive ways .... I've learned a lot in my chosen course of study. I've bettered my life (and I) already have career options once I graduate." - Tyler Kerby '14, BA in General Studies
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2018, on the internet, at https://www.bls.gov/emp/chart-unemployment-earnings-education.htm (viewed online October 4, 2019). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.