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SNHU Online Experience

Students across the globe are choosing SNHU’s online degree programs.
Because no matter where you start, SNHU is where you can finish.

Flexible programs. Affordable tuition. Achievable dreams.

SNHU's online programs will help you clear the obstacles standing between you and your career.

Our 200+ online degree programs can help you meet your goals, navigate the financial aid process and transfer credits to get you to the finish line faster. And once you've joined the online classroom, you'll learn from instructors with real-world experience, be supported by academic advisors and prepare for the job of a lifetime with the help of our career team.

FAQs about SNHU Online Programs

Before enrolling, you may be wondering how online programs work. Here are a few answers to questions SNHU students often have before starting classes.

What’s the difference between an in-person and online class?

Whether in-person or online, SNHU classes are designed to help prepare you for real world success.

The major difference is that SNHU online classes have no set time in which you need to be in front of your computer. This allows you the flexibility to create your own schedule. You’ll still participate – only instead of in-person lectures, it will be through weekly online assignments and discussion boards.

Are online classes hard?

Online classes are no more or less difficult than campus classes – just different.

As one SNHU grad points out: “The assignments are definitely challenging, but they’re manageable.” From the support of your academic advisors and instructors, to tutoring services and the writing center, and even technology assistance from the SNHU Help Desk, we’re here to help when you need it.

Are there benefits / advantages to taking online classes?

There are many benefits to enrolling in online classes. SNHU believes in affordable, accessible education that caters to learners’ schedules so that you can reach your goals. Our online platform allows you to personalize your college experience to how you work best, and the projects you’ll work on and the technologies you’ll use are applicable to today’s workplace settings.

How much are online classes?

SNHU online classes are among some of the most affordable in the nation – especially since we’ve frozen SNHU online tuition rates since 2012. Earning scholarships, grants and other aid can also help you lower your costs.

Do online classes meet at certain times?

At SNHU, classes don’t meet at all. That’s one of the reasons so many people are opting to become an online student. You can do each week’s assignments on your schedule, turning them in at specified deadlines throughout the week – typically Thursday and Sunday nights.

Are all programs 100% online?

While many SNHU programs can be completed 100% online, there are exceptions. Aside from traditional campus degree programs, a few may require blended learning (both online and in-person classes). Our master’s in counseling is one such example.

If you have questions about whether your program of choice is accessible online, on campus or both, please feel free to contact us or take a look at our program finder for details.

What assignments are typical for an online class?

Assignments vary throughout the programs. Students typically have a discussion board post and responses each week. Other work may include papers, individual or group projects, presentations, labs and assessments.

What are the minimum system requirements to take online classes at SNHU?

Online students must have specific software programs and operating systems on their computers prior to participating in their first online course. Some degree programs may require additional hardware or software. For minimum requirements, as well as requirements for specific degree programs, view the list of technical requirements.


Tuition rates for SNHU’s online programs are among the lowest in the nation. We also offer financial aid packages to students who qualify and tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses.


Our online degree and certificate programs are designed to accommodate your busy life. With 24/7 access to the online classroom, you can complete your coursework when it’s most convenient for you.


Earn your degree faster at SNHU. We offer generous credit transfer policies and multiple term starts per year, saving you time and tuition. Plus, you’ll get the support you need to stay on track and reach your goal.

How Do Online Classes Work?

Want to know what it’s like to take an online course at SNHU? Find out more about the courses, support system and flexibility of an online college education.

What Our Students are Saying About SNHU

Hear real SNHU online students describe how they're finding success and why there’s no better place to earn your degree than Southern New Hampshire University.

Family of Success

At SNHU, you’re part of a family. Your academic advisor and faculty members are always there for you.

Fit and Flexibility

We're committed to ensuring our students have the flexibility to learn and to be successful regardless of where they study or how hectic their schedules might be.

Choosing a Nonprofit University

Nicole wanted to learn how to better serve the West African communities where she was volunteering. Here’s why she chose SNHU, a nonprofit university.


Southern New Hampshire University is a leader in online education. Our online programs are developed by subject matter experts and professionals in online learning. Each program is designed to deliver relevant, applicable course outcomes that prepare you to succeed in the workplace.

SNHU's online instructors are industry leaders who have relevant, real-world experience and are accomplished in online learning and course delivery. You’ll have specially trained instructors in your early classes who are adept in helping you develop your skills and enhance your academic success.

Online Education Services

Writing Center

The Online Writing Center offers a variety of resources to aid in all aspects of the writing process, from simple grammatical questions to more complex writing challenges.

Tutoring Services

Take advantage of free 24/7 online tutoring from Smarthinking Tutoring Services. With more than 2,000 tutors, Smarthinking can help you develop learning strategies and succeed in your classes.

Career Services

A free, full-service career development team, SNHU Career offers one-on-one career counseling, webinars, resources and weekly postings from SNHU Recruit, our employment database.

Academic Advising

Get the support you need to succeed from a dedicated academic advisor, your central go-to person who can help with everything from course recommendations to time management.

Technical Support

SNHU Technology Help Desk offers 24-hour tech support, 365 days a year, via phone, online form or live chat. We can help with any technical problem, software- or hardware-related.

Online Accessibility Center

At SNHU, we comply with the guidelines of Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act by making reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis for eligible students with disabilities and active duty military students who experience accessibility issues.

Online Library

Need research material? Get full online access to the Shapiro Library’s collection of books and journals, plus magazines, newspapers, white papers and e-books from leading databases.


SNHU Wellness promotes wellness and fosters a healthy lifestyle by providing wellness education, information and resources to our online community.

Online Bookstore

Order your e-books and textbooks from the SNHU Online Bookstore. We’re committed to keeping costs low and providing you with the best customer experience.

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Virtual Environments

Experience the programs used in the real world – before you even launch your career. SNHU offers you the technology you need in your courses in our virtual environment, a cloud-based path to software applications and virtual desktops. It’s also easy to access and could save you money.

Rafael De La Cruz and Advisor Joey D’Aloisio

Online Clubs & Organizations

Get involved with the SNHU community through SNHUconnect, our online student union. Designed as a virtual lounge, it’s where you can meet up with other online students, faculty and staff to share ideas, get advice and collaborate on homework projects.