Katie Schmelzer

BA Communication

"Everyone is so friendly, and there are so many things to do."

When deciding where to transfer, Kathryn Schmelzer was “shocked” when she discovered that SNHU was going to cost less than a public university she was considering. SNHU had offered her a large academic scholarship, while the state school simply offered her an acceptance letter.

“I really wanted to go to SNHU but I thought I couldn’t afford it,” says Schmelzer, who earned her associates in early childhood education at New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI). “I was so glad that SNHU actually recognized the hard work I did (at NHTI) and rewarded me with such a generous offer.”

While the financial aid package sealed the deal, Schmelzer was convinced that SNHU was the right school for her after touring campus. Having served as president NHTI’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, she believed that SNHU offered her the most opportunities for leadership roles.

“I got the feeling that this was going to be a good launching pad for my future.,” says Schmelzer. “Sometimes as a transfer student you kind of don’t feel like you’re a part of the community, but SNHU made it clear that transfer students were welcome to do everything.”

Since starting at SNHU in the fall 2013, Schmelzer joined the transfer student representative program, where she helps transfer students make a smooth transition to SNHU. She also spent spring break in Belgium with students in her intercultural communication class.

“SNHU has been everything I hoped it would be. Everyone is so friendly, and there are so many things to do.”