Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private university in Manchester, NH that offers 60 undergraduate and graduate programs. The history of SNHU dates back to 1932 when the university was set up by H.A.B. Shapiro as the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Science. In 1961, the school was renamed the New Hampshire College of Accounting and Commerce. In 1963, the state of New Hampshire conferred degree-granting authority to the college and it began offering associate degrees. The college became a nonprofit organization and has expanded its academic offerings over the years.
Today, the Southern New Hampshire University is comprised of three schools: the School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Liberal Arts. The main SNHU campus is located in Manchester with continuing education centers in Nashua, Salem, Maine, and Portsmouth.
Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission. The university also has many specialized accreditations for its academic programs.