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Southern New Hampshire University

Admission Candidates for admission to Southern New Hampshire University are evaluated individually on the basis of academic credentials and personal characteristics. Students may complete a paper application for admission or apply online at The School of Professional and Continuing Education offers 8 terms a year. Applications for SPCE and SNHU Online programs are accepted throughout the year. SNHU Online applications are accepted online at

Undergraduate Admission Criteria When reviewing applicants, primary emphasis is placed on a student’s academic record as demonstrated by the quality and level of college preparatory course work and achievement attained. Most successful candidates admitted to SNHU present a program of study consisting of 16 college preparatory 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

The Common Application Students applying to Southern New Hampshire University day school admission may use the Common Application®, which can be obtained at

Freshman Admission The following items are required to be submitted for consideration: • A completed application, essay and $40 application fee. (Fee waived for foreign applicants. Not applicable to School of Professional and Continuing Education and SNHU Online students.) • An official high school transcript including at least first quarter senior year grades or official GED certificate with scores. (Final transcript to be submitted following high school graduation.) • SAT or ACT scores. (These may be reported directly by the College Board or by your high school. Our College Board Code is #3649.) Not required for culinary arts applicants. • Note: Beginning with Fall 2006 admission, the new SAT, with writing, or the ACT, with writing, is required. • One letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or two letters from teachers. 10

Admission of Homeschooled Students The same admission criteria apply to homeschooled students as to all other admission applicants. A complete application for a homeschooled student requires the following: • A completed Home School Supplement Form (available at • One recommendation from the primary educator • One recommendation from a coach, community leader, or supervisor. 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.

International Student Admission A complete application for an international student requires the following: • A completed International Student Application form. The admission form used for U.S. students is not acceptable. • Official copies of academic records translated into English, including: • Proof of graduation or completion of program. • Copies of transcripts or mark sheets of all course work taken, with grades or marks for each course indicated (photocopies certified as true copies of originals are acceptable). • Proof of English proficiency or agreement to enter our full-time, intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Southern New Hampshire University provides conditional admission for students needing ESL prior to entering a degree program. • Documentation of financial support. Applicants must complete the Certification of Financial Support in the application as well as submit documentation that funds are available. A demonstrated level of support not only for actual tuition and room and board, but also for living expenses, pocket money, books, etc., is necessary. Candidates for undergraduate enrollment, whose native language is not English, must demonstrate proficiency on a TOEFL test with a score of 530 or higher. Equivalent proficiency may be demonstrated by a score of 197 on CBT, 71 on internet based TOEFL, or 6.0 on IELTS.

Transfer Admission Transfer students are accepted at Southern New Hampshire University for enrollment beginning in either the fall or spring semesters. Southern New Hampshire University recognizes the work completed at other accredited institutions and welcomes transfer applications. In reviewing applications for transfer admission, emphasis is placed on postsecondary academic work completed. Most successful

SNHU Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2010  

Southern New Hampshire University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog