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Being an online student at Southern New Hampshire University

Updated on December 16, 2015

Being an Online Student at SNHU

At Southern New Hampshire University you can choose to be a traditional student at one of their five campuses or you can be an online student. I decided to become an online student and I have never regretted that decision. As an online student I can work at what ever time works best for me and there are only two deadlines per week. Forum responses are due on Thursdays and everything else such as: tests, exams, research papers, and activities are due on Sundays.

Each online course at Southern New Hampshire University is eight weeks long and made up of eight modules one for each week. You can take a maximum of two courses per term unless you have special circumstance to be allowed to take three courses per term. Some classes have all of the modules open from day one thus allowing students to work ahead at long as they continue to meet all of the deadlines. While other courses will only open one module at a time to students and the next module will not open until Sunday night. The number of modules open at a time depends mainly on the professor of the class; often times if you ask the professor to open all of the modules so you can work ahead they will.

View the SHRM PowerPoint presentation and its note pages: Unit 3: Adult Learning Principles. Describe any four of the characteristics of adult learners explained in the presentation and discuss how well SNHU has incorporated those characteristics in the courses you have taken so far.

Adult learners are in many ways different from child learners. Adults have a need to know the reason they are learning something, they have work-related experiences, a need to be self-directed, they tend to have a problem-centered approach to learning, and tend to be motivated to learn by both extrinsic and intrinsic motivators (SHRM, 2009). Some characteristics of adult learners are: control over learning, high motivation to learn, pragmatic in learning, learning may be a secondary role, resistant to change, adult learners are more diverse, ability to draw on past experiences in learning, learning is often self-initiated, and their learning is normally aimed at an immediate goal (SHRM, 2009).

During my three years as a Southern New Hampshire University online student I have found that Southern New Hampshire University works to accommodate many of the characteristics of adult learners in their online classes. For instance, Southern New Hampshire University allows their students to have control over their own learning by not imposing numerous due dates; instead there are two due dates a week. Discussion posts are due on Thursdays and everything else is due on Sundays. This allows adult learners to have control on when they complete their assignments. The discussion boards at Southern New Hampshire University encourage learners to utilize their past work and educational experiences when responding to prompts. For instance, in my industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology class, another student used their own work experience to demonstrate why individual differences can be important in the work place. Southern New Hampshire University understands that learning may be a secondary role for many of their students so deadlines for all assignments are set at midnight to accommodate learners who have to get their coursework done after work. Many of the classes at Southern New Hampshire University have opportunities for leaners to self-initiate their own learning. For instance, many of the classes have links to sources that are not required for the class, but allow students to do some extra learning on their own if they desire.


SHRM (2009). Unit 3: Adult Learning Principles [PowerPoint slides].

Enrollment Counselor

At When you apply to Southern New Hampshire University you are assigned an enrollment counselor who assists you with the entire enrollment process. If you are a transfer student the enrollment counselor is the person who will have your transcripts sent to be evaluated in order to see what classes you will be given credit for at SNHU. Any classes that don't have an equivalent course at SNHU are normally counted as an elective course. One really nice thing with SNHU is that they cover the price of any transcript fees from your other college.


After you are admitted to Southern New Hampshire University you are assigned a general adviser who will be with you for your first three terms at SNHU. This adviser will help you with any questions or problems you have with your courses. Sometime they will even talk to a professor for you about letting you retake or redo a test or project if you were having major problems at the time.

After your first three terms are finished you will be transfer to a program adviser who specializes it assisting students with whatever bachelors degree you are working towards. Theses advisers have specialized knowledge on the major you are working towards and will be able to better help you reach your goals.

Online Tution

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Undergraduate Programs Degrees/Certificates
Undergraduate Programs Degrees/Certificates (Active-duty Military and their Spouses)
Graduate Programs Degrees/Certificates
Graduate Programs Degrees/Certificates (Active-duty Military and their Spouses)
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Online Undergraduate Degree Programs

  • Accounting (AS)
  • Accounting (BS)
  • Accounting Accelerated Track
  • Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
  • Accounting Finance (BS)
  • Accounting Information Systems (BS)
  • Advertising (BA)
  • Business Administration (AS)
  • Business Administration (BS)
  • Small Business Management
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Human Resources Management
  • Business Studies (BS)
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Finance
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Game Design and Development
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • International Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Project Management
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Small Business Management
  • Sport Management
  • Communication (BA)
  • Professional Writing
  • Public Relations
  • Creative Writing and English (BA)
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Screenwriting
  • Criminal Justice (AS)
  • Criminal Justice (BS)
  • Criminology
  • Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  • Legal Studies and Advocacy
  • Police Administration and Operations
  • Data Analytics (BS)
  • Economics Finance (BS)
  • English Language and Literature (BA)
  • Environmental Science (BS)
  • Fashion Merchandising (AS)
  • Fashion Merchandising Management (BS)
  • Game Design and Development (BA)
  • Game Development and Supporting Technologies
  • Interactive Storytelling and Supporting Arts
  • Game Design and Development (BS)
  • Game Development and Supporting Technologies
  • Interactive Storytelling and Supporting Arts
  • General Studies (BA)
  • Graphic Design and Media Arts (BA)
  • Health Information Management (BS)
  • Professional Practice
  • Health Promotion (BS)
  • Healthcare Management (BS)
  • History (BA)
  • American History
  • European History
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Military History
  • Information Technologies (AS)
  • Information Technologies (BA)
  • Information Technologies (BS)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Analytics
  • Database Management
  • Game Design and Development
  • Information Technology Management
  • Network and Telecommunications
  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Software Development
  • Web Design and Development
  • International Business (BS)
  • Liberal Arts (AA)
  • Marketing (AS)
  • Marketing (BS)
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Mathematics (BA)
  • Nursing (BS)
  • Advanced Pathway RN to MSN Option
  • Operations and Project Management (BS)
  • Operations and Project Management Accelerated Track
  • Political Science (BA)
  • Campaign Leadership
  • Political Science Advanced Pathway BA to MS
  • Psychology (BA)
  • Addictions
  • Applied Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Mental Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Administration (BA)
  • Retailing (BS)
  • Social Entrepreneurship (BS)
  • Sociology (BA)
  • Sport Management (BS)
  • Technical Management (BS)

Southern New Hampshire University Campuses

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A markerSouthern New Hampshire University Main Campus -
2500 North River Road, Southern New Hampshire University, Hooksett, NH 03106, USA
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B markerSouthern New Hampshire University - Nashua -
546 Amherst Street, Nashua, NH 03063, USA
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C markerSouthern New Hampshire University - Portsmouth -
231 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH 03801, USA
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D markerSouthern New Hampshire University - Salem -
25 Pelham Road, Salem, NH 03079, USA
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E markerSouthern New Hampshire University - Maine -
10 Tibbetts Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011, USA
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