By Lauren Keane, Communications Director
Southern New Hampshire University was once again named to Washington Monthly’s “Best Colleges for Adult Learners.” SNHU, a repeat top-50 school, ranked 22nd on the list of four-year colleges this year.
As part of the honor, the university has also been recognized as one of the nation’s top 12 “Most Innovative Colleges for Adult Learners,” for offering competency-based degree programs designed specifically to meet the unique needs of adult learners.
“This recognition from Washington Monthly reflects our commitment to serve students from all walks of life,” said Dr. Paul LeBlanc, president of SNHU. “We believe every student should have equal access to education, and we’ll continue to find new ways to adapt to the changing needs of today’s students.”
Nearly half of all college students in the United States are adult learners, yet no national publication had previously rated schools that serve working adults. To recognize the nation’s colleges and universities that are meeting the needs of the fastest-growing demographic in higher education, Washington Monthly inaugurated the “Best Colleges for Adult Learners” rankings in 2016. SNHU has been named to the list since its inception.
The rankings were determined based on data from the Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the department’s College Scorecard database and the College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges.
More than 2,400 two- and four-year institutions were recognized this year, and the following criteria were used to rate each school:
- Ease of transfer/enrollment
- Flexibility of programs
- Services for adult learners
- Percentage of adult students (age 25-plus)
- Mean earnings after 10 years
- Loan repayment rates
- Tuition and fees
In addition, for the third consecutive year the university has been named the “Most Innovative University” in the north by U.S. News & World Report. SNHU, the only institution on the list from the state of New Hampshire, has earned this distinction every year since the award’s inception.
“SNHU has a long history of rethinking higher education to meet the changing needs of students, and we are honored to once again be recognized as one of the Most Innovative Universities in the country.” LeBlanc said. “We take great pride in helping students transform their lives through the power of education, and will continue to find new ways to better serve students on their path to a degree.”