Southern New Hampshire University Ranked 12th on Fast Company's List of World's 50 Most Innovative Companies

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Touting SNHU “for relentlessly reinventing higher education online and off,” Fast Company lauded the university’s Center for Online and Continuing Education (COCE), now the largest online-degree provider in New England.

“We are obsessed with student success and positively impacting students’ lives. The Fast Company listing is tremendous recognition for our brand,” said SNHU Online CEO Steve Hodownes.

Southern New Hampshire University was named by Fast Company as the 12th most innovative company in the world in its World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, ahead of such companies as the National Football League, Starbucks and United Parcel Service.

Touting SNHU “for relentlessly reinventing higher education online and off,” Fast Company lauded the university’s Center for Online and Continuing Education (COCE), now the largest online-degree provider in New England. Its 11,600 students are enrolled in 150 graduate and undergraduate programs and specialties, in everything from a sustainability-focused MBA to a creative-writing BA.

“We are obsessed with student success and positively impacting students’ lives. The Fast Company listing is tremendous recognition for our brand and further demonstrates how our fast-growing institution is doing great things,” said SNHU Online CEO Steve Hodownes. “To place on a list with some of the most recognizable brands on the planet is humbling and great recognition for all the work we’re doing here to better serve our students.”

Providing access is also at the university’s core mission. Programs such as College Unbound, which started last fall, “connects just a dozen first-generation students, drawn largely from the Big Picture network of charter schools, to design their own learning plans around internships, spending as much time in the world as in class and earning their bachelor’s degree in just three years,” according to Fast Company.

“The organization’s culture is to never settle; we’re always trying to be better,” added Hodownes. “The entrepreneurial make-up of our people is what sets us apart -- they are not afraid of stepping into the batter’s box.”

About Southern New Hampshire University
The university has approximately 2,562 traditional, full-time undergraduate day students and a total annual enrollment in all divisions of 14,000. Programs are offered on campus, online and on location at our centers in New Hampshire and Maine. The university offers programs in business, community economic development, culinary arts, teacher education, hospitality management and liberal arts.

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