Colleges in New Hampshire

Colleges in New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s motto, “Live Free or Die,” is an homage to the Revolutionary War and the state’s status as one of the original 13 colonies. The Granite State has largely warm, humid summers, contrasted by long, cold, and snowy winters, though the southeastern section experiences milder weather because of the Atlantic Ocean. Colleges in New Hampshire are scattered throughout the state, with Dartmouth College as the oldest and most selective. There are six colleges in the University System of New Hampshire, as well as 12 private institutions, which include four Catholic-affiliated 4-year colleges and universities. The primary industry supporting New Hampshire’s economy is Smart Manufacturing/High Technology (SMHT). When it comes to state attractions, Moose Alley, Castle in the Clouds, and the Currier Museum (including the Zimmerman House) rank highly.
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A top-ranked medical program and business school crown Dartmouth College’s liberal arts education. This Ivy League school, the second youngest but also the smallest, is located in Hanover, NH, where it’s easily the main attraction in town. 

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“…Dartmouth Creates a welcoming atmosphere during orientation and then, unlike other schools, mantains it. Administration is approachable due to the small size. The students are accepting and encouraging of one another.” – Big Green!

Southern New Hampshire University

Originally conceived as a school of accounting and secretarial science, Southern New Hampshire University has grown to become a 4-year private university. SNHU confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 150 academic majors available both on campus and...

“…I give Southern New Hampshire University an excellent rating, five stars out of five stars. I feel at home here and have little financial, academic, or social worries. Southern New Hampshire University does an outstanding job at building...” – Mallory from Gorham, NH

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

The University of New Hampshire is a 4-year public school in New Hampshire’s seacoast region and the state’s flagship university campus. The largest university in the state, UNH is home to 11 schools and colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in over...

“…they have a lot to offer no matter what your major or even if you are undecided. the campus has a lot of diversity and you can expect to meet a lot of different people. the campus is large and set in a quiet little town which is very proud to have...” – Ciaira from Hillsboro, NH

Plymouth State University

With a campus nestled at the foot of the White Mountains, Plymouth State University is a 4-year research university in central New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. PSU confers undergraduate degrees in 53 majors and all classes utilize an integrated cluster...

“…psu is a university for those looking for a great community, in and out of their school, with lots of shops and small restaurants. there is an active and relaxed environment, with lots of on-campus activities available, as well as within reach of...” – Jamie from Plymouth, NH

Keene State College

Keene State College is a 4-year public liberal arts college in southwest New Hampshire and a member of the University System of New Hampshire. Keene State confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic fields of study. Throughout the school year,...

“…since i have transfered to keene state college, i have felt at home and like i belong. it's a wonderful school with a great environment. the classes make me learn better and i feel more one-on-one with my professors and iep coordinator. i know that...” – Chantel from Plaistow, NH

Saint Anselm College

Founded in 1889 by the Order of Saint Benedict, Saint Anselm College is a Catholic school in southeast New Hampshire and the third-oldest Catholic institution in New England. Saint Anselm grants undergraduate degrees in 45 academic majors dedicated...

“…this is the perfect school for faithful republicans who want to become more active in politics. there is a large focus on political activity and the development of critical thinkers and active citizens. even the less popular majors are excellently...” – Elena from Pembroke, NH

New England College

New England College is a private rural liberal arts college in Henniker, New Hampshire. NEC confers undergraduate degrees in 37 academic fields of study and its Hands On Year Round initiative provides the opportunity for students to reduce costs...

“…I would say New England College is a diversity school. It knows how to do things to get people to interact with the community. It also has all the help you need when it comes to school work.” – Emani from Columbus, OH

Colby-Sawyer College

Founded in 1837 in the Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire, Colby-Sawyer College is a 4-year institution built on a liberal arts and sciences core curriculum. Conferring undergraduate degrees through the School of Arts and Sciences, the...

“…Colby-Sawyer college is a great place for interactive learning. It haves a good selections of different types of majors and courses. Going here provides you with a lot of opportunities in jobs and internships.” – Zelest from Waterbury, CT

Franklin Pierce University is a small private institution based in rural Rindge, New Hampshire. The campus is surrounded by forests, wetlands, lakes, fields, and mountains, which are utilized for field work and ecology research. FPU operates multiple...

“…it has beautiful scenery. the class sizes are small. the professors are amazing and willing to do whatever they can to help you succeed. ” – Cassie from Medford, NY

Rivier University

Rivier University is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Catholic Church. Rivier is based in Nashua, New Hampshire, and offers online and on-campus programs that integrate Catholic values into applied academics.The school offers a...

“…The education is amazing, but the social life not so much. If you are really a hard worker this school will fit you perfectly. The nursing program is amazing.” – Courtney from Hooksett, NH

From its location in the heart of the Manchester Cultural District, the New Hampshire Institute of Art is the state’s largest non-profit arts institution. In addition to undergraduate programs in illustration and photography, NHIA also offers degrees...

“…Helpful teachers that care about encouraging students . Challenging classes that encourage creativeness . Nurturing environment . ” – Silken from Newport, NH

Granite State College is a public, 4-year institution established in Concord, New Hampshire, with satellite locations in Conway, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, and Rochester. GSC primarily serves adult students, offering flexible scheduling options...

“…People are very helpful, and the other students are friendly. Class times are convenient and there are many online classes. Campuses are small, but are conveniently located in many areas of the state.” – Anonymous

Nashua Community College is a 2-year community college in southeast New Hampshire. NCC is home to seven academic departments offering more than 30 associate degree programs in subjects such as Holistic Massage Therapy and Cybersecurity Networking. In...

“…Very welcoming school, with a very intelligent, caring staff willing to work with students individually. The people are awesome and friendly. Id give this school a 9/10 stars 10 being the best.(9/10 not 10/10 only because there's no dorms.)” – Joshua from Nashua, NH

Northeast Catholic College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Warner, New Hampshire. Northeast Catholic College features a unique core curriculum, which focuses heavily on the Great Books and a number of other historical texts...

“…Northeast Catholic College is a vibrantly Catholic and academically rigorous small college. It's beautifully located, has an active and amazing student body, and a true Catholic culture. I guess it's pretty much exactly what a Catholic college...” – Cappex from Warren, MA

The University of New Hampshire at Manchester is a regional UNH campus in the heart of the largest city in the state. UNH Manchester is home to 33 undergrad and graduate degree programs and its facilities house 16 labs and studios. In addition, the...

“…Has small, productive classes with knowledgeable teachers that encourage studying. Flexible tutoring hours and opportunities make classes run much smoother. Has an awesome and growing science department.” – Victoria from Hudson, NH

Great Bay Community College is a 2-year institution with two campuses in eastern New Hampshire. GBCC confers associate degrees in 29 fields of study and is also home to 27 certificate-granting programs and the college’s Hospitality Management program...

“…A great place to start your future. Perfect for exploring your future. The start of something great. ” – Jedidiah from Barnstead, NH

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Merrimack, New Hampshire. The college only offers one program of study so all students graduate with a degree in liberal arts under the premise that the...

“…The best in traditional Catholic education. You learn with the professors; discussions are deep and thoughtful. The entire community cares about your education and personal growth as a student and person.” – Al from NH

Manchester Community College is a 2-year institution in southeast New Hampshire. MCC offers degrees and certificates in over 60 academic programs as well as several Service Learning courses that combine classroom instruction with community service...

“…It is very welcoming, and everyone is nice. Once you know where you are going you will never get lost. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful.” – Darcy from Manchester, NH

Originally founded as the New Hampshire Technical Institute, NHTI, Concord’s Community College is a 2-year institution in New Hampshire’s capital city. NHTI is home to 92 areas of study with 12 programs available entirely online. In addition to their...

“…this college works hard to make it's students feel comfortable and welcome. they do put effort into reducing the amount of stress a student feels, and calms the overwhelming new territory feeling that comes with the new experience. they definitely...” – Emily from NH

River Valley Community College is a 2-year college with a main campus and two extension sites in western New Hampshire. RVCC is home to five academic departments hosting 31 degree and certificate-granting programs. During every spring semester,...

“…Great College, but they do not offer animation or game programming there. There are more classes in Claremont than in Keene though. Cheaper than some other colleges that I've seen.” – Anonymous

The University of New Hampshire School of Law is a legal institution in the state capital of Concord. UNH Law offers a JD program available on campus and a hybrid JD degree focusing on Intellectual Property Law that utilizes online courses. Thanks to...

Established in 1967, Lakes Region Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Laconia, New Hampshire. With over 60 associate’s degree and certificate programs offered, LRCC provides students with programs that are designed...

“…I love the affordability. I love the flexibility. The professors and advisors are there to help students succeed! ” – student from Tilton, NH

With a main campus along the banks of the Androscoggin River, White Mountains Community College is a 2-year institution in New Hampshire’s north country. WMCC offers 22 associate degree fields of study and 27 certificate-granting programs. To provide...

“…A Great School for Right out of High School, After a year off or ten. I have never found nicer staff at a college or university and they are willing to help you till all of your problems are fixed without any complaints. Good School for the cost!” – Andre from Jefferson, NH

Founded by educational reformer Horace Mann, Antioch University New England is a progressive graduate institution in southern New Hampshire. AUNE offers 10 master degree programs founded in social and environmental justice as well as three doctoral...

The St. Joseph School of Nursing is a 2-year Catholic nursing institution in southeast New Hampshire. St. Joseph offers associate degrees in Nursing with a curriculum that includes lecture, laboratory, and clinical credits. Students participate in...

The Upper Valley Educators Institute is a teacher-training institution in western New Hampshire with a foundation in the philosophy of “learning by doing.” UVEI offers two experiential-based Teacher Internship and Principal Internship programs...

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