Overview of New Hampshire Colleges & Schools

The state of New Hampshire is home to a number of public and private colleges and universities dedicated to providing educational opportunities to residents of the state, out of state students and international students. The state itself is relatively small, though houses a large number of institutions considering its size. New Hampshire’s largest city is Manchester and its capital is Concord. New Hampshire is bordered by Maine to the east, Massachusetts to the south, Vermont to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. The states location and allows for ease of travel to many metropolitan centers, particularly the greater Boston area, and facilitates access to many historic sites dating to colonial times.

The five public universities operating in the state belong to the University System of New Hampshire. The system was established in 1963, uniting several public institutions that were state funded under the direction of a single of board of trustees, who in turn became responsible for providing unique missions and characteristics for each of the schools. The system is the largest provider of post-secondary education in the state. Public institutions are typically less expensive than their private counterparts, often with larger enrollment and a higher number of majors and program offerings.

The schools that comprise the University System of New Hampshire:

Private institutions are typically more expensive and provide a more personal education through limited enrollment and an excellent student to teacher ratio. Within the state of new hampshire there are several private institutions in operation, some focused on providing an education rooted in religious practice, others focusing on the arts, and one focusing specifically on law. The oldest college in the state, Dartmouth College (Hanover), predates the American Revolution and is one of the schools that comprise the Ivy League. Some school are actually headquartered out of state, though they operate branch campuses within the borders of New Hampshire.

Some private school’s in New Hampshire include:

The state of New Hampshire also operates seven community colleges throughout the state through the Community College System of New Hampshire. Community colleges provide individuals with a low cost alternative to four year institutions and career schools by providing transfer options and certificate and degree courses in applied science. Community colleges serve counties throughout the state and have agreements in place with the University System of New Hampshire to ease transfer opportunities for graduates. Career colleges may also be found throughout the state. These schools provide comprehensive education in a given field, resulting in a certificate, diploma, or in certain cases an associate’s degree. Graduates of these programs are generally qualified to enter the workforce at the entry level and many schools provide career assistance and placement as part of their educational services.

The most populous city in New Hampshire is Manchester, followed by Nashua.  While the most populous county in New Hampshire is Hillsborough County with Rockingham County close behind.   If you are interested in visiting the state of New Hampshire, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.

College Degree Breakdown for the State of New-hampshire

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

Doctoral or professional degree
Master's degree
Bachelor's degree
Associate's degree
Postsecondary nondegree award
Some college, no degree
High school diploma or equivalent
No formal educational credential

Public Universities & Colleges

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There are five public 4-year state universities and colleges in New Hampshire. These four-year institutions predominantly offer bachelor's or higher level programs and some may even include research facilities. See a state-wide list of the state universities and colleges in New Hampshire.

Private Universities & Colleges

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In New Hampshire there are ten accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition. Compare admission requirements and tuition details for private colleges in New Hampshire.

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