The state of New Hampshire offers many postsecondary education options such as state colleges and universities where newcomers can explore numerous career paths, and there are community colleges that offer a more affordable academic experience. Consider several different evaluation criteria using statistics from the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES) including; proximity to large cities, school size, cost, and graduation rates.
New Hampshire Schools Near Large Cities
The three largest cities in New Hampshire are Manchester, Nashua, and Concord. The closest college or university to Concord is Granite State College, which is in the downtown area. Plenty of colleges in the other aforementioned major cities are downtown or less than 5 miles away, as demonstrated below.
- Rivier University (downtown Nashua)
- Daniel Webster College (2.5 miles from Nashua)
- Nashua Community College (2.5 miles from Nashua)
- University of New Hampshire at Manchester (2.2 miles from Manchester)
- Mount Washington College (2.2 miles from Manchester)
Largest Schools in New Hampshire
The largest schools in the state are a mix of public and private institutions. Southern New Hampshire University is by far the largest with 43,274 students. The remainder of the top 5 largest schools range from roughly 4,200 to 15,100 students.
- University of New Hampshire-Main Campus (15,117 total students)
- Dartmouth College (6,298 total students)
- Keene State College (4,957 total students)
- Plymouth State University (4,855 total students)
- NHTI-Concord's Community College (4,284 total students)
Lowest Net Price
The average net price for a college or university is determined by subtracting the amount of government or institutional financial aid a full-time undergraduate student receives from the total cost of attendance. The figures for these New Hampshire schools are based on data from the NCES for the 2014-2015 academic year.
- Nashua Community College ($11,942)
- Granite State College ($12,473)
- White Mountains Community College ($13,247)
- Manchester Community College ($13,423)
- Lakes Region Community College ($13,923)
Highest Graduation Rate
Graduation rate is one determination of how productive and effective a college is. The overall graduation rate for a school is based on the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who completed their studies within 150% of 'normal time' (for example, six years would be 150% of 'normal time' for a bachelor's program). Below are 5 schools in New Hampshire with the highest graduation rate of students who started studying for their degree in 2009:
- Dartmouth College (94%)
- University of New Hampshire- Main Campus (79%)
- Saint Anselm College (73%)
- Keene State College (63%)
- Plymouth State University (58%)
Using the metrics presented here, New Hampshire students can make a wise and informed decision about their future college.