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Catholic Colleges in New Hampshire

Apr 17, 2018

New Hampshire provides interested students with several private, Catholic colleges throughout the state. Here we discuss some of the unique characteristics of each school to help students with their decision-making process.

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Despite being a smaller state, New Hampshire offers at least five colleges that are affiliated with the Catholic faith to interested students. These schools provide a variety of degree programs at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. Read on to find out more about the Catholic schools in New Hampshire.

School Comparison

Five of New Hampshire's Catholic colleges are spread out amongst four different cities in the state. Compare each school's undergraduate tuition rates in the following table.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Northeast Catholic College 4-year, private not-for-profit Warner, NH $24,000
Rivier University 4-year, private not-for-profit Nashua, NH $31,090
Saint Anselm College 4-year, private not-for-profit Manchester, NH $40,200
St. Joseph School of Nursing 2-year, private not-for-profit Nashua, NH $22,933
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts 4-year, private not-for-profit Merrimack, NH $21,000

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Catholic Colleges in New Hampshire

The Catholic colleges in New Hampshire provide students with a range of available degree programs to meet their future career goals. Students considering these schools may also want to compare student population sizes, spiritual growth opportunities and other factors. Explore some of the distinguishing characteristics of each school here.

Northeast Catholic College

The NCES reports that Northeast Catholic College is an undergraduate school that has about 100 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Students at the school can pursue associate's or bachelor's degree programs in liberal arts and sciences with majors in theology, literature, politics and more. In 2017, the college was named one of the Newman Guide Recommended Colleges and offers students a variety of student organizations, including drama club, hiking club, intramural sports and Spanish club. Students can also develop their spiritual lives with daily prayer services and participation in the Confraternity of Saint Joseph and the Sodality of Mary.

Rivier University

Rivier University is unique in the state because it offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels, as well as post-master's certificate programs. These programs span a wide range of subjects, including computer science, business, human development, education, healthcare, psychology, math and biology. Working professionals may also pursue their undergraduate degree in Professional Studies that offers courses online, on the weekends and in the evenings. Students at the school can participate in prayer and community building, retreat ministry, service opportunities, liturgical ministry and other opportunities to grow spiritually. According to the NCES, Rivier University has about 1,400 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Saint Anselm College

Interestingly, The Princeton Review ranked Saint Anselm College #8 in the nation for Best Campus Food, and according to the school's website, 99% of the class of 2016 were employed, in school or in service within 6 months of graduating. Saint Anselm College is an undergraduate institution that has about 1,900 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1, per the NCES. Students can pursue a bachelor's degree in areas like engineering, foreign language, history, criminology, the physical sciences, theology, art, business, speech and more. Through Campus Ministry, students can attend Mass, participate in choir, serve through Service and Solidarity Missions and attend other spiritual events.

St. Joseph School of Nursing

St. Joseph School of Nursing is unique in that it is an undergraduate school of nursing with a little less than 200 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1, as reported by the NCES. Since it is a 2-year school, students can pursue an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), but the school also has an LPN to ASN program. The ASN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). The school offers students many valuable resources, including a Writing Center, math tutoring, exit loan counseling and a job fair.

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

Students at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts can further develop their spiritual lives by attending Mass, liturgy, evening Rosary and Catholic festivals. Uniquely, the school's Artist-in-Residence offers painting lessons to interested students where they learn to paint Byzantine icons or Gothic Madonnas. According to the NCES, the Thomas More College of Liberal arts is an undergraduate school with about 90 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Students can earn a liberal arts bachelor's degree in areas like classical languages, writing, humanities, philosophy and theology.

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