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Hesser College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what diploma and degree programs Hesser College offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Hesser College in Manchester, NH

Founded in 1900 by Joel H. Hesser, Hesser College in Manchester, NH, is the first of the 5 regional locations that offers programs in allied health, arts and sciences, design, legal studies, and education. The four other locations are in Concord, Nashua, Portsmouth, and Salem. Hesser College also has its online division for distance learners. Hesser College is a subsidiary of Kaplan Higher Education, and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.


Hesser College offers various diploma and degree programs, including physical therapy assistant, liberal studies, communications, business administration, criminal justice, paralegal, and early childhood education. The school is equipped with computer laboratories, laboratories specifically designed for physical therapy assistant and medical programs, radio station for broadcasting programs, library, and a fitness center. Some programs require clinical, externship, and fieldwork.

Students can join various clubs, including the Campus Activities Board, Criminal Justice Leadership Team, Psychology Club, and the Residence Hall Council. Special groups, such as Alpha Chi, Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Beta Lambda, also offer various activities for the students. Student services include career and alcohol or substance abuse counseling, health, and employment services. Students can also visit the Academic Skills Center to acquire tutoring or assistance in improving study skills. As a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), the school provides intercollegiate, intramural, scholarship, and club sports such as baseball, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, football, and volleyball.


There is an application fee of $20. Prospective students who have completed their high school or equivalency are welcome to apply. Admissions interviews are required and campus tours are highly encouraged. Applicants must also past the Wonderlic test before admittance.

Students are also required to take the Accuplacer tests to determine their skill levels in Math and English. International students are required to submit the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) with scores of at least 450. The average TOEFL score at Hesser College is 475. International students can get further support and assistance from their international student advisers.

Advance Placement (AP), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Support (DANTES), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and work experience can all be used as transferrable college credits. Students who will be enrolled in programs that have clinical, fieldwork, or externship courses are required to have health examinations, pathology tests and/or immunizations.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost to attend Hesser College varies depending on the program. Diploma programs can range from $2,500 to over $6,800. Degree programs can range from $14,000 to $15,000. Most programs cost roughly between $250 and $391 per credit. Program fees including lab fees also vary.

There are different types of financial aid for Hesser College students. In 2010, 32% of the students used some type of financial aid to pay for their tuition. Federal programs include subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Stafford loans, Federal Parent Plus loans, Federal Pell Grant, and the Federal Perkins Loan Program. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), state grants, and Federal Work Study (FWS) are also available. Students are welcome to apply for various academic, cadet and family scholarships.

School Type 4-year private, for-profit*
Degrees Offered Certificate, diploma, associate's, bachelor's*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 3,543 students in 2011*
Student Housing Roughly 100 students live on campus, housing available to students who maintain 2.0 GPA, shared or single rooms are available**
Schools (and/or) Programs Five schools plus the online division: on-campus programs include 2 diploma, 11 associate's and 7 bachelor's; online programs include 2 associate's and 2 bachelor's**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011: Associate's: Medical/Clinical Assistant (142), Bachelor's: Business Administration and Management (74)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students who started in Fall 2004:
36% graduated within normal time for the program
6% graduated within 150% of normal time for the program**
Entering Class Size 398 transfer-ins in 2012*
First-Year Retention Rates 29% in 2009*
Application Due Date Open admission policy*
Tuition $14,344 to $ $39,480 per program in 2011**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010: Grants and scholarship aids (27%), federal grants (25%), Pell Grant (25%), other federal grants (16%), state grants or scholarships (2%), institutional grants or scholarships (8%), student loan aid (32%), federal student loans (31%), other student loans (8%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 32% in 2010**

*National Center for Education Statistics, **Hesser College

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admission, Hesser College
    3 Sundial Avenue, Manchester, NH 03103
  • Phone: (603)668-6660
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