Laconia, New Hampshire (NH) Colleges and Universities

Jul 20, 2020

It is important for students to consider such factors as distance from the city, graduation rates, cost and school sizes when choosing a school. We compare the traditional institutions in the aforementioned categories to help students decide which of these schools offers what they are looking for, using information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Laconia, New Hampshire

Some of the schools closest to Laconia offer graduate level degree programs in addition to undergraduate programs. The following schools, of which only one is private, are the schools closest to Laconia's city center:

  • Lakes Region Community College (located downtown)
  • Plymouth State University (19.1 miles from downtown)
  • Granite State College (24.6 miles from downtown)
  • NHTI-Concord's Community College (24.6 miles from downtown)
  • Colby-Sawyer College (29.4 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Laconia, New Hampshire

For students looking for the larger college experience, there are only two schools in the area that have a student population over 15,000. Of the following schools, four are 4-year institutions and one is a 2-year community college:

  • Southern New Hampshire University (104,068 students)
  • University of New Hampshire-Main Campus (15,298 students)
  • Dartmouth College (6,572 students)
  • Plymouth State University (5,059 students)
  • NHTI-Concord's Community College (3,478 students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

When deciding which school to attend, cost is an important consideration for the majority of students. The NCES calculates the average net cost for colleges and universities by subtracting the average amount of financial aid awarded from the total in-district or in-state cost (whichever is lower) for full-time undergrads. Though one of the schools with one of the lowest net prices is in the heart of Laconia, the others are between about 25 to 47 miles away. The schools with the lowest net costs are as follows:

  • Granite State College ($11,392)
  • Manchester Community College ($13,109)
  • Great Bay Community College ($15,396)
  • Lakes Region Community College ($15,409)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

The graduation rates used here came from the NCES and indicate the number of full-time undergraduate students who successfully complete their degree programs within 150% of 'normal' completion time (i.e. six years to earn a bachelor's degree). The following schools in the area had the highest graduation rates of 44% or greater in 2019.

  • Dartmouth College (95% graduation rate)
  • Saint Anselm College (78% graduation rate)
  • University of New Hampshire-Main Campus (76% graduation rate)
  • Plymouth State University (54% graduation rate)
  • Southern New Hampshire University (44% graduation rate)

The Laconia, New Hampshire, area is home to a wide range of public and private institutions that offer students an array of locations, sizes, prices, and graduation rates.

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