Best Universities & Colleges in New Hampshire for 2021

These are the 14 top schools, both online and traditional, located in the state of New Hampshire. Scroll through the list below and get all the information you need about each institution.

Online Colleges in New Hampshire

Compare all of the best distance education colleges located in New Hampshire to pursue an online bachelors degree, associates, or online masters program degree. Including cost of tuition, degrees they offer, enrollment rates, faculty, famous alumni, and more.

  • Colby-Sawyer College

    New London, New Hampshire

    Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire
    • 1,228 Total Students
    • 90% Acceptance Rate
    • 14% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,172 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    A private baccalaureate college, Colby-Sawyer was established through the efforts of a group of New London citizens who received the charter for establishing a college in the year 1837. It opened up for instructions the next year by 1837 and was named New London Academy. By 1878 it as renamed as Colby Academy. It transitioned several ways over the years, and by 1943 started offering baccalaureate programs.

    The college was renamed to its present name, Colby-Sawyer College in 1975 and the addition was made to honor the first president of the college. It is based in New London, New Hampshire and since its beginning has been engaged in achieving intellectual excellence among its students. At present, with its liberal arts and sciences programs, it aims to prepare students for lifelong success.

    The campus at Colby-Sawyer provides with a vibrant and creative environment. Students find themselves involved in over 45 student groups and organisations which present a variety of academic and other skill learning opportunities. There is Campus Activities Board (CAB) which brings events and entertainment for the students but also presents a great opportunity for leadership, organisational and interpersonal skills by leading and participating at the Board. The college has specific focus on developing cultural diversity among its students and so it brings speakers, artists, workshops and other activities which engage students with communities and cultures. Through Emerging Leaders program, the students take part in community development and skill learning activities and opportunities. Recreational opportunities come through the great campus tradition of ‘Mountain Day’ where students climb the Mount Kearsarge. There are college athletic teams that take part in NCAA Division III; its mascot is a ‘Charging horse’ and its colors are Royal blue and white.

    Academic program offerings at the college include undergraduate programs, with Associate programs and Bachelors degree programs with 19 Majors and 25 Minors. Its prominent buildings are Curtis L. Ivey Science Center, Baird Health & Counseling Center, Lethbridge Lodge, Harrington Center for Experiential Learning, Dan and Kathleen Hogan Sports Center, Susan Colgate Cleveland Library and more.

    Colby-Sawyer School Facts

    • Years Estd.1837
    • MascotChargers (Horse)
    • MottoParatae Servire ("Prepare to Serve")
    • LocationNew Hampshire
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Colby-Sawyer Alumni

    • John Q.A. Brackett

      Politics & Law

      Governor of Massachusetts, 36th

    • Anthony Colby

      Politics & Law

      Businessman and Governor of New Hampshire

    • Daniel L. Plumer

      Business & Industry

      Wisconsin businessman and politician

    • Cabell Breckinridge

      Politics & Law

      Lawyer, legislator, Speaker of the House and Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Kentucky

    • Nate Corddry

      Entertainment & Arts

      Television and film actor

    • William H. Gilmore

      Business & Industry

      Vermont farmer and businessman; also a soldier, legislator, and Adjutant General of the state militia

    • Charles Henry Morrill

      Business & Industry

      Nebraska businessman and land speculator after whom Morrill County, Nebraska has been named


  • Daniel Webster College

    Nashua, New Hampshire

    Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire
    • 741 Total Students
    • 62% Acceptance Rate
    • 28% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 815 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    DWC was a private college that was founded in the year 1965 as the New England Aeronautical Institute. Initially the college was affiliated with what is now the Nashua Airport, however in 1978 in a merger with its junior college division, it transformed into Daniel Webster College. The college went through financial difficulties entering the 21st century and so was taken over by ITT Educational Services, Inc. in 2009. With it, the college also changed to a for profit institute.

    This did not help the situation, hence the college filed bankruptcy  and has now been conducting classes under the Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), through the teach out program. The college was based in Nashua, New Hampshire. It continued under ITT Educational Service, Inc. till 2016 after which it was taken over and the students were provided with the option of enrolling with SHNU.

    Before the transfer to SNHU, Daniel Webster College offered an exciting campus life to its students with every resource for growth and development. The students enjoyed student led clubs and organisations and found plenty of opportunities for learning skills, connecting with each other and improving communication. Not only this, the student run organisations also improved the leadership development in its students. The college’s resources and programs have been transferred to SHNU however it still maintains its student activities in the same spirit of DWC. The college also continues its athletic programs under the new institute but before the transfer the college’s athletic teams ‘Eagles’ participated at the NCAA Division III, through 15 varsity teams. Its mascot was ‘Eagle’ and the campus colors were Red and Blue.

    Academic programs offered at DWC before the transfer consisted of 17 Bachelors programs and nine online programs which also include MBA. As of present, under SHNU, the college continues to offer all of the existing programs through the teach out facility providing an accredited institute while the parent institute, ITT Educational Service, Inc. closes down.

    DWC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1965
    • NicknameEagles
    • MascotEagle
    • ColorsBlue and Red
    • LocationNew Hampshire
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Franklin Pierce University Seal

    Franklin Pierce University

    Rindge, New Hampshire

    Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire
    • 2,273 Total Students
    • 80% Acceptance Rate
    • 14% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,740 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Franklin Pierce University is a private non-profit university that was established in 1962 by  Frank S. DiPietro. It was named in honor of the 14th president of the United States. The university was initially named Franklin Pierce College till 2007 when it was accredited as a University. The first class at the college started in 1963 with only 100 students and 6 full time professors in a campus containing only four buildings. Since its establishment the number of enrolled students increased several times which required the continuous building of additional spaces.

    The University main campus covers 1200 acres in Rindge, New Hampshire with several distinctive buildings including Monadnock Hall, Cheney Hall, Marcucella Hall, the Fitzwater Center, Petrocelli Hall, the Pappas Center, and the Yvonne S. Boice Performing Arts Center. The main students activities center is the Emily Flint campus center. There is also the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Activity Center which is also known as “the Bubble”. This center is the main recreation building for the students providing several sports courts and facilities. The University campus contains the only fire company to be run entirely by students. The company is administered by 4 student officers besides other students serving as firefighters.

    Additionally, the University has three branch campuses in New Hampshire and another campus in Arizona that are administered by the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. The campus colors are the crimson and grey while its mascot is the raven.

    Franklin Pierce athletic teams compete in NCAA Division II and the Northeast-10 Conference with 40% participation rate among the students.

    The University offers 37 undergraduate programs, 4 certificate programs, 5 pathway programs, 3 pre-professional programs in addition to 11 master programs and one doctoral program. It is accredited by NEASC since 1968 and has been listed by Forbes among America’s Top colleges.

    Franklin Pierce School Facts

    • Years Estd.1962
    • MascotRaven
    • MottoEx umbris ad lucem
    • Motto Eng.From the shadows to the light
    • ColorsCrimson and Grey
    • LocationNew Hampshire
    • AthleticsDivision II, NE-10
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Franklin Pierce Alumni

    • Justin Blood

      Professional Sports

      basketball coach at Hartford College

    • Rebekah Harkness

      Business & Industry

      founder of the Harkness Ballet

    • Henry Simmons

      Entertainment & Arts

      actor participated in NYPD blue series

    • Temple Grandin

      Science & Medicine

      Researcher focusing on animal behavior studies

    • Pauliina Miettinen

      Professional Sports

      former soccer player


  • Granite State College

    Concord, New Hampshire

    • 2,179 Total Students
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Granite State College (GSC), also commonly known by Granite, is a public four-year university system educational institute that is located in New Hampshire State in the United States. The college was founded in 1972 in Concord region in New Hampshire, where its main campus is located. It was established along with the Keene State College, Plymouth State University and University of New Hampshire to form the university system of New Hampshire. In addition to the main campus that is located in Concord, GSC manages other eight campuses located in New Hampshire which are Claremont, Conway, Lebanon, Littleton, Nashua, Manchester, Portsmouth, and Rochester.

    Granite mission is to provide public higher education to adults at different ages residing in New Hampshire and the surrounding regions. It aims at offering diverse academic programs and educational services that could match the workforce requirements in the surrounding community. Granite system not only offers up to the standard academic programs but helps also in the development of the students’ personal skills, professional development and the community partnership.

    Granite online programs have been awarded the 99th and the 63rd places according to the U.S. News & World Report in 2017 for the undergraduate and graduate programs respectively. It is considered to be the top among all New Hampshire colleges and universities.

    The college offers 23 undergraduate programs with many different concentrations in liberal arts and sciences. Additionally, it offers 4 master degrees in education and business. It also offers 4 associate degrees and 4 teacher certification options. AU-ABC Program is a special program as it is a joint degree between Granite State College and the Air University. This program allows that the associate degree in applied sciences that is offered by the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) could be directed towards obtaining a baccalaureate degree from Granite State College.

    Granite School Facts

    • Years Estd.1972
    • LocationNew Hampshire
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Keene State College Seal

    Keene State College

    Keene, New Hampshire

    Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire
    • 4,383 Total Students
    • 79% Acceptance Rate
    • 21% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 5,674 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Keene State College is a public liberal arts college located in Keene, New Hampshire. It is a member of the University System of New Hampshire and of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. The college was established in 1909 as Keene Normal School. Its name was changed to Keene Teachers College before being renamed to its current name.

    Keene campus offers several distinctive buildings and facilities to the students as Fiske Hall which is the oldest building on campus built in 1909 and renovated in 2007, Holloway Hall which is the first year students residence, Media Arts Center which is the newest facility on campus built in 2006 and Mason Library which hosts the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Redfern Arts Center is the campus arts and performing center containing three performance avenues: the Alumni Recital Hall, the Main Theater and the Wright theatre. Other prominent facilities include Adams Technology, Butterfield Hall, Elliot Hall, Huntress Hall, Putnam Science Center, Spaulding Gymnasium, Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Young Student Center and Zorn Dining Commons.

    The college offers undergraduate programs, master’s degree programs and certification programs in more than 40 areas of study. It also offers an integrative study program in addition to The Morris-August Honors Program. The Princeton Review ranked Keene College among the best colleges and universities in the Northeast in 2006.

    Keene State School Facts

    • Years Estd.1909
    • MascotOwl
    • MottoEnter to learn; go forth to serve
    • ColorsRed and white
    • LocationNew Hampshire
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Mount Washington College

    Manchester, New Hampshire

    • 751 Total Students
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Mount Washington College is a for-profit private higher education institute located in Manchester, New Hampshire. The college was established in 1900 under the name of Hesser Business College. The college followed since its establishment educational policy that aimed at providing personal support and encouragement to each of its students. In 1975, the college opened its first branch campus in Nashua followed by the establishment of additional campuses in Portsmouth, Salem, and Concord. In 2013, the college got its current name and it also started offering online degree programs in the same year. In 2013, the college terminated its operation at Concord and Portsmouth campuses due to the decline in the student enrollment. In the following year, Nashua and Salem campuses were closed before closing the last campus and terminating the operation of the college in 2015.

    The college offered “Mount Washington Commitment” program which allowed students applying to the college to attend their classes without having to pay tuition fees for a determined period before having to decide whether to leave or continue at the college and start paying the tuition fees. The college also offered several scholarships in addition to financial aid programs that provide support to the students.

    Mount Washington School Facts

    • LocationNew Hampshire
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • New England College

    Henniker, New Hampshire

    New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire
    • 2,517 Total Students
    • 98% Acceptance Rate
    • 9% Enrollment Rate
    • 19 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,987 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    New England College is a private non-profit college found in Henniker, New Hampshire. The college was established in 1946 to provide educational opportunities for the students who intended to join higher education on the G.I. bill after participating in the World War II. During the early years of the college, the Tortington Park School for girls in Arundel in West Sussex, England was purchased to act as a branch campus for students wishing to study abroad. At that time, the college changed its logo to include the flags of both England and the United States. The theater department used to send its students to the branch campus to perform three shows in Europe. However, the branch campus was later closed and sold.

    New College has a rural campus located in small town of Henniker, New Hampshire. The campus covers 225 acres along Contoocook River. Prominent buildings on campus include John Lyons Academic Center. The college is also connected by a bridge to athletic fields covering around 20 acres. New College produces a newspaper called “The New Englander” in addition to broadcasting an FM radio channel called WNEC-FM. The college athletic teams, who are nicknamed Pilgrims, competed in the Commonwealth Coast Conference in the period between 1989 to 2011, then in the North Atlantic Conference between 2011 to 2018, competing afterwards in the New England Collegiate Conference. The official colors of the college are red, blue and navy while its mascot is called Patty the Pilgrim.

    The college provides educational programs that emphasizes on experiential learning. It offers 37 bachelor degree programs, 12 master’s degree programs in addition to a doctoral degree program. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

    New England School Facts

    • Years Estd.1946
    • NicknamePilgrims
    • MascotPatty the Pilgrim
    • MottoDura duranda alta petenda
    • Motto Eng."We work hard to achieve greater heights"
    • ColorsRed, Blue and Navy
    • LocationNew Hampshire
    • Athleticsathletics.nec.edu
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous New England Alumni

    • David C. Arnold

      Business & Industry

      former president and CEO of Softdesk, Inc.

    • Geena Davis

      Entertainment & Arts

      Academy Award-winning actress

    • Wallace Stickney

      Politics & Law

      former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency

    • Steven Zirnkilton

      Entertainment & Arts

      voice actor and narrator

    • Ira Joe Fisher

      Entertainment & Arts

      meteorologist and former weather reporter for CBS


  • New Hampshire Institute of Art

    Manchester, New Hampshire

    New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire
    • 452 Total Students
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    New Hampshire Institute of Art is a private non-profit higher education institute that offers educational programs focusing on creative arts. The school was established in 1898 under the name of “Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences”. It aimed at stimulating more educational and research efforts focusing on history, literature and industrial institutes. The institute operated in temporary locations till 1918 when it constructed its first temporary building. The building was named French Hall in honor of the institute supporter, Mrs. Emma Blood French. In 1924, the institute was recognized by the New Hampshire State Board of Education as a four-year institute offering arts education program. In 1997, the college name was changed to the current one and the institute was authorized to offer Bachelor of Arts degree. In 2007, John Teti who was a collector and philanthropist donated more than 2,000 rare photographic books to the college including Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work. Five years later, the college witnessed significant expansion in student enrollment as it received more than 80% of the students from the closed Chester College of New England. In the same year, New Hampshire signed a merge agreement with the Sharon Arts Center. In 2016, the college joined partnership with the University of New Hampshire at Manchester allowing students to attend courses at any of the two institutes without having to pay additional fees.

    The college campus is located in Manchester, New Hampshire composed of 11 buildings within the Manchester Cultural District which includes several arts and cultural institutes. Prominent buildings on campus include Fuller Hall which is named in honor of Mary Fuller Russell, Williams Hall and Gallery which was purchased in 2005 and renovated before being opened in the following year. Other important buildings include French Hall, Lowell Hall and Sharon Arts Center.

    The college offers 10 bachelor degree programs including a dual degree program. Additionally, it offers 5 master’s degree programs. New Hampshire is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

    NHIA School Facts

    • Years Estd.1898
    • LocationNew Hampshire
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous NHIA Alumni

    • Andrea Joyce Heimer

      Entertainment & Arts

      painter of Native American heritage

    • Kyle Mosher

      Entertainment & Arts

      artist and designer known for his collage and cut-paper style


  • Plymouth State University Seal

    Plymouth State University

    Plymouth, New Hampshire

    Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire
    • 5,120 Total Students
    • 74% Acceptance Rate
    • 28% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 6,626 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Plymouth State University (PSU) is a public coeducational university located in Plymouth, New Hampshire. The university was established in 1870 under the name of Plymouth Normal School. Plymouth was selected by the board of trustees to establish the new school. In 1874, the college was reorganized into training schools under the supervision of the normal school. In 1890, the college campus was expanded by building a new academic hall which is known as Rounds Hall in addition to a new dormitory. In 1927, the school was ranked by the American Council of Teacher Colleges as Grade A teachers college. In 1939, the name of the college was changed to Plymouth Teachers College. In 1948, Plymouth started offering graduate degree programs. The name of the college was changed again in 1963 to Plymouth State College of the University System of New Hampshire. It finally achieved the university status and got its current name in 2003. In 2017, the university was reorganized into clusters instead of academic departments or colleges.

    Plymouth State has a rural campus with several distinctive buildings and facilities including Boyd Science Center, Museum of the White Mountains, Samuel Read Hall Building and Highland Hall. The campus also hosts the Enterprise Center at Plymouth which was opened in 2013 as collaboration between the university and the Grafton County Economic Development Council. It serves a business incubator and accelerator. The campus offers 11 residential halls including Belknap Residence Hall, Pemigewasset Residence Hall, Geneva Smith Hall, Merrill Place and Langdon Woods Hall. The university athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III as members of Little East Conference. Their official colors are green and white while their mascot is called Pemi the Panther.

    Plymouth State is divided into 7 clusters offering 52 undergraduate, 31 master’s and 2 doctoral degree programs in addition to several certification programs.

    PSU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1871
    • NicknamePSU
    • MascotPemi the Panther
    • MottoUt prosim (That I may serve)
    • LocationNew Hampshire
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous PSU Alumni

    • Joe Dudek

      Professional Sports

      former Denver Broncos football player

    • Jeffrey R. Howard

      Politics & Law

      U.S. Courts of Appeals judge

    • Chris Romano

      Entertainment & Arts

      co-creator of Blue Mountain State

    • Ethan Paquin

      Entertainment & Arts

      American poet

    • Matt Tupman

      Professional Sports

      Major League Baseball player for the Kansas City Royals


  • Southern New Hampshire University Seal

    Southern New Hampshire University

    Manchester, New Hampshire

    Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire
    • 61,285 Total Students
    • 92% Acceptance Rate
    • 22% Enrollment Rate
    • 30 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,848 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    SNHU is a private but also a non profit higher education institute that started in 1932 as a training institute offering education and training in accounting methods.  It was called New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Science. It got incorporated in 1961 and with it was renamed. It progressed in its academic programs and soon started awarding Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in 1963 and 1966 respectively.

    Soon after, it turned into a non profit institute. It went through transformations finally coming to its present name and shape in year 2001. The university offers its students professional education which is incorporated with latest development in the industry as well as the technology.

    The campus life is at the Southern New Hampshire University is small yet comprehensive, covering and focusing not just academic development but also physical, emotional and social development of its students. The campus offers more than 60 student organised clubs and groups that serve as a healthy space for learning of skills and adding to their achievements. There is also a Center for Community Engaged Learning which encourages students to break the silos and get engaged around the campus as well as off campus, learning about the communities and being involved in working for them. This instills in students awareness for civic responsibility but also helps learn leadership work. There are also special activities which add to the students’ leadership skills; these programs include Advisor Training, Fall Leadership Conference, Spring Transition Summit etc. There is also campus ministry which looks after the religious and spiritual needs of the students. The university also offers recreation activities to the students and also has its athletic teams called ‘Penmen’ which compete at NCAA Division II. The campus mascot is ‘Petey Penmen’ and the official colors are Blue and Gold.

    Academic programs at SNHU consist of four Associate, 60+ Bachelors, 35+ graduate programs including Masters, two Doctoral programs and 15+ Certificate programs. It also offers online programs.  Its notable facilities/departments are Shapiro Library, Wolak Learning Center and Robert Frost Hall.

    SNHU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1932
    • NicknamePenmen
    • MascotPetey Penmen
    • MottoSumma Optimaque (Latin)
    • Motto Eng."The Greatest and the Best"
    • ColorsBlue and Gold
    • LocationNew Hampshire
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II – NE-10
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous SNHU Alumni

    • Chuck Collins

      Education & Advocacy

      Author, co-founder of United for a Fair Economy, and senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies

    • Elaine Duke

      Politics & Law

      Seventh United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

    • Samia Suluhu

      Politics & Law

      Tenth Vice President of Tanzania, the first woman to hold this position

    • Benjamin Ramos

      Politics & Law

      Former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 180th District

    • Mohd Sidek Hassan

      Education & Advocacy

      Chairman of Petronas, former president of the International Islamic University Malaysia, and 12th Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia

    • Marjoie Kilkelly

      Politics & Law

      Former member of the Maine House of Representatives and Maine Senate

    • Felix G. Arroyo

      Politics & Law

      Former member of the Boston City Council and primary candidate for mayor of Boston in 2013

    • Peggy Morgan

      Professional Sports

      Professional mixed martial artist

    • Pam Patenaude

      Politics & Law

      Seventh United States Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development


  • University of New Hampshire at Manchester Seal

    University of New Hampshire at Manchester

    Manchester, New Hampshire

    University of New Hampshire at Manchester in Manchester, New Hampshire
    • 809 Total Students
    • 73% Acceptance Rate
    • 41% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 205 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    UNH Manchester is one of the campuses of the University of New Hampshire. It is a public institute and an urban campus to the university which was founded in the year 1866. This campus, based in Manchester, New Hampshire was established in the year 1985 with the aim to also increase the physical outreach of the institute as part of its academic expansion.

    University of New Hampshire at Manchester is the sixth campus to the University of New Hampshire and is on the mission to provide education embedded in active citizenship with focus on creative and impactful solutions and decision making. The university concentrates specifically on the STEM fields.

    The campus does not only focus on academic development but also involves students in activities and programs which shape them into leaders, professionals, and dedicated community members. The students find to their interest 30+ student run clubs and organisations ranging from academic, sports, to arts and governing associations. There are programs and opportunities that teach the students leadership skills and also give them a chance to practice the skills in a real world environment. These include serving as Peer Assistant Leaders, Orientation Leaders, Mentors and Tutors. There are also programs for improving diversity and inclusion as well as inter cultural understanding. Not only are there activities but also formal training as well as programs that are aimed at increasing significance of diversity. For student academic support, the campus also offers Academic counselling helping students in maintaining their studies, to work on their skills and helping with goal achievement. There is also the Center for Academic Enrichment (CAE) which with its writing programs, tutoring, placement testing and other activities aims to improve student learning. There are also wellness activities such as fitness activities, sports, exercise classes and also athletics at NCAA. The official campus colors are Blue and White.

    Academic programs consist of 33 Undergraduate programs and 12 graduate programs including Masters and Certificates. Its notable facilities are Pandora Mill and Currier Museum of Art.

    UNH Manchester School Facts

    • Years Estd.1985
    • NicknameWildcats
    • ColorsBlue and White
    • LocationNew Hampshire
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • University of New Hampshire Seal

    University of New Hampshire

    Durham, New Hampshire

    University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire
    • 15,351 Total Students
    • 79% Acceptance Rate
    • 21% Enrollment Rate
    • 19 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 19,255 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    UNH is one of the public research universities of the University System of New Hampshire, the roots of which go back to the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts which was founded in 1866 under the Morrill Grant Act of 1862. The institute relocated once and started to grow its academic curriculum gradually. It was in 1923 that it officially got its present name.

    It was originally based in Hanover until year 1891 when it was moved to Durham, New Hampshire where it is situated to this day. It has grown into a comprehensive university with its programs focusing on development through research and creativity. It is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant institute.

    The campus life at University of New Hampshire is vibrant and active full of activities and opportunities that help students to grow and express themselves in unique ways. There are more than 250 student led organisations and clubs and the Greek life which constitute the main part of student interests. Through these, students represent their interests, ideas and also voice their concerns and enjoy the social mobility. Besides learning through each other through these platforms, students also learn to work as leaders by heading these organisations and working towards excellence. There is also formal leadership training offered for leadership development and efforts recognized through Awards. It is the Student Union on campus that governs all these activities and serves as student activity hub. Students also take active part in recreation programs for the students on campus. These include aquatics, intramural sports, sports clubs, and fitness programs. There is also the athletic participation which is most enjoyed by the students, at NCAA Division I. The teams are called ‘Wildcats’, the campus colors are Blue and White and the mascot is the ‘Wild E. Cat’.

    The Academic programs at UNH include more than 200 degree programs including majors, minors, Master and Doctoral programs. Its notable facilities and departments are Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, Thompson School of Applied Science, Thompson Hall, Morrill Hall, Pettee Hall, Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, Dimond Library and others.

    UNH School Facts

    • Years Estd.1866
    • NicknameWildcats
    • MascotWild E. Cat
    • MottoScience, Arts, Industry
    • ColorsBlue and White
    • LocationNew Hampshire
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I – America East, Hockey East
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous UNH Alumni

    • Ursula Hegi

      Entertainment & Arts

      Novelist, including best-selling Oprah's Book Club novel Stones from the River

    • Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

      Education & Advocacy

      Author and professor of history at Harvard University, Pulitzer Prize–winner

    • Jennifer Lee

      Entertainment & Arts

      Writer and director of the 2013 Disney animated feature Frozen

    • James Aponovich

      Entertainment & Arts

      Painter, New Hampshire Artist Laureate 2006

    • Jim Colony

      Professional Sports

      Sportscaster for Pittsburgh's KDKA-FM, "The Fan"

    • Tansu Çiller

      Politics & Law

      Turkish economist and politician, Turkey's first female Prime Minister from 1993 to 1996

    • Richard M. Linnehan

      Science & Medicine

      Astronaut, second veterinarian in space

    • James A. Thomson

      Science & Medicine

      President and Chief Executive Officer at RAND Corporation

    • Steve Merrill

      Politics & Law

      Former Governor of New Hampshire



All Top Colleges in New Hampshire

  • Dartmouth College Seal

    Dartmouth College

    Hanover, New Hampshire

    Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire
    • 6,350 Total Students
    • 11% Acceptance Rate
    • 50% Enrollment Rate
    • 7 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 20,507 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Dartmouth is a private liberal arts institute that traces its beginning to the year 1769 when it was founded by a Californian Congregational minister, Rev. Eleazar Wheelock. Wheelock wanted to establish an institute to train Native Americans for ministries but lacked funds and resources. After a long struggle for funds and location, which it received and hence attained a charter by Royal Governor of New Hampshire in 1769.

    The college found its permanent home in Hanover, New Hampshire and as of today is an Ivy League affiliated college.  Immersed in knowledge formation and constructive leadership, Dartmouth College has been the backbone behind 3 Nobel Prize laureates, 79 Rhodes Scholars, 26 Marshall Scholarship recipients, 13 Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Genius fellows, and others.

    Dartmouth brings a campus life, creating a sense of community among its students; it brings out a sense of shared purpose. There are over 160 student clubs and organisations ranging from politics, arts, recreation, service and many more. There are also Greek clubs and honor societies. The main activity hub for the students is the Collis Center for Student Involvement which allows plenty of relationship building and socialising chances outside of academic environment. Some traditional annual events held are Bonfire, Green Key @ Collis, Graduation Gala and others. Arts are also enthusiastically pursued and not just academically as students take part in musical, theatre, dance and film programs all year round. Students get involved in community services and causes; working with local organisations to provide food, shelter, health services, and living practically sustainable lives both on and off campus. There are recreational opportunities including outdoor trips, adventure as well as athletic participation at NCAA Division I. The teams are called ‘Big Green’ and the campus color is Dartmouth Green.

    Academic programs offered at Dartmouth are undergraduate programs with over 40 programs and departments. Graduate programs are also offered. Its prestigious schools are Thayer School of Engineering, Geisel School of Medicine, Tuck School of Business. Other facilities include Hopkins Center for the Arts, the Hood Museum of Art, Baker Memorial Library, Sherman Fairchild Physical Sciences Center and others.

    Dartmouth School Facts

    • Years Estd.December 13, 1769 (1769-12-13)
    • NicknameBig Green
    • MottoLatin: Vox clamantis in deserto
    • Motto Eng.A voice crying out in the wilderness
    • ColorsDartmouth Green
    • LocationNew Hampshire
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I – Ivy League, ECAC Hockey
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Dartmouth Alumni

    • Michael Arad

      Business & Industry

      Designer of the World Trade Center Memorial

    • Jonathan Wolken

      Business & Industry

      Founder of the Pilobolus dance company

    • John Bello

      Business & Industry

      Founder and former CEO of SoBe

    • Janet L. Robinson

      Business & Industry

      President and CEO of the New York Times Company

    • Jim Butterworth

      Science & Medicine

      Technology entrepreneur and documentary filmmaker

    • Bob Rafelson

      Entertainment & Arts

      Filmmaker; also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for Five Easy Pieces

    • George Hutchins Bingham

      Politics & Law

      Former Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 1913 to 1949

    • Sherman Adams

      Politics & Law

      White House Chief of Staff from 1953 to 1958; also a Representative from New Hampshire from 1945 to 1947 and Governor of New Hampshire from 1949 to 1953

    • James W. Grimes

      Politics & Law

      Senator from Iowa from 1859 to 1869 and Governor of Iowa from 1854 to 1858

    • James F. Moriarty

      Politics & Law

      United States Ambassador to Nepal 2004–2007, United States Ambassador to Bangladesh 2008–present

    • David Zarling

      Science & Medicine

      Oncology drug development scientist and entrepreneur


  • Northeast Catholic College

    Warner, New Hampshire

    Northeast Catholic College in Warner, New Hampshire
    • 36 Total Students
    • 98% Acceptance Rate
    • 60% Enrollment Rate
    • 5 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 58 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Northeast Catholic College is a non-profit private 4 year Catholic college. The college was established in 1973 under the name of Magdalen College. The college received its charter in the same year and the first class started in the following year consisting of 16 students. Students were taught by 2 professors and 3 assistants at the college campus in Bedford, New Hampshire which was formerly used as a motel. By 1988, the college was facing financial difficulties as the enrollment reached 39 students only. The college received a donation that helped the college to continue operating and to develop a new campus that was opened in 1991. It is currently the smallest college in New Hampshire with less than 100 enrolled students. In the period between 2008 and 2010, the college studied the possibility to merge or unify with Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. In 2010, the name of the college was changed to “The College of Saint Mary Magdalen”. The name was change again five years later to the current one which was also associated with the declaration of new “Career Pathways Program”, and new co-patronage under Pope John Paul II. In 2016, the college was the first one in the United States to use the Classic Learning Test instead of using the SAT and ACT tests.

    The college campus is located in Warner, New Hampshire covering 135 acres. It includes 13 buildings surrounded by pine and hardwood forest. Important buildings on campus include Queen of Apostles Chapel, St. Augustine Library, St. Joseph’s Dormitory and St. Mary’s Dormitory.

    The college offers undergraduate programs in 5 majors granting associate and bachelor degrees. Its curriculum is based on the study of the Great Books. The college offers its students to study each summer at Rome and Norcia. The college was accredited in the period between 2010 and 2012 by the American Academy for Liberal Education till the academy lost its recognition as an accrediting organization.

    Northeast Catholic School Facts

    • Years Estd.1973
    • NicknameNCC
    • MottoDuc In Altum (Go out into the depths)
    • ColorsBlue, yellow, white
    • LocationNew Hampshire
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

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