New Hampshire Colleges & Universities

Schools in New Hampshire offer tight-knit student communities and prestigious academic programs.

New Hampshire Schools: The Pride of New England: New England has a proud reputation for educational excellence, and the state of New Hampshire does not break this tradition. With its blend of Appalachian beauty, economic stability, and great schools, New Hampshire makes the perfect choice for diligent students seeking a rural or small town environment.

Overview of Schools in New Hampshire:

  • University of New Hampshire (public): The University of New Hampshire, located in the rural town of Durham, is New Hampshire's largest four-year institution by size. It's undergraduate class consists of 12,591 students, just over half of whom are white; a significant portion of the student body declined to report their race. Tuition and fees at the University of New Hampshire cost $13,672 for in-state students and $27,642 for out-of-state students.
  • Keene State College (public): Keene State College is another of New Hampshire's relatively large schools, with a student body of 5,235 undergraduates. The educational focus is trained on the humanities at this college, with popular majors including education, psychology, and social sciences. Its freshman class identifies overwhelmingly as white. The cost of tuition and fees at this suburban schools is $10,140 for New Hampshire residents and $18,310 for out-of-state students.
  • Dartmouth College (private): Dartmouth is a member of the prestigious Ivy League family of schools. Its admissions process is highly selective, receiving only 13% of applicants. Dartmouth's freshman boasts an almost equal balance of men and women, and whites make up just under half of first-year students, with the rest of the student body featuring representation from several other ethnicities. Social sciences are by far the most popular course of study. Tuition costs the New Hampshire native and the out-of-state student the same amount: $40,607.
  • Chester College (private): Situated in a rural community, Chester College is a small liberal arts school of just 187 undergraduates. The student body here is overwhelmingly female, and men account for only 31% of the freshman class. Most students identify as white, though almost a quarter declined to state their racial background. The admissions process here is somewhat selective, accepting 53% of applicants. The majority of students pursue degrees in visual and performing arts; English is the next most popular major. Tuition costs $18,525 for both in- and out-of-state students.

New Hampshire's Economic Opportunities and Outlook: Graduates of New Hampshire colleges can expect good job prospects if they plan to remain in-state: New Hampshire boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, just 5.8% as of July 2010. Founded upon the textile industry, New Hampshire's economy has since undergone a drastic diversification. Today's major economic contributors are agriculture, tourism, and the manufacturing of machinery, electrics, and rubber & plastic products. The state's median household income is $63,235, solidly ahead of the national average.

The writer Karin Hansen holds a degree in English from San Francisco State University.

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