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New Hampshire Private Colleges and Universities

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New Hampshire Private Colleges and Universities: Southern New Hampshire University - Robert Frost Hall

New Hampshire manages to stay out of the limelight except during election years. And this probably suits New Hampshire private college students just fine. Isolated from constant tourists, national hysteria, big city hubbub, and other worldly distractions, schools, colleges, and universities in the "Granite State" provide the ideal environment in which to focus on academic studies, sports, and extracurricular activities.

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Private Colleges in New Hampshire

New Hampshire private colleges and universities offer a wide range of education programs with degrees and certificates up to the doctoral level, as well as professional degrees such as law and medicine.

There are 26 colleges in New Hampshire, 12 public and 14 private. These New Hampshire private colleges are diverse in character, academic emphasis, and origins. Some private colleges or schools have a religious affiliation; others are secular. Private colleges and universities may be profit or non-profit institutions. Characteristically, New Hampshire independent colleges or private schools give weight to personal characteristics and activities in addition to considering GPA and test scores.

Private Colleges and Universities in New Hampshire includes:

  • Antioch University New England (Keene)
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (Concord)
  • New Hampshire Institute of Art (Manchester)
  • Colby-Sawyer College (New London)
  • Dartmouth College (Dartmouth, Big Green) in Hanover, NH
  • New England College (NEC) in Henniker, NH
  • Rivier College in Nashua, NH
  • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in Manchester, NH

The largest being Southern New Hampshire University with 6,017 full time students. Dartmouth College is the most expensive with an in-state tuition of $43,782. On average, how much does it costs to attend private college in New Hampshire? The average annual in-state private college tuition in New Hampshire is $24,921 in 2013. Other New Hampshire colleges include Granite State College in Concord, Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, Keene State College in Keene, New England College in Henniker, Plymouth State University in Plymouth, Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, and others.

While many New Hampshire private colleges and universities are considerably more expensive than comparable state institutions, they also tend to offer more generous financial aid packages. Many students have found the actual out-of-pocket cost to earn a degree from a private college in New Hampshire to be less than the cost of the state schools to which they were accepted. On the one hand, New Hampshire public colleges are usually less expensive, particularly for in-state residents. They get most of their money from the state or local government. Check out your state's Guide to Residency. New Hampshire private colleges rely on tuition, fees, endowments, and other private sources of funding. On the other hand, New Hampshire private colleges are usually smaller and can offer more personalized attention (and some believe, more prestige).

New Hampshire College and University Council and the Postsecondary Education Commission

New Hampshire does not have a state-level organization representing independent colleges and universities, but both the New Hampshire College and University Council and the Postsecondary Education Commission have a membership of public and private universities.

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