Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in New Hampshire.
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The following agencies accredit schools in New Hampshire. Keep in mind that these agencies only offer institution-wide accreditation, not program-specific accreditation. For more about particular programs, see our subject pages.
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
For more information on higher education in New Hampshire, use the Department of Education’s website. You can also find general information about accredited colleges and universities in the state by way of the agencies below.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
New Hampshire is home to a host of challenging public universities. Learn more about a few of the state’s best below.
University of New Hampshire– Main Campus
The state’s largest university enrolled 12,567 students for the fall of 2013-2014. Popular majors include psychology, business administration, and English. During their first fall, students are introduced to the school by way of the Pre-orientation Adventure for Wildcats (PAWs) program, which allows freshmen to camp outside and work with upperclassmen. Alumni include John Irving, the author of The World According to Garp.
Plymouth State University
Situated in the remote town of Plymouth, PSU enrolled 5,431 students for the fall of 2013. It’s on-campus facilities are state-of-the-art, with a LEED certified and eco-conscious residence hall. Students can choose between 50 different undergraduate majors, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1. The school was named one of the top six schools in the nation for encouraging community service.
Keene State College
Another strong New Hampshire school, Keene State College enrolled 5,061 students for the fall of 2013. The school provides students the perfect mix of public school amenities and state funding in combination with the atmosphere of a private liberal arts school. Education and psychology are popular undergraduate majors. Keene’s Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is a leading institution in the northeast.
New Hampshire holds a range of private schools, including nationally renowned institutions. A few of its strongest schools are identified below.
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University, the largest private school in the state, enrolled 17,454 students for the fall of 2013. Undergraduates have a lot of flexibility in degree options at the school, with over 100 programs and online, evening, and weekend classes. In addition, students can elect to enter the College Unbound@SNHU program, which awards three-year B.A. degrees in integrated studies. Alumni include numerous northeastern politicians, such as Maine’s state senator Garrett Mason.
The most well-known private school in New Hampshire, Dartmouth enrolled 6,277 students for the 2013-2014 school year. US News ranked the school 10th among all national universities, citing its extremely selective acceptance rate of 9.8%, and The Carnegie Foundation classified the school as being extremely active in research. Students can choose from a range of majors, and over half of the college’s population studies off campus at some point. Daniel Webster is one particularly notable alumnus.
Saint Anselm College
Saint Anselm College has also been recognized as a leader among New Hampshire’s private institutions. With only 1,954 students, it allows undergraduates to work closely with professors, 91% of whom hold a doctorate in their field. Students all participate in a two-year course called “Portraits of Human Greatness”, which is designed to give them a foundation in liberal arts. One of the school’s traditions is an annual Gingerbread House building competition.