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Continuing our series of best online college by state rankings, we have examined all New Hampshire online college programs and chosen to showcase the top 20 based on the methodology below in this piece.

New Hampshire is a relatively small state, the population falling just shy of 1.5 million. It was the first of the original 13 colonies that settled in North America to declare independence from England, six whole months prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence! The Granite State is also home to the first potato grown on our soil, the first alarm clock, and the first free public library! U.S. News & World Report currently ranks New Hampshire as number one in the country for public education, and number three overall. As far as high school goes, New Hampshire has the highest graduation rate in its region, at 87.3% and the lowest dropout rate in the country at a consistent 1.3%. For higher education, New Hampshire was the top exporter of college students in the United States. Roughly 60% of the high school graduates who do go to college choose to do so out of state.

There are only 28 institutions of higher education throughout the entire state; the first one to be established was Dartmouth College in 1769. Dartmouth College is an incredible school, and one of eight Ivy League institutions in the nation. However, it was not ranked here because the distance-learning options for students were indeterminable. Despite the high rate of migration, enrollment rates are slowly increasing in New Hampshire, including a high number of non-resident online students! Four-year public colleges in New Hampshire have a 90.2% completion rate, which is the second highest in America. Overall, the graduation rate across all 28 schools was most recently reported to be 70.1%, considerably higher than the national average. What this says, is the New Hampshire’s higher education is undoubtedly growing. More students are taking an interest in the educational opportunity in the state. In this ranking, we hope to shed some light on the school selection process for those of who are joining the trend.

This ranking is the Top 20 Best Online College Programs in New Hampshire. To create this article, the list of New Hampshire schools was created. All private for-profit schools were excluded, and then all schools with no clear distance-education options were excluded. The remaining twenty school were scored according to the following:

See also: The Best Online College or University by State and Location

Methodology

Each school on this list was scored out of a possible 200 points. The two factors used to determine the scores were:

  • 50%: Freshmen Retention Rates and;
  • 50%: Graduation Rates

All of the information utilized in the curating of this list and then scoring it was collected from the school’s websites whenever possible. In cases where a school did not provide the information on their own, the databases of both U.S. News and World Report and the National Center for Education Statistics were used. These two percentages were added together to get the score for each institution, and then they were ranked out of 20 based on this score. We chose these two ranking criteria because when both rates are taken into account, they help to paint an accurate picture of a school’s overall performance. They are indicative of student satisfaction and program quality.

To determine the best program at each school, information provided by the National Center for Education Statistics was used to determine which program had the most graduates in the recent academic years.

We also referred to our own ranking of the top 100 best online colleges while researching this ranking.

Please note, some schools may rank lower because the available data was incomplete. It is possible that not all required courses for each program are eligible to be completed online; however, to the best of our knowledge, the information presented is accurate. No school on this list was given any preferential treatment in return for anything; the methodology stated above would create the same conclusion for anyone.

Ranking

School

Score

# 20

Antioch University-New England

N/A

# 19

New England College

79

# 18

New England College Institute of Art and Design

79

# 17

NHTI-Concord’s Community College

89

# 16

Great Bay Community College

94

# 15

Lakes Region Community College

101

# 14

River Valley Community College

101

# 13

Southern New Hampshire University

102

# 12

Nashua Community College

103

# 11

Manchester Community College

107

# 10

Rivier University

118

# 9

Franklin Pierce University

119

# 8

White Mountains Community College

121

# 7

Plymouth State University

126

# 6

University of New Hampshire at Manchester

127

# 5

Granite State College

129

# 4

Colby-Sawyer College

136

# 3

Keene State College

136

# 2

University of New Hampshire

162

# 1

University of New Hampshire-School of Law

162

20: Antioch University-New England

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Antioch University-New England is a private graduate school in Keene, New Hampshire, although Antioch University System includes campuses all over the United States. The first iteration of AUNE opened doors in 1964, in the state of Vermont. At the time, it was Antioch College. Due to expansion, it later moved to Harrisville, New Hampshire. Antioch College ended up closing its doors entirely in the early 2000’s due to financial struggle. A group of alumni negotiated a separation between Antioch College and the adult education system that Antioch University-New England is a part of, so now AUNE is its own entity. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and has one of the only Dance/Movement Therapy Counseling degree programs to be endorsed by the American Dance Therapy Association.

AUNE has a strong focus on graduate education, but despite the designation as a graduate school, it offers eight different online bachelors degree programs. The school’s hybrid Master of Education degree program is one of the best offered. This program culminates in a teaching certification, with three different certificates available for students to select from Elementary Teaching, Early Childhood Education, or Dual Elementary/Special Education Certification. The best program that AUNE offers entirely online is arguably the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Courses include Crisis Intervention, Psychopathology, and more.

Antioch Website: https://www.antioch.edu/new-england/

Freshman Retention Rate: N/A

Graduation Rate: N/A

Final Score: Unscorable

19: New England College

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New England College is a private college in Henniker, New Hampshire. It was founded in 1946 to serve students who were going to school using the G.I. Bill after the end of World War II. New England College is often abbreviated as NEC and offers degrees from the associates to doctorate levels, as well as a small selection of certificates. NEC is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. It has been recognized by TIME magazine for diversity, U.S. News & World Report for its graduate and undergraduate programs in education and its graduate programs in business. Several other publications have recognized NEC, mostly for its commitment to the armed forces. It also participates in a statewide research initiative, The New Hampshire IDeA Network of Biological Research Excellence.

NEC has 13 undergraduate programs available online with several different concentrations from which students can choose. The online graduate programs are just as richly varied, with nine different MBA options and 13 M.Ed. choices! The best program available online at NEC is the Healthcare Management MBA program, designed to be completed in 20 months. Another popular program is the International Relations and Diplomacy BA. The programs are both provided asynchronously, designed to fit into the student’s life while giving them a rigorous and respectable education.

NEC Website: https://www.nec.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 58%

Graduation Rate: 21%

Final Score: 79/200

18: New England College Institute of Art and Design

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New England College Institute of Art and Design is a private college of creative arts in Manchester, New Hampshire. It’s a small school, with a current enrollment of only 409 students. NHIA is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. It offers bachelors and masters degrees in various concentrations all centered on fine arts. It was founded in 1898 as the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences and became the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 1997 when the state of New Hampshire authorized them to confer the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. It has received some exceptionally generous gifts over the years, such as a $24 million gift and 2,000 rare photographic books from the collector and philanthropist John Teti.

NHIA is still moving forward; in 2016, it announced a partnership with the University of New Hampshire at Manchester that allows students to take classes at the university without paying the tuition. Distance-education is offered to students at the graduate level at NHIA. The best program that they have that fits into this category is the Master of Arts in Visual Arts. The program was designed to prepare students to work as art teachers in a K-12 setting and only takes five years to complete instead of the typical 6. The best program at the school overall is offered only traditionally, and it is the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, which graduates nearly double the number of students as any other program available. The school also offers many community education classes and workshops online. 

NHIA Website: https://www.nhia.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 58%

Graduation Rate: 21%

Final Score: 79/200

17: NHTI-Concord’s Community College

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NHTI, Concord’s Community College is a public community college in Concord, New Hampshire. It is a member institution of the Community College System of New Hampshire. It was established in 1961 as part of an innovative legislation that was passed to create six colleges that were all New Hampshire Vocational Technical Colleges, NHTI was the only one that held onto the New Hampshire Technical Institute title. It did so until 2007, and the name was changed to the current one in order to reflect the academic capabilities of the college. It had gained accreditation a few years prior, in 2001, from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Some of the programmatic accreditations that the college holds date back to the 1970’s.

NHTI serves 3,881 students, of which 10% are residential! Very few community colleges offer on-campus housing. The school offers numerous associates degree programs and certificate programs. Out of these programs, there are nine associates degrees and 13 certificates that can be completed entirely online. The best program available online is the Associate in Science in Criminal Justice, designed to pave the way for a career in law enforcement. NHTI also has fantastic internship and transfer agreements. Specific to this program, there are 15 different internship sites and 12 colleges and universities with a transfer articulation. One of them is UMass! Courses covered include interesting topics that will put you ahead on track to your career or academic goals, like Criminology and Crisis Intervention.

NHTI Website: https://www.nhti.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 59%

Graduation Rate: 30%

Final Score: 89/200

16: Great Bay Community College

Great Bay Community College

Great Bay Community College is a small public community college that has campuses in Portsmouth and Rochester, New Hampshire. Its 1,971 students have the option of earning a variety of professional certificates or an associates degree in several diverse areas of study. Even though it is a small college, some of the programs provided to students include Bioengineering, Accounting, Cyber Security, and so many more; there are a total of 53. It is a member institution of the Community College System of New Hampshire. Several programs boast specialized accreditation, and the college as a whole is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education and has been since 2002. It was founded in 1945 and spent most of the early years operating purely as a technical school.

Great Bay Community College, or GBCC, participates in the New Hampshire Transfer Connections Program. This program allows students to begin their degree at GBCC and then transfer to any of the institutions of higher education in the University System of New Hampshire. There is also a special dual admission program with the University of New Hampshire, for students who plan to continue their education beyond an associates degree. Its best program is the Criminal Justice Associate in Science. It is offered in a completely web-based format, which includes special academic advising for distance students, and guest speakers from various careers within the field. GBCC does not offer any criminal justice certifications at this time, so additional certification will be required depending on the requirements in your home state.

GBCC Website: https://greatbay.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 64%

Graduation Rate: 30%

Final Score: 94/200

15: Lakes Region Community College

Lakes Region Community College

Lakes Region Community College, or LRCC, is a community college in Laconia, New Hampshire. It was founded in 1967 and received its accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education in 2003. LRCC is one of the seven members of the Community College System of New Hampshire. There are more than 50 programs at LRCC, including some unique opportunities like a Pastry Arts associate degree and a Hotel and Restaurant Operations Associate in Science. Distance learning courses at LRCC are delivered mainly through Blackboard, but alternative methods such as video conferencing are implemented in some cases.

More than 20 online courses are offered at a time, which means that there are a lot of opportunities for students to complete a degree entirely online even though there are no programs directly being advertised as fully-online. The best program at LRCC is the Associate in Fire Science, which can be completed in a hybrid format, with some on-campus meetings required. Other degrees that students would be able to complete online with the assistance of an academic advisor include the associate degrees in Business Management and Computer Information systems.

LRCC Website: https://www.lrcc.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 63%

Graduation Rate: 38%

Final Score: 101/200

14: River Valley Community College

River Valley Community College

River Valley Community College is a public community college that is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. It opened in 1968 as the New Hampshire Community Technical College at Claremont at its main campus in Claremont, New Hampshire. The name was changed to reflect the academic expansion and the addition of locations in the cities of Keene and Lebanon, New Hampshire. Locally, it is referred to as RVCC and is home to 946 undergraduate students. RVCC has programs for students to earn certificates, and associates degrees in a variety of fields, 35 different options in total. The college also has a unique tuition policy, with separate rates for in-state and out-of-state students as usual, but with an additional mid-range rate for New England Regional residents.

RVCC is one of the Community College System of New Hampshire schools, which all work together to allow students to take courses online via Blackboard. It also has transfer policies with many four-year schools in the surrounding area. RVCC puts a lot of effort into making education affordable and accessible, and it regularly adds new programs. The best program available at RVCC is the Associate of Science in Nursing, which can be completed in a blended format. This program seeks to prepare students for RN licensure and careers.

RVCC Website: https://www.rivervalley.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 64%

Graduation Rate: 37%

Final Score: 101/200

13: Southern New Hampshire University

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Southern New Hampshire University is most well known by the acronym SNHU. Many people confuse SNHU as being a for-profit institution; however, it is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian university. The main campus is right between Manchester, and Hooksett, New Hampshire. This school is fully-accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. By enrollment, it is the largest institution of higher education in New Hampshire with 73,177 students in total. The vast majority are part-time students with 82% of undergraduates taking courses solely online, and 90% of graduates doing so as well. Most students are more non-traditional degree-seekers, living out of state and over the age of 25. There are a total of 200 online career-focused programs available at SNHU.

Programs are offered at the associates through doctoral levels, and there are many certificates. The best and most popular online degree program that is available at SNHU is the MBA program. There are 15 different concentrations available, and the customizability is part of what makes it so desirable. Some of these include highly desired fields like Music, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing. SNHU’s asynchronous format and extremely varied course selection make college accessible for students in a way that no school can match.

SNHU Website: https://www.snhu.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 65%

Graduation Rate: 37%

Final Score: 102/200

12: Nashua Community College

Nashua Community College
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Nashua Community College is a public community college in Nashua, New Hampshire. It is very young as an institution and was only founded in 1970. The majority of its students are part-time, and just 18% of students participate in the online education opportunities available. There are around 2,000 students in total, and 30 different associate’s degree programs and 25 certificate programs in which students can enroll. NCC is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. NCC participates in a transfer pathway program that allows students to go to a member of the University System of New Hampshire upon program completion; this includes a dual admission agreement.

The dual admission agreement is especially valuable because NCC has an open enrollment policy, which can waive other application fees to schools within the university system. NCC uses ed2go to present all of the online courses it offers. There are noncredit, hybrid, and fully online options. NCC currently advertises only a few degree programs as eligible to be completed entirely online. The programs are in the areas of business, and computer science. The best program offered online at NCC is the Associate of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Courses include Business Law, Managerial Accounting, and more. The asynchronous delivery can allow students to fast-track through this 62 credit program.

Nashua Website: https://www.nashuacc.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 69%

Graduation Rate: 34%

Final Score: 103/200

11: Manchester Community College

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Manchester Community College is a public community college in Manchester, New Hampshire (not to be confused with the school of the same name that is located in Manchester, Connecticut). It is a member of the Community College System of New Hampshire and was initially founded as a post-secondary vocational-technical school in 1945. The name at that time was New Hampshire Community Technical College, until adopting the current title in 2008. Essentially, MCC is the flagship institution of the CCSNH. The goal of the college has evolved from retraining soldiers to return to civilian life to be a dynamic, student-centered, and accessible community college that promotes and fosters the intellectual, cultural, and economic vibrancy of the community.

MCC has over 60 different programs of study that lead to associates degrees or certificates of completion. There are nearly 100 online courses available through MCC via Blackboard, and there are five full programs. Students can earn a degree in Accounting, Liberal Arts, or Management. The other two programs are certificates, in Accounting and Marketing. The best of these programs is the Management degree program. The program prepares students thoroughly, whether they want to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution.

MCC Website: https://www.mccnh.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 74%

Graduation Rate: 33%

Final Score: 107/200

10: Rivier University

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Rivier University is a private liberal arts university in Nashua, New Hampshire. It is a Catholic-affiliated institution that was founded by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in 1933. At that time, the campus was in Hudson, New Hampshire and only allowed women. It operated under the name Rivier College. In addition to expanding academically over time, the campus officially moved to its present location in 1941 but wouldn’t become co-ed for another 50 years. Rivier, as the school is usually referred to, took on the name of Rivier University when that status was granted in 2012. New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education accredited the university for the first time in 1948 and has maintained it ever since. Rivier University today offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels and serves 2,635 students.

Rivier has more than 50 different programs that students can choose from, offers low and competitive tuition rates, and presents all of their online programs in a convenient asynchronous format. There are 24 online programs to select from. One of the school’s best programs is the BS in Human Services program, which can be completed in as little as 2.5 years. There are also four different specialized MBA degree programs that are 100% online.

Rivier Website: https://www.rivier.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 62%

Graduation Rate: 56%

Final Score: 118/200

9: Franklin Pierce University

Franklin Pierce University

Franklin Pierce University is a private university in Rindge, New Hampshire. It was founded in 1962 as Franklin Pierce College and received its accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education in 1968. The first class was a little less than 100 students, but the university now serves 2,392 students. It was granted university status in 2007, and the name was changed to reflect this change. Today, students can earn associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. FPU has a mission to foster intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. There are campuses in Manchester, Portsmouth, and Lebanon, New Hampshire, as well as Goodyear, Arizona; students can also participate in over ten different distance-learning programs.

The most popular program is the RN to BSN program. The program is open to anyone with an active RN license, whether they possess a diploma or associates degree. The BSN program is asynchronous and is specifically designed to accommodate the busy schedule that comes along with the profession of nursing. Credit for accumulated certifications, professional licenses, job training, and even life experiences can be applied to help accelerate the completion of the program. Students can choose to enroll online only or take some classes on campus in more of a blended format.

Franklin Pierce Website: https://www.franklinpierce.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 68%

Graduation Rate: 51%

Final Score: 119/200

8: White Mountains Community College

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White Mountains Community College is another Community College System of New Hampshire member. It is a public community college headquartered in Berlin, New Hampshire. It also operates two academic centers in Littleton and North Conway, New Hampshire. It was founded as the New Hampshire Vocational Institute in 1966. Over the years, WMCC has consistently expanded to include more programs and better instruction in order to prepare a workforce for the community and to prime students for the next step in their academic careers. The first class was only 104 students, and now there are just over 800. Most of them are part-time, and 45% of them are enrolled in some degree of distance learning. WMCC is one of the few members of the CCSNH that has a selection of fully-online degrees.

There are four associates degrees and six certificates that can be earned online, and most of the courses are delivered through Blackboard. The best program available online is possibly the school’s Accounting degree program, which has a partnership with Franklin University in Ohio. The third year is completed through WMCC, and then the fourth year of the degree would be completed online through Franklin. This results in Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. The Criminal Justice program has articulation agreements with Plymouth State University, Granite State College, and the University of New Hampshire for students who want to go on to study Homeland Security.

WMCC Website: https://www.wmcc.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 71%

Graduation Rate: 50%

Final Score: 121/200

7: Plymouth State University

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Plymouth State University is in Plymouth, New Hampshire and it is a New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education accredited public university. It started out as Plymouth Normal School in 1871, dedicated to training teachers. Over time, it became a teachers college, then a state college, and received its university distinction in 2003. At the time, the name changed from Plymouth State College to Plymouth State University or PSU. It is a member institution of the University System of New Hampshire. Alumni include athletes, entertainers, and Ella Knowles Haskell who was the first woman to argue a case in the Supreme Court. Robert Frost, the well-loved American poet, actually taught at PSU in 1911, when it was still a Normal School.

There are over 100 different programs of study that PSU has to offer, culminating in degrees all the way up to the doctorate level, as well as some certificates at varying levels. Although many courses can be completed online, the only degree programs advertised as entirely online are at the graduate level. The best one is the General Management MBA, which can be completed in just one year. The program was established almost 50 years ago and is ranked nationally in the top 20 most valuable of its kind. 

Plymouth State Website: https://www.plymouth.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 68%

Graduation Rate: 58%

Final Score: 126/200

6: University of New Hampshire at Manchester

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University of New Hampshire at Manchester is the sixth school established in the University System of New Hampshire, in 1985. It is a public university located in Manchester, New Hampshire and it is usually shortened to UNH Manchester. U.S. News & World Report ranked UNH Manchester as the second best school in the state for the year 2017, trailing only behind the Ivy League Dartmouth College. It has also been recognized by several other publications large and small in categories such as value, student satisfaction, and excellence in individual programs. There are only 810 students currently enrolled, but there are nearly 150,000 living alumni. UNH Manchester confers degrees at the associates and bachelors levels in a broad range of fields. It puts a heavy emphasis on STEM degrees, however.

UNH Manchester offers nearly 20 online and hybrid programs at the Master’s level and above. Three of the most popular programs are Cybersecurity Policy & Risk Management (MS), National Security Intelligence Analysis (MS), and Global Conflict & Human Security (MS). Through these programs, students can embark on many career paths, including: crime analyst, foreign service officer, program manager, special agent, political analyst, and more. 

UNHM Website: https://manchester.unh.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 69%

Graduation Rate: 58%

Final Score: 127/200

5: Granite State College

Granite State College

Granite State College is a public college in Concord, New Hampshire. It is one of four schools that fall into the University System of New Hampshire. The main campus was constructed in Concord shortly after the foundation of the college in 1972. There are additional campuses in Claremont, Conway, Lebanon, Littleton, Nashua, Manchester, Portsmouth, and Rochester. The goal of Granite State College is to make education more accessible to the people of New Hampshire, with lower tuition rates and more local campuses. Granite, which is the school’s nickname, has a great selection of degree programs at the associates, bachelors, and masters levels. All of these programs are available online.

In another commitment to the community, the college has partnerships with many local community colleges and a transfer policy that allows up to 90 credits to be applied to your degree. Students also have the opportunity to apply prior experience for credit in some cases. The most popular online degree program offered at Granite is the RN to BSN program. This program is available to any student with an active RN license in their home state and offers special tuition waivers for graduates of a New Hampshire community college. Granite maintains articulation agreements with Drexel University and Rivier University for BSN graduates to go on to a Master of Science in Nursing Program.

Granite Website: https://www.granite.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 78%

Graduation Rate: 15%

Final Score: 129/200

4: Colby-Sawyer College

Colby-Sawyer College
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Colby-Sawyer College is a private college in New London, New Hampshire that is over 80 years old. It was founded in 1837 due to community need in the New London area. At that time, it was the New London Academy. The first enrollment was only 27 students in that first year, and it now serves just over a thousand. It awards degrees at the associates, bachelors, and masters levels; all of the programs are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. 

The nursing programs offered at Colby-Sawyer have an exclusive endorsement from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.The Accelerated BS in Nursing is one of the schools most popular offerings. It’s a hybrid program consisting of both online and in-person coursework. The RN to BS in Nursing program can be completed entirely online and is designed for busy nurses who are already working. Notably, the cost per credit hour or the program is a very affordable $300.

Colby-Sawyer Website: https://colby-sawyer.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 71%

Graduation Rate: 65%

Final Score: 136/200

3: Keene State College

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Keene State College is a public liberal arts college in Keene, New Hampshire. It is a member institution of both the University System of New Hampshire and the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. It was founded in 1909 as a teacher’s college or Normal School. It has since expanded to include almost 50 different areas of study for undergraduates and a selection of graduate degree programs. There are 4,282 students enrolled today. Keene, as the school is often called, has some of the most affordable tuition rates in the state of New Hampshire. On top of that, 93% of the students receive financial aid to help make their programs even more affordable. Keene is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education and several other specialized organizations for particular degrees.

Keene State College offers distance-education at all levels, as it confers degrees ranging from associates to masters. All of the programs are provided through the Department of Continuing Education but are open to students of all ages. There is a highly customizable undergraduate and graduate program, an Educator Preparation program, and various certificates. The largest and most comprehensive programs offered at Keene are in the field of Safety & Occupational Health. Their best online program is the bachelors program in that precise field. Through the school of continuing education, students should be able to complete this degree entirely online. However, it is possible that not all electives can be taken via the web.

KSC Website: https://www.keene.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 76%

Graduation Rate: 60%

Final Score: 136/200

2: University of New Hampshire

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The University of New Hampshire is a public research university that operates several locations but is based in Durham, New Hampshire. It is the flagship university of the University System of New Hampshire and is a land, sea, and space-grant institution. There are less than ten universities that are all three. It was founded in 1866 as the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts, which was partnered with Dartmouth College. Graduate degree programs were first added in 1893. It is unclear when the association with Dartmouth dissolved, but the name was changed to University of New Hampshire in 1923. It was accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education shortly after in 1929. In addition to that, 12 of the areas of study offered have specific accreditation from reputable related agencies.

There are just over 15,000 students pursuing degrees at all levels from associates to doctoral. There are thousands of courses available and nearly 100 majors that students can dive into. There are eleven academic divisions that comprise the university. These are the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences; the College of Liberal Arts; the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture; the Thompson School of Applied Science; the College of Health and Human Services; the University of New Hampshire at Manchester; the UNH Graduate School; the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics; the University of New Hampshire School of Law; the Carsey School of Public Policy and; the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering. 

The best online degree program at UNH is the MBA program, which is accredited by the AACSB and has ranked among the best grad schools and best online programs in U.S. News & World Report. You can work on a part-time or full-time basis, and choose from six industry-specific concentrations.

UNH Website: https://www.unh.edu/

Freshman Retention Rate: 86%

Graduation Rate: 76%

Final Score: 162/200

1: University of New Hampshire-School of Law

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University of New Hampshire School of Law is located in Concord, New Hampshire. It is specifically for continuing education in the field of law and offers masters and doctoral degrees in a myriad of specializations. There are usually less than 300 students at any given time. The School of Law is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education and the American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The school was founded in 1973, which made it the first law school in the state. It officially became affiliated with the University of New Hampshire in 2010, so the name was changed from Franklin Pierce Law Center to reflect this.

The majority of students pursue their degrees on a full-time basis, with a small percentage doing so online. While you do have to be a graduate student to go to this school, its an incredible institution for anyone interested in pursuing a law degree. It is the only law school in the country that offers a program specializing in Intellectual Property. In addition, it has been ranked among the top 100 law schools in the nation for 25 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. The School of Law does offer a small selection of fully-online degree programs. Their best is the Online Intellectual Property program. Students can choose to earn a Master’s degree or an LLM from this program, and it is open to non-lawyers. This is the only program of its kind in America and students from all over the globe flock to this program. The only degree program that graduates more students is the doctoral program in law.

UNH Website: https://law.unh.edu

Freshman Retention Rate: 86%

Graduation Rate: 76%

Final Score: 162/200

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