New Hampshire Colleges Summary

The New England state of New Hampshire is rich in history as well as postsecondary education options.

The University System of New Hampshire is the largest postsecondary education system in the state. It includes the University of New Hampshire with its main campus in Durham, an urban campus in Manchester, and the New Hampshire School of Law. Plymouth State University, Granite State College, and Keene State College round out the list. New Hampshire also has seven community colleges.

There are 15 private universities in New Hampshire. The most well-known institution is Dartmouth, a prestigious Ivy League school that consistently earns high marks for academic excellence. The university has a rich history. It was founded in 1769 as an institution to educate Native Americans.

There are myriad trade and vocational colleges in New Hampshire, offering 2-year and 4-year degree programs. Health care degree programs in particular have become increasingly popular in the state.

Online Education in New Hampshire

New Hampshire colleges participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), a national set of standards for distance education. This agreement make it easier for students to take online courses and online degree programs offered by postsecondary institutions based in other states.

New Hampshire's Education Initiatives

New Hampshire is committed to increasing college completion rates and closing achievement gaps, especially among traditionally underrepresented groups. The state's participation in Complete College America aims to do just that.

And, under New Hampshire's Dual Admission program, students can pay one application fee and enroll at a community college and also be admitted to the state's public university system.

For more information on the University System of New Hampshire, see:


  • The New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC), Accessed March 2018,
  • Community College System of New Hampshire, Accessed March 2018,
  • Dartmouth College, Accessed March 2018,
Education Institutes in New Hampshire
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in New Hampshire
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,