Best Grad Schools in New Hampshire 2022

Graduate school may be a critical step in your higher education, whether you are interested in expanding your knowledge, learning a specialization, or earning advanced credentials required by your profession. The best graduate schools in New Hampshire offer advanced degrees, such as master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as opportunities for independent research, mentorships, and professional networking.

Best Grad Schools in New Hampshire 2022

Colleges and Universities in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is also home to 21 public and private higher learning institutions, including the Ivy League school Dartmouth. Dartmouth has a 97% graduation rate, a student population of about 6,000, and a tuition rate of $55,000. Students can major in fields like English, creative writing, engineering, physics, and neuroscience. Dinesh D’Souza, Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers), and Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) are all noteworthy alumni of this school. The largest public institution, the University of New Hampshire, has its main campus in Durham.

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With a student body of almost 16,000, and a tuition rate of $18,000, UNH offers degrees in areas such as economics, biology, and social work. Those looking to earn an associate degree in fields such as early childhood education, cybersecurity networking, or aviation technology can choose from five community colleges that have tuition rates of $8,000. New Hampshire also offers three religiously affiliated colleges, ranging from $22,000 to $41,000 in tuition. Southern New Hampshire University is one of the fastest-growing universities in the United States. With its open enrollment policy, over 138,000 students attend classes both online and in person.

If maple sundaes and cider donuts sound appetizing to you, New Hampshire may be a great destination for your higher education. Take the Mount Washington Cog Railway for a scenic ride up to the 6,288-foot summit, or check out Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, the state’s first settlement.

Whether you’re looking to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, New Hampshire has a variety of institutions to choose from. Check out the program that best fits you.


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Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

There are 6 doctorate-granting graduate schools in New Hampshire. Our ranking of the best graduate schools in the New Hampshire is composed of both private and public schools. To be included, schools must be fully accredited non-profit institutions, and must offer doctoral degrees and a broad array of graduate degrees.

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Best Grad Schools in New Hampshire 2022

  1. #1

    Dartmouth College

    Hanover , NH
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $61K

    Acceptance

    9%

    Graduation

    95%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1500/33

    What is Dartmouth College known for?

    Dartmouth College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Earth Sciences
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Economics
    • Philosophy
    • Religious Studies

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/25

    What is University of New Hampshire known for?

    University of New Hampshire’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Sociology
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Literature
    • Psychology
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

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  3. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    84K

    What is Southern New Hampshire University known for?

    Southern New Hampshire University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
    • Social Work
    • Economics
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

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  4. #4

    Plymouth State University

    Plymouth , NH
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Plymouth State University known for?

    Plymouth State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Criminal Justice
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Medical
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. Student body

    <1K

    What is Antioch University New England known for?

    Antioch University New England’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    Rivier University

    Nashua , NH
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Rivier University known for?

    Rivier University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Literature
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Dartmouth College
  2. University of New Hampshire
  3. Southern New Hampshire University
  4. Rivier University
  5. Plymouth State University