Best Private Colleges in New Hampshire 2022

Private colleges, unlike large public institutions, can be a great option for students wanting a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Here is our list of the best private colleges in New Hampshire.

Best Private Colleges 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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What is the difference between public and private colleges?

Public and private colleges and universities operate under different business models. Public colleges and universities are owned by the state and receive both state and federal funding to operate. Private colleges and universities are private companies with private funding. If you’re looking at the pros and cons of private vs. public colleges, consider that many public colleges provide diverse course offerings, influential professors, and an excellent return on your investment.

Public colleges are schools that receive most of their funding from tax revenues. As a result, the cost of a bachelor’s degree at a public university is often lower than the equivalent cost at a private college — especially for students attending a public school in their home state. Attending a college in-state is usually the cheapest option. Private universities and colleges can be very competitive with their funding opportunities, so do not simply believe that private colleges are always going to be more expensive. According to National Center for Educational Statistics, the average annual cost (tuition, fees, room and board for full-time students) at a public university was slightly over $20,000. In contrast, private universities cost, on average, nearly $43,000 annually. But in the end, the cost of college comes down to each student’s academic and financial situation.

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How do we determine New Hampshire's best private colleges and universities?

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.

This list is composed entirely of private colleges and universities that offer bachelor’s degrees. We’ve identified 8 private universities in New Hampshire. To be included in the list below of the best private universities in New Hampshire, schools must be fully accredited, private, non-profit institution, and must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees.

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Best Private Colleges in New Hampshire

  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

    $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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  3. #3

    Saint Anselm College

    Manchester , NH
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    84%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1220/26

    What is Saint Anselm College known for?

    Saint Anselm College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Communications
    • Earth Sciences
    • Nursing
    • History
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    New England College

    Henniker , NH

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    4K

    What is New England College known for?

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

    • Literature
    • Education
    • Business
    • Economics
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy
    • Communications
    • Sociology
    • Social Work
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Franklin Pierce University known for?

    Franklin Pierce University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Business
    • Literature
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #7

    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

  7. #8

    Colby–Sawyer College

    New London , NH

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Colby–Sawyer College known for?

    Colby–Sawyer College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Communications
    • Nursing
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • History
    • Education
    • Business

    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. Saint Anselm College
  3. Colby–Sawyer College
  4. Rivier University
  5. Southern New Hampshire University
  6. Thomas More College of Liberal Arts