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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in New Hampshire

11 Colleges
$34,308 Avg Cost*
4.2 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when you have so many options available. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Value New Hampshire Schools ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 11 schools, we came up with our list of those that were the best for overall value in New Hampshire. Quality is an important component in this ranking, so it is not just naming the schools with the cheapest price tag. Instead, it is identifying those institutions that offer the most value when taking their educational quality into consideration. Because of this, it is possible for one college to rank better than another, even if the latter college has a lower average cost.

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When determining average cost, we look at total expenses, such as tuition, fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other living expenses, and then deduct the average amount of financial aid awarded to a student. This estimate is meant to give you a better picture of how much money you'll have to pay each year, either through self-pay, loans, or external scholarships.

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Top Colleges for the Money in New Hampshire

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Our 2021 rankings named University of New Hampshire - Main Campus the best school for overall value in New Hampshire for students working on their bachelor’s degree. U of NH is located in Durham, New Hampshire and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,550 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of NH is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,350. This means that the average student pays around $108,562 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of NH. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. U of NH also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges in New Hampshire rankings.

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#2

Keene State College

Keene, New Hampshire

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Keene State College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Hampshire list. Keene, New Hampshire is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 912 students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Keene State is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,037. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Keene State is $96,064. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.7%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Keene State also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges in New Hampshire rankings.

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#3

University of New Hampshire at Manchester

Manchester, New Hampshire

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of New Hampshire at Manchester. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Hampshire list. This small public school is located in Manchester, New Hampshire, and it awarded 197 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UNH Manchester about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,575. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UNH Manchester is $116,642. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The low student loan default rate of 2.2% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. UNH Manchester also made our Best Colleges in New Hampshire list, coming in at #4.

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#4

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Saint Anselm College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in New Hampshire. St. Anselm College is located in Manchester, New Hampshire and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 517 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes about 4.0 years for the average student at St. Anselm College to complete their degree, and it costs about $38,623 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from St. Anselm College is $156,037. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 89%. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, St. Anselm College is ranked #2 for overall quality in New Hampshire.

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#5

Plymouth State University

Plymouth, New Hampshire

A rank of #5 on our Best Colleges for the Money in New Hampshire list means Plymouth State University is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Plymouth State is located in Plymouth, New Hampshire and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 941 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Plymouth State to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,177. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Plymouth State is $94,918. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The low student loan default rate of 4.9% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

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#6

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

Dartmouth College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in New Hampshire list. Located in Hanover, New Hampshire, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,249 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Dartmouth graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $52,552 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Dartmouth is $216,514. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The impressive student-to-faculty rate of 7 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Dartmouth also made our Best Colleges in New Hampshire list, coming in at #1.

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#7

Colby - Sawyer College

New London, New Hampshire

Colby - Sawyer College landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Hampshire ranking. Located in New London, New Hampshire, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 199 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Colby - Sawyer graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,839. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Colby - Sawyer is $135,297. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors.

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#8

Franklin Pierce University

Rindge, New Hampshire

Franklin Pierce University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in New Hampshire list. Franklin Pierce University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Rindge, New Hampshire that handed out 345 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Franklin Pierce College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $33,830. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Franklin Pierce College is about $139,380. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The low student loan default rate of 4.9% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

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#9

Rivier University

Nashua, New Hampshire

Rivier University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in New Hampshire list. Nashua, New Hampshire is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 295 students in 2018-2019.

At Rivier, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $39,895. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Rivier is $166,761. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The low student loan default rate of 4.2% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

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#10

New England College

Henniker, New Hampshire

New England College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in New Hampshire ranking. NEC is a private not-for-profit institution located in Henniker, New Hampshire. The school has a small population, and it awarded 356 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at NEC is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,613. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NEC be around $130,105. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#11

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire

Southern New Hampshire University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in New Hampshire ranking, coming in at #11. SNHU is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Manchester, New Hampshire. It awarded 10,893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at SNHU graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $49,895. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SNHU is about $205,068. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 11 schools only.

  • For our state-specific rankings, we use in-state tuition to calculate average cost. For our national and regional rankings, we use a weighted average of in-state and non-resident tuition.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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