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2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New Hampshire

16 Colleges
$40,500 Avg Salary*
54% Avg Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when you have so many options available. College Factual was founded to give every student the clear and understandable data they need to make this critical decision.

After analyzing 16 schools in New Hampshire, we came up with our list of those that offered the highest quality education to non-traditional students, including part-time and adult learners. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on over 20 objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as loan default rate, degree completion, and distance learning options to name a few.

Non-traditional students make up the bulk of today's college students and includes anyone who is attending college part-time, a returning or transfer student, or an adult learner (over the age of 24).

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Top Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New Hampshire

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#1

Rivier University

Nashua, New Hampshire

Our 2021 rankings named Rivier University the best school in New Hampshire for non-traditional students working on their bachelor’s degree. 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.

There are 1,361 adult students enrolled in the school, which is 56% of the student body. Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $360 per credit hour. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Rivier go into careers with an average salary of $45,400 during the early years of their career.

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#2

Granite State College

Concord, New Hampshire

A rank of #2 on our Best Colleges For Non-Traditional Students in New Hampshire list means Granite State College is a great place for adult learners and/or non-traditional students working on their bachelor’s degree. Concord, New Hampshire is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 354 students in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $314. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from GSC go into careers with an average salary of $35,400 during the early years of their career.

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#3

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire

One of the best schools for adult learners and other non-traditional students is Southern New Hampshire University. The school came in at #3 in New Hampshire in this year’s ranking. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Manchester, New Hampshire, and it awarded 10,893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $1,281. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $45,400 a year.

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One of the best schools for adult learners and other non-traditional students is University of New Hampshire - Main Campus. The school came in at #4 in New Hampshire in this year’s ranking. UNH is a fairly large public school situated in Durham, New Hampshire. It awarded 3,550 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.2%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. The school charges $645 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from UNH make an average of $51,400 a year.

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#5

Franklin Pierce University

Rindge, New Hampshire

One of the best schools for adult learners and other non-traditional students is Franklin Pierce University. The school came in at #5 in New Hampshire in this year’s ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Rindge, New Hampshire, and it awarded 345 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.9%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. The school charges $1,197 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $39,700 a year.

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#6

New England College

Henniker, New Hampshire

New England College landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New Hampshire ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Henniker, New Hampshire, and it awarded 356 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $1,122. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from NEC go into careers with an average salary of $37,900 during the early years of their career.

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#7

Plymouth State University

Plymouth, New Hampshire

Plymouth State University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New Hampshire ranking. Plymouth State University is a small public school located in Plymouth, New Hampshire that handed out 941 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.9%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $495. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State go into careers with an average salary of $41,700 during the early years of their career.

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#8

Keene State College

Keene, New Hampshire

Keene State College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New Hampshire list. Keene State College is a small public school located in Keene, New Hampshire that handed out 912 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The low student loan default rate of 3.7% 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%. Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $490 per credit hour. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Keene State go into careers with an average salary of $42,400 during the early years of their career.

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#9

NHTI-Concord's Community College

Concord, New Hampshire

NHTI-Concord’s Community College landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New Hampshire ranking.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $215. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from NHTI is $38,200 during the early years of their career.

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#10

River Valley Community College

Claremont, New Hampshire

River Valley Community College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New Hampshire ranking.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $215.

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#11

White Mountains Community College

Berlin, New Hampshire

White Mountains Community College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New Hampshire ranking.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $215 per credit hour. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from White Mountains Community College make an average of $35,100 per year during the early years of their career.

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#12

Manchester Community College

Manchester, New Hampshire

Manchester Community College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New Hampshire ranking.

The school charges $215 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from MCC make an average of $36,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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#13

Nashua Community College

Nashua, New Hampshire

With a ranking of #13, Nashua Community College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New Hampshire list.

The school charges $215 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Nashua Community College go into careers with an average salary of $36,600 during the early years of their career.

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#14

Great Bay Community College

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Great Bay Community College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New Hampshire list.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $215.

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#15

Lakes Region Community College

Laconia, New Hampshire

Lakes Region Community College ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New Hampshire list.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $215.

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#16

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

Merrimack, New Hampshire

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in New Hampshire ranking, coming in at #16. Located in Merrimack, New Hampshire, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 25 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.2%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 16 schools only.

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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