The largest and most predominate provider of New Hampshire colleges is the University System of New Hampshire. Before 1963, there was no system of higher learning in the state. There were two teacher's colleges in New Hampshire in Keene and Plymouth which were governed by the State Board of Education. The State University was located in Durham and had a separate Board of Trustees. In 1961, the state's governor, Wesley Powell, appointed a commission to develop a plan for New Hampshire schools of public higher education to better manage the sudden increase in numbers of students that were enrolling in schools in New Hampshire. In 1963, the State Legislature formed the University System of New Hampshire on the recommendation of the Interim Commission.
Today, the USNH is governed by one Board of Trustees and oversees Plymouth State University, Granite State College, Keene State College and the University of New Hampshire, Durham and Manchester campuses. There are around 14 additional associates and baccalaureate colleges in New Hampshire, one law school and one art school. Four Massachusetts schools offer courses and award degrees around New Hampshire. They are Lesley University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Springfield College and Wheelock College. Dartmouth, a private Ivy League college is New Hampshire's oldest institute of higher education.
The state's System of Community Colleges oversees community colleges in these locations:
Colleges in New Hampshire vary in size from 1,100 students to 15,000 students. All schools in New Hampshire give students access to great skiing, hiking and other outdoor activities. Dartmouth College in New Hanover is one of the nation's most prestigious schools. It is a private research institute. Other top colleges include Colby-Sawyer, New London, Saint Anslem College, Manchester and the University of New Hampshire, Durham.
In 2008, the Bureau of Economic Analysis listed the gross state product of New Hampshire as $60 billion, ranking it as the 40th wealthiest in the nation. The median household incomes was $49,467, the nation's seventh highest.
New Hampshire has seen a significant shift in its economy in the last century. The traditional base of the economy was comprised of textiles, shoe making and machining shops drawing on low-wage labor from small farming communities throughout the state and parts of Quebec. Today, these sectors contribute a much smaller percentage of the state's total manufacturing income. The sharp decline was because of the lure of the South's cheaper wages causing many plants to become obsolete.
New Hampshire's industrial outputs today are electric equipment, machinary, rubber and plastic. Agricultural outputs are nursery stock, cattle, dairy products, eggs and apples. Tourism also plays a role in the state's economy.
New Hampshire has no income tax or broad sales tax. It does have a property tax and narrower taxes on vehicles, meals, lodging, state roads, and business and investment taxes.
The state's energy consumption per capita is among the nation's lowest according to the Energy Information Administration. Air-conditioning demands are low because of mild summers and over half of the state's residents burn fuel oil for heat. Portsmouth's Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant is New England's largest nuclear reactor. It provides around 30 percent of the state's electricity. The rest is provided by fossil fuel-powered plants and natural gas-fired plants.
New Hampshire's unemployment rate dropped significantly from 7.1 percent to 5.4 percent in 2010. This indicates growth for the state of New Hampshire as it remains a great state to attend college and find employment.
Found 40 Post-Secondary Schools In New Hampshire
|University System of New Hampshire System Office||Durham||NH||Central office or Administrative Unit||No Data|
|University of New Hampshire - Manchester||Manchester||NH||4-year public||No Data|
|University of New Hampshire - Main Campus||Durham||NH||4-year public||14689|
|Thomas More College of Arts||Merrimack||NH||4-year private, not-for-profit||22|
|Saint Joseph School of Practical Nursing||Nashua||NH||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||34|
|Saint Joseph School of Health Occupations||Nashua||NH||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Saint Anselm College||Manchester||NH||4-year private, not-for-profit||1985|
|Rivier College||Nashua||NH||4-year private, not-for-profit||2320|
|Portsmouth Beauty School of Hair Design||Portsmouth||NH||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||21|
|Plymouth State University||Plymouth||NH||4-year public||4041|
|Notre Dame College||Manchester||NH||4-year private, not-for-profit||1121|
|New Hampshire Technical Institute||Concord||NH||2-year public||2809|
|New Hampshire Institute of Art||Manchester||NH||4-year private, not-for-profit||14|
|New Hampshire Community Technical College - Nashua/claremont||Nashua||NH||2-year public||2176|
|New Hampshire Community Technical College - Manchester/stratham||Stratham||NH||2-year public||4024|
|New Hampshire Community Technical College - Berlin/laconia||Laconia||NH||2-year public||1471|
|New Hampshire College||Manchester||NH||4-year private, not-for-profit||4584|
|New Hampshire Career Institute||Concord||NH||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||18|
|New England School of Travel Ltd||Claremont||NH||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|New England School of Hair Design Inc||West Lebanon||NH||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||19|
|New England College||Henniker||NH||4-year private, not-for-profit||835|
|Michaels School of Hair Design and Esthetics||Bedford||NH||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||78|
|Master Bartenders School||Newmarket||NH||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Magdalen College||Warner||NH||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Lebanon College||Lebanon||NH||2-year private, not-for-profit||9|
|Keene State College||Keene||NH||4-year public||4573|
|Keene Beauty Academy||Keene||NH||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||56|
|Hesser College||Manchester||NH||4-year private, for-profit||2766|
|Granite State College||Concord||NH||4-year public||2087|
|Franklin Pierce Law Center||Concord||NH||4-year private, not-for-profit||466|
|Franklin Pierce College - Graduate and Professional Studies||Rindge||NH||4-year private, not-for-profit||704|
|Franklin Pierce College||Rindge||NH||4-year private, not-for-profit||1489|
|Esthetics Institute at Concord Academy||Concord||NH||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||12|
|Dartmouth College||Hanover||NH||4-year private, not-for-profit||5386|
|Daniel Webster College||Nashua||NH||4-year private, not-for-profit||1099|
|Continental Academie of Hair Design||Hudson||NH||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||59|
|Continental Academie of Hair Design||Manchester||NH||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||33|
|Colby - Sawyer College||New London||NH||4-year private, not-for-profit||845|
|Chester College of New England||Chester||NH||4-year private, not-for-profit||203|
|Antioch New England Graduate School||Keene||NH||4-year private, not-for-profit||960|
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/