2017 Best Colleges in New Hampshire

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    Dartmouth College

    • Hanover, NH
    • 653 reviews
    College Junior:I would definitely choose Dartmouth again. I love the spirit of the school, the people, the professors and all of the non-academic learning experiences that are available. I think in the Engineering school there is a lot of room for improvement in terms of consistently having consistently good teachers. For the most part, teachers are good in the entry level classes, occasionally there is a great teacher, but often ( so far 1 class out of three, every trimester) there is one teacher who isvery suboptimal in their ability to teach or communicate well. Not acceptable at this type of school.

    Additionally, because Dartmouth is out of the way for most companies, their engineering recruiting fairs are extremely lacking in depth and availability. Much of the fair is online. Being only 3 hours from Boston, The Thayer school of engineering should host a weekend or trip to Boston for a recruiting fair to coincide with all the other colleges there when there are HUNDREDS of companies available to talk to and connect with. Students could take a bus to Boston and even make up the classes that are missed at some later point if necessary. Job hunting and internship opportunities are far inferior than at many other schools, even if they are not as highly ranked as Dartmouth!
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    University of New Hampshire

    • Durham, NH
    • 2,410 reviews
    Freshman:UNH is great school for all sorts of people. While the campus is fairly big, it still has a small school feel and a great sense of community. It is located on the New Hampshire seacoast so fun things to do everywhere you go! In addition, all the clubs and events on campus never leave you bored. The University of New Hampshire quickly turns into a home away from home for everyone that comes here.
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    Saint Anselm College

    • Manchester, NH
    • 499 reviews
    Alum:Saint Anselm College is an amazing institution. It has a rigorous academic curriculum that challenges students. The on campus monks provide a sense of respect and community, whether its in the classroom or in the pub. The campus is constantly trying to be better and is always moving forward. Not to be undersold, the food on campus is amazing! Although the general student body is fairy homogeneous and middle class, there is an ongoing push for diversity.
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    Senior:Students definitely need to make their own experience at UNH Manchester. Those who aren't engaged in their learning will quickly realize why that won't work - but otherwise, this school can be a powerful tool for you to learn exactly what you want. It's small enough to work directly with professors and program directors to chart a custom course of study if that's what you want.
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    Southern New Hampshire University

    • Manchester, NH
    • 1,940 reviews
    Senior:I have been taking online classes for the last year and a half. After being out of school for 25 years, I was a little hesitant on taking online classes. SNHU has been truly there for me. Everyone from advisors to professors to financial aid have all been very helpful and truly want to see their students succeed. It has been a wonderful experience and I have managed to maintain a goal I set for myself which is a high GPA (currently 3.862).
    I give SNHU 5 stars and would recommend them to anyone, especially in the work force, to consider SNHU when thinking about returning to school. They are wonderful!
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    Colby-Sawyer College

    • New London, NH
    • 436 reviews
    College Freshman:I really enjoy going to Colby-Sawyer. During my first semester, I struggled and didn't know if it would be the right fit for me but after sticking with it for an extra couple of weeks I've become more confident and am excited to finish my degree here! They offer really good financial aid, despite their tuition prices being very high and there is a very big emphasis on getting out of the classroom here, which is a special characteristic that I've come to love.
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    Plymouth State University

    • Plymouth, NH
    • 788 reviews
    Sophomore:Plymouth State is the most welcoming and excepting university I have ever been to. There's such a diverse student population, there is literally a place for everyone! Not only is it just a beautiful and fun school, the professors are so amazing. They've all been accomplished professionals in their fields and really want their students to do well and accomplish their goals.
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    Keene State College

    • Keene, NH
    • 777 reviews
    Sophomore:Keene State College is a scenic school located in Keene Valley, in southern New Hampshire. The leaves are always golden in the fall and the regular breeze that brushes through campus is refreshing, even on winter days. The professors here are dedicated to the success of their students, and they frequently make themselves available to any and all who need extra help. The food here at Keene is superior to most other campus' in New Hampshire. The dining staff are always looking for suggestions to improve the overall experience of those who come to eat here. The town of Keene is a safe atmosphere that is welcoming to travelers, residents, and students. All in all, Keene is not just a college, it's home.
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    Rivier University

    • Nashua, NH
    • 380 reviews
    Freshman:I have nothing negative to say about Rivier University! I transferred here to Rivier as a commuter this Fall, and am so happy I did. I took Nursing pre-requisite courses at a local community college, that all trasferred over to Rivier. I have only been here for about a month and cannot believe the positive energy I have and see while attending school a few days a week. Everyone is so kind and all of my professors are very well prepared when coming to class. I have already learned so much, through more then one learning/teaching style or technique. Reviews I heard before applying to Rivier were all very positive, including peers and employers of Rivier graduate students.
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    Daniel Webster College

    • Nashua, NH
    • 82 reviews
    College Freshman:The school offers exactly what it says it offers, no more no less. Many will be upset when they expect more from a school that never expressed that they were over exceeding any expectations.
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    Hesser College

    • Manchester, NH
    • 79 reviews
    College Sophomore:I went to the college today, to get a tour, get information, I walked out of there with the upper most respect for that school. They made me feel like I was important, that they will be there for me no matter what. I will be starting May 2, 2011, and I can not wait to start.
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    Franklin Pierce University

    • Rindge, NH
    • 474 reviews
    Freshman:The faculty and students are very welcoming and happy! Professors are very enthusiastic with what they teach. A few things that can be improved are the living spaces, specifically freshman communal restrooms, and the cafe food.
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    Granite State College

    • Concord, NH
    • 120 reviews
    College Senior:This is my first semester here! My academic adviser was very helpful in getting an academic plan set up for me. So far, my experience is going well with the online courses.
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    New England College

    • Henniker, NH
    • 270 reviews
    College Sophomore:NEC has been pretty good to me. I love the professors who are really knowledgeable and care. My major (education) has one of the best departments and it's really comprehensive with plenty of field experiences. I've been able to schedule classes around busy work life (I substitute teach 4 days a week with an above average class-load; crazy; this has probably been the best part about NEC).

    Class sizes are small and instructors are experienced. Professors are pretty lenient about deadlines but I'd say you should definitely get into the habit of passing things on time so it doesn't build up. Courses are fairly challenging, but by contributing to discussions, completing all the work and asking to redo parts of it, I have been able to maintain a high GPA with a high course load. There aren't that many courses to choose from for General Education, but they are quite comprehensive and well-taught and give you a new perspective. I took some online courses over J-Term and the summer, a great way to meet requirements but I feel I missed out on debates and meeting new people.

    Overall, I'd recommend NEC for prospective teachers!
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