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New Hampshire’s education scene mixes top national universities, small private schools, and community colleges. The state’s flagship university, the University of New Hampshire, has one of the highest in-state tuition costs nationwide (second only to the University of Vermont), but is well-known for its business, engineering, and nursing programs. Dartmouth College, a premier ivy league school, boasts bustling Greek life and rigorous academics that rank among the nation’s best. Students and families from around New England flock to university events in the state each year, including UNH’s annual homecoming and Pumpkin Fest at Keene State University.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in New Hampshire

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

Admission rate: 10%

Grad rate: 96%

Net cost: $33,574

Payback: 2.1 Years

Earnings: $91,627

Vs. state average: + $32,090

Economic score: 1.38

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#2 in New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire at Manchester

Manchester, New Hampshire

Admission rate: 86%

Grad rate: 62%

Net cost: $13,649

Payback: 2.0 Years

Earnings: $61,997

Vs. state average: + $2,460

Economic score: 1.87

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#3 in New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

Durham, New Hampshire

Admission rate: 85%

Grad rate: 78%

Net cost: $24,067

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $61,997

Vs. state average: + $2,460

Economic score: 2.69

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#4 in New Hampshire

Keene State College

Keene, New Hampshire

Admission rate: 91%

Grad rate: 61%

Net cost: $19,394

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $48,504

Vs. state average: - $11,033

Economic score: 4.45

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#5 in New Hampshire

Plymouth State University

Plymouth, New Hampshire

Admission rate: 90%

Grad rate: 57%

Net cost: $19,316

Payback: 3.7 Years

Earnings: $48,110

Vs. state average: - $11,427

Economic score: 4.64

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#6 in New Hampshire

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire

Admission rate: 77%

Grad rate: 77%

Net cost: $32,781

Payback: 4.9 Years

Earnings: $60,648

Vs. state average: + $1,111

Economic score: 4.78

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#7 in New Hampshire

Franklin Pierce University

Rindge, New Hampshire

Admission rate: 85%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $27,617

Payback: 5.8 Years

Earnings: $50,486

Vs. state average: - $9,051

Economic score: 6.87

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#8 in New Hampshire

Colby-Sawyer College

New London, New Hampshire

Admission rate: 91%

Grad rate: 56%

Net cost: $26,983

Payback: 7.4 Years

Earnings: $44,780

Vs. state average: - $14,757

Economic score: 9.90

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#9 in New Hampshire

Rivier University

Nashua, New Hampshire

Admission rate: 76%

Grad rate: 56%

Net cost: $25,196

Payback: 8.9 Years

Earnings: $40,784

Vs. state average: - $18,753

Economic score: 12.96

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#10 in New Hampshire

Granite State College

Concord, New Hampshire

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 40%

Net cost: $12,507

Payback: 4.9 Years

Earnings: $42,509

Vs. state average: - $17,028

Economic score: 6.89

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#11 in New Hampshire

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

Merrimack, New Hampshire

Admission rate: 90%

Grad rate: 20%

Net cost: $17,143

Payback: 5.7 Years

Earnings: $41,687

Vs. state average: - $17,850

Economic score: 8.12

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#12 in New Hampshire

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire

Admission rate: 94%

Grad rate: 37%

Net cost: $41,095

Payback: 7.2 Years

Earnings: $52,024

Vs. state average: - $7,513

Economic score: 8.19

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#13 in New Hampshire

New England College

Henniker, New Hampshire

Admission rate: 97%

Grad rate: 29%

Net cost: $29,082

Payback: 10.0 Years

Earnings: $41,119

Vs. state average: - $18,418

Economic score: 14.50

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University of New Hampshire-Franklin Pierce School of Law

Concord, New Hampshire

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: N/A

Net cost: N/A

Payback: N/A

Earnings: $61,997

Vs. state average: + $2,460

Economic score: N/A

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Antioch University-New England

Keene, New Hampshire

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: N/A

Net cost: N/A

Payback: N/A

Earnings: $41,168

Vs. state average: - $18,369

Economic score: N/A

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