2018 Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in New Hampshire

Online education is a thriving part of the higher education system in New Hampshire. You have no shortage of online colleges and universities in New Hampshire to browse through, as the state has prioritized online learning in the past few years to compete with for-profit online schools. Each of the four colleges in the University System of New Hampshire has some sort of online degree option for you to explore.

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There are more than 11 post-secondary institutions in New Hampshire. Of these schools, 11 offer online programs. A total of two are public four-year colleges or universities and two are public community or technical colleges and seven are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. 135 online certificate programs, 780 online associate programs, 1,406 online bachelor’s programs, 628 online master’s programs, 757 online professional programs, and 129 online doctoral programs are offered at these schools. In these programs, students may study subjects ranging from animation to early childhood education to homeland security.

Of the online colleges in New Hampshire, Southern New Hampshire University, a 4-year research university, offers 94 online programs.

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The average wage of New Hampshire employees is approximately equal to the average wage for employees across the U.S. The national average annual income is $42,871, while employees in New Hampshire earn an average annual income of $44,450. The median income for employees is $34,740 per year. But, the top 10 percent of the state’s employees earn more than $80,420 per year, while the bottom 10 percent earn less than $18,210.

With an average unemployment rate of 5.7 percent as of April 2013, New Hampshire’s employment rate was better than the national average.


Tuition may vary for online college courses depending on factors such as the type and location of the institution as well as the program. Public four-year colleges and universities in New Hampshire charged students an average of $6,315 per year. Tuition at public community and technical colleges was $6,240 per year on average. Annual tuition at private accredited online colleges ranged from $13,926 to $39,978.


Colleges in the University System of New Hampshire are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) through their Commissions on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). This regional institutional accrediting agency has deemed that all the schools and degree programs within the University System of New Hampshire are worthy of accreditation, and therefore meet a minimum standard of excellence. You should consider other options if you encounter a college or degree program in New Hampshire without school accreditation.

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Named from the English county of Hampshire, New Hampshire is located in the Northeast region of the United States. The 6th smallest state in the nation, it has an area of 9,349 square miles. It has an average annual temperature of about 46°F.

The population of New Hampshire is the 10th smallest in the U.S. The state has 10 counties and 1,316,470 residents residing in these counties. Approximately 37 percent of those living in New Hampshire are less than 30 years old. Also, it has one of the least diverse populations in the country. An estimated 8 percent of the state’s population identifies itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.

New Hampshire’s capital city is Concord. However, the state’s largest city is Manchester, which has a population of 109,565 residents. An estimated 12 percent of the state’s residents live in the Manchester metropolitan area. Other large cities in the state include Nashua, Concord, Keene, and Portsmouth.

New Hampshire residents generally have a higher than average level of education as compared to those around the nation. According to the 2010 Census, an estimated 20.6 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school, 6 percent have at least an associate degree, 4.9 percent have degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.