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New Hampshire is a member of the New England Regional Student Program (RSP). The RSP Tuition Break program offers students the flexibility to attend school outside of their home state at a reduced nonresident price, provided that none of the public colleges or universities within their home state offers a degree in their chosen field of study. Over 800 degree programs are offered through the RSP Tuition Break program, saving students and their families millions of dollars each year.

Similar to the RSP Tuition Break program, students at participating schools are also able to enroll in courses not offered at their own school through the Student Exchange program run by the nonprofit New Hampshire College & University Council.

In the 2013-2014 school year, New Hampshire’s four-year colleges and universities reported that 25,000 of their 78,000 students were enrolled exclusively in distance education courses. That number will likely grow, due to the state’s voluntary membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). SARA streamlines the process where states authorize online courses for nonresident students. This makes the state’s distance learning programs more accessible for all students, while also indicating that each course meets established quality control guidelines.

Rank School Name Ranking Score Relative Cost Graduation Rate Location Description
1Plymouth State University 3/557.77%Plymouth, NH

Plymouth State offers an online bachelor’s degree in nursing along with multiple online master’s degrees. The school’s online nursing program allows students to earn their associate degree before transitioning into a BS degree through neighboring Granite State College.

The college also offers Master of Education (MEd) programs in online instructional design, curriculum and instruction, library media, and education technology integration, in addition to an MBA and an MS in accounting. Some master’s programs at Plymouth State can be completed in as few as three academic terms.

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2Southern New Hampshire University 4/5N/AManchester, NH

SNHU offers over 200 online degrees and certification programs, including associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate programs. Students at SNHU can choose from over 100 bachelor’s degrees, 100 master’s degrees, and 20 certification programs.

Online degrees at the college are grouped in categories including art & design, business, education, finance, healthcare, and social sciences. The school’s online degrees encompass everything from social psychology to video game design, and some of SNHU’s advanced degree programs can be completed within 15 months.

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3Colby-Sawyer College 5/549.73%New London, NH

Colby-Sawyer College offers associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and professional certifications through its online education program. Online students at Colby-Sawyer still have access to a range of college resources, including tutoring, library services, and career counseling.

Courses at Colby-Sawyer combine a liberal arts framework with comprehensive career preparation. Students can earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, healthcare management, and nursing. The college also offers an associate degree in liberal arts and certificates in leadership and human resources management.

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4Rivier University 4/551.22%Nashua, NH

Rivier University offers rolling admissions and courses start every seven weeks. The school’s online education emphasizes flexibility and accommodation, and students are allowed to transfer up to 90 credits for a bachelor’s degree and up to nine credits for a master’s degree.

Rivier offers online bachelor’s degrees in individualized studies, psychology, business administration, nursing and public health. Graduate students can earn their MBA in a variety of concentrations, including management, healthcare administration, and marketing. The college also offers a master of public health degree and an MS in nursing.

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5Franklin Pierce University 5/545.57%Rindge, NH

Franklin Pierce University receives high marks for its online associate degrees, MBA in energy & sustainability program, bachelor of healthcare administration program, and master’s in physician’s assistants program.

Online students at Franklin Pierce can earn a variety of associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, along with both graduate and undergraduate certificate programs. The college offers a particularly large selection of MBA degrees, in concentrations including leadership, health administration, and sports management. Many degrees at the school can be completed entirely online.

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6Granite State College 2/513.51%Concord, NH

Part of the University of New Hampshire system, Granite State emphasizes flexibility, value and adaptability in its online education program. The school is particularly liberal in its credit transfer policy, allowing students to easily transfer academic credits from other institutions and even earn credit for past life and work experience.

Granite State offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees subjects ranging from family studies to information technology. The college also offers a Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and want New Hampshire state teaching certification.

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7New England College 5/536.33%Henniker, NH

For its value and accessibility, New England College receives high marks for the affordability of its online degrees, winning top honors for its bachelor’s degree programs in computer science, marketing, and human services in particular.

New England College offers both associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees in subjects including accounting, criminal justice, healthcare administration, and psychology. The school offers a large selection of online master’s degrees in management, professional writing, and public policy. Students can also concentrate in unique fields including forensic accounting and sports management.

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More About Online Colleges in New Hampshire

Online learning is a significant part of the postsecondary educational options in New Hampshire; in 2012, 14,812 students were enrolled in exclusively online programs. With nearly one-third of all degree-seeking students enrolled part-time, online education provides learners with the flexibility to balance outside commitments with their pursuit of higher education. New Hampshire has demonstrated their dedication to the proliferation of online learning by joining the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), the nationwide initiative of states striving to better online education programs. Additionally, total funding for higher education in the state increased by 27% in 2014.

Browse our list of the best online colleges in New Hampshire for more insight into distance learning programs in this state.

NCES Report

The National Center for Education Statistics reports the following about online education in New Hampshire:

  • Within four-year institutions,
  • 4.4% of students took exclusively online classes in the state in 2012
  • A further 5.5% took at least one online course
  • Within two-year colleges, 5.5% of the students completed their degrees fully online
  • Nearly 14% supplemented their brick-and-mortar courses with distance learning