Best Online Colleges in New Hampshire

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 2/18/2020
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These six colleges and universities are the best in New Hampshire that offer online bachelor's degrees. New England College, ranked #1, has the highest reported alumni salary at $78,700. Tuition is and $12,150, and students can choose from programs such as a BA in Business Administration, a BA in Criminal Justice, and a BA in Psychology. Rivier University, the #3-ranked school, offers the lowest tuition at only $6,480 annually. At #5, Southern New Hampshire University Online offers over 140 online bachelor’s degrees.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Mid-Career Salary
# 1 #1 New England College $12,150 $78,700
# 2 #2 Franklin Pierce University $12,000 $75,100
# 3 #3 Rivier University $6,480 $72,400
# 4 #4 Colby-Sawyer College $9,000 $72,600
# 5 #5 Southern New Hampshire University Online $9,600 $70,400
# 6 #6 Granite State College $9,420 $62,600
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2020 Online Colleges in New Hampshire Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

#1 New England College

  • Annual Tuition: $12,150
  • Median Salary: $78,700
  • Locations: Henniker
  • Accreditation: NECHE

Established in 1946, New England College is a private liberal arts institution located in the town of Henniker. The university offers online bachelor’s and master's degrees in a wide variety of fields. Several programs have multiple concentrations, allowing students to tailor their education to their interests and career goals. Additionally, 10 associate degrees are available. Popular subjects include accounting, business administration, criminal justice, education, professional writing, psychology, and sociology. Each term at NEC is seven weeks and there are seven start dates offered each year. Course content includes video lectures, podcasts, interactive exercises, and discussion boards. Learning is asynchronous, but students can consult and collaborate with classmates and professors in real-time by email and chat rooms.

#2 Franklin Pierce University

  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Median Salary: $75,100
  • Locations: Rindge
  • Accreditation: NECHE

Founded in 1962, Franklin Pierce University is a private institution located in the town of Rindge. The university offers online certificates and associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Popular subjects include accounting-finance, health care administration, criminal justice, marketing, emergency medical services, paralegal studies, nursing, and education. The Canvas online learning management system is used to deliver coursework; course material is provided in audio, video, and text formats, and there are assessments, projects, and discussion forums. Students with previous work and life experience may be able to receive credit for prior learning.

#3 Rivier University

  • Annual Tuition: $6,480
  • Median Salary: $72,400
  • Locations: Nashua
  • Accreditation: NECHE

Founded in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Rivier University is a private Catholic liberal arts institution located in the city of Nashua. Rivier's online catalog includes bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Students can choose from such subjects as business administration, computer information services, individualized studies, nursing, psychology, and public health. Students enrolling in bachelor’s degree programs can transfer up to 90 credits, and master’s degree students can transfer a maximum of nine. Rivier University offers rolling admissions and class terms that start every seven weeks. Therefore, students can start their degree programs when it is most convenient for them. Course content is available 24/7 and is available on a variety of devices.

#4 Colby-Sawyer College

  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • Median Salary: $72,600
  • Locations: New London
  • Accreditation: NECHE

Founded as a coeducational academy in 1837, Colby-Sawyer College is a private institution located in the town of New London. The college offers an RN to BSN (nursing) degree program fully online. Students can complete the degree in as little as 16 months (five semesters); courses are offered in 15-week semesters and in 12-week summer sessions. A Master of Science in nursing - clinical nurse leader program is also offered in a hybrid format. Distance learners have the option to visit campus to meet with faculty and collaborate with other students. Rolling admission is available for spring, summer, and fall sessions. Coursework is delivered via the Moodle online learning management system, and around-the-clock tutoring is available for online students.

#5 Southern New Hampshire University Online

  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • Median Salary: $70,400
  • Locations: Manchester
  • Accreditation: NECHE

Established in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private institution located in the town of Hooksett. The university’s robust online program includes associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in over 70 different fields of study. With multiple concentrations offered, SNHU's online catalog provides more than 200 degree options. Popular subjects include anthropology, computer science, creative writing, cybersecurity, digital photography, fashion merchandising, game art & development, geosciences, history, marketing, nursing, and psychology. Most learning is asynchronous with course material available 24/7, so students can study at a time and place that is convenient for them. Students have weekly online assignments (usually due on Thursday and Sunday nights) and can participate in discussion boards. Most courses are fully online, but there are a few that require some on-campus attendance.

#6 Granite State College

  • Annual Tuition: $9,420
  • Median Salary: $62,600
  • Locations: Concord
  • Accreditation: NECHE

Granite State College, part of the University System of New Hampshire, is a public institution located in Concord. The college offers a wide variety of online degree programs, including associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, as well as 20 online teacher certifications. Courses are provided in fully online, hybrid, and blended formats so distance learners can choose the delivery method that works best for them. Popular subjects include accounting and finance, business management, health care management, information technology, education, and nursing. Students can transfer up to 90 credits of previous coursework or life experience in order to earn their degrees faster. Some of GSC’s online programs are not available in all states; students can check the university’s website for details.


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