Best Value Colleges in New Hampshire

Though it's a tiny state, New Hampshire is home to a wide variety of colleges, from Ivy League to affordable state schools.

The New Hampshire College ROI Report rankings identify which schools provide a substantial payback on your tuition investment.  Read More

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1Dartmouth College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$650,000
Total 4 Year Cost$257,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
2University of New Hampshire (UNH) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$334,000
Total 4 Year Cost$122,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$37,400
3Rivier College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$289,000
Total 4 Year Cost$171,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$41,600
4University of New Hampshire (UNH) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$283,000
Total 4 Year Cost$174,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$37,400
5Saint Anselm College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$269,000
Total 4 Year Cost$205,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$37,900
6Southern New Hampshire University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$218,000
Total 4 Year Cost$177,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,300
7Keene State College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$206,000
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,300
8Keene State College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$175,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,300
9Franklin Pierce University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$166,000
Total 4 Year Cost$187,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,600
10Plymouth State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$145,000
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,200
11 (tie)New England College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$114,000
Total 4 Year Cost$196,000
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,900
11 (tie)Plymouth State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$114,000
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,200
13Colby-Sawyer College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$13,600
Total 4 Year Cost$212,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$42,200
-Granite State College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate14%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$16,700
-Granite State College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate14%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$16,700

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

Students who go to college in the Granite State can take advantage of some of the best values for college education, but that's not all. They also enjoy proximity to the coast and can easily travel to various parts of New England for fun. The state is studded with numerous small, quaint towns, and some of the best skiing in the region can be enjoyed in the White Mountains. Whether you want to attend college in the state because of its high college ROI or simply because you love hiking, skiing and other outdoor pursuits, consider using PayScale's data to zero in on the best value colleges in New Hampshire before applying.

As the smallest school in the Ivy League, Dartmouth College has a more intimate feel while still delivering a college return on investment New Hampshire residents appreciate. Dartmouth has an annual enrollment of around 6,300 students. All kinds of illustrious public figures have graduated from Dartmouth, including former U.S. Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller and poet Robert Frost.

Situated in Durham, New Hampshire, the University of New Hampshire was founded in 1866. UNH is located relatively close to the coast, and it offers globally acclaimed programs in marine biology and oceanography. More than 100 majors are offered across its eight colleges and graduate School, and students enjoy access to more than 200 clubs and organizations. UNH was recently ranked one of the top-ten schools for outdoorsy students, as its location --- close to the Atlantic coast and enchanting White Mountains ' makes it ideal for virtually every type of outdoor adventure. It is also a perennial college hockey powerhouse, with the Wildcats consistently ranking nationally and often reaching the Frozen Four.