My top 5 picks for New Hampshire range from a small private college to a public university with 15,000 students. New Hampshire is obviously a small state with fewer college options than many other states, but it is home to Dartmouth and several other excellent schools. New Hampshire can be a great choice for students who love skiing, hiking, climbing, camping, kayaking and and other outdoor recreation. Students will also find that Boston is just an hour or two away. Admissions standards for my top picks vary greatly. The schools were chosen based on first-year retention rates, four- and six-year graduation rates, notable academic strengths, value, and student engagement. See my list of the top New Hampshire colleges to find out who made the cut.
To get a partial sense of what it takes to get into many of New Hampshire's four-year colleges and universities, I've created side-by-side comparison charts of New Hampshire SAT scores and New Hampshire ACT scores for the middle 50% of matriculated students.
If there's another New Hampshire college that you think deserves to be on the list, use the comment link below to share your recommendation. Keep in mind that the "best" college for your interests, goals and personality may have little to do with my own selection criteria.
If you're interested in the larger area of New England, you can also explore my picks for the region: Top New England Colleges.
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