‘Money’ ranks UNH among top 100 colleges for the money

  • In this photo taken Wednesday April 6, 2016 students walk past the historic Thompson Hall at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. The water system serving the University is among more than two dozen in New Hampshire that have exceeded the federal lead standard at least once in the last three years. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Jim Cole

Monitor staff
Published: 8/23/2018 5:07:52 PM

The University of New Hampshire is one of the most expensive public universities in the nation, particularly for in-state students, but Money magazine ranks the flagship campus in Durham as one of the top 100 institutions in the country for students to get the best return on their educational investment.

Money ranked UNH at No. 100 in its “Best Colleges For Your Money” list. Dartmouth College came in at No. 44.

The rankings are weighed based on the quality of education, affordability and alumni earnings, with data collected in part from the U.S. Department of Education and analyzed by the American Institute for Research/College Measures. Money’s staff made the final ranking decisions.

UNH’s tuition for this academic year is $15,140 for in-state students ($30,520 for out-of-state students). Money reports that UNH graduates carry an average debt of $27,000 and earn on average $50,600 early in their careers. About 77 percent of students finish school within six years, which Money says is 15 percent higher than other schools with a similar student body. UNH’s enrollment is 13,688 and has an acceptance rate of 76 percent.

The report noted UNH’s work in population and demography research at the Carsey School of Public Policy. It also pointed to the school’s political science department where professors are routinely tapped for their election analysis, especially around New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Education aside, the staff at Money wrote that “UNH has a reputation as a party school, and Durham delivers the standard college-town entertainment, with plenty of bars and restaurants.”

Fall classes begin at UNH on Monday. The school is embarking on its first academic year under the direction of its new university president, James Dean. Dean left the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill to become UNH’s 20th president, replacing Mark Huddleston who retired after 11 years in Durham.

UNH has three campuses in the state, including its main campus in Durham plus a satellite campus in Manchester and its law school in Concord.

New Hampshire’s public universities carried the highest tuition and fees for in-state students in 2017-18 in the nation, according to the College Board, a not-for-profit organization that helps guide students through the college search process.

The College Board’s annual survey found New Hampshire’s four-year public institutions required $16,070 for in-state tuition and fees, edging Vermont by just $30 for most expensive in the country. The lowest prices in the nation came from Wyoming at $5,220 and Florida at $6,360.

Vermont schools carried the highest price tag in the country for out-of-state students at $38,990.

Keene State College came in at No. 347 in the rankings, followed by Manchester’s Saint Anselm College (No. 439), Nashua’s Rivier University (No. 443) and Plymouth State University (No. 595). A total of 727 schools were included in the report. New England College in Henniker was not included.


(Nick Stoico can be reached at nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)

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