NH Community Colleges: The affordable choice for quality higher education

Top 10 Reasons to Choose Community College

#1 Quality Education

NH community colleges offer courses comparable in academic rigor to those taught at four-year colleges and universities. In fact, at community colleges the emphasis is placed on classroom instruction and student support, which leads to an outstanding learning experience for students.

40% of all traditional-age college students start out at a community college.

28% of all bachelor degree holders start at a community college.

47% of all bachelor degree holders take at least one course at a community college.

#2 Flexibility

Daytime, evening and online classes provide flexible scheduling opportunities for students of all ages, who are at different points in their education and career paths. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, 62% of all full-time community college students also work and 72% of part-time students work while in school, so the flexibility we offer is important!

#3 Smaller Class Sizes 

At NH community colleges, 89% of the classes have fewer than 19 students. Smaller class size offers greater opportunity for student participation, more individual attention and improved instruction.

#4 Comprehensive Programs

Today’s community colleges offer traditional liberal arts curriculum, as well as the career/technical programs that have historically been the cornerstone of community college programs. Traditional liberal arts-inspired associate degrees parallel the first two years of general education at a four-year college, making it easy to transfer.

#5 Career-Ready Grads

A community college degree can lead to a university degree (at a significant cost savings), or straight into a high-demand career. Nationally, community colleges educate 62% of allied health professionals. More than 80% of law enforcement officers and firefighters studied at community college.

#6 Accreditation

New Hampshire’s community colleges are accredited by the same agency that accredits UNH, SNHU, Dartmouth, Boston University and all other accredited New England colleges. The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) accredits all New England colleges, which means that the education meets shared standards of educational quality.

#7 Transferability

Working with advisors from both colleges, students can successfully transfer all or most of their community college credits. NH community colleges have articulation agreements with four-year colleges both in-state and out-of-state. To see exactly what transfers in New Hampshire, visit NHTransfer.org

#8 Great Place to Start

Nationally, and in New Hampshire, community colleges are a great place for students to start either a four-year college pathway or a high-demand career.  Whatever your goal is, you can reach it starting at a community college.

#9 Financial Aid  

Even though tuition at community colleges is lower than at other colleges and universities, financial aid is still available. The Federal Pell Grant, for example, is open to students attending any accredited post-secondary school, whether they attend full- or part-time. Many scholarships don’t differentiate between two- and four-year colleges, and some are designed specifically for community college students.

#10 Affordability 

Community college tuition is very affordable.  New Hampshire students can earn a full associate degree for about $15,000, and be half-way to a bachelor’s degree.  Making this choice saves thousands of tuition dollars for the millions of students who choose it every year.

Learn more at CCSNH.edu

There are seven community colleges throughout the Granite State, offering courses on-campus and online to meet the needs of high school grads.

NH community college degree and certificate programs range from the Liberal Arts to STEM — which pathway will you choose?

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