Business Degree Schools in New Hampshire

“Live Free or Die”—is there anything more quintessentially American than New Hampshire’s ultimatum of a state motto? The first of the colonies to establish a government independent of Great Britain in January 1776, New Hampshire was one of the original 13 United States, and the ninth to ratify the US constitution. Only the 46th largest state by land mass, New Hampshire packs a lot of interesting topography into its borders, from the Atlantic Ocean along its small southeastern coast, to the top of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the US northeast and known as the home of the “worst weather in the world.” Like other older states, New Hampshire’s economy has had to evolve over the decades due to the decline of the textiles and manufacturing industries, but is now diverse, ranging from agriculture to tourism and technology.

New Hampshire is a relatively small state, and National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) statistics show 11 public and non-profit schools that grant undergraduate business degrees in the state, of which 6 are accredited. We always recommend choosing an accredited business school program; this provides you with the assurance that the program you select has clear objectives and produces quality outcomes while adhering to national and international standards. Accredited schools also typically offer a richer educational experience by offering interaction with real businesses.

All of the schools in this article have been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and/or International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). They are all public or non-profit and regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

In this article you will find all the essential data you need to help you choose the New Hampshire business school that best suits your unique needs, based on a variety of key factors, including tuition, financial aid, entrance exam scores, acceptance rates, and more. The sections that follow describe undergraduate programs and job prospects for business school graduates in New Hampshire.

Undergraduate Business Schools in New Hampshire

While New Hampshire may not have many business schools, it has some of the best, which is (of course) reflected in tuition costs. Most notably, Hanover is home to Dartmouth College—one of the Ivy League schools—and its Tuck School of Business is a perennial top 10 finisher in US business school rankings. Getting into this school is difficult, and the tuition of $51,438 is substantial, though generous financial aid of over $40,000 is available. Three of the other 6 schools are also up there, cost-wise: $39,450 at Colby-Sawyer College, $34,050 at Franklin Pierce University, and $31,136 at Southern New Hampshire University. There are two lower-cost options, but they are still considerably more expensive than budget choices in other states: the University of New Hampshire at $17,624 and Plymouth State University at $13,472.

Acceptance rates in New Hampshire are very good except for Dartmouth College. The other 5 schools have an average acceptance rate of 83%, with the lowest 76% at the University of New Hampshire and the highest 93% at Southern New Hampshire University. The Tuck School is highly selective and admits only 11% of applicants. The best combination of acceptance rate and graduation rate is at the University of New Hampshire, with figures of 76% and 78%, respectively.

The table below shows you all the important data you need about undergraduate business schools in New Hampshire, including annual in-state tuition costs, average aid per student, acceptance rates, SAT and ACT score ranges of accepted students, and graduation rates. Click any column header to sort the table based on its contents.

SchoolCityTuitionAidMedian SATMedian ACTAccept. RateGrad. Rate
Colby-Sawyer CollegeNew London$39,450$28,98387%59%
Dartmouth CollegeHanover$51,438$40,8101350-156030-3411%97%
Franklin Pierce UniversityRindge$34,050$19,106870-107017-2081%43%
Plymouth State UniversityPlymouth$13,472$8,19679%55%
Southern New Hampshire UniversityManchester$31,136$4,28993%56%
University of New HampshireDurham$17,624$12,006990-120022-2776%78%

Job Outlook for Business School Graduates in New Hampshire

From 2016 to 2026, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data predicts total growth of at least 5% in 32 of 37 business and management occupations across the US. The highest growth will be for market analysts and marketing specialists, at 22.8% over ten years, with financial managers coming in second at 18.7%.

New Hampshire features an extremely robust economy with a lot of opportunities and low unemployment: its current rate is just 2.7%, a full third below the already low 4.0% of the US as a whole. About 48,800 people were employed in the business and management sector in New Hampshire in 2016. The largest subgroup, by far, was general and operations managers, with 12,040 employed, well ahead of the next largest subgroup, accountants and auditors at 5,040.

According to BLS data, New Hampshire ranked 8th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for overall average annual wage across all occupations in 2016 at $70,936, well above the national average of $57,617. Business and management occupations had a weighted average annual salary of around $102,000 that year. Chief executives were the highest-paid category at $187,000, and most management positions fell between $90,000 and $150,000. The lowest-paid of the groups was tax preparers at $39,670.

Occupation TitleBLS.gov
Code
2016
Total
Employment
New Hampshire
Mean
Hourly
Wage
New Hampshire
Mean
Annual
Wage
New Hampshire
National
Growth
2016-26
Accountants and Auditors13-20115,040$35$72,3608.0%
Administrative Services Managers11-30111,000$46$96,4209.1%
Advertising and Promotions Managers11-201150$42$87,8905.8%
Architectural and Engineering Managers11-90411,410$73$150,7907.4%
Budget Analysts13-203190$34$71,54010.4%
Business Operations Specialists13-11992,510$33$68,22010.1%
Chief Executives11-1011760$90$187,26011.9%
Compensation and Benefits Managers11-311160$58$120,6800.187
Compensation, and Benefits Specialists13-1141260$31$65,3105.6%
Compliance Officers13-10411,450$33$67,6705.0%
Construction Managers11-90211,030$45$93,2608.9%
Cost Estimators13-1051940$33$68,21010.3%
Credit Analysts13-2041170$39$80,42011.4%
Credit Counselors13-2071310$25$51,4505.5%
Financial Analysts13-2051900$38$79,0304.9%
Financial Examiners13-2061150$45$93,9208.2%
Financial Managers11-30313,420$58$120,06010.6%
General and Operations Managers11-102112,040$60$125,6207.1%
Human Resources Managers11-3121620$56$116,240-7.8%
Human Resources Specialists13-10712,280$30$61,5806.9%
Information Systems Managers11-30212,100$66$138,22012.0%
Insurance Underwriters13-2053220$39$81,13010.2%
Labor Relations Specialists13-1075150$32$67,2708.5%
Loan Officers13-20721,120$44$90,72011.5%
Logisticians13-1081680$35$72,54022.8%
Management Analysts13-11112,160$47$98,0308.8%
Market Analysts and Marketing Specialists13-11612,130$33$68,50010.0%
Marketing Managers11-20211,080$67$138,6706.5%
Meeting and Event Planners13-1121420$25$51,3508.4%
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers11-2031470$55$114,81010.8%
Purchasing Managers11-3061410$57$118,230-5.2%
Sales Managers11-20221,550$69$142,8409.8%
Tax Examiners and Revenue Agents13-2081330$27$55,51013.9%
Tax Preparers13-2082240$19$39,67011.5%
Training and Development Managers11-3131140$54$112,260-0.6%
Training and Development Specialists13-11511,100$32$65,98010.8%

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References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics:https://nces.ed.gov/
2. AACSB, Best Business Schools:http://bestbizschools.aacsb.edu/aacsb-accredited
3. ACBSP, Business Schools:https://www.acbsp.org/accreditation
4. IACBE, Business Schools:http://iacbe.org/accreditation/
5. US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook, Business and Financial Occupations: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/home.htm
6. US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Employment and Wage Estimates New Hampshire: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nh.htm
7. US News & World Report, Best Business Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools