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Status of Higher Education in New Hampshire Report

The New Hampshire Department of Education is pleased to present the Status of Higher Education in New Hampshire report. This document presents a statistical overview and summary review of the recent trends and significant findings on the condition of higher education in the Granite State. This year’s report builds upon the data presented in previous Status of Higher Education in New Hampshire reports. In the report trends are examined in New Hampshire high school graduates/first-time students entering postsecondary degree programs in New Hampshire; higher education financing in New Hampshire; and New Hampshire employment and degrees awarded at New Hampshire Institutions; among other topics.

Commissioner of Education, Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D. said, “Higher education is essential to providing a well-educated workforce. Every New Hampshire resident should have the accessibility to and affordability of more than a high school diploma. We are fortunate in New Hampshire to have both our public and private higher education institutes involved in ongoing conversations to support PreK-20 efforts.”

High School Graduates/First-Time Students Entering Postsecondary Degree Programs
There has been a six percent increase in the past decade of students choosing postsecondary education immediately following graduation from high school in New Hampshire. Fifty-two percent of New Hampshire’s recent high school graduates enrolled in New Hampshire institutions as first year students, while an additional 30 percent enrolled in schools in the other New England states. A decade ago, even though the percent attending a New England institution remained constant, 57 percent remained in New Hampshire, which is 5 percent more than today. New Hampshire students are represented on college campuses in all states, except, Alaska, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

Higher Education Financing In New Hampshire
According to the Project on Student Debt, in 2011-2012, students attending higher education in New Hampshire had the highest student debt nationally. 2011 was the first year New Hampshire ranked at the top of this listing. In addition, grants and student scholarships for students attending higher education in New Hampshire have more than doubled over previous decade data.

New Hampshire Employment Trends and Degrees Awarded At New Hampshire Institutions
The New Hampshire Department of Employment Security’s Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau’ s annual report on labor market projections through 2016 states that the fastest growing position will be in the area of home health assistants. An Associate in Health Professions has accounted for the greatest number of degrees awarded from NH institutions. Engineering studies lead the degree trends at the Bachelor Degree level for New Hampshire institutions for the past five years. The trend in the number of Master’s degrees in Engineering, while modest, has grown more rapidly than any other major at this level.

While the national trend for the 6-year graduation rate for a bachelor’s degree averages 55 percent, New Hampshire institutions outpace the national rate with more than 60 percent graduating in the latest cohort. The 3-year graduation rate for an associate’s degree completion in New Hampshire also outpaces national averages with close to 30 percent of New Hampshire students completing degree requirements within three years of enrolling, versus the national average of 20 percent.

The Status of Higher Education in New Hampshire report can be found at

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