Institutions of higher learning in Greater Manchester educate more than 15,000 students each year and contribute significantly to the economic, social, and cultural well-being of the region.
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Discover your educational journey at one of Greater Manchester’s institutions of learning, or explore how your business can play a role in our future workforce.

Manchester School District

Committed to excellence and equity, in every classroom, every day, and ensuring that graduates are ready for college, career, and community.

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Private & Charter Schools

Privately funded and independent public schools provide alternative environments that cater to diverse learning styles and foster motivation and engagement.

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Manchester Proud

This city-wide movement works closely with school district leadership to examine community partnerships, finance, governance, organizational relationships, and teaching and learning to ensure excellence and equity in education.

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The Community Compass

The Community Compass fosters the relationship between schools and the community to enlist support for out-of-school programs, classroom resources, professional development, health and wellness, college and career services, resources for basic needs, and early childhood programming.

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Technical/Trade Schools & Continuing Education

Vocational education provides hands-on training for specific occupations in less time than it takes to complete a bachelor’s degree. Continuing education recognizes the value of experiential lifelong learning and the unique challenges faced by adult learners.

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Franklin Pierce University, Manchester

Franklin Pierce University is an accredited private university in New Hampshire that achieves outstanding student success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Its main campus sits on 1,200 acres in Rindge, but the Manchester campus, in the historic Jefferson Mill Building on the banks of the Merrimack River, is the hub for online learning and home to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

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Granite State College

Exclusively focused on providing adult students with supportive, high-quality programs in high-demand fields on behalf of the University System of New Hampshire, Granite State College was founded with the goal of offering evening and weekend classes to working adults, regardless of age or income. Today, Granite State College remains committed to that objective by offering 100% online learning and was top ranked among the nation’s best for “Best Online Degree Programs” by U.S. News and World Report.

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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

MCPHS is a private, not-for-profit, healthcare-focused university with a full spectrum of healthcare programs. Its educators are passionate about their students, and equally passionate about advancing careers in this vital industry. Students at MCPHS are professionally focused and driven, and represent almost every state in the U.S. and dozens of foreign countries. MCPHS also offers a rich diversity of healthcare programs, paralleling the interdisciplinary team approach in modern healthcare institutions.

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Manchester Community College

Manchester Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs, including art and design, automotive technology, business, construction technologies, education, healthcare, and liberal arts. Whether you’re just out of high school, changing your career, re-starting the degree you began years ago, or just taking a specific course, Manchester Community College offers affordable tuition, quality education, and flexible schedules to meet the needs of working students, with courses that transfer to many four-year colleges and universities.

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Institute of Art & Design at New England College

New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is the oldest and largest nonprofit art and design college in New Hampshire, founded in 1898 as the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences. Today, NHIA has grown to become the third largest art and design college in all of New England. NHIA offers undergraduate (BFA), graduate (MFA, MAT), and community education programs and serves over 2,000 students annually.

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St. Anselm College

Founded in 1889 with a goal of building a college that would educate students in the Bendictine tradition of education that nourishes the whole student, St. Anselm College offers 45 majors and 52 minors as well as several pre-professional programs to prepare students for advanced studies in engineering, dentistry, law, medicine, and theology. This nationally ranked college with a 130-year history of time-honored traditions and values of hospitality, community, and respect overlooks New Hampshire’s thriving city of Manchester from its hilltop campus.

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Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University boasts more than 3,000 on-campus students and over 135,000 online students, making it one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. Founded in 1932 as a school of accounting and secretarial science, today SNHU offers over 200 programs, from certificates to doctoral level degrees including business, education, liberal arts, social sciences, and STEM. By reinventing higher education to fit the needs of today’s students and workforce, SNHU ensures that students are keeping pace with new technologies and professional requirements.

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University of New Hampshire at Manchester

UNH at Manchester (UNHM) is a vibrant urban college providing the Manchester and Merrimack Valley region with a wide range of educational, research, and cultural resources and opportunities. Located in Manchester’s historic millyard, UNHM’s graduate and undergraduate academic programs reveal a fresh liberal arts, science, and technology curricula emphasizing practical learning, offering courses during the day, evening, and weekend. A focus on experiential learning prepares students for success in their chosen field, and connects them to the wealth of opportunities in the region.

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