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If you think of the part of New England north of Boston as all sleepy burgs, you might be surprised to come across the town of Manchester, New Hampshire, site of Hesser College. Though its history dates back to the early 1900s, Hesser College is one of the forward-thinking educational institutions run by Kaplan today. Since the 1970s the college has expanded to include four other locations around New England.

Though its origins are in business education, HC has a wide-ranging curriculum that could be a fit for students with career goals ranging from Massage Therapy to Psychology, with many additional options to choose from. As a college offering both associate and bachelor degrees, students can either transfer to a four year institution or use their Hesser degree to seek employment opportunities.


For students looking to complete associate degree coursework, Associate of Science Degrees are available in Medical Assistant Training, Physical Therapy Assistant Training, Communications, Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Design. Associate of the Arts Degrees are available in Liberal Studies. Highlights of the school’s curriculum include Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology, Business Administration and Criminal Justice.

Students should not be discouraged by the fact that they have to work full-time to support themselves and/or family while attending college, the college can accommodate numerous different schedules. In general, the coursework has been aimed to leave graduates in demand with the local work force.

Accreditation for the school is provided by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (the NEASC), with additional accreditation for the Medical Assisting curriculum provided by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

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Students hoping to get started with college coursework at Hesser must have already cleared the high school requirements. GED or high school diplomas will be expected in any admissions package. Because the college is not critical of alternative forms of education, it will also accept Home School certificates as long as they comply with local standards. Additionally, exceptions may be made for foreign students who cannot produce the same type of documents due to their country of origin. Applications should be made online immediately, as admissions take place on a rolling basis in many programs.

Financial Aid

The process of applying for financial aid can seem daunting, but HC tries to help make the process easier for students. Starting out, any applicant should fill out the FAFSA online with the college’s code 004729.

Students will have access to all the resources available from federal and state agencies, including grants which will never need to be repaid. Most grants of this kind are need-based. While numerous opportunities for scholarships exist, many of them are performance-based and not affiliated with any Hesser College foundation.

Student loans and work-study employment are two other ways in which students can figure out a way to pay for the college education they are seeking.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4328th for the average student loan amount.
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Students who want to pursue extra-curricular activities will have many options while attending Hesser. The fitness and computer centers on campus allow students to get their work done and unwind when the stress begins to build up.

For scholar-athletes, the Hesser Blue Devils may be the perfect fit for you. Competing in the USCAA and the Yankee Small College Conference, men’s baseball, basketball and soccer are available. Women’s sports include softball, soccer, basketball and volleyball. The women’s softball team’s most recent Yankee Conference championship was won in 2007, when the men’s basketball team took third place overall the same year.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s Intercollegiate and Men’s Scholarship Baseball
  • Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural, Women’s Intramural, Men’s Scholarship and Women’s Scholarship Basketball
  • Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural, Women’s Intramural, Men’s Scholarship and Women’s Scholarship Soccer
  • Women’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Scholarship Softball
  • Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural, Women’s Intramural, Men’s Scholarship and Women’s Scholarship Volleyball
The Blue Devils are a member of NJCAA.

Local Community

The town of Manchester, New Hampshire is settled comfortably between big city and small hamlet, with a population of just over 100,000 people in the most recent census. Consistently ranked as one of the most comfortable U.S. cities as far as overall quality of life goes. Manchester is a place most students take a liking to. Students with an interest in the arts would be well-served with a visit to the New Hampshire Institute of Art in town, or the Currier Museum of Art. The Palace Theatre is another important cultural stop in Manchester.

Information Summary

Ranks 27th in New Hampshire and 3784th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 366 0.33
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 69 0.06
Robbery 181 0.16
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 902 0.82
Larceny 3,136 2.86
Vehicle theft 156 0.14

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Manchester, NH 03103-9969
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population36,732 (36,700 urban / 32 rural)
Households14,180 (2.52 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,707
Families8,914 (3.12 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemOther academic year
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3301

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3921st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,896 $7,896 $7,896
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $120 $120 $120
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $329 $329 $329
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $9,616 $9,616 $9,616
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,008 $20,008 $20,008
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,336 $13,336 $13,336

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $11,844 $11,964 $11,844 $11,964 $11,844 $11,964
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $600(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $4,992 $4,928
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,624 $5,560
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,880(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2761st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $56,222 ($63,107 male / $41,999 female)
Number of FT Faculty 19 (9 male / 10 female)
Number of PT Faculty 248
FT Faculty Ratio 0.1 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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