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.
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.
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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The following sports can be found here:
Men’s Intercollegiate and Men’s Scholarship Baseball
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.
Brooke Bright graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She currently resides with her family in Northern Illinois. When she is not chasing her two sons around you can find her organizing something or reading a mystery novel.