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Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH

Saint Anselm College


Saint Anselm College Prepares Students to Live Lives of Meaning

Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm College is a Catholic, liberal arts college in the Benedictine tradition. Located on 380 acres in Manchester, N.H., Saint Anselm is an hour drive from Boston, the seacoast, and the White Mountains. A private, undergraduate institution, Saint Anselm enrolls 2,000 students.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Saint Anselm College #95 on their list of best undergraduate national liberal arts colleges. The Princeton Review ranks Saint Anselm as one of the country's best institutions for an undergraduate education, community engagement, student happiness, and number 8 out of 3,000 national colleges for its food. See all Saint Anselm College's rankings.

A Liberal Arts Education that Prepares Students for Success in Any Field

Saint Anselm has 46 majors and 51 minors in the liberal arts, business, and the sciences. The college also has several pre-professional programs to prepare students for advanced studies in dentistry, medicine, health, law, and theology, among others.

A traditional liberal arts education, the academic core at Saint Anselm College prepares students for life; it's an education that provides professional and career preparation, and encourages a lifelong pursuit of truth to sustain and enrich their lives. The core curriculum focuses on the humanities, college writing, and learning outcomes. It is a balance between common courses that foster academic community and elective courses that allow for individual student choice.

At Saint Anselm, every voice is heard whether in or out of the classroom. With an average class size of 18, students receive individual attention in small classes. Saint Anselm College faculty are the heart and soul of the academic experience; they're experts in their fields. They know their students one-on-one, make time for them, and are dedicated to their success. With 200 professors and no teaching assistants, Saint Anselm faculty are committed to educating through rigorous coursework and collaborative research projects.

Research at Saint Anselm College is an integral part of a student's education. Students assist faculty in all areas of research: conducting work in the laboratory or in social sciences, archaeological history, and theology. Students have the opportunity to work alongside instructors through their coursework and gain valuable experience as research assistants. Students are published in national journals and often present at conferences. There are also opportunities for students to conduct research on the subject of their choice with the assistance of a Saint Anselm faculty mentor.

If students are not sure what to study, there are 22 faculty dedicated to advising them. Saint Anselm faculty lead education trips abroad, advise student clubs, and many have been interviewed as experts on all the major news networks.

In addition, students benefit from community service components and experiential learning opportunities that give them real experience and build essential skills.

Saint Anselm Graduates Find High Return on their Investment

Saint Anselm College is proud that 99% of the class of 2017 was employed, in graduate school or engaged in service within a year of graduation. Alumni have gone on to successful careers at organizations all over the world. Recent employers include Cigna Healthcare, National Public Radio, ABC News, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Fidelity Investments. Young alumni are attending graduate school at Yale University, Columbia University, Washington University, and the University of Notre Dame, to name a few.

According to, the online salary, benefits and compensation information company, Saint Anselm graduates find a high return on their investment, ranked number 42 for mid-career average salary among national liberal arts colleges.

At Saint Anselm College, students receive a liberal arts education that prepares them to think critically and communicate effectively to solve problems creatively and collaborate successfully. With a background in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts and a focus in their major, they have a solid foundation for any career. And real world experience through internships, study abroad, volunteering, or student leadership positions gives them the skills and insight that employers are looking for.

Financial Aid from Saint Anselm College

A Saint Anselm education is an investment that yields a lifetime of rewards. Saint Anselm provides students access to a number of resources that make the investment manageable. In 2017-2018, 99% of first-year Saint Anselm students received some sort of gift or grant aid.

In fact, the average first-year overall need-based financial aid package was $29,360. The grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study that students receive makes the real cost of attending Saint Anselm much less.

Meet the Next Leader of the Free World at Saint Anselm College

Saint Anselm College is home to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library, which offers unparalleled opportunities for students to be in the front row of the democratic process.

The Institute is nationally known to political scholars and strategists. It is an essential campaign stop for presidential candidates. So students hear major policy speeches, high-level endorsements, and interviews. They also meet today's most prominent political policy thinkers and researchers, journalists and authors, scientists, industry executives, and global leaders.

At the Institute, students watch and participate in history in the making through nationally televised First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary debates hosted on campus. During debates, students are couriers, guides, and media assistants. They work for and network with campaign staff and major television news executives.

And with a commitment to open-minded, civic dialogue and debate, the Institute engages citizens to participate in civic and political life. It provides diverse programming and research that are issues of critical importance to this nation. Recent speakers include former U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garret, and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

Location & Contact

Address 100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, NH  03102-1310
United States

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Classical, Ancient Mediterranean And Near Eastern Studies And Archaeology Checkmark
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
2 recommendations
Recommended Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen February 1st March 15th
Early decision plan December 1st December 31st
Other early decision plan November 15th January 15th
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 620 570 660
SAT Math 600 550 650
ACT Composite 26 24 29

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No

Financial Aid

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100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
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Student Body

Total Undergrad students
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Hispanic/Latino 4.21%
Black or African American 1.66%
White or Caucasian 86.89%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.05%
Asian 1.08%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.05%
Two or more races 1.71%
Other 3.52%


Male (39.02%)
Female (60.98%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 91%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Homecoming, Spring Weekend and Family Weekend

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Meelia Center for Community Engagement, Anselmian Abbey Players, Club Sports, Service and Solidarity Mission Trips and Saint Anselm College Crier (School Newspaper)

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 2 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 No
Field Hockey No No No
Football Checkmark Division 2 No
Golf No Division 2 No
Ice Hockey Checkmark Division 2 No
Lacrosse No Division 2 No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 No
Softball Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 2 No
Track And Field Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 No
Field Hockey No Division 2 No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark Division 2 No
Lacrosse No Division 2 No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 No
Softball Checkmark Division 2 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 2 No
Track And Field Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 2 No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 155
Part-time - 78
Male - 105
Female - 128