Saint Anselm College campus
Saint Anselm College campus
Saint Anselm College campus
Saint Anselm College campus
Saint Anselm College campus

From the School

Saint Anselm College encourages you not only to challenge yourself academically, but also to lead a life that is both creative and generous. Saint Anselm students are active both in and out of the classroom.

Saint Anselm College prepares students for life. With a liberal arts education, they're ready for real career experience, for the challenges that lie ahead. They take their Saint Anselm experience with them to think critically, communicate effectively, and solve problems creatively.

Saint Anselm graduates are CEOs, doctors, engineers, teachers, marketers, and researchers. They are humanitarians, healers, and philanthropists. They graduate Saint Anselm with the drive to achieve, empowered to make the world a better place.

In fact, 98% of the class of 2015 was employed, in graduate school, or engaged in service within 6 months of graduation.

The Princeton Review ranks Saint Anselm as one of the country's best institutions for an undergraduate education and number 12 out of 3,000 national colleges for its food.


From The School

In reviewing applicants for the first-year class, admission considers each prospective student carefully. Counselors assess each applicant's secondary school performance, SAT I or ACT scores (optional for non-nursing majors, nursing major must submit scores and should apply Early Action or Early Decision), recommendation letters, extracurricular involvement, and the written essay. Of highest priority is the applicant's secondary school transcript, with a specific focus on both the rigor of course study and the marks received. Saint Anselm invites transfer and international students to apply.

Saint Anselm College has the following admission deadlines:

Early Action, November 15
Nursing Majors, November 15 or December 1
Early Decision, December 1
Regular Decision, February 1

Saint Anselm College invites students and families to visit campus for a tour, information session and/or interview.

For more information, students should contact:
Office of Admission
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, NH 03102-1310
Telephone: 603-641-7500 or 888-426-7356 (toll-free)
Fax: 603-641-7550


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 630
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 640
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 28

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended


Early Action
December 1

February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

The core curriculum focuses on humanities, college writing, and learning outcomes. It is a balance between common courses that foster academic community and elective courses that allow for individual choice.

At Saint Anselm College's New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library, students hear major policy speeches and meet today's most prominent political policy thinkers, journalists, scientists, industry executives, and global leaders. The Institute, nationally known to political scholars and strategists, is an essential campaign stop for presidential candidates offering unparalleled opportunities for students to be in the front row of the democratic process. In fact, every United States president in the last 50 years has visited Saint Anselm College.

Majors and Degrees Offered

At Saint Anselm College, students may pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree in the following academic programs and majors: accounting, American studies, biochemistry, biology, business, chemistry, classics, communication, computer science, computer science with business, computer science with mathematics, criminal justice, economics, education (secondary and elementary), engineering physics (3-2 program), English, environmental studies, environmental science, finance, fine arts, forensic science, French, German studies, history, international business, international relations, integrated studies in the great books, mathematics, mathematics with economics, natural science, peace and justice studies, philosophy, physics (applied), physics, politics, psychology, social work, sociology, Spanish, and theology. The college also offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through a traditional, undergraduate nursing program and a hybrid RN to BSN Program.

Saint Anselm students may pursue pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, theology, and veterinary medicine.

The engineering physics (3-2 program) partners with the University of Notre Dame, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Catholic University of America, and Manhattan College. Learn more at

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • German Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • International Business

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General

  • Education

  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Education, General
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Latin Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, Other
  • Engineering, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • American History (United States)
  • History
  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Natural Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice and Corrections
  • Forensic Science and Technology

  • Social Sciences

  • Archeology
  • Archeology
  • Economics
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Fine/Studio Arts, General

Students Say

Nestled in New Hampshire near the White Mountains, Saint Anselm College is a small, Catholic Benedictine liberal arts college founded in 1889. Its prime location provides not only a beautiful environment in which to learn, but also makes it "the Benedictine college with a box seat on America's most riveting political theater" according to the Washington Post, and adds indelible "realworld experience" for those pursuing an education in politics. The small size of the college—in 2014 there were only 2,000 students—allows Saint Anselm College to provide "a welcoming community" and a "personalized experience" for all students. It encourages "Catholic ideals" of "service and community" and offers "a challenging, quality education" with "in depth learning both inside and outside of the classroom." Students call Saint Anselm a "close knit yet academically motivating environment, with countless opportunities to gain internship and other leadership experiences." "Each individual can thrive in some way," notes an English major, and "be involved, serve others, and have a life-long second home." "The education here is incredible," says a Forensic Science major, and "the teachers are more than happy to help you succeed." Students feel "challenged and enthused" by their professors and note that "discussions inside and outside of class are fantastic," "the lectures and labs prepare" them well for exams, "homework is almost always extremely relevant and beneficial," and professors "rarely lecture [or] read off power points." Professors "seem to love their job" and "come to class ready to stimulate your creative thinking." Students say that there is an "accessible, friendly, and inviting atmosphere in the classroom" and that "the teachers are always accessible." Community service is encouraged, making Saint Anselm a good fit for students who want to "become a better person as a whole and create an intelligent and kind community of students." As one student notes: "Saint Anselm College prepared me for life, and a wonderful, happy, and successful one at that."



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Elaine C. Lloyd
Managing Dir., Deutsche Bank

Michael J. Sheehan
CEO, Boston Globe

Col. Harvey C. Barnum, Jr.
Dep. Asst. Sec. of the Navy for Reserve Affairs

Dr. Paul M. Colombani
Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Robert K. Weiler
Pres. and CEO, Phase Forward

David Pietrycha
Chief Financial Officer of NBC Sports Group

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

The 2016-2017 school year tuition is $37,826 and room and board costs are $13,734. Total cost is $52,560.

Financial Aid

Saint Anselm provides students with financial aid opportunities through both private and federal aid programs. The college provides financial aid to offset the reasonable monetary investment that the student and family are expected to contribute.

Ninety-seven percent of the college's undergraduates receive some degree of financial aid. Saint Anselm's financial aid opportunities include grants, loans, scholarships, and employment positions. Outstanding students may also be eligible for merit scholarships through the Office of Admission.

Merit awards are awarded to outstanding students. Two forms are required in applying for institutional need-based aid; the student must submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15.

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid= $20,400


Application Deadlines
Mar 15
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

With more than 65 clubs and organizations, 20 varsity athletic teams, a performing arts center, and an art gallery, Saint Anselm students have plenty of activities to explore. From the soccer club to the mock trial team to the Muslim Student Association, there is a club for every interest, cultural to academic.

Students interested in service will be right at home volunteering through the Meelia Center for Community Engagement or through Campus Ministry. Saint Anselm students volunteered more than 50,926 hours last year doing everything from teaching English to new Americans to working the crisis hotline at the YWCA. Every winter and spring break, Saint Anselm students travel to organizations around the country to volunteer at service sites through Service & Solidarity Mission Trips.

Saint Anselm College with 1,927 enrolled students, is part of the Division II Northeast-10 and ECAC Conferences with 20 varsity teams: men's intercollegiate sports in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, and tennis and women's sports in basketball, cross-country, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. For students interested in club or intramurals, Saint Anselm has a variety of club, recreational, and intramural sports teams.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



60% female
40% male
77% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

Saint Anselm students describe their classmates as "smart," "kind," "hardworking" and "friendly." They can be "very preppy" and are "committed to the community and family." A typical student at Saint Anselm College is "very well rounded," communicates well, and "can multi-task." Most students engage in a variety of on-campus opportunities, and "have a lot of experience in their field of study," by engaging in "research studies, literature reviews, and advanced studying." They are inspired by "the generosity of the monks that serve the campus," and are community service oriented. "Never in my life can I recall seeing such a diverse community of people so well integrated and committed to its success as a whole," notes one student. "Students fit in by being Anselmian."


From The School


Saint Anselm College is located on 380 acres in Manchester, N.H., the largest city in the state. Just minutes from downtown Manchester, students can find great restaurants and coffee shops and all the venues a small city has to offer, a theatre, museum, minor league baseball and hockey teams, and the Verizon Arena to name a few. The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is also just minutes from campus. The college is an hour drive from Boston, the seacoast, and the White Mountains.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

There's much to see and do on campus from open skate nights at Sullivan Arena to spring concerts on the quad. Academic buildings including the Goulet Science Center and Gadbois Hall house innovative labs where remarkable research happens every day. There are cell culture labs, climate controlled environmental chambers, a green house, a sleep lab, SimMan labs in Nursing, and more. In the library students have access to a range of workspaces for individuals and groups in addition to technological advances.

Recreational facilities include the Carr Center with basketball courts and the recently renovated 9,000-square-foot, three-level fitness center. Saint Anselm College boasts some of the top athletic facilities in the Northeast-10 Conference. The college's 20 intercollegiate athletic teams play all of their home contests on campus (with the exception of the golf and alpine ski teams) whether at Grappone Stadium, Sullivan Arena, or Melucci Field.

Ninety-two percent of Saint Anselm students live on campus in traditional residence halls, suites, townhouses, or apartments. A new 47,000-square-foot, 150-bed residence hall opened in August 2014 offering students an innovative, living-learning community. Whether students live on campus or commute, everyone has access to Saint Anselm College's amazing food, named 12th in the nation by the Princeton Review.

Saint Anselm is home to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library (NHIOP), which offers unparalleled opportunities for students to be in the front row of the democratic process. It's auditorium, West Wing, TV-studio, and classrooms are where students meet today's most prominent political policy thinkers and researchers, journalists and authors, scientists, industry executives, global leaders and presidential candidates. Have we mentioned all the U.S. presidents in the last 50 years have visited Saint Anselm?

Off-Campus Opportunities

At Saint Anselm College, a liberal arts education gives students a solid foundation for any career but opportunities out-of-the-classroom give students a competitive edge and real job experience.

Students find all kinds of experiential learning opportunities at Saint Anselm College including internships, research, study abroad, and volunteering. Students of all majors and interests can find opportunities for internships through the Office of Career Services, which also brings employers to campus and advises students throughout their job search.

Internships are offered in Boston, M.A., New York City, N.Y., Washington, D.C. and Manchester, N.H. Recent internships opportunities include: The Boston Bruins, United States Secret Service, Fidelity Investments, The United States Senate, Fox News, and the American Cancer Society.

Many students work closely on research projects with faculty on campus to gain valuable lab skills but there are also opportunities at local hospitals and businesses.

Students interested in study abroad can travel the world visiting such places as Thailand, Morocco, and South Africa. In recent years, students have studied marine biology on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, art history in the museums of Florence, finance in London, language in Spain and France, the culture of peace in Peru, and political history in Ireland.

If studying abroad for an entire semester seems too long, Saint Anselm students have traveled with faculty members on week-long trips to places such as China, Panama, Vietnam, and Belize.

Saint Anselm students have gained essential leadership and organizational skills through volunteering. Last year, students volunteered more than 50, 926 hours through the Meelia Center for Community Engagement doing everything from teaching English to new Americans to working the crisis hotline at the YWCA.

In addition, every winter and spring break, Saint Anselm students travel to organizations around the country to volunteer at service sites through Service & Solidarity Mission Trips. These service trips challenge students, giving them valuable perspectives and changing their views on the world.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Students Say

Saint Anselm College "is a school with rigorous academics on the weekdays," notes a Communication major, "and tons of different things to be involved in on the weekends." Greek life is not "big on campus," and though there is drinking, some say it is "frowned upon." Students note that they like that "there aren't too many parties." On campus, students hang out and "watch movies," play "pool in their dorms," and attend "sports events." The Campus Activities Board "brings magicians, comedians, and musicians" to campus that students can "see for free." Students can also enjoy the "Abbey Players or various theater performances at the Dana Center," and "many students grab a bite to eat at the Coffee Shop" afterward. "There are plenty of options to keep busy!" says an International Relations major. Including community service work, which is a

"big part of Saint Anselm's mission."

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Hawks)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Women's Sports (Hawks)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Skiing Downhill Alpine

Student Services

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of New Hampshire


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Michael Iorio
Director of Admission Recruitment

Office of Admission
100 Saint Anselm
Manchester, NH 03102-1310



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Residence Hall (Living and Learning Community)
Geisel Library
Davison Dining Hall
New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Political Library
Abbey Church
Coffee Shop and Pub Cushing Student Center Fitness Center Chapel Art Center Various Academic Spaces

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Currier Gallery of Art
Palace Theatre
Verizon Wireless Arena
White Mountains
Proximity to Boston
Fisher Cat Stadium Local Restaurants and Shopping Seacoast

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Firday, select Saturdays
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., some exceptions

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Manchester-Boston Regional airport is ten minutes from campus. Vans, limousines and taxis are available from the airport. The Manchester Bus Depot is ten minutes from campus as well. Connecting Bus Service is available to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Via Manchester Boston Regional Airport Head west on Airport Road. Airport Road becomes Brown Ave. / NH-3A. Take NH-101 west (Bedford / Nashua / Concord) and continue as directed below.* From Points Southeast Take Interstate 93 north to Interstate 293 north. Exit left to Route 101 west (Bedford/Goffstown) to junction of Route 101 and Route 114 (set of lights) and continue as directed below.* From Seacoast Take Route 101 west and continue as directed below.* From Points West Take Route 101 east and continue as directed below.* From Points Southwest Take Route 3 north. Continue north on Everett Turnpike (through toll plaza) to Route 101 west to junction of Route 101 and Route 114 (set of lights) and continue as directed below.* From Points North Take Interstate 93 south to Interstate 293 south (Everett Turnpike) to Route 101 west to junction of Route 101 and Route 114 (set of lights) and continue as directed below.* * From Junction of Rt. 101 and Rt. 114 At the junction of Route 101 and Route 114, (set of lights) take Route 114 north. Continue through two sets of lights. The third set of lights is Saint Anselm Drive. Turn right onto Saint Anselm Drive. Campus is approximately one mile on right. Visitor parking is available behind Alumni Hall. Driving Distances 1 -3 Hours Augusta, ME Hartford, CT Montpelier, VT Providence, RI Springfield, MA 4 - 6 Hours Albany, NY New York, NY Philadelphia, PA 7 - 9 Hours Baltimore, MD Buffalo, NY Washington, DC

Local Accommodations
Ash Street Inn 118 Ash Street Manchester, NH 03104 (603) 668-9908 Bedford Village Inn Olde Bedford Way Bedford, NH 03110 (603) 472-2001 Best Western Executive Court 13500 South Willow Street Manchester, NH 03103 (603) 627-2525 Comfort Inn 298 Queen City Avenue Manchester, NH 03102 (603) 668-2600 *mention Saint Anselm College to receive a preferred rate Courtyard by Marriot 700 Huse Road Manchester, NH 03102 (603) 641-4900 Country Inn and Suites 250 South River Road Bedford, NH 03110 (603) 666-4600 Fairfield Inn by Marriott 860 Porter Street Manchester, NH 03103 (603) 625-2020 Hampton Inn & Suites 8 Hawthorne Drive Bedford, NH 03110 (603) 623-2040 (800) 426-7866 Hill-Brook Motel 250 Route 101 Bedford, NH 03110 (603) 472 -3788 Hilton Garden Inn 101 South Commercial Street Manchester, NH 03101 (603) 669-2222 Holiday Inn Express 1298 South Porter Street Manchester, NH 03103 (603) 669-6800 (800) 315-2621 Holiday Inn Manchester Airport 2280 Brown Avenue Manchester, NH 03103 (603) 641-6466 (800) 659-2472 *mention Saint Anselm College to receive a preferred rate Homewood Suites by Hilton Manchester Airport 1000 North Perimeter Road Manchester, NH 03103 (603) 668-2200 Quality Inn 55 John E. Devine Drive Manchester, NH 03103 (603) 668-6110 Radisson Hotel—Center of N.H. 700 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03101 (603) 625-1000 (800) 967-9033 Residence Inn by Marriott 246 Daniel Webster Highway Merrimack, NH 03458 (603) 424-8100 Spring Hill Suites by Marriott 975 North Perimeter Road Manchester, NH 03103 (603) 668-9400 Super 8 Motel 2301 Brown Avenue Manchester, NH 03103 (603) 623-0883 TownePlace Suites by Marriott 686 Huse Road Manchester, NH 03103 (603)-641-2288

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