From the School

Saint Anselm is a Catholic, Benedictine College providing all its students a distinctive liberal arts education that incorporates opportunities for professional and career preparation. It does so in a learning community that encourages the lifelong pursuit of the truth and fosters intellectual, moral and spiritual growth to sustain and enrich its graduates' personal lives, work, and engagement within local, national, and global communities.

Because democracy depends on active participation of citizens, Saint Anselm College is committed to graduating men and women who view themselves as citizens of their communities and of the world.


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

SAT Reading
520 - 610
SAT Math
530 - 620
ACT Composite
23 - 28


February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA


From The School

Students at Saint Anselm College are provided with an outstanding liberal arts education. Students normally take 15+ courses directly related to their major; the remainder of the courses needed to graduate consist of liberal arts core curriculum and a variety of electives. Students in the Honors Program will take honors courses in order to earn their Honors Degree.

Saint Anselm College believes that there are certain things one must know to be an educated person in the 21st century. As freshmen and sophomores, all students take part in Saint Anselm's nationally recognized humanities program. This interdisciplinary program known as "Portraits of Human Greatness" focuses on a series of group seminars, readings and lectures that explore various facets of western civilization.

Saint Anselm College is also home to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Political Library (NHIOP). The NHIOP is a place where students of all majors interact with world leaders, members of Congress, scholars, journalists, public policy makers, public officials, and innovators of all types. All Saint Anselm College students will have courses held at the NHIOP. Saint Anselm College is a leader in Civic Engagement and encourages all students to explore what it means to be a citizen in a democratic society.

Saint Anselm takes part in the College Board's Advanced Placement program. Students who earn a score of 3 or greater on most AP examinations may gain credit and advanced placement in the related course of study. Students who have taken examinations through the College-Level Examination Program and International Baccalaureate may be awarded credit and advanced placement if they earn satisfactory scores.

Students Say

Saint Anselm College offers a well-rounded, high-standard curriculum, as well as a close-knit community, all while upholding a liberal arts education with an emphasis on the Benedictine values of hospitality and service. In addition to having a well-regarded nursing program, the school gives students “a solid foundation academically, politically, socially, and in sports,” which means students emerge, “in one word, well-rounded.” “Saint Anselm works very hard to produce intellectual students with good morals,” says a student. Saint Anselm also has a legendarily strict attendance policy, which has its detractors, but its fans as well: “I love the attendance policy. You will not hear many students say that, but the extra motivation gets you out of bed at eight!” says a student. The professors in this “intimate college community” are “enthusiastic about what they do,” and that’s what makes the classes more motivating and interesting.” Depending on the major and classes the student has enrolled in, “class discussion and participation are crucial.” In the liberal arts majors, such as philosophy and great books, “there is much more discussion than in most nursing and science courses.“ However, “the amount of discussion and participation is proper and proportional to its importance in one’s major.” Regardless, the faculty is “always there to answer questions,” and the small classroom setting “makes the learning environment a lot easier.” In accordance with the school’s Benedictine Catholic tradition, there are plenty of “opportunities for service involvement,” and there is a monastic community to help students keep the faith. The school is also “one of the centers of politics in New England,” and students are all required to take two courses in theology and philosophy. “Saint Anselm College is all about creating an educational, fun, respectful, and peaceful environment that is open to all faculty and students.”

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



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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

Mark Sullivan
Prior Secret Service Director


From The School

The 2013-2014 school year tuition is $34,084 and room and board costs are $12,690.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Mar 15
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

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Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

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Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
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Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
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

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


From The School

Student government helps to create an atmosphere of camaraderie and unity on campus. Saint Anselm's student government consists of three branches: Campus Activities Board, the Class Councils, and the Student Senate. The student government's primary goal is to ensure that all students have as many educational opportunities open to them as possible. Student government coordinates academic, cultural, and social, functions, all of which are essential to a broad liberal arts education.

There are over 60 organizations catering to a wide variety of interests. Among these are the Abbey Players (theater group), choral groups, the debate group, an economics club, a jazz band, a local Knights of Columbus chapter, a music society, an outing club, a pre-law society, a pre-med society, and the Meelia Center for Community Engagement.

Saint Anselm offers men's intercollegiate sports in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, and tennis and offers women's sports in basketball, cross-country, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Saint Anselm is an NCAA Division II school and does award athletic scholarships. Intramural sports at the College include basketball, ice hockey, indoor and outdoor soccer, racquetball, softball, tennis, and volleyball. There are men's and women's club sports in Alpine, cycling, ice hockey, rugby, field hockey, lacrosse, softball, ski and snowboard, swimming, synchronized skating and track.

Students Say

"Academics are the number one priority for all the students here," so it shouldn't be surprising that "people work hard for the most part and are smart about their studies." Many students describe the typical student as white, Catholic ("mass is always crowded with students"), and from the Boston area (or New England at least), and there is a "large percentage of preppy, Red Sox-loving students." All students are quick to point out that the student body as a whole is "very friendly" and "extremely polite to anyone they meet or just pass by."Students"create a very comfortable and friendly environment for everyone on campus," says a student. It "can be sort of cliquey; but if you find the right group of people you will meet some of your greatest friends."By following your interests, "you will meet a lot of people who share your interest and find a lot of new friends that way."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



60% female
40% male
76% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time


From The School

Nestled in its breathtaking New Hampshire surroundings, the Saint Anselm campus melds traditional and contemporary architecture to create a beautiful academic environment. Students from 3 countries and 31 states attend the College. Roughly 90 percent of Saint Anselm's students enjoy on-campus housing in apartments, dormitories, suites, and townhouses.

Situated on the outer edge of Manchester, New Hampshire's largest city, Saint Anselm College provides the advantages of a chiefly residential neighborhood in a suburban locale. Manchester has a great deal to offer, including a variety of movie theaters, restaurants, and shopping malls. Furthermore, public transportation runs hourly between Manchester and the campus. Southern New Hampshire provides a perfect atmosphere for students desiring a dynamic college lifestyle. The exciting city of Boston, the majestic mountains, and Hampton Beach on the Atlantic Ocean are all within an hour's drive from campus.

Students Say

The scenic campus in New Hampshire has plenty going for it (though certainly not "Internet speed"), but one particular affirmation isn't heard all that often on college campuses: "The food rules!" Many who go here speak of the feeling of acceptance from before they matriculated: "When I first toured the campus, it instantly felt like home. Everyone was very welcoming, and the beauty of the campus really lured me in." "Saint A:s always has some sort of event going on, and the gym, Carr Center, coffee shop, and pub are always great places to hang out and have some fun," says a student. Since the school is right in the Manchester area, off campus is also fruitful in its options; "You can always get to restaurants, the mall, clubs, and stores pretty easily." Many students party over the weekend, 'but it's not crazy at all," and "if you don'twantto drink you don't have to." Service in general is also a popular extracurricular, and "a good portion of the students are involved in one way or another through course-based experiences, service societies, or Campus Ministry or participation in volunteer­ ing through the Meelia Center for Community Engagement." There are also "a lot of club sports and intramurals that are fun and easy to join," including the popular flag football and club hockey teams. If you aren't into athletics, you can "definitely find people who like video games and board games as well." The overwhelming majority of students do live on campus, so a lot of people "hang out in the common rooms on each floor and interact with their floor mates."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

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Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

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Number of Social Sororities
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Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Hawks)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Women's Sports (Hawks)
11 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
Senior Associate Director of Admission

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



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Residence Hall (Living and Learning Community)
Chapel Arts Center
Davison Hall 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

varies, see website

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

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