Granite State College

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Granite State College
Established 1972
Type Public
President Dr. Roxanne Gonzales
Location Headquarters: Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Campus Eleven suburban locations

Granite State College is an institution of the University System of New Hampshire whose mission is to expand access to public higher education to adults of all ages throughout the state of New Hampshire.[1]

History and mission[edit]

Founded in 1972, and headquartered in Concord, Granite State College is one of the four institutions of the University System of New Hampshire with a primary mission of being the system's statewide college for adults and college-age students to have access to advanced, localized, and online education.

Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Granite State College offers associate and bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for teacher education, transfer opportunities, and 100% online degree programs.

In April 2014, Dr. Roxanne Gonzales became the fifth president of Granite State College. She is preceded by Dr. Todd J. Leach, the Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire.


Granite State College operates a network of eleven statewide locations, as well as online. In addition to the college's Concord headquarters, it maintains campuses in Claremont, Conway, Lebanon, Littleton, Nashua, Manchester, Portsmouth, and Rochester. The college operates on the campuses of its partners within the Community College System of New Hampshire, which include on-site classrooms at Nashua Community College and shared space and resources at Manchester Community and Great Bay Community College, Pease International Tradeport campus.

Notable Achievements[edit]

In 2014, Granite State College garnered recognition from U.S. News and World Report in their compilation of the "Best Online Degree Programs," ranking 48th for bachelor's degrees and 73rd for online graduate business degrees.[2] In both categories, GSC is the top college or university in New Hampshire to achieve this honor.

In addition, Granite State College achieved a top 5 national ranking in the Washington Monthly 2013 liberal arts college rankings for "Social Mobility," securing the #1 spot in New England. Nationally, GSC is the second-highest ranked public institution.[3]

In July of 2014, a report released by the US Department of Education recognized Granite State College as the least expensive college in New England based on tuition and fees. The study only included four-year schools.[4]


The college is one of four institutions that comprise the University System of New Hampshire. The other three USNH institutions are the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, and Keene State College.[1]


  1. ^ a b [1] GSC Mission
  2. ^ [2] U.S. News and World Report Ranking
  3. ^ [3] Washington Monthly Ranking
  4. ^ [4] U.S. Department of Education report

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