St. Anselm College

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100 St. Anselm Drive

Manchester, NH 03102-1310

Phone: (603) 641-7000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Feb. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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St. Anselm College is a private institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,954, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 380 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. St. Anselm College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 120. Its tuition and fees are $35,204 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Saint Anselm College, one of the nation's finest Catholic liberal arts colleges, was founded in 1889 by the world's oldest religious order, the Benedictines. The College is located on a hilltop overlooking Manchester, New Hampshire's largest city. The picturesque 400-acre campus is less than an hour's drive from Boston, the seacoast, the White Mountains, and New Hampshire's Lakes Region. Dedicated to excellence, Saint Anselm College is noted for its excellent liberal arts education and professional preparation for a changing world. Students develop into precise and critical thinkers, articulate and clear communicators, and active and compassionate citizens. The curriculum prepares students with the critical skills and competencies that serve them well for success in their professional careers. With more than 80 academic majors and minors to choose from, Saint Anselm College provides the options, experience, and mentors to guide students toward their goals. The College has an outstanding faculty, 91% of whom hold a doctorate or the highest degree in their field. Guiding students to lead meaningful and balanced lives is also part of our mission and reflected in our many extra-and co-curricular options. The Meelia Center for Community Service and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, for example, together offer more than 50 different opportunities for students to become civically engaged and globally informed. Named a College with a Conscience by The Princeton Review, and classified by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement & Outreach and Partnerships, Saint Anselm shapes the kind of leader the world is hungry for; not only smart, but good. Through the Meelia Center for Community Service, Saint Anselm College mobilizes student talent and energy to assist 14 community partnerships and more than 30 other community service agencies throughout Greater Manchester. Annually, some 850 students, faculty, and staff volunteer more than 20,000 community service hours.The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College is a magnet for national and regional leaders in politics, civic affairs, and the media who cover them. Students have direct access to visitors who come to the Institute to meet with groups of all types, from small group chats to presentations to a few hundred students and community members, to nationally televised Presidential debates. Through the Center for Experiential Learning, students in all programs have access to internships, study abroad, service learning, and career education services. Student-athletes compete in 20 intercollegiate sports in the Northeast 10 Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division II level. A well-rounded intramural and recreational program provides opportunities for students at every level of skill to participate in athletic activities.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1889
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Benedictine)
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $85,274,353


When applying to St. Anselm College, it's important to note the application deadline is February 15, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at St. Anselm College is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 74.7 percent and an early acceptance rate of 77.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 74.7%
Application deadline February 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at St. Anselm College is 11:1, and the school has 58.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at St. Anselm College include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Criminology; Business/Commerce, General; Psychology, General; and History, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 72%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 17%
Criminology 13%
Business/Commerce, General 12%
Psychology, General 9%
History, General 6%

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Student Life

St. Anselm College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,954, with a gender distribution of 41.3 percent male students and 58.7 percent female students. St. Anselm College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,954
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

St. Anselm College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. St. Anselm College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at St. Anselm College, 53 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at St. Anselm College.

Students who have cars on campus 53%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At St. Anselm College, 75 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,351.

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Tuition and fees $35,204 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,690 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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