Granite State College has once again captured a top spot in Washington Monthly’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners. Nationwide, Granite State College ranks #13; among institutions in New Hampshire, the College has secured the #1 position.
Approximately 40 percent of college students in the U.S. are aged 25 or older, according to Washington Monthly. In 2016, this prompted the publication to launch a first-of-its-kind ranking of four-year and two-year colleges that do the best job of serving adult learners. Now in its second year, these rankings provide nontraditional students with an important resource in evaluating their college options.
“Our mission reflects a commitment to serve working adults. Granite State College’s faculty and staff create high-quality programs for our students, ensuring both flexibility and affordability, and providing support for these students to succeed. While acknowledgment from Washington Monthly is appreciated, the success of our students remains the more important measure of our work,” shared Mark Rubinstein, president of Granite State College.
According to the editors, seven metrics are analyzed to develop the Best Colleges for Adult Learners rankings: ease of transfer, flexibility of programs, services available for adult students, percent of adult students (age 25+), mean earnings of adult students ten years after entering college, loan repayment rates of adult students five years after entering repayment, and tuition and fees for in-district students. To view the complete rankings, please visit Washington Monthly.
Granite State College is the largest public provider of online courses in New Hampshire. For more information, visit granite.edu.
With a focus on adult students, as well as other individuals who seek a flexible learning environment, Granite State College provides comprehensive access to higher education. This commitment to access is best illustrated through its 365/24/7 online presence and network of statewide locations. The ability for Granite State to meet students where they are presents the opportunity to achieve an affordable college education while balancing life’s other responsibilities such as work, family, and community obligations. With an associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for teachers, credit for prior learning, and a variety of transfer opportunities, Granite State emphasizes practical and relevant areas of study that are responsive to the workforce development needs of New Hampshire’s economy.