UNH College of Professional Studies

Over 50 years ago, the University System of New Hampshire embraced a powerful goal: no matter where you live, no matter your age or income, if you’re motivated to pursue a college education, you should have access to it. In our earlier days as College for Lifelong Learning we featured evening and weekend classes that fit the schedules of working adults. We steadily built upon this foundation as Granite State College until merging with University of New Hampshire in 2023 as the UNH College of Professional Studies. Our core values remain.

University of New Hampshire brings together students, faculty, and private and public partners to create life-changing opportunities and innovative solutions in our neighborhoods and across the world. With associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for teachers, credit for prior learning, and a variety of transfer opportunities, UNH College of Professional Studies focuses on areas of study that are responsive to the needs of employers.

Ranked Among the Nation's Best

UNH College of Professional Studies is the top-ranked college for online degree programs in New Hampshire and is among the nation’s best for “Best Online Bachelor's Programs” and "Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans" by U.S. News and World Report.

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Full Life, Busy Routine… Also a Student

The “nontraditional” view of a college student is our norm—in fact, nearly half of all college students in the U.S. are aged 25 or older, yet most perceptions are wrapped around a traditionally-aged 18 to 22-year-old student audience. For those who don’t fit this mold, it can make you question whether or not you should return to college or begin this journey as an adult. However, a college education is always within your reach, even if you fit the “nontraditional” mold.

Our students and alumni are living examples of how 50% of college students wear many hats—work, family, and other commitments—while also, a student.

Marlene on laptop outside
Marlene '22

Business leader, community mentor.
Also a student.
Read Marlene's Story 

Martine, a Granite State student from the class of 2021
Martin '21

Civic leader, musician.
Also a student.
Read Martin's Story

Derek, a  Granite State student from the class of 2020
Derek '21

Veteran, youth hockey coach.
Also a student.
Derek's Story

CPS Highlights & News

The UNH College of Professional Studies (CPS) is excited to announce an exclusive tuition discount tailored specifically for Lakes Region Community Co... Learn More
We are pleased to announce that two UNH College of Professional Online faculty members, Caroline Groves and Tyler Wilks, have received the 2024 Distin... Learn More
The UNH College of Professional Studies is proud to share that it has again earned the Military Friendly® School designation for 2024-2025. The colleg... Learn More
Graduate Student on his laptop at home

What Can I Expect from the UNH College of Professional Studies?

 An educational experience built for you:

  • Access to nationally recognized online programs, in addition to engaging campus-based programs at our urban campus in Manchester, New Hampshire

  • Dedicated academic advising, expansive career support, and expert student services provided by caring professionals

  • A personalized learning experience

  • The opportunity for real-world, real-time application of new understanding and knowledge in support of your unique goals

  • Meaningful engagement with scholar-practitioner faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching and service within and beyond the classroom

  • Membership in UNH’s expansive community of learners and alumni network