Saint Anselm College is a nationally ranked, Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college in Goffstown, New Hampshire, United States. It is the third-oldest Catholic college in New England. According to the college, the student body is selected not only for their academic abilities but also for their personal character. The college’s academic curriculum requires several philosophy and theology courses, as well as the new “Conversation” program. The administration’s commitment to an anti-grade inflation policy helped the college receive national media attention from the Fox News Channel in 2006, as well as a Tier 1 ranking from U.S. News and World Report, which in 2016 ranked the college 112th among national liberal arts colleges, with an admissions rate that is deemed “selective” at 73.7%. U.S. News & World Report also ranked the college as the most popular New Hampshire venue for presidential candidates.Forbes magazine has ranked St. Anselm as the 85th best college in the nation, as well as the 40th in the Northeast. In 2015, Saint Anselm was recognized by Time magazine as one of the “50 Best Liberal Arts Colleges” in the nation.
Saint Anselm College competes at the NCAA Division II level in 20 men’s and women’s varsity sports. The college offers baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, tennis, field hockey and softball programs open to all students. Saint Anselm’s sports teams are known as the Hawks; their colors are blue and white. The Hawks participate as a member of the Northeast 10 and ECAC conferences in most sports.