Our History

River Valley Community College is a small, rural community college which celebrated its 50th year anniversary in 2018. Originally named New Hampshire Vocational Institute at Claremont, it opened in 1968 with 129 students, and became an immediate source of the pride for the Claremont, New Hampshire area. The first graduating class was composed of twenty-six nurses, twelve medical assistants, and nine medical laboratory students, beginning a tradition of excellence in the allied health field that continues today.

RVCC is located on the western border of the state of New Hampshire. The College’s service area extends from Keene, NH in the southwestern portion of the state, up to Hanover, NH to the north, spanning approximately eighty-five miles. It also extends westerly into the state of Vermont approximately fifty miles and easterly to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, another 50 miles. In addition, students travel from around the state to attend some of our unique Allied Health and Health Science programs, as there are no other institutions that offer these programs in the state. RVCC is a proud institution that works diligently to provide quality education at affordable prices to get students into lifelong fulfilling careers. 

The College Campuses

The main campus in Claremont serves students with one large main building, ample parking, a soccer field, pond, and nearby trails. During warm months, the courtyard invites students to study and collaborate at picnic tables and Adirondack chairs. The Keene Academic Center is based in a building of the Keene State College campus where students have access to their classes and student services, computer labs and study space.  The Lebanon Academic Center is in the bustling heart of Lebanon, “on the Mall,” as locals call it. Surrounded by shops and restaurants, inside students have access to student services and study space. Each location boasts welcoming staff, helpful resources, and a food pantry for students and the community.

RVCC Today

River Valley Community College enrolls approximately 900 students each year. Most of our students attend part-time (83%), while 17% of our students attend RVCC full-time. We offer in-person, online and hybrid courses to meet the needs of the changing world with 80% of our student body taking at least one online course. Our student body is 77% female, 23% male with a median age of 29 years old. Our student-to-faculty ratio is 7:1 with 27 full-time faculty and 66 part-time and adjunct faculty. 
Our tuition and fees is approximately $6,940 per year for full-time students. Nearly all of our students (89%) receive some Financial Aid through grants, scholarships and loans to help pay for their education. 

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of our Students Receive Financial Aid