New Hampshire residents who think that they might one day like to become members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) should know that the first step toward achieving this lofty but very possible goal is to have a strong educational foundation.

The tricky thing, though, is that that education can really be in just about anything. While there are certainly academic backgrounds that the FBI prefers its agents to have, such as backgrounds in law enforcement, criminal justice, information technology, and engineering, there are no definite.

If you make excellent grades in school, earn a degree, and meet the many other requirements, you can be an FBI agent.

No matter what, though, your journey will need to start with some kind of formal education. In order to even be considered for acceptance into the bureau you will need to have at least a bachelor’s degree and it’s even better if you can manage to earn a higher level degree.

It is important that this degree comes from a reputable, accredited school. How “good” a school is considered to be is definitely important, but it is more important to look at the reputation of your specific educational program.

With that said, however, there are some higher learning institutions in the state that are thought to be the best of the best and to have excellent educational programs throughout. Top choices from which past and present FBI employees have graduated include Antioch University New England, a private institution located in Keene, and Chester College of New England, also private and located in Chester.

There’s also Colby Sawyer College, a private institution located in New London, and the College of Saint Mary Magdalene, also private with Catholic roots and located in Warner. Daniel Webster College, a private institution located in Nashua, is known for its excellent programs as well. Then, of course, there’s Dartmouth College, an especially prestigious and well known private institution in Hanover. Other choices include Franklin Pierce University, a private institution in Rindge, Granite State College of Concord, and Hesser College, a private school with five locations throughout the state.

More commonly attended schools are Keene State College in Keene, and Lebanon College, a private institution located in Lebanon. Don’t forget New England College of Henniker, which is private, or Plymouth State University, located in Plymouth either. There’s also Rivier College, a private institution in Nashua, and Saint Anselm College, a private institution in Goffstown.

A few more choices are Southern New Hampshire University, a private institution located in Manchester, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, also private and in Merrimack, and the University of New Hampshire at Durham.

If you cannot find a school on the list that seems right for you, or if none of the above schools offer the program you are interested in, don’t worry. There are still other institutions in the state to choose from. Plus, in today’s increasingly technological world, you also have the option of choosing to attend school online. Just make absolutely sure that any institution that you choose is fully accredited.