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University of New Hampshire
The University of New Hampshire brings together the benefits of a smaller school educational...

University of New Hampshire

Durham, New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire brings together the benefits of a smaller school educational experience with bigger school perks like research and fieldwork. Students are united through interdisciplinary programs and are encouraged to give back to the community through shared and applied knowledge.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
13,030 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
46% male — 54% female
60% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
738 full-time faculty
416 part-time faculty
19 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

56% of students live on campus.

Retention Fall 2015

85% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

80% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 1%
White 80%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 9%


Discovery is the core curriculum at University of New Hampshire. Discovery exposes students to a range of disciplines and topics. By the time students graduate, they will have studied everything from humanities to physical and biological sciences. Discovery also equips students with valuable skills like problem solving, critical thinking, effective inquiry, polished writing skills, and higher level conceptualization. Within the core curriculum, there are certain requirements that each student must satisfy before they can receive their degree:

English 401: English 401 is the University’s first year writing requirement. Every student is expected to demonstrate competency in writing by the end of their first year. The ability to communicate is a foundational skill and one that every student must possess. English 401 gives students the chance to develop their skills and practice writing in different styles and for varying audiences. It’s important to note that English 401 only satisfies ¼ of the writing requirements at University of New Hampshire. After English 401, students must also take and pass a Writing Intensive (WI) course in their major, a WI at a 600 level or higher, and one additional WI course.

Inquiry 444 and Inquiry Attribute Seminar: Inquiry 444 is the study of one topic from many different perspectives. All inquiry courses embrace experiential learning, which is learning by doing. Students will be expected to challenge themselves by actively engaging with the material. Inquiry seminars push students to expand their horizons and consider more than one interpretation of a subject or issue.

Senior Capstone: a senior capstone can take many forms. Some students complete their capstone through a course, while others create original works or participate in some experiential learning experience. Occasionally, students have the option to pursue a senior thesis or mentored research. In any case, capstones must be approved by departments.

UNH Managed January Term Programs

UNH offers several J-term programs for students looking to gain abroad experience and class credit over the month of January. Some of the programs available include:

Building Rome in Italy: This program consists of two parts: an online mini-course and on-site experience. Building Rome in Italy is a 4 credit course that explores the development of Rome. Students study the architecture, art history and urban planning of the city. Instructors give lessons at monuments and museums, allowing students to see firsthand what they are studying. The on-site locations include: Rome, Pompeii, and Paestum.

Special Topics: Global Health in Ghana: This program asses the healthcare situation in Ghana and the challenges that face the system. Global Health in Ghana is an immersion experience that counts for 2 credit hours.

London Experience: Want to explore the Arts in London? Students enrolled in this program have the amazing opportunity to experience theatre, architecture, art, and music in London. Through a series of activities, students connect what they have learned to the culture, politics, and history of the city. There are two options for course load. Student may opt to take a 4 or 2 credit course. The 2 credit course involves all of the same activities, but half the workload. However, students that choose to take the 4 credit course satisfy the Fine and Performing Arts Discovery Requirement. Participants in this program get to visit sites around London, as well as Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, and Hampton Court.

First-Year Residential Learning Community

Alexander Hall is open exclusively to first-year students. Through a community that fosters academic support, students work with one another to achieve similar goals. Living learning communities (LLC) are highly beneficial, especially during the first year of college. Students profit from faculty interaction, as well as support from peers. LLCs foster personal growth as students learn to work both on their own and as part of a team. In order to be a part of the Alexander Hall community, students must enroll in one of the five courses connected to the program. Currently, those courses include:

  • First Year Writing (English 401)
  • Individual and Society in the Ancient World
  • Does Extinction Matter?
  • Be the change you want to see: Active Citizenship in a Multicultural World
  • Risk and the Human Experience

Themed Housing

The following are some examples of the other themed houses on campus:

  • Making the Grade: Students who wish to live in an environment that promotes academic and personal motivation should consider the Making the Grade themed house. Students living in the house enjoy a quiet and respectful atmosphere with plenty of study spots. This residence is home to a number of honors students, but participating in the honors program is not a requirement. Making the Grade is about academics, and the members who make up the community are committed to creating an environment that promotes success.
  • Outdoor Experiential Education: Students who love to be outside and explore the world around them may find that the Outdoor Experiential Education house just might be for them. Students in this community live on the edge of campus in Hall House. With easy access to the campus woods, students have plenty of opportunity to experience nature and bond over common interests.
  • Alcohol and Drug Free Community: The Alcohol and Drug-Free Community is a substance-free zone. Students in this community live with one another in Engelhardt Hall. Together, they are dedicated to a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle. There are plenty of benefits to participation, as students within this community enjoy a clean living space and a group of peers that cherish the same values.


The other themed houses and communities include: First-Years Only; Honors; InCEPStion RLC Floor (College of Engineering and Physical Science); International Living; Leadership Floor; The Arts; The Clubhouse;  and the Transfer Community.

The Washington Center Internship

University of New Hampshire has for a long time sustained a relationship with the Washington Center. Through this affiliation, students have the opportunity to intern with one of the many businesses in Washington D.C. There are internships available across most disciplines, and participants work in government agencies, think tanks, major corporations, and more! 

Daily Walk-in Workshops

The Advising and Career Center is an awesome resource available to all students. The center hosts daily walk-in workshops that focus on a specific skill or topic related to careers and internships. No appointment is necessary, and UNH encourages all students to drop by and see what the center has to offer. Some of the topics include: Starting your Résumé, Internships and Job Shadowing, Linked In 101, and Career Fair Prep.

Career & Internship Fair

Every year, UNH hosts two career & internship fairs. Fairs are a great chance for students to meet with potential employers from several different companies. There is no pre-registration required, but students must bring an ID to the event. UNH urges students to research about the companies they are interested in before coming to the fair. Students should also come with a polished resume and strong, personal pitch about their interest in the company and what they have to offer.


Admissions Fall 2015

19,255 Total Applicants 
15,137 Total Admissions 
3,220 Total Freshman Enrollment

78.61% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 500 600
SAT Math 500 610
SAT Writing 490 590
ACT Composite 22 27
ACT Math 22 27
ACT English 21 30
ACT Writing    


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Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $14,050 $27,320
Fees $2,936 $2,936
Total $16,986 $30,256
Room and Board (on campus) $11,218 $11,218
Room Only $6,620 $6,620
Board Only $4,598 $4,598
Estimated Total On Campus $28,204 $41,474


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

86% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
74% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$12,070 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$9,320 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates