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Plymouth State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Plymouth State University

Plymouth State University, or PSU, is a 4-year, public college that is part of the University System of New Hampshire. Plymouth State University was founded in 1871 and is located in the town of Plymouth, in rural New Hampshire. U.S. World & News Report named it the 124th top university in the North and the 41st top public school in the nation for 2013.

Academics

PSU has 25 academic departments that offer 48 undergraduate majors and six graduate degree programs. The Frost School for Continuing and Professional Studies offers programs for adults, some of which are available online. Some popular undergraduate programs of study in 2010-2011 included business, elementary education, marketing, speech and rhetoric, criminal justice and physical education. The most popular certificate programs in 2010-2011 were in educational leadership, educational supervision and teacher education/development.

The student-faculty ratio at PSU is 17 to one, and the average class size is 23. Some areas of study provide for-credit internship opportunities, and students have the opportunity to study abroad in numerous countries through a variety of affiliated study abroad programs.

Admissions

PSU requires the Common Application and a supplement, along with an application fee of $50. Applicants must submit official high school transcripts or GED scores, SAT or ACT test scores, an essay and a recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor. The deadline for most departments is April 1st for the fall and December 1st for the spring. Certain departments have other deadlines and may require additional application materials.

In fall 2011, Plymouth State University had 5,279 undergraduate applicants and accepted 74% of them; 26% of accepted students chose to enroll. In 2011, full-time students made up 93% of the undergraduate student body. The gender ratio was 53% male to 47% female, with an ethnic breakdown of 78% white, 16% of unknown ethnicity, two percent Hispanic, one percent African American and one percent Asian.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The tuition for full-time undergraduates in 2012-2013 is $10,410 per year for residents of NH and $17,310 for non-residents. Full-time students can expect to pay $2,150-$2,345 in fees. Tuition for part-time students is $435 per credit for NH residents and $720 per credit for non-residents; part-time students pay $92 per credit in fees.

Housing can cost as much as $9,998 per year depending on the accommodations, and meal plans range from $1,890-$3,070. In 2011-2012, incoming full-time undergraduates paid approximately $1,202 for books and supplies. According to NCES, the estimated total expenses of on-campus undergraduates in 2011-2012 were $23,710 for NH residents and $31,170 for non-residents.

In 2010-2011, 57% of incoming, full-time undergraduates received aid from PSU, with an average amount of $5,173. Students also received aid through federal, state and local grants and scholarships. Student loans were held by 76% of all undergraduates, with an average loan amount of $6,786.

PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY QUICK FACTS
School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Quarters, with summer and winter sessions*
School Setting Rural**
Student Body 4,300 undergraduate, 2,262 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing All underclassmen required to live on campus. Upperclassmen may live off campus if certain criteria are met*
ACADEMICS
Programs 25 departments offering 48 majors and 6 graduate degrees*
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011: business (103), elementary education (65), marketing (58) and speech and rhetoric (58) for bachelor's; teacher education (51) and business administration (42) for master's**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Of students who started in 2005, 40% graduated in 4 years, 59% graduated in 6 years**
ADMISSIONS
Admission Rate 74% in fall 2011**
Entering Class Size 1,090 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 74% from fall 2010-fall 2011**
Average ACT and SAT Score of Admitted Students In 2010-2011: middle 50% ACT scores were 18-21, middle 50% SAT scores were 880-1060 (critical reading and math)**
Application Due Date April 1 every year*
Decision Notification Date 4-6 weeks after application materials received*
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition (2012-2013) $10,410 per year for in state, $17,310 for out of state*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For incoming, full-time undergraduates in 2010-2011: federal grants (27%), state or local scholarships/grants (16%), institutional scholarships/grants (57%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 91% of incoming, full-time undergraduates in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Plymouth State University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions Office MSC 52, Plymouth State University, 17 High Street, Plymouth, NH 03264
  • Phone: (603) 535-2237 or (800) 842-6900
  • Website: www.plymouth.edu

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