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University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH

Learn what degree and certificate programs the University of New Hampshire offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About the University of New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire, located in Durham, NH, is a public institution with broad research agendas related to agriculture, aerospace, and studies of the ocean. It was established in 1866 as the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts to educate local laborers, farmers, and their families.


The University of New Hampshire (UNH) provides 170 programs of study. The university operates seven schools and colleges, including a law school; a college of life sciences and agriculture; a college of engineering and physical sciences; and a graduate school. UNH also has a commuter campus in nearby Manchester. An undergraduate honors program features small class sizes, enhanced faculty mentoring opportunities, and a study abroad program in the Netherlands. Numerous other study abroad opportunities are also available for undergraduates.

In keeping with its research focus, the university features the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, which supports students in pursuing their own research and creative interests. In addition, interested students may work with a staff internship coordinator to find relevant experiential opportunities.


Of the 74% of students admitted to the University of New Hampshire in 2011, 23% enrolled, which made for a freshman class of 2,779. Regular decision applications are due February 1, and admissions decisions are made continuously until April 15. Applicants must complete the Common Application and a supplementary form required by the university. They must also provide SAT or ACT scores, transcripts, and a letter of recommendation. Students intending to major in music are required to arrange an audition.

Qualifying scores on Advanced Placement (AP) and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests may be accepted for credit. Graduate students apply using a centralized process, though they may need to provide additional application materials depending on the program of interest.

As of 2011, 96% of all undergraduates at University of New Hampshire were 24 years old or younger, and 55% were from New Hampshire. Undergraduate ethnic composition was 86% white, 2% Asian, 2% Hispanic/Latino, and 1% black or African American.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition and fees are $16,422 for in-state students and $28,882 for out-of-state students in 2012-13. Graduate tuition differs for in-state and out-of-state students as well. Undergraduate room and board is estimated at an additional $9,764 and approximately $4,500 covers books, transportation, and other expenses, for all undergraduates.

Students may pay their tuition in interest-free monthly installments, and the university considers all first-year applicants for available merit scholarships during review of applications. These include a dean's scholarship, a presidential scholarship, and a scholarship for in-state applicants. Scholarship, fellowship, and assistantship opportunities are also available for graduate students.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, post-baccalaureate certificates, master's, post-master's certificates, doctorates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small suburb*
Student Body Approximately 12,200 undergraduates and 2,300 graduates in 2012**
Student Housing Available for all full-time bachelor's degree students**
Schools and Programs Seven academic schools and colleges; 170 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Associate's: General Business/Commerce (44)
Bachelor's: General Business Administration and Management (329)
Master's: Secondary Education and Teaching (95)
Doctorate: English Language and Literature (8)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who started in 2005:
60% in 4 years
76% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 74% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 2,779 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 87% for full-time students*
Median SAT Score of Admitted Students 1,100 in 2011**
Application Due Date February 1 for regular decision**
Decision Notification Date April 15 for regular decision**
Tuition $16,422 for in-state and $28,882 for out-of-state undergraduate students in 2012-13 (includes fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Full-time Undergraduate Students Receiving it) In 2010-11: Federal grants (24%), state and local grants (13%), institutional scholarship (62%), federal loans (67%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 78% in 2011**

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **University of New Hampshire

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of New Hampshire, Office of Admissions, Smith Hall, 3 Garrison Avenue, Durham, NH 03824
  • Phone: (603) 862-1360
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