Plymouth State University

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17 High Street

Plymouth, NH 03264-1595

Phone: (800) 842-6900
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Apr. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#111 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Plymouth State University is a public institution that was founded in 1871. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,238, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 170 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Plymouth State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 111. Its in-state tuition and fees are $12,610 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,030 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Plymouth State University is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment with an enrollment of approximately 4,300 undergraduate and approximately 3,000 graduate students. The 170-acre campus offers a New England classic look combined with up-to-date facilities including the Lamson Library and Learning Commons; the Boyd Science Center; Langdon Woods, a LEED certified, environmentally conscious residence hall; and PSU's newest addition, a Welcome Center and Ice Arena. PSU offers nearly 50 undergraduate majors, more than 60 minors, an innovative University Studies program for students still deciding on a major and 75 graduate degree and certificate programs through the College of Graduate Studies.
PSU provides an educational experience that you would expect from a small private school; small classes taught by dedicated professors; personal attention from faculty and staff; and outstanding opportunities to lead and to serve. Students are encouraged to broaden their academic experience through international or national student exchange programs or internships, or other experiential learning experiences that provide service to others.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1871
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $9,081,643


When applying to Plymouth State University, it's important to note the application deadline is April 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 1. The application fee at Plymouth State University is $50. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.5 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.5%
Application deadline April 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Plymouth State University is 17:1, and the school has 51.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Plymouth State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 40%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 26%
Education 16%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 9%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 7%

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Student Life

Plymouth State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,238, with a gender distribution of 52 percent male students and 48 percent female students. At this school, 53 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 47 percent of students live off campus. Plymouth State University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,431
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Plymouth State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, and health service. Plymouth State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Plymouth State University, 30 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Plymouth State University.

Students who have cars on campus 30%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Plymouth State University, 68.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,088.

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In-state tuition and fees $12,610 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,030 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,218 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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