University of New Hampshire

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105 Main Street

Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-1234
2013-2014 Tuition
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Feb. 1
application deadline

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#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. National Universities

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University of New Hampshire is a public institution that was founded in 1866. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,811, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 2,600 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of New Hampshire's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 97. Its in-state tuition and fees are $16,496 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $29,216 (2013-14).

The University of New Hampshire is a public institution located in the city of Durham, near the coastline of the state. Students at UNH can choose from more than 100 majors, including graduate studies in the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and in the fields of education and law. Even before freshmen undergraduates show up for their first classes, they get a chance to meet their classmates and have some fun through the Pre-Orientation Adventure for Wildcats (PAWs) program. This opportunity allows first year students to camp outdoors and learn from upperclassmen leaders.

Once on campus, students can explore more than 200 clubs, join an intramural sports team or eat with friends at one of the dining halls, which often serve locally produced foods. The many UNH Wildcats varsity athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I within various conferences. Notable UNH alumni include John Irving, who wrote the bestselling novel "The World According to Garp" and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay of his book "The Cider House Rules."

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

The University of New Hampshire is a public university that combines the look and feel of a classic, New England liberal arts college with the breadth and opportunity of a major research university. The University offers 2,000 courses in more than 100 majors taught by internationally recognized faculty dedicated to undergraduate teaching. Special programs include a strong undergraduate research program, honors program, and a wide range of opportunities for internships, study abroad, and national exchange experiences. It is also home to a thriving art science including theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts. UNH has abundant extracurricular opportunities for students, including more than 200 student organizations, ranging from the outing club to political action to career and professional groups. There are dozens of club and intramural sports and fitness centers as well as 20 Division 1 intercollegiate teams. On-campus living remains a favored option with many residential choices: theme halls, small halls housing up to 45 students, to large halls with about 600 students. UNH has a great location, nestled as it is in a small town, minutes away from the New Hampshire seacoast and an hour's drive from Boston, Portland, or the White Mountains.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1866
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $217,974,405


When applying to University of New Hampshire, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at University of New Hampshire is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 77.9 percent and an early acceptance rate of 88.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 77.9%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of New Hampshire is 20:1, and the school has 41.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of New Hampshire include: Business Administration and Management, General; Psychology, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Political Science and Government, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 65%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 14%
Psychology, General 7%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 4%
Political Science and Government, General 4%

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Student Life

University of New Hampshire has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,811, with a gender distribution of 45.9 percent male students and 54.1 percent female students. At this school, 57 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 43 percent of students live off campus. University of New Hampshire is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 15,301
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 I

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Campus Info & Services

University of New Hampshire offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of New Hampshire 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 University of New Hampshire, 30 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of New Hampshire.

Students who have cars on campus 30%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of New Hampshire, 66.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,647.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $16,496 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $29,216 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,056 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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