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University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH
The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a comprehensive, public institution. Recognized among public universities for the quality of the academic experience it provides to its students, UNH is a rising star among research universities, yet it retains the look and feel of a New England liberal arts college with a faculty dedicated to teaching. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Life Sciences and Agriculture; the School of Health Studies; and the Whittemore School of Business and Economics. Within its seven schools, the university offers 2,000 courses in over 100 majors. Special programs include a strong undergraduate research program, the honors program and a wide range of opportunities for internships, study abroad and national exchange experiences. Its 2,600-acre campus is ideally located in Durham, north of Portsmouth, within 20 minutes of the Maine and New Hampshire seacoasts and one hour from Boston, Portland and the White Mountains.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 12,871
   Women 6,979 (54.2%)
   Men 5,892 (45.8%)
Graduate Students 2,365
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 76% of 20,203 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline February 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.46
SAT Math 556 average
500-610 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 543 average
490-590 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 25 average
22-27 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests     X  
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $32,200
Out-of-state: $46,000
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $17,624
Out-of-state: $31,424
  Room and Board $10,938
Average Percent of Need Met 78%
Average Freshman Award $24,031
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 618
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 24% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 11% of classes
Over 100 students: 7% of classes
Durham Population 10,345
Nearest Metropolitan Area Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 94% of freshmen, 56% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Wildcat
Sororities 14.1% of women participate
Fraternities 11% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.5% Asian
1.4% Black/African-American
3.5% Hispanic/Latino
1.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
83.9% White
6.7% Unknown
International Students 3.0% from 37 countries
First-Year Students Returning 86.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 66.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 70%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 19.0%