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University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

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Introduction

The University of New Hampshire was founded in the year 1866 and was known by the name of the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts. It was situated in Hanover and was a land-grant institution set up to educate the children of farming and laboring families. The University of New Hampshire moved to its Durham campus in 1893 when Benjamin Thompson donated his land and money for the development of the college. In 1923, the college changed its name to the University of New Hampshire. Over the years many buildings such as Morrill Hall, Smith and Hamilton Smith Halls, Murkland Hall, Hood House, and Pettee Hall were built. Today, the University of New Hampshire is not only a land-grant institution, but it is also a sea- and space-grant university. The University of New Hampshire is one of the top research institutions of the United States.

The University of New Hampshire is located in Durham, New Hampshire. It is about an hour’s distance from Boston and is quite close to the Atlantic Ocean and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The University of New Hampshire comprises numerous academic departments, research centers, and interdisciplinary institutes that attract thousands of students and faculty from across the globe.

Academics

The University of New Hampshire is comprised of nine schools and colleges. These are: The Graduate School, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, College of Liberal Arts, Thompson School of Applied Science, Whittemore School of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire School of Law, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, and University of New Hampshire at Manchester.

These schools and colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate and 70 graduate programs of study. The University of Hampshire has approximately 12,200 undergraduates and 2,300 graduates enrolled for various programs. The most popular bachelor’s programs are: Undeclared Liberal Arts, Business Administration, Communication, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, Biology, Civil Engineering, Nursing, Kinesiology, and Political Science.

The University of New Hampshire adopts the ‘learning by inquiry’ approach and students develop a close supporting relationship with the faculty. The curriculum is based on world class research and students are encouraged to conduct research and get involved in interdisciplinary study. The University of New Hampshire is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

The special academic opportunities available for students include the Graduate Research Conference, which is generally a two-day event showcasing the research topics from various graduate programs. The university houses the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, which provides students with the financial support and the resources required to undertake research and participate in scholarly projects. Students are also encouraged to participate in international research, study abroad, and internship opportunities.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

The admissions criteria vary for different programs. Admission to a bachelor’s degree program is based on the successful completion of a secondary school program, and the student’s academic record, recommendation, and their results of the SAT/ACT are the key factors for consideration. Applicants are also required to specify a prospective major; if they have not decided they can apply for admission as an ‘undeclared’ student.

International students for whom English is not the primary language are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Music candidates must appear for an audition before the department chairperson. All students who wish to apply for undergraduate courses in the fall need to do so before the February 1 regular decision deadline each year.

For students seeking admission to the graduate school, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required. Admissions are based on academic qualifications and the potential of the student. In addition, most departments require scores achieved by the students in specialized examinations, such as the MAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or OAT.

Financial Aid

The University of New Hampshire provides financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The aid offered is in the form of grants and scholarships, loans, and part-time employment. In order to be considered for financial aid, students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are required to adhere to the financial aid deadline of March 1.

The financial aid administered is dependent on the financial need of the student, and in some cases it is based on their individual scholastic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities. Students have the option of applying for the Pell Grant using the FAFSA. They can also apply for the UNH Loan Fund and Federal Perkins Loans. The University of New Hampshire also offers the part-time employment option to students depending on their financial need. To be eligible for the part-time employment option, undergraduate and graduate students must attend at least half time to be considered. Students can also apply for the Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarships offered by the Army and the Air Force.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Students

The average age of students seeking admission to the University of New Hampshire is 18 years. More than 90% of first-year students live on campus. The University of New Hampshire offers various housing options ranging from small halls to campus apartments. The small halls typically house about 100 students whereas the larger ones can accommodate 400 to 600 students. Suite-style living is also available for a groups of 4-8 students. The upper-class undergraduates can opt to live in the on-campus apartment complexes known as The Gables and Woodside. Many buildings have theme-based housing plans such as Engelhardt Hall having the Chem-Free Living theme for students opting to refrain from the usage of chemicals and alcohol and Fairchild Hall, with specific focus on intercultural and international activities. There are even residential learning communities where students live and take specific classes.

The students living at the University of New Hampshire-Main Campus have the option of selecting from a number of flexible menus and a huge variety of meal plans. The flexible meal plans give the liberty of dining at any one of the three dining halls, which serve popular favorites like pizza, stir-fry, and burgers. Vegan and vegetarian options, and special dietary requirements are also addressed.

The University of North Hampshire-Main Campus houses the Memorial Union Building (MUB) which is the community center of the university. The MUB has wireless facility in all public spaces and meeting rooms. Within the MUB, there are two movie theaters, a bookstore, ticket office, copy center, and the Granite Square Station & Shipping center providing mail boxes and package shipping services.

The Greek community at the University of North Hampshire has close to 1,100 members and is comprised of seven recognized social sororities, 11 social fraternities, and one coed society.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The University of New Hampshire’s athletics teams are known as the Wildcats. They compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I. The university is also a member of America East Conference for basketball, soccer, track and field, cross country, tennis, and swimming and diving and; and women’s field hockey, crew, and volleyball. The school’s official colors are blue and white.

Bibliography

  • University of New Hampshire. About UNH. Web. 16 June 2011.
  • University of New Hampshire. Residential Life. Web. 16 June 2011.
  • University of New Hampshire. Undergraduate Catalog. 2011–2012 Bulletin. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 4th in New Hampshire and 349th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 9 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 22 0.15
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 10 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 6 0.04
Arrest 111 0.73

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 9 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 3 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 14 0.10
Larceny 117 0.80
Vehicle theft 1 0.01

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Durham, NH 03824-3547
Surrounding communitySmall suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population16,806 (10,540 urban / 6,266 rural)
Households4,347 (2.80 people per house)
Median Household Income$54,263
Families2,672 (3.10 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3301

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 506th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $13,670 $13,670 $26,390
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,826 $2,826 $2,826
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $570 $570 $1,100
FT Graduate Tuition $13,500 $13,500 $26,200
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,741 $1,741 $1,741
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $750 $750 $1,100
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $30,300 $30,300 $43,020
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $34,250 $34,250 $46,970
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $21,600 $21,600 $34,320

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $15,250 $16,422 $15,250 $16,422 $28,570 $28,882
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,452 $9,764
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,598 $2,414
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,452 $9,764
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,298 $6,214
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,750 $3,628

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$65
Graduate Application Fee$65
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 17,938 (8,084 male / 9,854 female)
Admitted 13,963 (5,915 male / 8,048 female)
Admission rate 78%
First-time Enrollment 2,869 (1,308 male / 1,561 female)
FT Enrollment 2,869 (1,308 male / 1,561 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment14,913

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA Basketball Conference America East
NCAA Track & Field Conference America East

ACT Test Admission

Applicants submitting ACT results 18%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0

SAT Test Admission

463rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 96%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 590
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1000 / 1200

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity7,474
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,272
Board Fee$4,584

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 59 43 65 82 5 3,298 215 3,814
Accounting 1 1 19 21
Agricultural Business and Management, General 4 4
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture 5 1 6
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Animal Sciences, General 1 1 2 52 6 63
Anthropology 1 1 1 24 1 29
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 12 3 15
Applied Mathematics, General 1 2
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1 22 1 28
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 1 25 28
Biochemistry 1 1 11 13
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 13 14
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 6 6
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 2 61 5 71
Biomedical Sciences, General 2 1 2 34 2 42
Botany/Plant Biology
Business Administration and Management, General 5 2 2 11 408 19 454
Business/Commerce, General 8 1 3 104 9 127
Chemical Engineering 4 1 3 27 2 37
Chemistry, General 1 1 1 17 20
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 8 1 10
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 15 15
Civil Engineering, General 2 1 2 80 5 90
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 6 6
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 5 17 23
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other 66 5 72
Community Organization and Advocacy 9 1 10
Computer Engineering, General 1 19 3 24
Computer and Information Sciences, General 5 27 5 37
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 17 17
Creative Writing 1 18 6 25
Criminology 10 2 12
Culinary Arts and Related Services, Other 1 15 2 18
Dairy Science 3 3
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 24 26
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 6 7
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other 3 3
Economics, General 8 2 1 29 5 45
Education, Other 5 5
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 4 4
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1 3 33 37
Elementary Education and Teaching 52 1 53
Engineering, Other 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 1 3 3 1 125 10 144
Environmental Science 8 2 10
Environmental Studies 1 4 1 6
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 2 26 2 30
European Studies/Civilization 1 1
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 1 1
Fine/Studio Arts, General 9 11
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management 1 1
Forest Technology/Technician 12 12
Forestry, General 14 14
French Language and Literature 3 3
French Studies
Genetics, General 9 9
Geography 1 12 3 16
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 11 1 14
German Language and Literature 1 1
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 1 1 24 1 28
History, General 1 2 67 4 75
Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management 8 9
Horticultural Science 2 2
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 1 2 45 1 50
Human Development and Family Studies, General 1 2 3 89 1 96
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 2 2
Hydrology and Water Resources Science 1 1
Information Resources Management 3 3
Information Technology 1 3 22 26
International Relations and Affairs
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 3 2 2 76 5 88
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 2
Linguistics 12 4 16
Mathematics Teacher Education 32 33
Mathematics and Statistics, Other 2 1 6 2 12
Mathematics, General 1 1 30 4 37
Mechanical Engineering 1 1 1 3 100 7 114
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 1 1 6 8
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 3 4 8
Music, General 37 38
Natural Resource Economics 11 11
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other 3 7 2 12
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 1 46 6 53
Neuroscience 25 26
Nutrition Sciences 1 2 78 8 89
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 1 2 1 118 123
Ocean Engineering 8 1 10
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Painting 4 4
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 1 46 2 51
Philosophy 1 15 1 17
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics, General 1 1 12 14
Political Science and Government, General 3 6 2 78 8 99
Psychology, General 1 6 6 3 189 10 216
Public Administration 1 12 1 14
Public Health, General 2 1 13 1 17
Reading Teacher Education 3 3
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 2 95 11 111
Russian Language and Literature 2 2
Secondary Education and Teaching 2 2 84 5 93
Social Work 1 4 1 64 6 77
Sociology 1 3 1 64 4 74
Spanish Language and Literature 2 17 5 24
Special Education and Teaching, General 9 1 10
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 6 2 5 119 8 142
Statistics, Other 4 2 6
Superintendency and Educational System Administration 10 1 11
Sustainability Studies
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 1 1
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 1 22 24
Women's Studies 1 4 5
Zoology/Animal Biology 2 29 31

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 210th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $100,673 ($108,409 male / $82,225 female)
Number of FT Faculty 588 (349 male / 239 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,003
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $33,473,711

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