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Plymouth State University

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Plymouth State University (PSU) is a co-ed public residential university that offers both graduate and undergraduate programs. Plymouth State has a total enrollment of approximately 4,300 undergraduate students and 3,000 graduate students. PSU primarily caters to the higher education needs of the residents of New Hampshire and New England.

Plymouth State University is located in the foothills of the White Mountains and Lakes Region of New Hampshire and the campus is spread over an area of 170-acres. PSU features facilities such as the Lamson Library and Learning Commons, Langdon Woods, the Boyd Science Center, a LEED certified residence hall, a Welcome Center and an Ice Arena. The university is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The history of Plymouth State University dates back to 1808 when Holmes Plymouth Academy was set up to train teachers. In 1871, the New Hampshire Normal school was set up in Plymouth. In 1927, the American Council of Teacher Colleges rated the Plymouth Normal school as a Grade A teachers college. The college was renamed as Plymouth Teachers College in 1937 and then again renamed as Plymouth State College of the University System of New Hampshire in 1963. The Plymouth State College was given its current name of Plymouth State University by the State Legislature in 2003.


Plymouth State University offers nearly 50 undergraduate majors and 60 minors, 75 graduate degree programs, and numerous certificate programs. The undergraduate programs offered at the university include the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees. The Bachelor of Arts degree program is available for various areas of studies such as Anthropology, Art, Biology, Communication Studies, and Criminal Justice. Students opting for the Bachelor of Science degree program can specialize in Biotechnology, Biology, Childhood Studies, Athletic Training, Adventure Education, and Health Education.

The graduate degree programs offered at the Plymouth State University include the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in teaching (MAT), Master of Science (MS), Master of Education (MEd), and the Doctor of Education (EdD) in learning, leadership, and community.

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Students wishing to attend Plymouth State University are required to complete the Common Application and the PSU supplement. First-time college students are required to submit official copies of their transcripts or GED scores. They also need to submit an essay on one of the subjects suggested on the application. Students are required to provide one academic recommendation and their SAT/ACT scores.

Applications for admission are screened on the basis of academic record, activities, essay, SAT or ACT scores, and recommendations. Certain programs at the Plymouth State University have selective requirements. For example, the Art Department requires a portfolio while the Music, Theater, and Dance Department has audition requirements. The Nursing program also requires additional supplemental application materials.

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

Financial Aid

Plymouth State University participates in a variety of financial aid programs to help students meet their educational expenses. Different forms of financial aid that are available to Plymouth State University students include grants, scholarships, work-study employment, and student loans.

Financial aid is either need-based or merit-based. Merit-based awards available to eligible PSU students include the Presidential Scholarship, Top Scholarship, and the PSU Scholarship. Need-based awards include Federal Pell Grant, the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and the Federal TEACH Grant Program (TEACH). Students may also be eligible for various student loan options, such as Federal Direct (subsidized and unsubsidized) loans, federal Perkins loans, and Federal Direct PLUS loans. Students can also apply for work-study programs in which they can seek on- or off-campus work-study positions.

To apply for financial aid from Plymouth State University, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. Plymouth State recommends a priority deadline of March 1 to apply for financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Plymouth State University encourages the development of a well-rounded personality and therefore provides numerous options to students to get involved in extracurricular activities.

Student Services and Activities

Each student at PSU is assigned an academic advisor who assists students in selecting courses and pinpointing academic deficiencies. The Academic and Career Advising Center encourages students to get involved in self-evaluation and provides guidance related to experiential learning, career exploration, and job search activities.

Plymouth State has three campus ministries which offer sources of discussion and counseling related to faith and spirituality.

Student Clubs and Organizations

The Student Activities office organizes various activities for enriching the leadership, cultural, and social experience of the students. There are more than 100 clubs and student organizations to cater to the diverse interests of the students. Some of these include the Adventure Education Club, Crafters Anonymous, Diversity Fellows, Dodgeball Club, Fish and Wildlife Club, Gaming Club, and the Japanese Culture and Animation Club. Numerous theatre productions, performances, and exhibitions of art work are organized in the Karl Drerup Art Gallery and the Silver Center for the Arts.

Campus Housing and Facilities

Housing facilities are available for PSU students in both residence halls and apartments. The residence halls feature single, double, and triple rooms and are equipped with amenities such as refrigerators, microwaves, internet, television, and phone services. The apartments at Plymouth State University feature fully furnished one- and two-bedroom units that include a kitchen and private bath. Dining foptions are available at Prospect Dining Hall, Hartman Union Building, Commons Café at Lamson Library, and The Woods at the Langdon Woods Residence Hall.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Plymouth State University is a member of the NCAA Division III. The intercollegiate athletic teams include men’s baseball, football, ice hockey, and wrestling. Women’s teams include field hockey, softball, swimming, and volleyball. There are both men’s and women’s teams for basketball, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, and tennis.PSU athletic teams are known as the Panthers, and school colors are green and white.

The Physical Education Center is the primary athletic facility at Plymouth State. It features a 2,000 seat gymnasium, indoor field house with four tennis courts, a six-lane, 25-yard swimming pool, a fitness facility, and a wrestling room. The Physical Education Center is surrounded by 33-acres of playing fields for the athletic teams.


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Ranks 8th in New Hampshire and 1181st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 5 0.09
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 4 0.07
Burglary 7 0.12
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 27 0.47

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 4 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 9 0.13
Robbery 3 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 25 0.36
Larceny 192 2.74
Vehicle theft 7 0.10

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Plymouth, NH 03264-1595
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population9,000 (3,957 urban / 5,043 rural)
Households2,903 (2.52 people per house)
Median Household Income$39,694
Families1,832 (2.99 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium 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 District3302

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1031st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $10,410 $10,410 $17,830
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,200 $2,200 $2,200
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $435 $435 $743
FT Graduate Tuition $8,928 $8,928 $9,954
FT Graduate Required Fees $486 $486 $486
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $523 $523 $580
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $26,555 $26,555 $33,975
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,300 $25,300 $32,720
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $17,387 $17,387 $24,807

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $11,518 $12,560 $11,518 $12,560 $18,978 $19,460
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,202 $1,249
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,030 $9,440
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,960 $2,259
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,030 $9,170
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,960 $2,259
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,235 $3,397

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$75
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,120 (2,695 male / 2,425 female)
Admitted 3,967 (1,979 male / 1,988 female)
Admission rate 77%
First-time Enrollment 930 (485 male / 445 female)
FT Enrollment 925 (485 male / 440 female)
PT Enrollment 5 (N/A male / 5 female)
Total Enrollment5,236

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Massachusetts State College Ath Assoc
NCAA Basketball Conference Little East Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Little East Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Little East Conference

ACT Test Admission

1018th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 10%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23

SAT Test Admission

968th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 93%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 530
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 860 / 1070

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 Capacity2,209
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,560
Board Fee$3,978

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 32 29 19 22 5 1,126 148 1,386
Accounting 16 3 20
Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems, Other 5 5
Applied Economics
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 5 5
Art Teacher Education 13 1 14
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1 18 2 22
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 10 11
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 13 2 15
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 1 1 7 5 16
Biotechnology 1 1 3 5
Business Administration and Management, General 4 14 2 6 1 106 12 145
Business/Commerce, General 1 1 1 52 6 63
Chemistry, General 5 5
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 6 6
Computer Science 1 1 2
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 18 18
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 2 64 8 74
Curriculum and Instruction 1 1 8 10
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 11 2 14
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 31 4 35
Education, Other 3 3
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances 1 1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 1 2 50 1 55
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 20 1 21
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 1 82 9 93
English Language and Literature, General 1 37 4 42
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 11 11
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other 3 3
Environmental Biology 3 1 4
Environmental Studies 1 33 4 39
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 1 7 8
Finance, General 1 8 3 12
Fine/Studio Arts, General 12 2 14
French Language and Literature 1 1
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 1
Geography 3 1 4
Health Teacher Education 7 1 8
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 1 1 28 6 37
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 8 6 18 6 39
Historic Preservation and Conservation, Other 4 4
History, General 7 3 10
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 2 2
Information Technology 1 10 11
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 2 3
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 6 2 8
Marketing Research 1 7 8
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 2 51 8 63
Mathematics Teacher Education 7 1 8
Mathematics, General 11 1 12
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 12 4 16
Music Teacher Education 5 1 6
Music, General 4 4
Organizational Behavior Studies 1 2 3
Organizational Communication, General 4 4
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other 11 2 13
Political Science and Government, General 7 7
Psychology, General 1 1 2 32 2 38
Public Administration 1 1
Public Health Education and Promotion 13 3 16
Reading Teacher Education 7 7
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 18 12 31
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies, Other 1 1
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist 1 1
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 6 6
Secondary Education and Teaching 10 10
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Sciences, General 11 3 14
Social Sciences, Other 7 1 8
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 3 4
Social Work 1 15 5 21
Spanish Language and Literature 2 2
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 29 9 39
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 2 1 9 1 13
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 2 1 25 1 29
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 11 2 58 3 74
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 1
Tourism and Travel Services Management 5 1 6

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1067th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $73,962 ($76,857 male / $66,140 female)
Number of FT Faculty 193 (99 male / 94 female)
Number of PT Faculty 490
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $7,996,012

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