University of New Hampshire at Manchester


The University of New Hampshire at Manchester is the urban campus of UNH, ideal for those living in the southern end of the state or in the Merrimack Valley. Established as the 6th branch under the UNH banner, the Manchester campus opened in 1985 and awards full bachelor and master’s degrees with the same requirements as the main campus. About 2,600 students attend credit and continuing education programs here every year.

Associate degree programs include the Associate of Arts in General Studies, the Associate of Science in Biological Science or Business Administration and the Associate of Applied Science in Community Leadership. Students can walk with these two-year degrees or continue working towards a 4-year degree.

Bachelor’s degrees in arts programs include English, Humanities, History, Psychology, Political Science and more. Bachelor of Science degrees are also available in Business, Biology, Electrical Engineering, Computer Information Systems and Sign Language and Interpretation. There are 18 bachelor degrees in total.

The UNH Manchester Center for Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) offers students the opportunity to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA), the MED in Counseling, an MAT or MAT in Education, the Master’s of Public Administration, a Master of Social Work and other post-baccalaureate certificates.

In addition, many certificate programs are offered in non-degree coursework and other types of professional advancement. The ESOL Center can help students work on their proficiency on English, while other continuing education courses can help students start out in the professional world with the opportunity to study further later on.

Accreditation for the University of New Hampshire is provided by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

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Information Summary

Ranks 4th in New Hampshire and 602nd overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 85.4
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $30,136
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 26 / 1190
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 15 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 84% / N/A
Enrollment Total (all students) 750


Students hoping to attend UNH Manchester can apply online. For bachelor degree candidates, a high school diploma or GED equivalent is required. High school transcripts must be forwarded to the university admissions office, along with records of ACT and SAT performance. A solid educational background is necessary to be accepted to the four-year programs. Associate degree candidates must present similar academic credentials, though standardized test scores do not factor into the process. Admissions test results are weighed less heavily than general class performance in secondary education.

Applications for priority admission must be in by late March. Deadlines for the fall semester application are in mid-June. For students hoping to begin in the spring semester, application deadlines are in late October.


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Financial Aid

Nearly 80% of students enrolled at UNH Manchester are receiving financial assistance of some kind. To qualify for aid, documentation of US Citizenship is required, along with a course load of over 6 credits in a degree program. Students must fill out the FAFSA online before March 1 in order to qualify for all aid programs. Numerous grants are available thought the federal government and other local sources, including the Pell Grant and the FSEOG Grant. In addition, scholarships are available from a number of sources, from programs that are subject-specific to others which simply award academic achievement. Federal loan programs in some cases provide for interest to be deferred during enrollment at a college, while others (like the unsubsidized Stafford Loans) involve constant accruement of interest. Work-study programs may provide students with employment on-campus.

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While UNH Manchester is a commuter school, there is no shortage of activities for students to enjoy. Students looking for athletic activities can join the Ski Club or Indoor Soccer Club, while others looking to display talent in the arts can sign up for the Theatre Club or Milling Around, UNH’s a cappella group. The Organization for Legal and Political Studies brings together students hoping for law debates, while the Politics and Society Club focuses on more social and public affairs. The Student Activities Coordinator is always on the lookout for new clubs.

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Local Community

Manchester, New Hampshire’s largest city, has a population just over 100,000 and is the largest US City north of Boston. Continuously voted as one of the top places to live or launch a business, Manchester offers students the opportunity to live in a historic urban setting that is relatively inexpensive. Cultural highlights include the Palace Theater and the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

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