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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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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.

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2775th for the average student loan amount.
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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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Student Graduation Demographics

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.

Information Summary

Ranks 9th in New Hampshire and 1425th 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 N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 366 0.33
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 69 0.06
Robbery 181 0.16
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 902 0.82
Larceny 3,136 2.86
Vehicle theft 156 0.14

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Manchester, NH 03101-1113
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population2,706 (2,706 urban / N/A rural)
Households1,514 (1.77 people per house)
Median Household Income$18,878
Families445 (3.10 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingVery small four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's 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 1453rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $13,350 $13,350 $26,070
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $412 $412 $412
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $556 $556 $1,086
FT Graduate Tuition $13,500 $13,500 $14,850
FT Graduate Required Fees $262 $262 $262
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $750 $750 $825
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $14,762 $14,762 $27,482
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $32,480 $32,480 $45,200
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $21,862 $21,862 $34,582

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $12,640 $13,757 $12,640 $13,757 $25,960 $26,217
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,452 $9,764
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,208 $6,386
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,160 $6,750

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$45
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 193 (90 male / 103 female)
Admitted 141 (67 male / 74 female)
Admission rate 73%
First-time Enrollment 94 (47 male / 47 female)
FT Enrollment 89 (43 male / 46 female)
PT Enrollment 5 (4 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment926

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)

ACT Test Admission

Applicants submitting ACT results 8%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0

SAT Test Admission

673rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 85%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 580
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 560
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 900 / 1140

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 CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 470th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $86,971 ($92,514 male / $72,263 female)
Number of FT Faculty 28 (17 male / 11 female)
Number of PT Faculty 102
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $1,477,648

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