See what students say:


The University of New Hampshire is about connections, whether that’s what a “state school offers… to local community” or the way in which it “makes use of their outdoors … and gets students involved in hands-on services and experiences.” The students of its 100+ majors (and eleven schools and colleges) get lifelong support from the office of Career and Professional Success, which leaves students feeling that they can “learn whatever you want.” It helps that UNH “is especially good at providing information and resources. There are millions of flyers all around campus, including in lecture halls and dorms, informing you of what is going on on campus and where you can go or who you can contact if you need help.”

Professors are commended not just for being “very good lecturers” but for the way they are “happy to help in their area of expertise and genuinely interested in doing so.” This may involve allowing students to “separate themselves in order to learn when necessary” during class and being “willing to spend time individually to explain material and offer learning resources outside of the classroom.” Students also list a variety of teaching methods, including “small groups, large groups, class conversations, personal work, and all other manner of work in class, as well as a flipped classroom.” Now add in “a constantly improving curriculum,” “plenty of internships,” “a plethora of research opportunities,” and science labs that “have really taken the material to a whole other level of learning.” As one student notes, “there is so much to do which prepares students for life after graduation that it’s hard to list it all.”

Student Body

Many students love the school’s size of 14,000 students, which “is big enough to get lost in and small enough to find people who will become forever friends.” People “tend to be very social” and many “are active and value physical activities, part of why the campus is so pristinely kept.” Most students “are from New England in New Hampshire and Massachusetts,” and although the school is “not very diverse, we have a lot of programs and are very accepting for our minority communities.” Those who attend UNH are “generally driven, with a good sense of community and collaboration among the more difficult classes and majors,” and “each student has a passion or goal that they want to achieve in life,” so the university “is a great place to really expand your horizons and become who you’ve always wanted to be.” There is “lots of pride in the school and events going on, so a lot of people are excited and energetic,” and a student says that “whether it is presenting my research at our undergraduate research conference, or simply talking to somebody in the Dunkin line in the MUB [student center], the student body at UNH is overall friendly and approachable.”

Campus Life

A student’s standard routine is to “attend their classes, do work for a few hours, and hang out a lot with each other at night.” Students do mention “a very active night life with dorm competitions and socials, countless intramural sports teams, and welcoming parties across the campus,” as well as events like trivia and concerts. They also refer to the campus itself being “very pretty and easy to walk, making it have a more calming environment overall,” and with a great location in Durham that provides “a safe rural environment while still being close to the ocean, activities, and cities like Boston.” The winter gets a particular shout out because students can (and do) “go skiing or even just sledding around campus and there are always great trails to go hiking.” Ultimately, with more than two hundred student clubs and organizations, including “student-run groups for various backgrounds, lifestyles and viewpoints, from political groups to hobby groups,” students feel confident that there’s something for everyone.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Karoline Goulart
Director of Admissions Prospective Student Experience

Smith Hall, 3 Garrison Ave.
Durham, NH 03824

(603) 862-1360


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Dimond Library
Whittemore Center
Hamel Recreation Center
Student Union/Holloway Commons
College Woods
Other spots include Dairy Bar/Train Station, Art Gallery, Thompson Hall.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Durham eateries
Downtown Portsmouth
Atlantic Ocean
White Mountains
Durham is a quintessential college town on New Hampshire's seacoast, just minutes from the coast and an hour from Boston or Portland, Maine, via the Amtrak station on campus. Surrounded by natural beauty, UNH is close to New Hampshire's majestic White Mountains. UNH Manchester is in the heart of that historic city, and UNH Law, in Concord, is just blocks from the state capitol building.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available

Info session and tour offered on select Saturdays and during major high school vacation weekdays throughout the year. Additional information: https://apply.unh.edu/portal/virtual-sessions

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

For coach visits, contact Athletics directly or fill out this questionnaire: https://unhwildcats.com/sports/2020/6/19/prospective-student-athlete-questionnaires.aspx. For faculty visits, contact Admissions Office for faculty contact information to arrange visit/meeting.

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Class visits are only offered as part of 'shadow a wildcat' program, when offered

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
UNH has free bus service to and from the campus to local towns (e.g. Portsmouth). Downeaster Amtrak station on campus with runs from Boston to Portland. Van service to Manchester Airport, the closest airport to campus. More information regarding transportation can be found here: https://www.unh.edu/transportation/buses-shuttles.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the north, follow I-95 South to Exit 5 in N.H. (Route 16). Continue North for roughly 3 miles to Exit 6W (Route 4 W). Take Route 4 West for approximately 6 miles. Exit at Route 155A (3rd exit that references "Durham") then turn left towards Durham. Follow 155A to campus. From the south, follow I-95 North to Exit 4 in N.H. (16 N) on left. Once on Route 16, follow directions above.

Local Accommodations
In Durham are the Holiday Inn Express, The Pines Guest House and Three Chimney's Inn. In Portsmouth, accommodations include: Holiday Inn, Sheraton Portsmouth, Best Western Plus Portsmouth Hotel & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott Portsmouth and Hampton Inn. In Dover, there are accommodations at the Days Inn and the Garrison Hotel.


Applicants: 21,016
Acceptance Rate: 87%
Average HS GPA: 3.58



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