See what students say:


The benefits of going to a large, well-established state school, such as the University of New Hampshire, are exactly what one expects—its low in-state tuition, firmly established reputation, and place in the system allow it to offer “many resources to help students out in life.” Located in tiny, beautiful Durham, the school “emphasizes research in every field, including non-science fields,” and a lot of importance is placed “on the outdoors and the environment.” The small town really fosters “lots of school spirit,” and the laid-back denizens of UNH make it known that “having a good time” is a priority in their lives: “Weekends are for the Warriors.” Most professors “truly care” about the students’ learning so that “you never feel like a number at the school but rather a respected student,” and professors “will get down and dirty when it comes to experiencing what they’re teaching firsthand.” Though there are definitely complaints that some can be “sub-par,” a student “just needs to possess the initiative to go to their office hours” and they will get all the help they need. Some of the general education classes “are huge,” and TAs can be difficult to understand, but for the most part, students report that they’ve had a “good experience” and that their academic career has been “very successful.” The Honors program is particularly challenging (in a very positive way) and offers “great seminar/inquiry classes that have about fifteen students.” Students universally pan the administration, claiming it “is a massive bureaucracy that gets little done,” partially due to poor communication, or one student puts it that “the left hand has no idea what the right hand is doing.” “The school is way more challenging than I thought it would be because the administration makes things harder than they need to be,” says a sophomore.

Student Body

This being New Hampshire, people are “very politically and socially aware.” Students here are mostly middle-class and hail from New England (especially from New Hampshire, naturally), and a main point of contention among students is that there “is not a lot of ethnic/racial diversity,” though the school is working on it. The size of UNH means that “even the most unique individual will find a group of friends,” and even the most atypical students “fit in perfectly well.” Most of these “laid-back” and “easy-to-get-along-with” Wildcats party, and it can be “hard to find one that doesn’t.” “Everyone skis or snowboards,” and in the cold weather “Uggs and North Face fleece jackets abound.”

Campus Life

The school is just “fifteen minutes to the beach, one hour to the mountains, and one hour to Boston,” making the world a Wildcat’s oyster. Partying is big here, and the weekends are crazy; “Everyone goes out pretty much every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.” The small number of bars in town “makes the age limit pretty well enforced.” After a hard night out, “there are many late night convenience stores and food places to go to.” In fact, it can be “difficult to find activities to do on the weekend that don’t involve drinking,” though UNH does a good job of bringing in “popular comedians, musicians, bands, political figures, etc.,” and the school has tons of “amazing” a capella groups, so there is “almost always something to go see.” Sports are also big here: “We love our hockey and football,” says a student. Though there’s a pretty big housing crunch, the oft-used athletic and recreational facilities here are both convenient and excellent, and since everything on this “beautiful” campus is only about ten minutes away, “you walk pretty much everywhere,” though public transportation and school-provided buses run often. Students do a lot of socializing over meals at the “eight cafés or in any of the three dining halls.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Robert McGann
Director of Admissions

Office of Admissions
Smith Hall, 3 Garrison Avenue
Durham, NH 03824



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, Morse 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 Visiting Center

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Monday - Friday and select Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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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, C&J Bus service between UNH and Logan Airport/Boston. Van service to Manchester Airport, the closest airport to campus.

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: 20,096
Acceptance Rate: 77%
Average HS GPA: 3.50



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