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Colleges / University of New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate87%
Acceptance Rate87%

About UNH

University of New Hampshire Overview

University of New Hampshire is a public, state school in the small town setting of Durham, New Hampshire. UNH was founded in 1866 and the school enrolls around 13,991 students per year, including 11,490 undergrad students. UNH offers housing for up to 6,687 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 48% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

📆 Mark your calendar! February 1, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from UNH by March 31.

Student Involvement at UNH

Are you interested in music or performing? At UNH you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? UNH students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? UNH has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? UNH has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UNH on the Student Life page.

2022 UNH Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 87%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 72%
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 72%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 34%
In-State Tuition $15,520
Out-of-State $34,430
Percent of Need Met 68.1%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $24,633

Is UNH a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how competitive a college is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a clearer view of what UNH offers and if it might be the right college for you.

UNH Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into UNH. The acceptance rate at UNH is 87%. Last year, 20,150 students applied to UNH and 17,473 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UNH

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 87% of students who start at UNH come back for their second year of college. UNH's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 78%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook UNH Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from UNH by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. Within six months of graduating, 66% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent UNH grads is $50,139 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

UNH's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

UNH's endowment was valued at $500.2 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $12,467 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UNH

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

UNH meets 68.1% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $24,633 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $43,108 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UNH.

Based on this information, is UNH the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is UNH a good school for you?

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Where is UNH?

UNH is located in the small town setting of Durham, New Hampshire, less than an hour from Boston.

If you would like to see UNH for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 95 to Durham, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Manchester.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UNH and Durham are like without leaving home.

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College Info

105 Main St Durham, NH 03824

Campus Setting: Small Town

UNH Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UNH is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UNH is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UNH ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


25 to 31


25 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UNH is 28. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into UNH. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UNH SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1120 - 1290


Math SAT Range

550 - 640


Reading SAT Range

560 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1290 and Above


1120 to 1290


1120 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UNH students is 1206. Applicants with SAT scores of 1290 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UNH, while applicants with SAT scores between 1120 to 1290 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1120 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UNH.

UNH Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UNH is like? There are approximately 13,991 students enrolled at UNH, including 11,490 undergraduate students and 2,501 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 46% percent are from NH and 54% percent of students are from other states.


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