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Colleges / University of New Hampshire

About UNH

University of New Hampshire is a public, state school that was founded in 1866. It is moderately difficult to get into UNH. It enrolls around 14,343 students a year, including 11,747 undergrads.

UNH offers early action and does not offer early decision.

UNH Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at UNH is 85%. UNH admits 66% of students that apply early action. Last year, 18,797 students applied to UNH and 15,941 were admitted.

UNH Application Deadlines

UNH's regular decision application deadline is February 1. All regular decision applicants should hear back from UNH by December 1.

Early Admissions at UNH

University of New Hampshire does not offer early decision. UNH offers early action.

Mark Your Calendar! The EA deadline is on November 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 85%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 66%
Average GPA 3.6
Mean ACT score 26
Mean SAT score 1188
In-State Tuition $15,520
Out-of-State $33,760

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to UNH.

Financial Aid at UNH

UNH meets 65% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $21,375 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do..

Does UNH Have Dorms?

UNH offers housing for up to 6,687 students.

The majority of UNH students live on campus.

University Day Student Activities Fair, Jukebox, and and May Day Carnival are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UNH.

What GPA Do I Need For University of New Hampshire?

UNH is considered moderately difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities, recommendations and essays. Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.6 out of 4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into UNH is 1188. The mean ACT scores is 26.

Does UNH Require the ACT or SAT?

UNH is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 76% submitted the SAT. 10% submitted the ACT.

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UNH Waitlist

UNH reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is UNH a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UNH

About 86% of students who start at UNH return the next year. Out of the 3,129 students who started at UNH as first-time freshman, 2,148 graduate within four years.

Around 76% of students who started at UNH earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Debt for UNH Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 60 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $48,973 a year. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $45,755 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.

Based on this information, how does UNH sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is UNH a good school for you?

How Big is the Endowment for UNH?

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $399,546,977. For each full-time student, UNH spends about $11,621.

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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 want 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


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UNH ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UNH is 26. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into UNH. Students with an ACT score that falls between 24 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 24 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UNH SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1100 - 1270


Math SAT Range

540 - 640


Reading SAT Range

550 - 640

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1270 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UNH students is 1188. Applicants with SAT scores of 1270 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UNH, while applicants with SAT scores between 1100 to 1270 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1100 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UNH.

UNH Tuition & Fees

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State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at UNH is like? There are approximately 14,343 students enrolled at UNH, including 11,747 undergraduate students and 2,596 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 48% percent are from NH and 52% percent of students are from other states.


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