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UNH Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to UNH, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the application fee costs $50. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from UNH by December 1.

Applying Early to UNH?

University of New Hampshire does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! UNH will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15. UNH accepts about 66% of early action applicants* and 85% all applicants for all deadlines.. Last year, UNH admitted 7,939 of the 12,59 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is UNH Hard To Get Into?

UNH is amoderately difficult school to get into. UNH evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, UNH **accepted 85% of students, around 15,941 of the 18,797 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like UNH, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to Theatre: Dance Option is program very difficult.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. For applicants who are not residents of New Hampshire, getting into University of New Hampshire is moderately difficult.

What Does UNH Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UNH

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Not Considered

UNH Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UNH must submit the following items. Double check with UNH's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Other Requirements Common Application
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UNH?

Students admitted to UNH have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 55% submitted a class rank. At UNH 23% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 51% were in the top 25% and 87% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of New Hampshire, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 55%
3.75 and 3.99 16%
3.50 and 3.74 16.8%
3.25 and 3.49 16.8%
3.00 and 3.24 15.5%
2.50 and 2.9 13.6%
2.00 and 2.49 0.3%
UNH does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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.

In 2021, 76% of UNH's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 10% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UNH?

To be competitive with other UNH applicants, you should strive to earn between 1100 and 1270 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UNH 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1270 and 25% of scored lower than 1100, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a UNH student is 1188.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UNH students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UNH students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for UNH?

To be most competitive at UNH, you should strive to earn between 24 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UNH's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UNH students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

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Transferring to University of New Hampshire

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to UNH.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Applicants should hear back by April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in UNH during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

UNH Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UNH?

Students who are admitted to UNH must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does UNH accept transfer credits?

UNH accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UNH accepts:

ACE recommendations for credit

Does UNH accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

UNH accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UNH?

No, UNH is test optional, so you can choose if you want to to include your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is UNH's acceptance rate?

UNH's acceptance rate is [rate]%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at UNH?

The early action acceptance rate at UNH was 66% in 2021.

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UNH Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

85%

How hard is it to get into UNH? UNH is a somewhat selective institution. The UNH acceptance rate is 85%. This means that the institution accepts 84 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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ACT Range

24 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above

Good

24 to 30

Avg

24 and Less

Low

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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

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Composite SAT Range

1100 - 1270

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Math SAT Range

540 - 640

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Reading SAT Range

550 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1270 and Above

Good

1100 to 1270

Avg

1100 and Less

Low

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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.56

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UNH, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.56. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

14,343

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

85%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$18,962

Out-of-State

$37,202

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Feb 1
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