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University of New Hampshire

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

UNH Admissions

If you want to apply to UNH, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is February 1 and the fee for the application is $50.

Students who apply to UNH for the fall semester should hear back from UNH by March 31.

UNH Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of UNH's admissions stats.

UNH 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 19.45%
Mean SAT Score 1206
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 34%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 3%
Waitlist No

University of New Hampshire Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of New Hampshire.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 15 January 15
Regular Decision Yes February 1 March 31

Applying Early to UNH?

UNH does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. UNH will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

UNH accepts around 72% of early action applicants and 87% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, UNH admitted 8,318 of the 11,591 who applied early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of New Hampshire Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to UNH?

UNH is a moderately 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 87% of students, around 17,473 of the 20,150 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.

For applicants who are non-residents, getting into University of New Hampshire is moderately difficult.

Transferring to University of New Hampshire

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to UNH

UNH has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into UNH?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at UNH

What does UNH consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with UNH for more information on admission factors.

UNH 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Other Requirements Common Application
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

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, 38.82% submitted a class rank. At UNH 19.45% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 49.31% were in the top 25% and 86.45% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of New Hampshire, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 21.54%
3.75 and 3.99 14.8%
3.50 and 3.74 17.1%
3.25 and 3.49 17.17%
3.00 and 3.24 15.13%
2.50 and 2.9 13.84%
2.00 and 2.49 0.43%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to UNH directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

UNH considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 34% of UNH's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 3% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for UNH?

To be competitive with other UNH applicants, you should strive to earn between 1120 and 1290 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UNH 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1290 and 25% of scored lower than 1120, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a UNH student is 1206.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UNH students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UNH students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for UNH?

To be most competitive at UNH, you should strive to earn between 25 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UNH's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

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

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on 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?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UNH.

Does UNH accept transfer credits?

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

• CLEP subject tests

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

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

Do I have to submit test scores to UNH?

❌ No, UNH is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to send your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is UNH's acceptance rate?

✅ UNH's acceptance rate is 87%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UNH?

❌ UNH does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at UNH?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at UNH was 72% in 2021.

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UNH Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into UNH? UNH is a somewhat selective institution. The UNH acceptance rate is 87%. This means that the institution accepts 86 out of every 100 applicants.


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.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UNH, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.58. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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