Admission Information for Home Schooled First-Year Students
The University of New Hampshire conducts an individualized, holistic review of first-year applications for admission.
Admission to UNH is competitive. A student's academic record, including program of study, class rigor, and achievement is of primary importance in assessing a student's potential for success at UNH.
We welcome applications from students who are receiving their secondary level education at home and we value the different perspective "home-schooled" students bring to our classroom and community. With as many as two million students receiving their secondary education at home, we view home-schooling as simply another viable and well established means of preparation for the transition to college or university.
You are a home schooled student if you are receiving your secondary school education from your parents or through an accredited distance learning program. Our admissions criteria for home-schooled students are the same as for those students who receive their diploma through the local public school system or through a traditional private secondary school.
Most first-year students accepted to a bachelor's degree program have completed rigorous coursework with solid B+ grades, or higher.
Students should complete the following sequences of college preparatory coursework to be considered minimally* qualified for baccalaureate admission to the University:
- Four years of English
- Three years of mathematics including Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II
- Three years of science, two of which must be laboratory sciences
- Three years of social sciences (including U.S. History)
- Two years of a single foreign language (three years is preferred)
*Some academic programs require an additional year of preparation in subject areas beyond what is listed above.
- Students who plan to specialize in engineering, biological/physical science, mathematics, or forestry should present at least four years of mathematics including trigonometry/pre-calculus, as well as laboratory coursework in chemistry and/or physics.
- Students pursuing business-related studies also should have completed four years of advanced mathematics such as (eg: trigonometry, finite, pre-calculus, statistics).
- Students planning to major in health-related disciplines, four years of math, as well as laboratory courses in biology and chemistry, are strongly recommended. Students interested in nursing must complete high school chemistry.
Admission Test Requirements
All candidates for admission to bachelor’s degree programs are required to submit the results of the SAT or ACT exam (including writing). The latest statistics on test scores by the University's admitted first-year students indicate that the average SAT combined score was 1650 and the average ACT composite score was 25. Scores must be submitted electronically to UNH by the testing agency.
UNH considers your highest section scores across all SAT/ACT test dates that you submit. Final admissions decisions will be made using only your highest scores. Each time you submit scores, we will update your record with any new high scores. We strongly encourage you to submit your scores each time you take the test. Sending your scores each time you take the test can benefit you by allowing us to consider you for all available enrollment related opportunities.
SAT or ACT scores aid in our determination of admissions eligibility, merit scholarships and admission to the University’s Honors Program. There are no cut-offs for standardized test scores in the UNH admissions process, rather more emphasis is paid to one's academic program of study and record of achievement. Students are not denied or admitted based solely on the results of their standardized test scores.
*SAT subject tests are not required, but a foreign language subject test may satisfy the foreign language requirement of the bachelor of arts degree.
In evaluating your preparation for admission to UNH, we focus primarily on the quality of your academic preparation, particularly as it relates to the major you wish to study. We value strong, consistent achievement in a diverse and progressively demanding selection of courses.
Although we will consider your accomplishments in every discipline, we encourage students to study English, foreign language, mathematics, natural science and social science each of the four years during secondary school education. We do so because most successful applicants have four years of study in each of these disciplines. A specific breakdown on high school coursework completed by the University's enrolling first-year students is provided below:
- 95% completed the equivalent of 4 or more years of mathematics
- 87% completed the equivalent of 4 or more years of laboratory science
- 75% completed the equivalent of 4 or more years of social science
- 62% completed the equivalent of 4 or more years of a foreign language
We are also interested in learning how your personal interests and talents have developed over the past few years. We will review your responses to the questions on our application and evaluate your letter(s) of recommendation. We also encourage you to highlight your experience or leadership in local activities such as sports organizations, community service, or other extracurricular activity.
Enrollment Documentation Required for Home Schooled First-Year Students
If you choose to enroll at UNH, you will need to provide documentation of successful completion of your secondary level studies in the form of a final transcript, a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), or a certificate of completion from your local school district or state board of education. If your home school program does not provide a "diploma" please feel free to contact us to discern the final documentation we will require before your enrollment.