Changing Majors & Competitive Majors

Changing Your Major

CHANGE your major, if you’ve changed your mind. 
If you don’t know what you want to major in right away, don’t worry—you have plenty of company. About 75 percent of UNH students change their major at least once. If you already know you’d like to make a change, just email the Admissions Office at admissions@unh.edu with your name, student ID number, and the major you’d like to switch to. You can also change your major during Orientation. We’ll review your request and let you know the outcome—some majors have competitive enrollment restrictions for incoming first-year students (see below).

Competitive Majors

DON’T PANIC if you aren’t initially admitted to a competitive major.
Unfortunately, we can’t offer every admitted student direct admission into our restricted majors. Some have space limitations; others require the completion of specific coursework. However, many UNH students eventually apply to these restricted majors as an “internal transfer” after fulfilling the necessary coursework. Here’s a list of our restricted majors, with information about prerequisites and the previous year’s internal transfer criteria—a good predictor, although not a guarantee, of what you’ll need to do to gain admission.

Athletic Training
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Kinesiology: Exercise Science
Nursing
Nutrition
Occupational Therapy
Paul College of Business and Economics
Undeclared: Health and Human Services

 

Athletic Training


There are more applicants a year to the Athletic Training major than the University of New Hampshire can accommodate. The size of the major is kept small so that it can meet accreditation requirements for student: faculty ratios in the classroom, labs and clinical placements.

Below is a list of FAQ's for Athletic Training.

1. Why is Athletic Training a restricted major?
There are limited spaces in the lab and clinical sections and more applicants than we can accommodate.

2. When can I apply as an internal transfer to the Athletic Training major?
Most students apply late in the Spring of their Freshman year.

3. What requirements do I need to apply as an internal transfer?
In order to apply to the Athletic Training major students on average have successfully completed Biomedical Science 507, Biomedical Science 508, Psychology 401, Kinesiology 506, Kinesiology 507 and Nutrition 400.

4. How many spaces are typically available each year for current UNH students as internal transfers?
0-10--How many spaces are available is driven by the size of the first year class (is it larger or smaller than anticipated) and the amount of attrition in the Athletic Training program.

5. How many UNH students typically apply for these spaces?
Roughly 45 students a year apply as internal transfers to become Athletic Training majors.

6. When do students apply?
Most students apply late in the Spring of their Freshman year.

7. When do most students start in the program?
Students begin in the Athletic Training major the semester following acceptance to the program--generally Fall of the sophomore year.

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Communication Sciences and Disorders


There are more applicants a year to the Communication Sciences and Disorders major than the University of New Hampshire can accommodate. The size of the major is kept small so that it can meet accreditation requirements for student: faculty ratios in the classroom, labs and clinical observations, and provide enough access to courses for all majors.

Below is a list of FAQ’s for Communication Sciences and Disorders.

1. Why is Communication Sciences and Disorders a restricted major?
There are limited spaces in the clinical observation sections, and more applicants than we can accommodate.

2. When can I apply as an internal transfer to the Communication Sciences and Disorders major?
The application deadline is rolling

3. What requirements do I need to apply as an internal transfer?
In order to apply to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program students on average maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher. It is recommended that students complete Communication 520 before applying.

4. How many spaces typically are available each year for current UNH students as internal transfers?
0-15—How many spaces are available is driven by the size of the first year class (is it larger or smaller than anticipated) and the amount of attrition in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program.

5. How many UNH students typically apply for these spaces?
Roughly 10-35 students a year apply an as internal transfers to become Communication Sciences and Disorders majors

6. When do students apply?
Students apply at various times throughout the year

7. When do most students start in the program?
Student begin in the Communication Sciences and Disorders major the semester following acceptance to the program

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Kinesiology: Exercise Science


There are more applicants a year to the Kinesiology: Exercise Science major than the University of New Hampshire can accommodate. The size of the major is kept small so that it can meet accreditation requirements for student: faculty ratios in the classroom, labs and clinical placements.

Below is a list of FAQ's for Exercise Science

1. Why is Exercise Science a restricted major?
There are limited spaces in the lab and clinical sections and more applicants than we can accommodate.

2. When can I apply as an internal transfer to Exercise Science?
Most students apply in the Fall of their Sophomore year

3. What requirements do I need to apply as an internal transfer?
In order to apply to the Exercise Science major students on average have successfully completed Biomedical Science 507, Biomedical Science 508, Psychology 401, Nutrition 400, Kinesiology 620 and Chemistry 403

4. How many spaces are typically available each year for current UNH students as internal transfers?
0-10--How many spaces are available is driven by the size of the first year class (is it larger or smaller than anticipated) and the amount of attrition in the Exercise Science program.

5. How many UNH students typically apply for these spaces?
Approximately 60 students a year apply as internal transfers to become Exercise Science majors.

6. When do students apply?
Most students apply around December of their Sophomore year

7. When do most students start in the program?
Students begin the Exercise Science major the semester following acceptance to the program--Generally Spring of the Sophomore year

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Nursing


The University of New Hampshire receives roughly 1100 applications per year to the Nursing program; we accept approximately 175 students and plan to enroll 48 students a year in the major. The size of the major is kept small so that it can meet accreditation requirements for student:faculty ratios in the classroom, labs, and clinical placements. Students must also have completed a full year of high school chemistry and biology or chemistry and physics.

Below is a list of FAQ's for Nursing.

1. Why is Nursing a restricted major?
There are limited spaces in the lab and clinical sections and more applicants than we can accommodate.

2. When can I apply as an internal transfer?
Students can apply during the spring semester of freshman year

3. What requirements do I need to apply as an internal transfer?
In order to apply to the nursing program students must have a cumulative a 3.2 GPA or higher, and have completed or be currently enrolled in Biomedical Science 507, Biomedical Science 508, Psychology 401, and English 401. There is also an application process that requires grade reports from any college or university attended, essay, and high school transcript with SAT or ACT scores (printed by department), an interview may be required. The courses listed are available to all UNH students, with a number of spaces in these classes reserved for students who wish to enroll in the nursing program.

4. How many spaces typically are available each year for current UNH students as internal transfers?
0-10--How many spaces are available is driven by the size of the first year class (is it larger or smaller than anticipated) and the amount of students who leave the nursing program

5. How many UNH students typically apply for these spaces?
20-40 UNH students apply each year to become nursing majors as an internal transfer

6. When do students apply?
The application deadline is March 1 and June 1

7. When do most students start in the major?
Students begin in the nursing major the semester following their admission to the nursing program--fall of the sophomore year

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Nutrition


There are more applicants a year to the Nutrition major than the University of New Hampshire can accommodate.  The size of the major is kept small so that it can meet accreditation requirements for student: faculty ratios in the classroom, advising capacity, and laboratory space.  Students who maintain a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply to the Nutrition program, but the GPA required for admission may be higher.  The number of UNH students who successfully transfer into the program is influenced by the size of the first year class (is it larger or smaller than anticipated) and the amount of students who leave the nutrition program.

Recommended courses for transferring into Nutrition:

Nutrition 400; Zoology 507; Psychology 401 or Sociology 400; English 401.  

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Occupational Therapy


There are more applicants a year to the Occupational Therapy major than the University of New Hampshire can accommodate. The size of the major is kept small so that it can meet accreditation requirements for student: faculty ratios in the classroom, labs and clinical placements.

1. Why is Occupational Therapy a restricted major?
There are limited spaces in the clinical sections and more applicants than we can accommodate

2. When can I apply as an internal transfer to the Occupational Therapy program?
Students can apply during the spring semester of sophomore year

3. What requirements do I need to apply as an internal transfer?
In order to apply to the Occupational Therapy major students on average maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and have completed Occupational Therapy 500, Occupational Therapy 501, Occupational Therapy 510, Biomedical Science 507, Biomedical Science 508, and Psychology 401. There is also an application process that requires essays, recommendations and sometimes an interview is required. The courses listed are available to all UNH students, with a number of spaces in these classes reserved for students who wish to enroll in the Occupational Therapy Program

4. How many spaces typically are available each year for current UNH students as internal transfers?
0-10--how many spaces are available is driven by the size of the first year class (is it larger or smaller than anticipated) and the amount of attrition in the Occupational Therapy program

5. How many UNH students typically apply for these spaces?
Roughly 35-45 students a year apply each year to become Occupational Therapy majors

6. When do Students Apply?
The application deadline is March 1

7. When do most students start in the program?
Students begin in the Occupational Therapy major the semester following their admission to the program-Fall of the junior year.

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Paul College of Business and Economics


Students not admitted directly to the Paul College of Business and Economics can apply as an internal transfer at a later date. Strong academic preparation in high school, with emphasis in mathematics, is an important criteria for direct admission to the Paul College of Business and Economics.

BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY TO THE Paul College, A STUDENT MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A. Be a current, 4-year degree student attending UNH who has already completed at least one semester at UNH (first semester freshman are not eligible nor are 2-year degree students*).

B. Attend an "Intercollege Transfer Application Process" meeting.  

C. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. (GPA requirement may be higher in the future.)

D. Have completed at least two of the following PAUL courses:

For Business Administration applicants: Econ 401, Econ 402, Admn 420, Admn 400, Admn 410, Admn 502, Admn 503

For Economics BA applicants: Econ 401, Econ 402, Admn 420, Econ 605, Econ 611

For Economics BS applicants: Econ 401, 402 605, 611, Admn 410, 420, 502, 503

For Hospitality Mgt. applicants: Hmgt 401, Hmgt 403, Hmgt 554, Hmgt 567, Econ 401, Econ 402, Admn 420, Admn 502

E. Have earned an average of 3.0 in all Paul College courses completed and have no grade less than a C- in any PAUL required course. Preference may be given to those having completed a greater number of Paul College Courses with grades of A and B.  

A Paul College course may be repeated only once and no more than two Paul College required courses may be repeated. Admn 403, a one credit required course in which the grade assigned is a CR or F (credit or fail), also falls under this repeat rule. If Admn 403 has already been completed prior to applying to Paul College, you must have earned a grade of CR or you will not be eligible to apply to Paul College until the course is successfully repeated.

F. Have successfully passed Math 420, Math 424A or B, or Math 425 (or equivalent transfer course).

Important Note: Meeting the above requirements allows a student only to be eligible to apply to Paul College and does not guarantee that a student will be accepted into Paul College. The intercollege transfer process is competitive and having a good GPA does not automatically gain one admission to the school. Decisions regarding applications will be based on the student’s record, application and the school’s enrollment factors.

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Undeclared: Health and Human Services


Due to limited advising capacity the Undeclared option in the College of Health and Human Services is a restricted program. Historically, students enter the HHS Undeclared program as an incoming Freshman and the program has not been able to accommodate transfers. The Liberal Arts Undeclared program still provides advising for students who have interests in potentially selecting a major within the College of Health and Human Services.

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If you have questions, we have answers. Call the Admissions Office at 603-862-1360.