What sets the UNH programs in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences apart from other institutions?
The inclusion of engineering, physical sciences, and the mathematical and computer sciences within a single college is unique. The organizational structure guarantees that students in these various disciplines will be engaged in coursework together and it lowers the barrier to interdisciplinary projects and co-curricular activity, which can be a springboard for professional success in today’s dynamic society. This structure mimics life after college, where the interactions between scientists, engineers, and mathematicians are at the foundation of discovery and development.
What are the class sizes and student-to-faculty ratio?
The overall student-to-faculty ratio in CEPS is 16-to-1. Introductory chemistry, mathematics and physics courses typically have lectures of more than 100 students, although these classes are broken into groups of 15 to 25 for laboratories and recitations. A few of the engineering departments have large (75-120) introductory courses (freshman and sophomore level), although as a student progresses to junior- and senior–level courses in all of the college’s programs, the class sizes are reduced dramatically. Current in-person class sizes have been altered to adhere to social distancing guidelines while the University is operating under this model
What are the college-specific scholarship opportunities?
The college has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships each year in recent years, with some of them listed here. The majority of this is used for continuing/returning students, primarily restricted in this way due to the wishes of the donor. Other restrictions regarding major, state of origin, etc., may also have been specified by the donor. Each year, the college announces the availability of scholarship support, and students are asked to apply for consideration. The money is then made available for the following academic year.
Are there any housing options available to CEPS majors?
Current CEPS students might be better suited to speak about the advantages of specific dorms/locales on campus. Handler Hall and Hubbard Hall are homes to InCEPStion, the living-learning community for incoming CEPS students. Approximately 50 students in CEPS majors are grouped together in each of these locations. Advantages include the opportunities to make connections with students in your classes and majors as well the reputation of being a serious and academically focused group of students.
What academic support is provided for students?
Close working relationships between faculty and students is a hallmark of a UNH educations, and faculty assistance in navigating the academic challenges is widely available, including through the Center for Academic Resources (CFAR). Other resources offered through the college include the Mathematics Center (MaC) and the Programming Assistance Center (PAC). The physics department and the chemistry department offer support services for introductory courses through tutoring centers.
At the university level, the Center for Academic Resources (CFAR) employs educational counselors and peer mentors to assist UNH students reach their academic goals.
What are the best tips for work/school/life balance?
We recommend students limit themselves to joining two student organizations, in the first semester: one in any area of interest and one associated with professional growth that may be degree program related. More information on student organizations at UNH can be found here.
It’s helpful to find a group of friends who want to succeed academically as much as you do, as well as students who are in majors that require similar amounts of work outside of class. If this is not available in your dorm, find another place on campus to make your go-to study space.
Attempting to work at a job for more than 10 hours a week should be avoided. If it is necessary to work more than that amount of time, careful attention should be paid to course selection and schedule. Also, be sure to keep a calendar and reserve time for exercise.
What is the ratio of women/men for each of the majors?
Across the entire college, females make up nearly 25 percent of the student population, with that number steadily growing. We encourage all students to pursue the major they are passionate about, regardless of their gender.
What opportunities are there for CEPS students to study abroad?
There is a variety of opportunities to study abroad at UNH. The Education Abroad office offers a variety of options for UNH students to study abroad while at UNH. It is best to check with your department’s study abroad advisor, which can be found here. There are also a variety of research programs available on and off campus in the summer to include the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP), the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) and more.