How to Apply: First-Year

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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, standing in their class, and achievement is of primary importance in assessing a student's potential for success at UNH.

 

Academic Preparation

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Bachelor’s Degrees

Students should complete the following college preparatory coursework to be considered minimally* qualified for baccalaureate admission to the University:

  • B/B+ grades or higher on average
  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of mathematics (including Algebra I & II and Geometry)
  • 3 years of science (2 must be laboratory sciences)
  • 3 years of social sciences (including U.S. History)
  • 2 years of a single foreign language (3 years is preferred)

*Some programs have these additional requirements

Engineering, Sciences, Mathematics

  • 4 years of mathematics (including 1/2 credit in trigonometry/pre-calculus)
  • Chemistry and/or physics laboratory coursework

Business Programs

  • 4 years of advanced mathematics (eg: trigonometry, finite, pre-calculus, statistics)

Health-Related Disciplines

  • Biology or chemistry laboratory coursework recommended

Nursing Program

  • Chemistry, and biology or physics

Associate's Degrees

Students should complete the following college preparatory coursework to be considered minimally* qualified for the associate degree admission to the University:

  • C/C+ grades or higher on average
  • 4 years of English
  • 2 years of mathematics (including Algebra I & II or Geometry)
  • 2 years of science (biology with lab being one of the two)
  • 3 years of social sciences (including U.S. History)

*Some programs have these additional requirements

Forestry and Civil Technology Programs

  • 3 years of mathematics

Veterinary Technology Programs

  • B grades or higher
  • 3 years of mathematics
  • 3 years of college preparatory science
  • Chemistry and biology laboratory coursework (B grade or higher in chemistry)

 

Application Requirements

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All physical application materials (non-online) for undergraduate admissions should be mailed to:
University of New Hampshire Undergraduate Admissions
3 Garrison Avenue
Durham, New Hampshire 03824

Please use black ink and the student’s date of birth on all documents. Permanent resident aliens need to submit a copy of their permanent resident card. Non-U.S. citizens should include a photocopy of the passport page with biographic information.

1.

Completed Application

Students may apply for UNH admission using the online Common App or the Coalition Application, whichever is most convenient. Further instructions and details about the application process are outlined on each respective site.

2.

High School Transcript or GED

Each student must have their official high school diploma or general equivalency diploma sent to the UNH Undergraduate Admissions Office.

3.

Application Fee

$50 for New Hampshire residents

$65 for non-residents

Pay online at the time you submit your Common or Coalition application.  Or you can mail a check.  Checks should be made payable to the University of New Hampshire. Please reference the student’s name and date of birth in the memo. Please mail your payment to the UNH Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Fee waivers can be requested through the common or coalition application.

4.

Letter of Recommendation

This letter should ideally be from a student's high school guidance counselor or teacher. UNH does not require more than one recommendation and our preference is to receive no more than two.

5.

Official SAT or ACT Scores

Scores must be submitted directly from the SAT or ACT testing agency. UNH considers your highest section scores for the SAT and highest composite score for the ACT across all submitted tests. It is therefore encouraged to submit your scores to UNH each time you take the SAT or ACT. The SAT and ACT tests must be taken prior to UNH’s application deadline.

SAT & TOEFL - UNH CEEB code: 3918

ACT - UNH CEEB code: 2524

Please note that the writing section of the SAT is not required for UNH consideration. To compare the new test scores to the old test scores, please reference this guide.

6.

Audition

For specific Music and Theatre programs only.

Students planning to study Music Education, Music History, Music Performance, Music Theory are required to audition as part of the application process. Please visit the Music Department for more details and information.

Students planning to study Theatre: Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre are required to audition as part of the application process. Please visit the Theatre Department for more details and information.

7.

Portfolio

For Art Studio majors only.

Students planning to major in Studio Arts are required to submit a portfolio as part of the application process. Please visit the Studio Arts Department for more details and information.

8.

Disabilities

For students with disabilities only.

IEPs, 504 Plans, and other documentation regarding a disability should be sent to the Student Accessibility Services Office. Please use this guide to understand ways in which the college experience differs from the high school experience for a student with temporary and permanent physical or learning disabilities.

9.

Advanced Placement (AP)

For qualified students only.

UNH recognizes the College Board's Advanced Placement Examination (AP) program as a means of evaluating a student's eligibility for advanced placement and credit. Students who have participated in the AP program and who have been admitted to the University should have official AP grade reports sent directly to the UNH Admissions Office (CEEB # 3918) from the College Board (telephone: 609 771-7300). After receiving the College Board AP grade report, the Admissions Office notifies the student, the student's college dean/adviser, and the Registrar's Office of any credit award and advanced placement.
Please review UNH’s AP policies related to scores and transferring credits in this document.

10.

International Baccalaureate Credit (IB)

For qualified students only.

The University of New Hampshire recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and awards 8 credits for each IB Higher Level examination with a score of 5, 6, or 7. We do not award credit for standard level exams, Higher Level Art/Design, film, and Business/Management.

Students in an IB program who have been admitted to UNH should have their official exam results sent directly to the Admissions Office (CEEB #3918). After receiving the exam results, the Admissions Office notifies the student, the student's college dean/adviser, and the Registrar's Office of any credit awarded.


 

The Common Application or Coalition Application must be received by November 15, 2017, in order to be classified as early action. Supporting materials (recommendation, test scores, transcript) may arrive after the deadline. You will receive a confirmation email from Common Application or Coalition Application if your application was sent to UNH successfully. We follow up with a mailed letter notifying applicants of their UNH applicant ID typically within 7-10 days. All offers of admission are considered conditional and are subject to the verification of satisfactory senior year achievement when final high school transcripts are reviewed by the Admission Committee.

 

Application Deadlines

When do we need application documents?

 


 

Early Action - November 15

Early Action offers students with a strong interest in UNH the opportunity to receive an admission decision earlier in the process (by the end of January). Students admitted during Early Action have until May 1 to enroll.

The common application must be received by November 15, 2017 in order to be classified as early action. Supporting materials (recommendation, test scores, transcript) may arrive after the deadline. Early action applicants must take the SAT or ACT by no later than the December test date. You will receive a confirmation email from Common Application if your application was sent to UNH successfully. We follow up with a mailed letter notifying applicants of their UNH applicant ID typically within 7-10 days.

Applicants who apply for need-based financial aid and are offered admission in January will not be notified of awards until March.

Early Action decision outcomes include: admission to UNH; deferral of the final decision until after another review in the Regular Decision process; or denial of admission.

Regular Decision - February 1

Applicants who apply under this option will receive an admission decision from us by early April.

 

Financial Aid - March 1

The sooner you apply, the better! You can start the application process even before you are accepted at UNH. Begin by filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid by March 1.

After receiving your FAFSA results, the Financial Aid Office will send an email letting you know your aid package is ready, and telling you how to review your aid. Log in to WebCat to check the status of your application and review your aid award.

For more details and information visit the Financial Aid website.

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