International Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

First Year Students - Fall Semester:  February 1 | Spring Semester: October 15 

Transfer Students - Fall Semester: April 1 | Spring Semester: October 15

First Year Students

 

1.  Apply Online:  

Common Application  Coalition Application

2. Official Transcripts

Official secondary and/or university transcript(s) of any coursework taken prior to applying to UNH, with English translations, are required.  

3. Official SAT or ACT scores

Scores must be submitted directly from the SAT or ACT testing agency.
UNH considers your highest section scores across all SAT test dates that you submit. We thus encourage you to submit your scores to us each time you take the SAT. UNH's CEEB for the SAT is: 3918 and  for the ACT is: 2524

4. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores

Results of the TOEFL or IELTS, in addition to the SAT, are required if English is not your first language or if you are attending a school where English is not the primary language of instruction. Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Minimum TOEFL score is 80 (internet version), 550 (paper version), 213 (computer version); recommended minimum IELTS score is 6.5. UNH's CEEB code for the TOEFL is: 3918

5. Letter of Recommendation

Ideally, the letter should be from a student's school counselor or teacher. UNH does not require more than one recommendation and our preference is to receive no more than two. Excess recommendations may delay the admissions review process.

6. For Music, Theatre and Art majors

An additional audition, portfolio, or interview may be required. 

Music Majors  Theatre Majors  Art Majors

Transfer Students

 

1.  Apply Online:  

Transfer Common Application  Coalition Application

2. Official Transcripts

Official secondary and university transcript(s) of any coursework taken prior to applying to UNH, with English translations, are required.  For university transcripts to be considered for credit evaluation the evaluation options include, but are not limited to, World Education Services (WES) and the Center for Educational Documentation. This is required to receive transfer credit at UNH. 

3. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores

Results of the TOEFL or IELTS  are required if English is not your first language or if you are attending a school where English is not the primary language of instruction. Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Minimum TOEFL score is 80 (internet version), 550 (paper version), 213 (computer version); recommended minimum IELTS score is 6.5. UNH's CEEB code for the TOEFL is: 3918

4. For Music, Theatre and Art majors

An additional audition, portfolio, or interview may be required. 

Music Majors  Theatre Majors  Art Majors

 

 

 

The University of New Hampshire conducts an individualized, holistic review of 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.

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

  • Demonstrated proficiency in English (see English Proficiency information below)
  • Three years of mathematics
  • Three years of science
  • Three years of social sciences
  • Two years of a single foreign language (If English is your first language)

*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  as well science
  • Students pursuing business-related studies also should have completed four years of mathematics
  • 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.

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 1180 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

International students, whose primary language is not English, must submit the results of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The recommended minimum TOEFL score is 213 (computer version) or 550 (paper version) or 80 (Internet version). The minimum IELTS acceptable proficiency grade is 6.5. TOEFL and IELTS scores must be sent to UNH directly from the testing agency.

UNH offers alternative programs for international students looking to join the UNH Community. Admission requirements vary per program.

ESL Program at UNH

For international students interested in full admission to a University of New Hampshire (UNH) degree program, and who have not met UNH minimum English proficiency requirements, the UNH English as a Second Language (ESL) Program offers a wide array of intensive English language courses at various levels of English instruction. Students who do successfully gain admittance to the University of New Hampshire, can apply up to 16 credit hours from their work in the ESL Institute as University of New Hampshire credit. The faculty and staff at the ESL Institute will work individually with students seeking full admission to UNH, helping to ensure that their admission packet is completed in a timely manner for UNH Admission review.  

Learn more

 

Global Student Success Program (GSSP)

The Global Student Success Program (GSSP) is a pathway to admission for international students who do not meet the standard admissions requirements. 

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Post Gaokao Admissions Program 

The University of New Hampshire welcomes applicants from China who have taken the Gaokao exam and are looking for a top-rate education in the U.S.

Learn More

 

 

The University of New Hampshire will accept unofficial documents for undergraduate international students to complete their application. Upon confirmation of enrollment, UNH will require official copies of documents that were previously submitted as unofficial. All official documents must be received by June 30th.

All paper materials for any undergraduate application should be sent to:

UNH Admissions
3 Garrison Avenue
Durham, NH 03824

Please use black ink when submitting any paper materials, and be sure to include a date of birth on all paper materials.

There are no interviews as part of the application process.

International Students should include a photocopy of the passport page with biographic information.

IEPs, 504 Plans, and other documentation regarding a disability should not be sent to the Admissions Office. These materials should be sent to the  Student Accessibility Services Office. Any materials of this nature sent to the Admissions Office will be shredded.  

All offers of admission are considered conditional and are subject to the verification of satisfactory achievement when final transcripts are reviewed by the Admission Committee.