International Students

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Application Checklist

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International Checklist


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The University of New Hampshire conducts an individual, holistic review of all 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.

Important Dates & Reminders

April 1 - Regular Decision (Fall):
Applicants who apply under this option will receive an admission decision as soon as their application is complete.

Oct. 15 - Regular Decision (Spring):
Applicants who apply under this option will receive an admission decision in December.


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Academic Preparation

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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.

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

Note: it is expected that students be enrolled in math and science courses in their senior year

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

Note: it is expected that student be enrolled in an upper-level math course (trigonometry, finite, pre-calculus, or statistics) in their senior year

Four years of math, as well as laboratory courses in biology and chemistry, are strongly recommended.

Chemistry and biology or physics

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First Year Requirements

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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.

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, 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.

Additional Documentation

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.
  • 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.

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

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.

English Proficiency

Results of the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo 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; recommend Duolingo score is 70 or higher. UNH's CEEB code for the TOEFL is: 3918.

The University of New Hampshire is now test-optional for fall 2020 first-year applicants. Candidates for admission to bachelor’s degree programs may submit the results of the SAT or ACT exam. 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 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.

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

Audition

For specific music and theatre programs only

Students planning to study music education, music history, music performance, or 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, or musical theatre are required to audition as part of the application process. Please visit the Theatre Department for more details and information.


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.

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.


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.

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Transfer Requirements

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

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, 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.

Additional Documentation

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.
  • 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.

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. 

English Proficiency

Results of the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo 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; recommend Duolingo score is 70 or higher. UNH's CEEB code for the TOEFL is: 3918.

Audition

For specific music and theatre programs only

Students planning to study music education, music history, music performance, or 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, or musical theatre are required to audition as part of the application process. Please visit the Theatre Department for more details and information.


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.

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Application Deadlines

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Regular Decision (Fall) - April 1
Applicants who apply under this option will receive an admission decision as soon as their application is complete.

Regular Decision (Spring) - October 15
Applicants who apply under this option will receive an admission decision in December.

ESL 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 about ESL at UNH

Global Student Success Program

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

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

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Additional Resources

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Office of International Students and Scholars

UNH actively promotes international engagement and cross-cultural understanding through our Office of International Students and Scholars.
Learn about the OISS

NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices

The University of New Hampshire adheres to the Statement of Principles of Good Practice: NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices when working with international commissioned agents. 
Learn about the NACAC