Due to traffic on campus and congestion in parking lots, we recommend arriving by 8:45am. This will allow adequate time for walking, getting materials, and ample time to plan your day.
Some sessions are only offered for a limited time and may not be available depending on your arrival time. For example, representatives from certain majors are usually not available past 1pm and are only offered a few times over the course of the morning. Check out the agenda to plan your day to ensure you don’t miss out on what you most want to see.
The last session ends at 3pm but you decide when the day ends for you. Pick and choose when to arrive and leave based on your interest.
Please follow the directions to campus posted on our website and refer to the campus parking map. Those directions will align you with our wayfinding signage. Parking is limited on campus and we have limited volunteers to assist with parking after 9am. Once lots are full, you will be directed to the next available lot.
No, sessions are offered across campus meaning it could be a walking intensive day. We recommend wearing comfortable footwear and clothing.
We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated and use at any of our hydration stations across campus. Students interested in transferring to UNH are encouraged to bring unofficial transcripts to facilitate conversation with our transfer admission counselors. Other than that bring something to take notes, something to document your day (tag us #THisIsUNH), and your enthusiasm.
The schedule for the day will be listed on our website later this summer. You have the freedom to pick and choose what you do; create your own visit experience! We suggest building your day around sessions that are most important to you.
We suggest choosing an academic session first. Open House is the only event in the fall that gives you access to representatives from all undergraduate majors. Choose as many as you are interested and can fit in your schedule. Learn about the student experience by attending the student panel, following the wildcat trail, or asking questions at the resource fair. You may not have time to do everything so choose what is most important to you. We are happy to welcome you back later in the year for a campus tour or admissions information session. Admissions information sessions and general campus tours (guided) are offered throughout the year.
We anticipate anywhere from 4,500-6,000 total visitors for Open House; almost half the size of our undergraduate population. The Welcome in the morning is a chance for everyone to get excited about the day together and learn about the UNH community. Once we let you all out to explore, session sizes will vary from small (20 people or less to large 60 or more). You’ll have the opportunity to make the visit feel smaller when you choose the sessions to attend. We have a limited number of large lecture halls and event spaces. Don’t let the day feel too big because relationships matter here and our average class seats 25 students. Open House is your chance to see all we have to offer and get a sample of the relationships that make the difference for current students.
We encourage you to attend as many as academic sessions as you’d like to visit. This is the only event in the fall which has representatives from all undergraduate majors.
The Wildcat Trail allows you to follow the blue and white pawprints around campus. The route painted on the sidewalks follows the usual tour route. At each stop you will see an orange tent with UNH tour guides. They will provide information about what that stop represents and answer any of your questions. This is not a guided tour; feel free to stop by each spot on the trail at your leisure through the day. Guided tours are not offered during Open House because of the volume of visitors we expect. Don’t worry, guided tours are offered all year and we’d be happy to welcome you back again for a guided tour.
Select residence halls will be open for drop-in tours where you can see a room, learn about the community, and opportunities available for residents (like attending a fun social!). Speak to current UNH students, resident assistants, and hall directors. Learn about the other residence halls here.
Light refreshments will be available in the morning. We encourage guests to bring a reusable water bottle to use throughout the day and any snacks of your choice. There are some retail locations downtown (10 minute walk from further area on campus) as well as a few university owned retail locations where snacks can be purchased. Lunch in the dining hall is an option for a special Open House reduced rate of $8 per person.
Athletic coaches will not be available due to travel schedules and season. We welcome you to learn more about athletics at UNH here. Although some student organizations may be present, due to limited event space we cannot accommodate all 200+ student organizations. Visit the resource fair to talk to a sample of students but the Memorial Union table can share details about student organizations.