Introducing the New Hamel Honors & Scholars College

Introducing the New Hamel Honors & Scholars College
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The University of New Hampshire is proud to announce the establishment of its Hamel Honors and Scholars College, which will greatly expand UNH’s capacity to identify, reach and support high-achieving students. Opening in the fall of 2024, the Hamel Honors and Scholars College will build on the DNA of the University Honors Program to create a transformational homebase for academic leaders at the center of a top public research university. 

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Flexible Curriculum

Honors College students will choose how to distribute their honors work among courses, research and co-curricular experiences. 


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Automatic Consideration

No need to go through an additional application process — all accepted students are automatically considered for the Honors College. 


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Available Fall 2024

The first incoming cohort in the Honors College, likely 250 to 300 students, is slated to be welcomed for the fall 2024 semester. 


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    Why choose the Hamel Honors & Scholars College?

    As a leading public research university and hub for higher education excellence in New England, UNH has long been a home for academically talented students. Honors students benefit from UNH's culture of discovery as a top-tier R1 Carnegie research university with a proud tradition of involving undergraduates in unparalleled research opportunities. Comprehensive mentorship connects honors students to transformative opportunities, from experiential learning abroad to prestigious national fellowships. Our academic environment of collaboration (and not competition) empowers talented students to step outside their comfort zone and achieve their fullest potential as students and people. 

"Not only will the Hamel Honors and Scholars College prepare students for future accomplishments, it will support them in making an impact here and now — in their academic fields and in their communities, from UNH to the whole world."

- Catherine Peebles, honors director



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    Benefits of the Hamel Honors & Scholars College:
    • Belonging to a cohort of smart, talented and civically-engaged students at UNH
    • Receiving a meaningful merit-based scholarship above and beyond additional UNH awards
    • Taking student-driven honors courses that put your curiosity front and center
    • Having the option to live in the honors residential community
    • Participating in leadership and professional development rooted in service 
    • Benefiting from mentorship and advising that makes even the biggest goals achievable
    • Graduating inspired, prepared and ready to make a difference 
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    Honors College students will have a dedicated living-learning community created specifically for high-achieving students on campus inside a renovated Huddleston Hall and in select residence hall spaces. 



We are also proud to announce the expansion of the Hamel Scholars program, which provides merit scholarships and special programming to exceptional students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and community service. Hamel Scholars will be offered new programming that will allow them to build connections with New Hampshire, national and international leaders and institutions and will help develop their leadership skills through workshops, trainings and experiences.

Learn more about the Hamel Scholars Program





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