Fall Open House

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See for Yourself

UNH Thompson Hall lawn

 

Fall Open House

saturday, Oct. 9 & Oct. 23

 

A fresh look at the University of New Hampshire at our Fall Open House. Four sessions. Two dates. More connections. Each date and time will offer the same opportunities to learn about academic and student life. Join us this October on our beautiful, Durham campus as we welcome future Wildcats and their families.

  • Our fall open house events are currently at capacity. But, there are so many more ways to experience UNH. From our virtual tours to our on-campus information sessions, we're sure you'll still discover what it's like to be a wildcat. Explore our additional visit options below. 

MOBILE APP

Fall Open House Mobile Schedule

We recommend that you download the UNH mobile app to get the full experience of Open House. You'll be able to access the detailed schedule with offerings for each cohort (9 AM & 10:45 AM) to select sessions of your interest. Build your schedule prior to visiting by selecting the cohort under 'All Sessions' and clicking on the sessions you want to add for your personalized schedule.

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
 This event has passed and registration is closed.

Saturday, October 23, 2021
9 A.M. Start Time - Registration at capacity
10:45 A.M. Start Time - Registration at capacity 

9 a.m. start
Schedule of Events *


*Tentative schedule; subject to change

  • 8:30 – 9 a.m.   Check-In 
    Arrive early to allow ample time to find parking and review your schedule before the day begins. We recommend arriving by 8:30 a.m.

  • 9:00 – 9:35 a.m.   University Welcome and Panel
    Discover the ways UNH works as a community to nurture the undergraduate student experience.

  • 9:50 – 11:30 a.m. Academic Breakout Sessions
    Learn more about UNH’s 100+ majors and unique academic opportunities at interactive sessions hosted by each of our five colleges. These academic sessions will be offered in a variety of formats, including Q&A conversations and facility tours.

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch in the Dining Halls
    Lunch will be available for purchase in our award-winning dining halls.

  • 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Wildcat Trail Tour
    Visit the Wildcat Trail tour stops outlined on your campus map to meet with UNH student ambassadors and hear about our beautiful campus.

  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Resource Fair
    The walk-through resource fair will also be open at this time with representatives from the many facets of student life at UNH.

10:45 A.M. start
Schedule of Events *


*Tentative schedule; subject to change

  • 10 – 10:45 a.m.   Check-In 
    Arrive early to allow ample time to find parking and review your schedule before the day begins. We recommend arriving by 10:15 a.m.

  • 10:45 – 11:20 a.m.   University Welcome and Panel
    Discover the ways UNH works as a community to nurture the undergraduate student experience.

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Academic Breakout Sessions
    Learn more about UNH’s 100+ majors and unique academic opportunities at interactive sessions hosted by each of our five colleges. These academic sessions will be offered in a variety of formats, including Q&A conversations and facility tours.

  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Lunch in the Dining Halls
    Lunch will be available for purchase in our award-winning dining halls.

  • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Resource Fair
    The walk-through resource fair will also be open at this time with representatives from the many facets of student life at UNH.

  • 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Wildcat Trail Tour
    Visit the Wildcat Trail tour stops outlined on your campus map to meet with UNH student ambassadors and hear about our beautiful campus.

FAQs & Helpful Information

  • For public health and safety, all that is required, we strongly recommend visitors be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID test within 72 hours before visiting. Vaccination cards and test results will not be checked. We trust visitors will do due dilligence to ensure they can safely visit.
  • Masks covering mouth and nose are required while indoors, including in the dining hall (except when eating or drinking)
  • Highly encourage those unvaccinated especially, to wear a mask in outdoor settings where sustained close contact with others is inevitable.
  • Visitors will be asked to attest (acknowledge or certify) a health questionnaire as part of check-in before participating in the day's activities. 

Please review our COVID visit protocols, which includes the health screening questions, prior to attending Open House.

A-Lot Driving Directions
GPS Address: 15 Gables Way, Durham, NH

Use the map for driving directions from your location. Use the exit at Route 155A to access parking easily. Instructions for campus are below.

  • Exit at Route 155A and turn towards Durham (the 3rd exit that references "Durham", if coming from Route 4).
  • Follow 155A past a short stretch of field to the UNH campus.
  • Take the third exit through the traffic circle to continue into A-Lot.

D-Lot Driving Direction
(Elliot Alumni Center)

GPS Address: 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, NH

**Additional Disability-Related Parking information

Use the map for driving directions from your location. Use the exit at Route 155A to access parking easily. Instructions for campus are below.

  • Continue onto Main Street towards Downtown Durham.
  • At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Main Street.
  • Proceed down Main Street for 0.5 miles.
  • Turn left onto Edgewood Road.
  • Proceed straight for on Edgewood Rd for .02 miles
  • Turn left of Strafford Ave 
  • D-Lot will be on the left.

B-Lot Driving Directions
GPS Address: 23 Academic Way, Durham, NH

Use the map for driving directions from your location. Use the exit at Route 155A to access parking easily. Instructions for campus are below.

  • Exit at Route 155A and turn towards Durham (3rd exit that references "Durham", if coming from Route 4).
  • Follow 155A past a short stretch of field to the UNH campus.
  • At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Main Street.
  • Turn right onto College Road.
  • Continue on road, it becomes McDaniel Drive.
  • Turn left into B-Lot.

H-Lot  Driving Directions - Reserved Accessible parking (state-issued handicap placard or license plate only)
GPS Address: 5 Edgewood Rd, Durham, NH

** Additional disability-Related parking information 

Please note, H Lot is the section behind Edgewood Visitor Lot. To access H-Lot, please proceed past the parking booth. H Lot has the easiest entrance access to the Hamel Recreation Center where check-in will occur and the first session of the day.

Use the map for driving directions from your location. Use the exit at Route 155A to access parking easily. Instructions for campus are below.

  • Continue onto Main Street towards Downtown Durham.
  • At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Main Street.
  • Proceed down Main Street for 0.5 miles.
  • Turn left onto Edgewood Road.
  • H-Lot will on the left after the first parking area.  

It will be a busy day on campus, so we recommend building an additional twenty minutes into your estimated GPS travel time to allow for navigating campus and parking once you arrive at UNH. Arriving 30 minutes prior to the start time will give you plenty of time to make your away across campus, pick up materials and plan your day.

Since each session is scheduled for a specific time, we recommend previewing the agenda and planning your day so you don’t miss out on what you most want to see.

The Open House program will take place at a variety of locations across campus as we share the best of UNH with you. The location of each session is listed in the agenda. Wear comfortable shoes to make the most of campus on foot. Should you require accessibility accommodations, please contact our office at least two weeks before the event. Learn more here

We recommend bringing a water bottle to use at any of our hydration stations across campus and your favorite note-taking materials. There will be a lot of great photo opportunities throughout your day at UNH, so you might also want to bring your smart phone or camera to document every memorable moment.

We suggest planning your day around your priority academic sessions. Open House is the only event in the fall that gives you access to representatives from all undergraduate majors. Interested in more than one academic program? This is your Open House, so feel free to attend as many academic sessions as you can fit into your schedule. To learn more about student life, we recommend attending the welcome 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 to UNH for a campus tour or admissions information session, which are offered throughout the year.

Within each cohort (9AM or 10:45am start) we anticipate approximately 800 people attending, for a total of 1,600 per Open House date. To reduce crowd density throughout campus, we encourage visitors to follow the timing of the sessions offered for their cohort. After the “Welcome and University Overview” kick-off, the flexibility of this year’s Open House means there will be a variety of small-group (20 attendees or less) and large-group (60 attendees or more) sessions around specific academic and student life interests. Many of our Open House events, like the Wildcat Trail tour and Residence Hall Open Doors are designed so that you can stop by as fits your schedule. 

We encourage you to attend as many as academic sessions as you’d like. Open House is a great opportunity to learn about a variety of academic programs (and we have more than 100 of them!) since it’s the only fall event where there are representatives for every undergraduate major.

Download the UNH Mobile App to custom build your own schedule on the app. Detailed schedule for the day will only be available via the UNH App. 

The Wildcat Trail allows you to follow the paw prints around campus. The route painted on the sidewalks follows the usual tour route. At each stop you will see an orange tent with UNH student ambassadors. Two trail stops are located on the third floor of the Memorial Union Building (MUB), next to the demonstration setup of a residence hall room. Students at each stop will provide information about what the stop represents and answer any 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.

Due to preventative measures recently taken on campus to protect our community from exposure risk to COVID, visitors from outside UNH are no longer permitted in residence halls.

A demonstration setup up of a typical residence hall room will be available during the resource fair hours on the 3rd floor of the Memorial Union Building (MUB). Residential Life and Housing staff will be available at the resource fair as well as at Wildcat Trail stop #4 to answer questions. Learn more about residence halls here.

Lunch in the dining hall is available for purchase at a discounted rate of $8 per person. We encourage purchasing tickets online ahead of time to avoid long wait times at the dining hall or during check-in for the program. Tickets are non-refundable and good for the event day only. Tickets will also be sold at the Hamel Recreation Center during check-in as well as before and during lunchtime at the Dunkin Donuts in the Memorial Union Building (MUB) and Philbrook Café in Philbrook Dining Hall.

There are additional fast casual dining options across campus and numerous restaurants and coffee shops in downtown Durham, just a five-minute walk from campus. 


We encourage you to walk-through the resource fair to meet with representatives from some of our student organizations. Since we have more than 200 clubs at UNH, not all of them will be able to attend Open House. Interested in a student organization that’s not at Open House? Be sure to stop by the resource fair table for the Memorial Union Building – UNH’s student union, also called the ‘MUB’ – where student life representatives will be able to answer any questions you may have about getting involved. Athletic coaches will not be at Open House, but we invite you to learn more about UNH’s D1 athletic teams and proud Wildcat traditions on our website.

UNH staff will be wearing orange lanyards at Open House so they’re easy to spot. They are here for you, so please do not hesitate to ask any questions you have throughout the event. You will also see blue information tents across campus, where you can find UNH admissions counselors and event resources.

Please go to the Smith Hall information tent to claim any lost items. Smith Hall is located at the corner of Main Street and Garrison Avenue.

Undergraduate Admissions Office
Smith Hall, admissions@unh.edu
(603) 862-1360

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