Fall Open House


See for Yourself

UNH Thompson Hall lawn


Fall Open House

Registration Opens Summer 2020
UNH Main Campus - Durham, NH

Held annually in early fall, the Open House allows students to find out why students from 48 states and 70+ countries choose UNH, a top-50 public university located in the middle of everywhere. Talk to faculty, meet with future classmates, eat at our award-winning dining halls and see what it's like to be a Wildcat.   Please check back in June 2020 for registration information.

How-To Guide

Get all the details about attending our Fall Open House, from travel tips, to a look at our dining and residences halls, to advice on how to plan your day, and so much more. We can't wait to see you here on campus. Go Wildcats!


Fall Open House Mobile Schedule

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Schedule of Events*

*Tentative schedule; subject to change

  • 8:30 – 9:30 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 8:45 a.m.

  • 9:30 – 9:50 a.m.   University Welcome
    Hear from UNH President James Dean, the Student Body President and an alum as you get ready to discover the UNH community for yourself.

  • 10:15 – 11 a.m. Admissions & Financial Aid Overview
    Learn about the admissions, application and financial aid processes while getting answers to your questions.

  • 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Wildcat Trail: Create your own campus tour
    Stop by each designated location to learn more about UNH’s campus and community. 

  • 10 a.m – 2:30 p.m. Residence Halls Open
    See examples of large, medium and small residence halls with first-year-only and multi-class options. For a look at all the places you could live on campus, visitUNH Housing & Residential Life.

  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hamel Recreation Center
    Come learn about the different ways Wildcats stay active with guided tours led by student volunteers. 

  • 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Academic Sessions
    Learn about the varied majors you could pursue in session formats that range from question-and-answer opportunities to facility tours. 

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Resource Fair
    Meet with representatives from residential life, study abroad and other offices that support as well as enhance the student experience at UNH.

  • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Lunch in the Dining Halls
    Lunch will be served in two of our three award-winning dining halls at a reduced rate of $8 per person.

  • 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admissions & Financial Aid Drop-in
    Still have questions after attending the Admission & Financial Aid Overview? This session is for you. If you are a transfer student, bring an unofficial transcript for answers about credit eligibility.

  • 12 – 3 p.m. InterOperability Lab (IOL) Tours (Every 30 minutes)
    The UNH IOL works with high-tech companies, testing their products and services. See live demos and hear from some of the more than 100 students employed there.

  • 12:15 p.m. & 1 p.m. Residential Life and Housing Presentation (30-min session)
    Residential Life and Housing representatives will answer your questions and share information on the housing selection process and life on campus.

  • 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m. & 1:45 p.m. Honors Program Presentation (30-min session)
    Learn how the Honors Program could enrich your university experience and challenge your intellectual curiosity.

  • 1 p.m. & 1:45 p.m. Student Panel (30-min session)
    This is your time to hear about the Wildcat experience directly from current students and have your questions answered.

  • 2:15 – 3 p.m. Admissions & Financial Aid Encore Overview
    Find answers to many of the most frequently asked questions about admissions criteria, important deadlines and more.

FAQ & Helpful Info

Due to traffic on campus and congestion in parking lots, we strongly encourage planning for an extra 20 minutes more than the estimated GPS travel time to campus. We recommend arriving no later than 8:45 A.M. This will allow adequate time for parking, walking to venue, getting materials, and ample time to plan your day. Please follow the specific directions to enter campus via Route 155A instead of coming through downtown Durham. This route will align you both with our wayfinding signage and volunteers. Please refer to the campus parking map for lot locations and shuttle information.

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A-Lot - Driving Directions

Use the map for driving directions from your location. Make sure to exit at Route 155A to access parking easily.

  • 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.

Boulder Field - Driving Directions

Click on the Google Map image for driving directions from your location. Make sure to exit at Route 155A to access parking easily. Instructions for campus are below.

  • Exit at Route 155A and turn left towards Durham (the 3rd exit that references "Durham") then turn left.
  • Follow 155A past a short stretch of field to the UNH campus.
  • Take the first exit at the traffic circle to continue into Boulder Field Lot.

We recommend planning an extra 20 minutes more than the estimated GPS travel time. 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 1 p.m. 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 3 p.m., but you decide when the day ends for you. Pick and choose when to arrive and leave based on your interest.

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 is listed above. You have the freedom to pick and choose what to 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.

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The Wildcat Trail allows you to follow the orange 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 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 on our website. 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.

Staff members are wearing orange lanyards. Feel free to stop them and ask any questions you may have. You can also look for any of the blue information tents. There will be staff members and resources available to help. Admission counselors will be available at the drop-in at Smith Hall.

Wildcat Transit buses will run from 1pm-4pm up and down main street to the reserved parking lots. A parking and shuttle map is located in the program you receive when checking in for the day or a PDF version is available

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, 3 Garrison Ave., Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-1360

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