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  • Eric Stutman

UNH: A nice public school option in New England

Date of visit June 2017

Reviewer Eric Stutman, Top Choice College Consulting

School visited University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Vital stats

13,000 undergrads, 46% male, 18:1 student:faculty ratio.

Public, Suburban/rural.

86% freshman retention rate.

77% 6-year graduation rate.

76% acceptance rate.

Tuition and fees about $17,000 in state, $31,000 out of state.

Getting there

UNH is about an hour and 15 minute drive north of Boston. The campus has a train station on the Downeaster line of Amtrak.

Surrounding area

Rural. Durham (attached to campus) is a cute town with a cute strip of shops and restaurants.

Curb appeal

Very pretty for a state school. Mainly brick buildings with some variation in architecture.


Large, 2,600 acre campus, Nice green space and woods on campus. Some hills, but not many or steep.


Dorms guaranteed for students for two years, but most likely available for all 4 years if desired.


Over 100 degree programs including popular business, mechanical engineering, nursing, and physical therapy programs.


3 main cafeterias. Unlimited meal plans available.


One seen on the tour. Nothing unusual to report.

Greek life

About 12% of students join fraternities and sororities, which means that they are available, but do not dominate the social life.


Division 1. Plenty of cheering at football and hockey games. Football team in in FCS (old division 1AA), but routinely makes the playoffs.


No affiliation.

Getting in

About 76% overall acceptance rate. About 53% of students are from out of state. A 3.4 unweighted GPA is desirable.

Eric's opinion, not fact

UNH is a nice option for students in eastern Massachusetts, which is probably why it is the 2nd most popular destination for students in my town of Needham, MA. It is less expensive and closer to Boston than UVM. It has a prettier campus and is easier to get into than UMass Amherst. It is smaller, less expensive, prettier, and easier to get into than UConn.

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