One of the most prestigious institutions in the Northeast, the University of New Hampshire has long been recognized as a leader in education and research.
Founded in 1866 as the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, UNH was among the early state institutions of higher education whose formation was made possible by federal government land grants. The grants were provided to establish colleges to serve the sons and daughters of farming and laboring families.
First situated in Hanover, NH, in connection with Dartmouth College, New Hampshire College moved to Durham in 1893 after Benjamin Thompson, a prosperous farmer, bequeathed land and money to further the development of the college.
In 1923, the state legislature granted it a new charter as the University of New Hampshire. Experiencing tremendous growth, the University now enrolls over 12,000 students from 46 states and 58 countries in undergraduate and graduate programs.
At the heart of the University's undergraduate studies is the General Education Program, a core program with a breadth of academic subjects. The GEP aims to acquaint the student with some of the major modes of thought necessary to understand oneself, others, society and the world.
In recent years, the University completed a $15 million science and engineering building (Morse Hall) and a $4.5 million renovation of Hewitt Hall to expand the School of Health and Human Services.
The University has also has completed construction on five capital construction building projects recently. A renovation of Dimond Library has just been completed and the library is now open again. At a cost of $31.1 million, the new 120,000 square foot Biological Sciences Building (Rudman Hall) and the Spaulding Life Sciences Renovation project provide state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. The 25,000 square foot $2.1 million Ocean Engineering
Research and Education Facility with an Engineering Tank and a Wave/Tow Tank will enable expanded deep sea, wave and towing research and education. The $8.2 million renovation project for the Memorial Union Building modernized the existing student union building to include kitchen and dining facilities, two theaters, student mailboxes, lounges and meeting rooms, as well as additional retail spaces including the home of the University Bookstore. In November of 1995, construction reached completion on the Whittemore Center, a $27 million Recreation and Sports Complex. This project includes a state-of-the-art 6,000 to 7,500 seat arena used for hockey, basketball, concerts and convocations, as well as a new three-level recreational sports facility within the structure which had housed Snively Arena.
UNH is home to the NASA-recognized Space Science Center; the Institute for Study for Earth, Oceans and Space; and the Institute of Marine Science and Engineering. The English program is staffed by winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the MacArthur Fellowship, the Edgar Allen Poe Award and the Young Poets Award. The Whittemore School of Business and Economics, established in 1962, was recently selected second among all business schools in a nationwide poll of business school deans.
Faculty members have also been awarded Guggenheim and Fullbright Scholarships, as well as a NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement.
The Durham campus includes the Associates Program in the Thompson School for Applied Science and the Associates in Arts program through the Division of Continuing Education.
Along with Keene State College and Plymouth State College, the University of New Hampshire, with campuses at Durham and Manchester, comprise the University System.
The University is located just minutes away from historic Portsmouth, NH.
Location: In Durham, a small New England town of 10,000 situated in southeastern New Hampshire. Boston is just over one hour, by car, to the south. The Atlantic Ocean is 15 mile s to the east of campus. The scenic White Mountains are less than two hours to the north.
Campus: 200-acre campus with 110 buildings surrounded by 3,000 acres of fields, farms and woodlands owned by the University.
Enrollment: 12,500 students (representing 46 states and 58 countries).
Faculty: 614 full-time faculty, 86% of whom have earned the doctoral degree or equivalent. Student/Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1 (Full-time).
Number of Academic Majors: 90 undergraduate and 75 graduate
Number of Academic Courses: More than 2,000
Calendar: Semester system (autumn and spring), summer session.
Library: More than one million volumes, 7,000 subscriptions and over two million government documents, patents, maps, sound recordings, compact discs, videocassettes and manuscripts held in the main library and four on-campus branch libraries.
Accreditation: The University of New Hampshire is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., and by other major accrediting agencies.