University of New Hampshire was originally founded as a land-grant
college whose mission was to shape and educate citizenry among the
state’s farmers, business people and engineers. Today,
the University is a land-, sea-, and space-grant university serving
a growing undergraduate student body of about 11,942 and a graduate
population of 2,257 in addition to 621 full-time faculty members,
86% of which have earned their doctorate degree. The
University has grown into a top public research university
occupying 2,600 acres of classic living and learning space, while
still maintaining the look and feel of a New England liberal arts
college with a faculty dedicated to teaching. UNH’s student
to faculty ratio registers at 18:1 with 85% of its classes having
50 students or less.
As one of the most prestigious institutions in the Northeast, the
University of New Hampshire has always been recognized as a leader
in education and research, spanning all fields of study and uniting
them through interdisciplinary programs, labs, farms, theatres,
research centers, and libraries.
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 purpose for the grants was to establish
colleges that would serve the sons and daughters of farming and
Hampshire College was originally situated in Hanover, N.H.
Here it was in connection with Dartmouth College before moving to
Durham in 1893 after Benjamin Thompson bequeathed land and money to
further the development of the college. The state legislature
then granted its new charter as the University of New Hampshire in
University hosts 733 international students from more than 45
countries and boasts a population of students from all 50
states. Along with over 100 majors offered, UNH encompasses
seven schools and colleges that undergraduates can choose from: the
College of Liberal Arts, College of Engineering and Physical
Sciences, School of Health and Human Services, College of Life
Sciences and Agricultures, Whittemore School of Business and
Economics, and the Thompson School of Applied Science. And at
the very heart of the University’s undergraduate studies is
the General Education Program. The GEP is a core program with
a breadth of academic subjects that aims to acquaint the student
with some of the major modes of thought necessary to understand
oneself, others, society, and the world.
University prides itself as being a top 10 entrepreneurial campus
(Forbes.com and The Princeton Review) and is among the top 30
universities nationally in science research funding from NASA.
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 an
inspiring faculty of winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National
Book Award, the MacArthur Fellowship, the Edgar Allen Poe Award and
the Young Poets Award. In addition, the Whittemore School of
Business and Economics, established in 1962, was recently selected
second among all business schools in a nationwide pool of business
school deans. UNH also graduates students who attend top-notch
graduate schools, including Law School at Harvard and Cornell,
Engineering at Stanford, and Medical School at Dartmouth, Johns
Hopkins, and Harvard.
years, several of the athletic facilities have received major
upgrades and improvements. In September of 2001, the
University completed a new $2.15 million track and field facility.
The Jerry Azumah Performance Center, a strength and conditioning
facility located in the UNH Field House, was dedicated on July 8,
2003. Renovations to the Center included the addition of 5,000
pounds of Olympic weights, 7,000 pounds of dumbbells, 14 Powerlift
platform stations, 12 Hammer strength machines and an additional
15,000 pounds of weights. UNH athletics also added two $1.5 million
outdoor artificial fields, Memorial Field and Bremner Field.
Lundholm Gymnasium has received some major overhauls, including a
new playing surface, new lights, new sound system, new bleacher
system, new backboards and new scoreboards. The Paul Sweet Oval was
also renovated to include new surfaces, lighting, painting,
infrastructure upgrades and the replacement of windows that existed
in the original architecture. In the 2012 offseason, Cowell Stadium
was fitted with a brand new scoreboard while the football locker
rooms were renovated as well. In the locker rooms, a new lighting
system was installed while a 55-inch flat-screen TV and
Fathead-designed murals featuring former players and UNH historical
were added to the walls. A memorial of Todd Walker was also added
in honor of the former Wildcat wide receiver. Walker suffered an
untimely and heroic death March 18, 2011, in Boulder, Colo., when
he stopped an attempted robbery and saved the life of a woman he
was walking home.
November of 1995, construction of the $27 million Recreation and
Sport Complex reached completion. The Whittemore Center includes a
state-of-the-art 6,500 to 7,500 seat arena for hockey, concerts and
convocations, as well as a new three-level recreational sports
facility within the structure that had housed the old Snively
addition to the incredible improvements of its athletic facilities,
the University has upgraded and renovated a large part of its
academic campus as well. The latest addition to the expanding
campus is the Paul College of Business and Economics, a 115,000
square foot academic building located on Garrison Avenue. Slated
for completion in January 2013, the building will feature 16
technology-rich classrooms, totaling 950 new instructional seats.
There will also be 25 high-tech groups study rooms along with a
two-story “Great Hall” for informal and special events.
Outside of the facility, there will be a courtyard for outdoor
activities and events. The building will be a LEED (Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design) Gold facility, maintaining the
University’s commitment to sustainable programs and
facilities. The University broke ground on the project in May 2011.
Thompson Hall, one of the standing historical landmarks of the
University, has also been beautifully refurbished and
University completed a $52 million renovation of Kingsbury Hall in
October of 2007, adding 6,000 square feet of student project space
for students in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences,
as well as a $4.5 million revamp of Hewitt Hall to expand the
School of Health and Human Services. In addition, the 120,000
square foot Biological Sciences Building, Rudman Hall and the
Spaulding Life Sciences Renovation project now provide
state-of-the-art teaching and researching laboratories.
University also spent $15 million to complete Morse Hall, a new
science and engineering building as well as $8.2 million to
modernize the Memorial Union Building. The revision to the existing
student union building consisted of several upgrades including top
kitchen and dining facilities, two theaters, student mailboxes,
lounges and meeting rooms, as well as additional retail spaces such
as the University Bookstore. Additionally, the University
completed construction of the new dining facility on Main Street,
Holloway Commons, as well as the renovation of the Dimond
the atmosphere of a small New England liberal arts college with the
resources and opportunities of a major research university, the
University of New Hampshire is a place where all students can find
or create their own niche and succeed. While the University
offers an extremely broad academic base with an inspiring faculty,
it also provides students with thousands of opportunities to get
involved, either through athletics, campus recreation, student
life, or research. The University is a dynamic community that
not only challenges its members academically but also expands their
understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity and leads to
incredible growth as students, faculty, staff, and as a
University of New Hampshire
Athletic Department Mission Statement
Wildcat statue in front of the Whittemore
The mission of the intercollegiate
athletics program at UNH is to provide opportunities for
student-athletes to enrich their collegiate experience through
participation on athletic teams which are competitive at the
conference level and beyond.
The intercollegiate athletic
program also has an important role in enriching the quality of life
for the University and statewide community, and as a source of
pride and encouragement for support of the University, while
maintaining high standards of academic scholarship. In order to
fulfill its mission, the intercollegiate athletics program
- Provide the support necessary to
field teams competitive at the appropriate level.
- Provide student-athletes with the
opportunity to meet academic and athletic demands with the goal of
graduating every student-athlete.
- Provide equitable opportunities
for men and women to participate.
- Operate within the policies and
rules of NCAA membership, Title IX and any conference in which the
University is a member.
- Provide a safe and positive
environment for athletes to train and compete.
The University of New Hampshrie
seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators,
faculty, staff, and students. The University prohibits
discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age,
national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,
disability, veteran status, or marital status.
UNH is committed to creating a more diverse community, knowing
that "inclusion, diversity and equity are values inextricably
linked to our mission of educational excellence." This
diversity strengthens our ability to reach our individual and
collective potential and to provide better services and care for
all faculty, staff, and students.