University of New Hampshire

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The University of New Hampshire (UNH) is a public university in the University System of New Hampshire. The university's main campus is located in Durham, NH and has one college in Manchester, the University of New Hampshire at Manchester.

As of the Fall 2005 semester, the university had 13,544 undergraduate students and 2,481 graduate students enrolled in more than 100 majors. The university is 61 percent in-state students, 38 percent out-of-state students and 2 percent international students; and is 57 percent female and 43 percent male.


In 1866, the university was first incorporated as the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts in Hanover, New Hampshire, in association with Dartmouth College. Durham resident Benjamin Thompson left his farm and assets to the state for the establishment an agricultural college. On January 30, 1890, Benjamin Thompson died and his will became public. On March 5, 1891, Gov. Hiram Americus Tuttle signed an act accepting the conditions of Thompson's will. On April 10, 1891, Gov. Tuttle signed a bill authorizing the college's move to Durham, New Hampshire.

Excited about the pending move to Durham, the Class of 1892 held commencement exercises in an unfinished barn on the Durham campus. On April 18, 1892, the Board of Trustees voted to "authorize the faculty to make all the arrangements for the packing and removal of college property at Hanover to Durham." In fall of 1893, classes began in Durham with 51 freshmen and 13 upperclassmen, and graduate study was established. In 1923, Gov. Fred Herbert Brown signed a bill changing the name of the college to University of New Hampshire, despite pressure by state agriculture interests that had defeated a similar proposal in 1911.


Thompson Hall, built in 1893.

UNH is composed of six colleges and the Graduate School, offering a variety of study for students. These are the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS), College of Liberal Arts (COLA), College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA), School of Health and Human Services (SHHS), Whittemore School of Business and Economics (WSBE), and UNH at Manchester. The Thompson School of Applied Science, first established in 1895 and now a division of COLSA, provides seven different associate degrees in applied science.

The coastal proximity of the university affords excellent programs in Marine biology and Oceanography. Facilities include the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory at Adam's Point in Durham, and the Shoals Marine Laboratory at Appledore Island on the Isles of Shoals.

The University also organizes an annual summer abroad program at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge at Cambridge University, which is restricted to American students with exceptional academic qualifications.


The University has approximately 100 student organizations grouped by: academics & careers, community service, poltical & world affairs, arts & entertainment, culture & language, fraternities & sororities, hall councils, honor socities, leisure & recreation, media & publications, religious, special interest, student activism. Of those groups there are 15 undergraduate groups which receive Student Activity Fee funds to help subsidize the services they provide; such as the Campus Activity Board, The Granite yearbook, SCAN TV, SCOPE, Student Senate, The New Hampshire, and WUNH.


The school's athletic teams are known as the Wildcats, and they compete in the NCAA Division I level. They are members of the America East Conference for most sports; the Division I-AA Atlantic Ten Conference for football; and Hockey East, also Division I. The athletic teams' colors are blue and white.

Durham Campus

The University owns 2,400 acres of land, with 300 acres in the campus core.


The University currently by agreement offers all underclassmen the opportunity to live in University Housing. As of 2004, the University housed 50 percent of undergraduate students. The University's Master Plan envisions housing about 60 percent of undergraduates, requiring an addition of 1700 beds. Undergraduate housing is divided into three areas: Area I, Area II and Area III. In addition there are two undergraduate apartments, The Gables and Woodside Apartments. The University also offers family housing in the Forest Park apartments and graduate housing in Babcock Hall.

The University is currently building two additional buildings in The Gables, "North" and "South", which will add an additional 750 beds. The new construction will also offset the 400 students which will be displaced from the Woodside apartments. The Woodside Apartments are becoming family and graduate housing to offset the 3 buildings (54 units) at Forest Park which will eventually be demolished. Plans exits to construct 120 new apartment units and demolish the remaining 9 buildings (98 units) in Forest Park. Later plans call for the construction of a new 170-unit graduate housing facility at a location to be determined.



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