College profile: University of New Hampshire Manchester

Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Description: UNH Manchester is the sixth undergraduate college of the University of New Hampshire and is the urban commuter campus of the University. As the University of New Hampshire's urban commuter college, UNH Manchester provides people who live and work in the Merrimack Valley region with the best of both worlds -- the benefits of the respected UNH education at a more affordable commuter campus that is rich with academic, cultural and recreational resources and opportunities.

Located in the population center of the state approximately 39 miles from the main campus in Durham, UNH Manchester offers liberal arts majors in English, psychology history, humanities,  communication arts, politics and society, and pre-professional programs such as business, computer information systems, and sign language interpretation. UNH Manchester also offers two year associate degree programs, including the college transition program, a gateway to college for those who need to strengthen their academic skills before entering a degree program.    The college's  undergraduate majors are built on a strong liberal arts foundation with special emphasis on urban issues and the practical experiences needed for successful careers in the future. UNH Manchester also hosts graduate degree programs offered through the Center for Graduate and Professional Studies. UNH Manchester welcomes non-traditional students; each semester approximately 25%-35% of the undergraduate degree student population is over the age of 25. Student/faculty ratio  is 13:1 (fall 2009)

Percent of applicants admitted:
81% Instate, 59% non resident (fall 2009)

SAT/ACT scores: 
Bachelor  degree- V 521  M 523  W 511 (In-State), V 614  M 534  W 620 (out of state)

Number of undergrads:
  844 undergraduate degree candidates, fall 2009

Gender breakdown:
  46% male; 54% female, fall 2009

Tuition and Fees:
  2009-10 rates:  $9780 per year for NH residents studying full-time,  $24050 per year for non-residents studying full-time. Annual fees for full-time students: $536

  approximately $750year

What GI Bill/Tuition Assistance benefits are offered/available?

-UNH Manchester, as a college of the University of New Hampshire, participates in all GI Bill tuition assistance programs. 

-Full Counseling, certification and administration on all chapters of GI Bills. 

-We are members of GoArmyEd for Tuition Assistance for the Army and Army Reserve. 

-We also process Federal Tuition Assistance for the various State National Guards, the Navy/United States Marine Corps/Coast Guard and their Reserve components when they have tuition assistance available.

-The NH National Guard Scholarship program,

-The NH National Guard Tuition Waiver program

Do you offer online degrees/distance learning programs? 
UNH Manchester offers courses in alternative delivery models and schedules, including blended course delivery (online and  face-to-face), eight-week courses, eight week blended, one-week intensive courses, and January term and summer term courses on three-week and five-week models.  

What programs/services are available specifically to military students?
The University's Veterans Coordinator holds office hours at UNH Manchester. UNH Manchester is committed to supporting each student's success in college and in life. Students have access to academic support resources and services that will enhance their college experience from orientation to graduation and beyond. Our Center for Academic Enrichment offers a variety of academic support services such as tutoring in writing, mathematics, and academic skills essential for student success.


The UNH Manchester Students Veteran  Advocates Team is composed of student members who have served in the military, staff with expertise in key student and academic support offices to whom veterans can turn for answers, and faculty members with a commitment to educating fellow faculty on returning service members and their needs as they transition to civilian life, especially from combat to the classroom. We provide an ongoing assessment of the college’s strengths and weaknesses in serving students who served in the military.

Students have formed a student veteran organization with a focus on social networking and career development.

UNH Manchester hosts a virtual organization for our undergraduate student veterans with all campus veterans as members. Veterans participate in discussion threads, post questions and receive answers, and are made aware of events and policies impacting their student experience.  UNH Manchester sponsors appreciation events and public events for student veterans.

What is your policy on involuntary activation for military service?

UNH Manchester shares the University’s philosophy and practices for "making the student whole”.

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