International Students

UNH welcomes applications from international students.

Admission Criteria

The University of New Hampshire conducts an individualized, holistic review of applications for admission.

Admission to UNH is competitive. A student’s academic record, including program of study, class rigor, standing in their class, and achievement is of primary importance in assessing a student’s potential for success at UNH.

Students should complete the following sequences of college preparatory coursework to be considered minimally* qualified for baccalaureate admission to the University:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in English (see English Proficiency information below)
  • Three years of mathematics including Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II
  • Three years of science, two of which must be laboratory sciences
  • Three years of social sciences
  • Two years of a single foreign language (three years is preferred)

*Some academic programs require an additional year of preparation in subject areas beyond what is listed above.

  • Students who plan to specialize in biological science should present at least four years of mathematics including trigonometry/pre-calculus, as well as laboratory coursework in chemistry and/or physics.
  • Admission Test Requirements

    All candidates for admission to bachelor’s degree programs are required to submit the results of the SAT or ACT exam (including writing). The latest statistics on test scores by the University's admitted first-year students indicate that the average SAT combined score was 1650 and the average ACT composite score was 25. Scores must be submitted electronically to UNH by the testing agency.

    UNH considers your highest section scores across all SAT/ACT test dates that you submit. Final admissions decisions will be made using only your highest scores. Each time you submit scores, we will update your record with any new high scores. We strongly encourage you to submit your scores each time you take the test. Sending your scores each time you take the test can benefit you by allowing us to consider you for all available enrollment related opportunities.
    SAT or ACT scores aid in our determination of admissions eligibility and merit scholarships. There are no cut-offs for standardized test scores in the UNH admissions process, rather more emphasis is paid to one’s academic program of study and record of achievement. Students are not denied or admitted based solely on the results of their standardized test scores.

    *SAT subject tests are not required, but a foreign language subject test may satisfy the foreign language requirement of the bachelor of arts degree.

    English Proficiency

    International students, whose primary language is not English, must submit the results of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The recommended minimum TOEFL score is 213 (computer version) or 550 (paper version) or 80 (Internet version). TOEFL scores must be submitted electronically to UNH by the testing agency.
    UNH also accepts the (IELTS) International English Language Testing System English Language proficiency examination in lieu of TOEFL; the minimum acceptable proficiency grade is 6.5. IELTS scores must be sent directly from the testing agency.