How to Apply: First-Year Students

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You’re unique, and our admissions team knows that. We review first-year applicants individually and in the context of their own high school environments to better support students and their families through the college selection process.

Admission to UNH is competitive, and application requirements are the same at both the Manchester and Durham campuses.

Application Deadlines
  • Spring Semester November 15
  • Fall Semester April 1
  • All applications received after the deadline will be considered on a case by case basis

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We consider your entire academic history and personal experiences when we review your application. Most first-year students accepted to a bachelor’s degree program demonstrate:

Trend in achievement 

B / B+ grades in the core subject areas.

College-level studies

Honors or AP classes help you stand out, but students should complete the following sequences of college preparatory coursework to be considered minimally* qualified for admission:

  • Four years of English
  • Three years of mathematics, including the equivalent of Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II (four years preferred)
  • Three years of science, two of which must be laboratory sciences
  • Three years of social sciences, including U.S. History
  • Two years of a single foreign language (three years preferred)

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

Most successful first-year students accepted to an associate degree program present a solid high school college preparatory program of study including coursework in English, mathematics, laboratory sciences, social sciences and foreign language.

High school course selection, academic achievement, class rank along with letters of recommendation are more influential to an admission decision than the results of a student's standardized admission test.

Considerable attention is given to an applicant's qualities of character, leadership, initiative and special aptitudes and talents.

UNH Manchester welcomes applicants whose earlier studies have been interrupted due to military, personal, professional or community service.

Follow these steps to apply to a bachelor’s or associate degree program at UNH Manchester:

  1. The Common Application: Apply online to the University of New Hampshire - Durham, then in the “Questions” section under “Student Status,” select Manchester as your campus.
  2. Official High School Transcript and/or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  3. Official SAT and/or ACT Scores: Scores must be submitted directly from the SAT or ACT testing agency. See the box below for detailed test requirements.
    UNH's CEEB code for SAT: 3918
    UNH's CEEB code for ACT: 2524
  4. Letter of Recommendation: This letter, ideally, should be from a student's school counselor or teacher. UNH does not require more than one recommendation and prefer to receive no more than two, as excess recommendations may delay the review process.
  5. Application Fee ($50 for N.H. residents / $65 for non-residents)
  6. New Hampshire residents must submit the Residency Statement

All candidates for admission to undergraduate degree programs are required to submit the results of the SAT or ACT exam (the writing section is not required). The latest statistics on test scores by the University's admitted first-year students to bachelor's degree programs indicate that the average SAT combined score was 1630 (all three sections).  A score of 1630 on the old SAT is equivalent to an 1180 on the New SAT. The average ACT composite score was 24. Scores must be submitted electronically to UNH by the testing agency.

UNH considers your highest section scores for the SAT and the highest composite score for the ACT across all dates that you submit. Final admissions decisions will be made using only your highest scores.

UNH does not super score between the old SAT and the New SAT.

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.

Note: SAT subject tests are not required, but a foreign language subject test may satisfy the foreign language requirement of the Bachelor of Arts degree.

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The admissions office will not process an application until it is complete with all the required documentation. Once all materials have been filed, please allow three to five weeks for an admission notification.

Please use black ink when submitting any paper materials, and be sure to include a date of birth on all paper materials.

There are no interviews as part of the application process.

Permanent resident aliens need to submit a copy of their permanent resident card. Non-U.S. citizens should include a photocopy of the passport page with biographic information.

Do not sent IEPs, 504 Plans and other documentation regarding a disability to the Admissions Office. These materials should be brought to the student's first meeting with an academic counselor after new student orientation.

UNH's CEEB code for College Board SATs and TOEFL tests: 3918

All offers of admission are considered conditional and are subject to the verification of satisfactory senior year achievement when final high school transcripts are reviewed by the Admission Committee.