First Year Student Experience

student at orientation

Step 1

Meet with Academic Advising

Newly admitted first-year and transfer students will meet with their professional advisor to review their academic requirements and select courses for the next semester. 

More information about the advising process

Step 2

Register for Orientation

First-year students begin their UNH Manchester experience by attending our virtual Orientation on Thursday, January 13 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. We’ll be working with all of our student Orientation Leaders (OLs) to develop an interactive program for you to connect with your peers, learn what the UNH Manchester community has to offer and ask us questions.

register for winter 2022 orientation

Step 3

Complete Online Navigation Module

After our Orientation sessions, first-year students will be given access to our online Navigation module that walks them through our many resources on campus. It is a go-at-your-own-pace module and once completed, students will receive a UNH Manchester blanket.  

Step 4

Take First Year Seminar Course

All first-year students will take a First Year Seminar course during their first semester. This 1-credit course co-facilitated by Peer Assistant Leaders (PALs) is designed to cultivate the academic and resiliency skills and resources necessary to become confident and engaged learners. You will select your First Year Seminar when you meet with your professional advisor


Student Housing

Located at 1000 Elm Street, UNH Downtown Commons offers spacious rooms, lounge spaces, laundry facilities, cable TV, internet and more. The residence hall is just a short walk to campus and steps from downtown Manchester’s vibrant restaurants, shops and nightlife. 

Learn more about living on-campus


Spring Semester Start

If you are starting UNH-Manchester in the Spring semester, there will be Winter Orientation sessions available to you. More information on those sessions will come closer to the start of the Spring.