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The University of New Hampshire (UNH) is a public university in the University System of New Hampshire (USNH), United Statesmarker. The main campus is in Durham, New Hampshiremarker. An additional campusmarker is located in Manchestermarker. With over 15,000 students, UNH is the largest university in New Hampshiremarker. The university is one of only nine land, sea and space grant institutions in the nation. Since July 1, 2007, Mark W. Huddleston has served as the university's 19th president.

In 2004, UNH was the only public institution in New Englandmarker to rank in the top 10 of number of Fulbright fellowships awarded, with five graduates receiving grants. In the same year, UNH was ranked the 10th best entrepreneurial college in the nation by The Princeton Review. According to U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" listings, the University of New Hampshire is a "more selective" national university, placing it in the first out of five tiers of competitiveness when it comes to admissions standards. Due to its extensive efforts in the area of sustainability, UNH was one of 15 highest scoring schools on the College Sustainability Report Card 2009, with the Sustainable Endowments Institute awarding it a grade of "A-".


Thompson Hall, built in 1892
In 1866, the university was first incorporated as the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts in Hanover, New Hampshiremarker, in association with Dartmouth Collegemarker. Durham resident Benjamin Thompson left his farm and assets to the state for the establishment of 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 Hampshiremarker.

In 1892, the Board of Trustees hired Charles Eliot to draw a site plan for the first five campus buildings: Thompson, Conant, Nesmith, and Hewitt Shops (now called Halls) and the Dairy Barn. Eliot visited Durham and worked for three months to create a plan prior to the move to Durham. The Class of 1892, excited about the pending move to Durham, 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." The Class of 1893, followed the previous class and held commencement exercises in unfinished Thompson Hall, the Romanesque Revival campus centerpiece designed by the prominent Concordmarker architectural firm of Dow & Randlett.

fall 1893, classes officially began in Durham with 51 freshmen and 13 upperclassmen, which was three times the projected enrollment. Graduate study was also established in fall 1893 for the first time. The number of students and the lack of state funds for dormitories caused a housing crunch and forced students to find housing in town. The lack of housing caused difficulty for attracting women to the university. In 1908, construction on Smith Hall, the first women's dorm, was completed using private and state funds. Prior to the construction of Fairchild Hall in 1915 for male students, 50 freshmen lived in the basement of DeMerritt Hall. With the continuing housing shortage for men, the administration encouraged the growth of the UNH Greek system. From the late 1910s through the 1930s, the fraternity system expanded and provided room and board for male students.

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.


UNH is composed of six colleges and the Graduate School, offering some 2,000 courses in over 100 majors. The Thompson School of Applied Science (TSAS), first established in 1895 and now a division of COLSA, provides seven different associate degrees in applied science.

Morrill Hall c.
The six colleges of UNH are:

The university is a member of the New England Board of Higher Education's New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) where New England public universities and colleges offer a number of undergraduate curricula with special considerations to students from other New England states. If an out of state student's home state schools do not offer a certain degree program offered by UNH, that student can receive the in-state tuition rate plus 75% if enrolled in the program.

Pettee Hall c.
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 Laboratorymarker jointly operated with Cornell Universitymarker on Appledore Islandmarker in the Isles of Shoalsmarker.

There are three main university-wide undergraduate research programs: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), and International Research Opportunities Program (IROP).

The university offers many opportunities for students to study abroad through managed programs, exchange programs and approved programs. As of fall 2004, there were 561 students (4% of the student body) studying in 38 different countries. The university runs/manages twenty-two study abroad programs, which include: Salzburg, Austriamarker; Canadamarker; Cambridge, Englandmarker; London, Englandmarker; Edinburgh, Scotlandmarker; Brest, Francemarker; Dijon, Francemarker; Grenoble, Francemarker; Budapest, Hungarymarker; Osaka, Japan; Utrecht, Netherlandsmarker; Maastricht, Netherlandsmarker; New Zealandmarker; India, South Africa, Italy, Kenya, and Granada, Spainmarker. The university also accepts credit from over 300 approved programs that are run through other institutions. The university organizes an annual summer abroad program at Gonville and Caius Collegemarker, Cambridge Universitymarker. There are also over 100 National Exchange Program opportunities.


Sponsored research

University of New Hampshire InterOperabilty Laboratory (UNH-IOL)

Students and staff from mainly majors of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science students work at the UNH InterOperability Laboratory, which tests networking and data communications devices and products. The UNH-IOL interviews and accepts applications from students of all majors and varying backgrounds of job experience and expertise.

More than 100 graduate and undergraduate student employees work with full-time UNH-IOL staff, gaining hands-on experience with developing technologies and products. The companies and organizations that work with the UNH-IOL benefit from cost-effective testing services, as well as the opportunity to recruit future engineers from the UNH-IOL workforce.


The university has approximately 200 student organizations grouped by academics & careers, community service, political and world affairs, arts & entertainment, culture & language, fraternities & sororities, hall councils, honor societies, leisure & recreation, media & publications, religious, special interest, and student activism. A listing of these groups can be found at the SOS website. 13 of these groups receive Student Activity Fee funds to help subsidize the services they provide; these groups include the Campus Activity Board, Diversity Support Coalition, Memorial Union Student Organization, The Granite yearbook, SCAN TV, Student Committee on Popular Entertainment, Non-Traditional Student Organization, Student Senate, The New Hampshire, and WUNH. The New Hampshire Outing Club, the oldest and largest club on campus, offers trips into the outdoors each weekend.


Mechanical Engineering students have the opportunity to get involved in the following projects and extracurricular activities:

Greek life

Approximately 9% of undergraduate students are affiliated with fraternities and sororities recognized by the university. The Office of Greek Life, the Interfraternity Council, and Panhellenic Council oversee the eleven recognized social fraternities, seven recognized social sororities and one coed society. Many of the fraternities and sororities have houses located on Madbury Road and Strafford Avenue in Durham. Currently, these houses are not owned by or on university property.
Fraternities   Sororities

Unrecognized groups
Unrecognized groups that have no official relationship with the University of New Hampshire:


The University of New Hampshire offers two undergraduate degree programs: the bachelor of arts in music and the bachelor of music; and two graduate degree programs: the master of arts in music, and the master of arts in teaching. The department also offers the following groups for one academic credit:
Instrumental   Vocal   A cappella - not associated with music dept

The University of New Hampshire also has a recently formed student organization not associated with the music department or a cappella groups called the Association of Students United by Music or ASUM Klub. The organization, pronounced "Awesome Club", provides the opportunity for students enrolled in all fields of study to play music with their peers. The organization takes an informal approach to playing covers of modern rock and pop music in a concert format. Though many musical genres are incorporated, popular rock and pop songs make up the majority of ASUM Klub's repertoire.


The school's athletic teams are the Wildcats, and they compete in the NCAA Division I. UNH is a member of the America East Conference for basketball, cross country, track and field, soccer, swimming & diving and tennis; and women's crew, field hockey, and volleyball. They also compete in Hockey East in men's and women's ice hockey, Eastern Collegiate Ski Association for skiing, as well as the Colonial Athletic Association for football at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly known as Division I-AA) level.

In the 2006 academic year the university cut women's crew, men's swimming & diving, and men's and women's tennis at the varsity level, and trimmed the size of the men's ski team from 27 to 12. The reason given was the athletic department would save $500,000 towards a $1,000,000 budget shortfall and be in compliance with Title IX for the first time.[57064] In 1997, the university cut baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, and men's lacrosse.

In addition to varsity athletics, the university offers many club sports through the Department of Campus Recreation, including Aikido, Archery, Baseball, Crew, Cycling, Dance, Fencing, Figure Skating, Golf, Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Rugby, Sailing, Softball, Tennis, Taekwondo, Wrestling, and the Woodsmen Club. Many of these clubs compete either on an intercollegiate basis with New England teams, or sponsor university tournaments and frequently participate in national championships. UNH also offers horseback riding as a recreation. Many students can take horseback riding lessons with instructors, on their horse or the schools. UNH holds many events each year, for they have a large cross country course. UNH also has a dressage team that competes yearly.

The school's official colors are blue and white. The school's official mascot is the wildcat and its uniformed mascot is known as "Wild E. Cat."

The recognized fight song of UNH is "On to Victory", the most current version of which was arranged by Tom Keck, Director of Athletic Bands from 1998-2003. In 2003, "UNH Cheer" (originally titled "Cheer Boys") was resurrected from the university archives by Erika Svanoe, former Director of Athletic Bands. Based on the school song "Old New Hampshire", not to be confused with the New Hampshire state song of the same name, "UNH Cheer" currently serves as a secondary fight song and is often performed immediately following "On to Victory."

On October 7, 2006, Wildcats wide receiver David Ball tallied the fifty-first receiving touchdown of his career to displace Jerry Rice of Mississippi Valley State University, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Famemarker a month earlier, atop the ranking of NCAA Division I and I-AA players by career receiving touchdowns. He later signed as a rookie free agent with the Chicago Bears and played with well-known college football players Chris Leak and Darius Walker.

The Wildcats are considered one of the top NCAA D-1 hockey schools in the nation.


of the fall semester, the university had 13,544 undergraduate students and 2,481 graduate students enrolled in more than 100 majors. The university is 61% in-state students, 38% out-of-state students and 2% international students; and is 57% female and 43% male. The administration is also making a push to increase and promote diversity.

Durham campus

Congreve Hall
University of New Hampshire is located in the town of Durham, New Hampshiremarker and has a "traditional New England campus." The Durham campus is , with in the "campus core" and of open land on the west edge of campus. The campus core is considered to be the university property within a 10-minute walk from Thompson Hall, the symbolic and near-geographic center of campus. The campus core contains many of the academic and residential buildings, while the outer campus contains much of the agriculture land and buildings. The university owns a total of of land.


Smith Hall c.
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 Campus Master Plan envisions housing about 60 percent of undergraduates, requiring an addition of 1700 beds.

Babcock Hall
Undergraduate housing is divided into three areas: The Hills, The Valley, and The Timbers (formerly Area I, Area II and Area III, respectively). There are also two undergraduate apartment complexes, The Gables and Woodside Apartments. The university offers family housing in the Forest Park apartments and graduate housing in Babcock Hall.

For the fall 2006 semester, two new buildings at The Gables ("North" and "South") were opened, providing an additional 400 beds. In summer 2006, one-half of Forest Park was demolished to make way for two new buildings (A & B) of the Southeast Residential Community (SERC). Buildings SERC A and SERC B have provided housing for 492 students since fall 2007. Two existing mini-dorms were demolished during summer 2007 to build a third building of SERC, (SERC C). SERC C has provided housing for 235 students since Fall 2008. Plans exist to provide 781 new beds by demolishing 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.

Due to the over-enrollment of the 2006-2007 academic year, the university offered students who intended to live in campus housing a free parking pass for the academic year, credit in UNH "Dining Dollars" and a refund of the housing deposit given that the student withdrew their intentions to live on campus. The incentive was designed to free up space for the large incoming freshman class.

Themed Housing

The University of New Hampshire offers themed housing options for students interested in choosing a living environment that best suits their personality. Common themes include: first year, leadership, green living, multi-cultural, honors, chem-free, and the arts. [57065]

The majority of first-year students, who make up a significant number of on-campus residents, live in Christensen Hall and Williamson Hallmarker, which offers a living environment of commonality, where all are new to the university.


University of New Hampshire possesses the oldest endowed sustainability program in higher education in the U.S. (University Office of Sustainability) and has been developing sustainable practices since the UOS’ inception in 1997. A number of efforts have been implemented to reduce environmental impact through energy efficiency and less carbon-intensive sources. For example, UNH’s combined heat and power facility (cogeneration plant) cost an estimated $28 million with an anticipated payback within 20 years and resulted in an estimated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 21% within its first year of operation.By the end of 2009, the University of New Hampshire will become the first university in the U.S. to use landfill gas as its primary energy source. UNH possesses an active environmental student community.

National Historic Chemical Landmark

Conant Hall was dedicated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark — the first in New Hampshire. Conant Hall was the first chemistry building on the Durham campus, and it was the headquarters of the American Chemical Society from 1907-1911, when Charles Parsons was the society’s secretary. In addition, from 1906-1928, the hall housed the laboratories of Charles James, who was an innovative developer of separation and analytical methods for compounds of rare earth elements.

He is particularly well known for the James Method for separation of rare earths by fractional recrystallization of their double magnesium nitrate salts. James has also been credited (with Urbain and von Welsbach) for the independent discovery of the element lutetium. This is the only element discovered (as opposed to synthesized) on American soil. James Hall, the second chemistry building on campus, was, of course, named for (and designed by) Charles James.

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