University of New Hampshire: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of New Hampshire is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 84%. Located in Durham, New Hampshire, UNH is an hour from Boston and close to the White Mountains. The university has an 17-to-1 student/faculty ratio, and high achieving may want to consider opportunities available through the Honors Program. For its academic strengths, UNH was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In athletics, the UNH Wildcats compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association for football, and the America East Conference for many other sports.

Considering applying to University of New Hampshire? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, University of New Hampshire had an acceptance rate of 84%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 84 students were admitted, making UNH's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 18,040
Percent Admitted 84%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 18%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Beginning with the 2019-20 admissions cycle, UNH introduced a 3-year test-optional policy for most students. Applicants during this period may submit SAT or ACT scores, but they are not required. Students who are recruited athletes and those who attend high schools that do not provide letter grades will still be required to submit SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 93% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 540 640
Math 530 630
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UNH's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to UNH scored between 540 and 640, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 640. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 630, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 630. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1270 or higher will haver particularly competitive chances at University of New Hampshire.

Requirements

Beginning with the 2019-20 admissions cycle, UNH introduced a test-optional policy for most applicants. For students who choose to submit scores, the University of New Hampshire does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that UNH participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Beginning with the 2019-20 admissions cycle, UNH introduced a 3-year test-optional policy for most students. Applicants during this period may submit SAT or ACT scores, but they are not required. Students who are recruited athletes and those who attend high schools that do not provide letter grades will still be required to submit SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 13% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 28
Math 21 27
Composite 22 28

This admissions data tells us that most of UNH's admitted students fall within the top 36% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UNH received a composite ACT score between 22 and 28, while 25% scored above 28 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

Beginning with the 2019-20 admissions cycle, UNH introduced a test-optional policy for most applicants. For students who choose to submit scores, note that UNH does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. The University of New Hampshire does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA for University of New Hampshire's incoming freshmen class was 3.52, and over 52% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. This suggests that most successful applicants to UNH have primarily high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of New Hampshire Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of New Hampshire Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of New Hampshire. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of New Hampshire, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a slightly selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, UNH has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and a glowing letter of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of UNH's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most admitted students had high school GPAs of "B" or higher, an SAT score of 1000 or higher (ERW+M), and an ACT composite score of 20 or higher. Having a GPA above this lower range measurably improves your chances at UNH.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and University of New Hampshire Undergraduate Admissions Office.