It’s not quite dawn when the bus pulls out of the hotel parking lot in Manchester, New Hampshire. Thirty-one college admissions advisors have travelled from homes across the U.S, along with a visitor from Nairobi and two Canadians. Ready to hit the road in pursuit of a unique environment that may be the perfect fit for their high school student advisees, the counselors walk miles each day across campuses. They meet with current students and faculty, and even enjoy the food options in the dining commons– including vegan, Gluten-free, and organic. Their tour is sponsored by the New Hampshire College and University Council.
Campuses in this region are near rivers, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire are brimming with the orange and red of Fall. October is New England at its finest.
While you can’t find a college campus in San Francisco with an ice hockey rink, they are in abundance in New Hampshire. Hockey is a major sport, along with Lacrosse, at the University of New Hampshire. A research university with a small graduate school and about 12,500 undergraduates, UNH is considered the flagship school of the public college system of New Hampshire.
Students largely are represented by New England States, but UNH would be a good fit for California students who are just under the radar for admission to the University of California. UNH requires about a B or B+ average for admission and the SAT is not heavily weighted in the admissions review. UNH has over 100 majors to choose from, including the newly added major in Ecogastronomy, the study of the food chain, which includes a required study exchange in Italy.
Unique to a four-year college is access for students who are pursuing two-year AAS (Associate of Applied Science) degrees. Students at UNH enrolled in the Thompson School of Applied Science live on campus and fully participate in the social and academic resources of UNH. As an alternative to non-residential community college, UNH offers an AAS in several fields including Applied Animal Science, Applied Business Management, Culinary Arts, and Forest Technology.
The New Hampshire Institute of Art and Chester College offer programs in printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, painting, illustration, photography, and digital media. These highly specialized small colleges offer a few liberal arts courses within their BFA curriculum for students who want to live, work, and study amongst fellow artists. Chester also offers a specialization in creative writing. Both are residential colleges and require portfolios for admission.
Plymouth State College offers a unique first semester experience for freshman at the University of Limerick in Ireland. For students debating between starting college or taking time off to travel, Plymouth’s early study abroad experience might be the perfect compromise. Specialized programs of study include Criminal Justice, Athletic Training, Social Work, and the only program in the state that offers a degree in Meteorology in the Department of Atmospheric Science and Chemistry. In their modern Silver Center for the Arts, students can study opera, music, dance, and theatre. The Silver Center also serves as the primary performance venue for the local community and students of Plymouth.