International Students


Would you like to study in the United States? Consider the University of New Hampshire (UNH).  A center of academic excellence and research, UNH offers you the opportunity to live in New England, one of the country's most beautiful regions.

UNH is located in Durham, New Hampshire, a friendly college town.  The Atlantic Ocean is just 10 miles from campus. and the city of Boston and New Hampshire's lakes region are each only an hour's drive.  And less than two hours are the hiking and skiing trails of the White Mountains.

Choose UNH and you will be in good company.  Our students come from all over the United States and 70 different countries.  With approximately 13,000 undergraduates and 2,400 graduate students, UNH enjoys a diversity of people and interests.

UNH welcomes applications from international students. Click on the link to the left titled "Application Requirements" for instructions on applying.

Admission Criteria

The University of New Hampshire conducts an individualized, holistic review of applications for admission.

Admission to UNH is competitive. A student’s academic record, including program of study, class rigor, standing in their class, and achievement is of primary importance in assessing a student’s potential for success at UNH.

Students should complete the following sequences of college preparatory coursework to be considered minimally* qualified for baccalaureate admission to the University:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in English (see English Proficiency information below)
  • Three years of mathematics including Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II
  • Three years of science, two of which must be laboratory sciences
  • Three years of social sciences
  • Two years of a single foreign language (three years is preferred)

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

  • Students who plan to specialize in engineering, biological/physical science, mathematics, or forestry should present at least four years of mathematics including trigonometry/pre-calculus, as well as laboratory coursework in chemistry and/or physics.
  • Students pursuing business-related studies also should have completed four years of advanced mathematics (eg: trigonometry, finite, pre-calculus, statistics).
  • Students planning to major in health-related disciplines, four years of math, as well as laboratory courses in biology and chemistry, are strongly recommended. Students interested in nursing must complete high school chemistry.

Admission Test Requirements

All candidates for admission to bachelor’s degree programs are required to submit the results of the SAT or ACT exam (including writing). The latest statistics on test scores by the University's admitted first-year students indicate that the average SAT combined score was 1180 and the average ACT composite score was 25. Scores must be submitted electronically to UNH by the testing agency.

UNH considers your highest section scores across all SAT/ACT test dates that you submit. Final admissions decisions will be made using only your highest scores. 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, merit scholarships and admission to the University’s Honors Program. 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.

*SAT subject tests are not required, but a foreign language subject test may satisfy the foreign language requirement of the bachelor of arts degree.

English Proficiency

International students, whose primary language is not English, must submit the results of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The recommended minimum TOEFL score is 213 (computer version) or 550 (paper version) or 80 (Internet version). TOEFL scores must be submitted electronically to UNH by the testing agency.

UNH also accepts the  (IELTS) International English Language Testing System English Language proficiency examination in lieu of TOEFL; the minimum acceptable proficiency grade is 6.5. IELTS scores must be sent directly from the testing agency.

ESL Program at UNH

For international students interested in full admission to a University of New Hampshire (UNH) degree program, and who have not met UNH minimum English proficiency requirements, the UNH English as a Second Language (ESL) Program offers a wide array of intensive English language courses at various levels of English instruction. Students who do successfully gain admittance to the University of New Hampshire, can apply up to 16 credit hours from their work in the ESL Institute as University of New Hampshire credit. The faculty and staff at the ESL Institute will work individually with students seeking full admission to UNH, helping to ensure that their admission packet is completed in a timely manner for UNH Admission review.  To learn more about the UNH ESL Institute, please explore our website:

Global Student Success Program (GSSP)

The Global Student Success Program (GSSP) is a pathway to admission for international students who do not meet the standard admissions requirements.  More information