University of New Hampshire-Main Campus Reviews
UNH holds a very special place in my heart. At 18 years old for most people like me, it's hard to image life beyond high school and home life. All we know are classes, an after school job, and living in a home where we don't have to worry about rent, bills, or food. Heading to school started to chip away at those structures to help me discovery who I really was. Battling change, loneliness, self-doubt, and the future, I wasn't sure what exactly was in store for me. Luckily, I met some of my very best friends in the world during the back half of my freshman year and everything changed. I realized I could take the classes I wanted to take (Music appreciation, Intro to Cinema Studies, etc) and that my coursework was what I made of it. While UNH offered a fair amount of generic classes that have to be taken in order to earn a degree, they really began to shine within my English major. The lessons I learned in my creative fiction classes are lessons that I still implement today. Things like "be fair to your villains" and "write what you love, not just what you know." While there's no single path to success and no two experiences are the same, I adored the professors in my field. Some of the more generic classes like a foreign language course, or Rhetoric in Film felt unnecessary to the end goal, but I also understood why it was required to take them. It was to expose us to many different paths so that when graduation came, we could be best prepared to take the next step onto one. The campus is beautiful, too. I've never been a city person and have lived in my fair share, so to see the University tucked in the woods of New Hampshire felt like a welcomed relief. Everything is far enough away for the school to be spread out but the campus is also built to accommodate. I never had any trouble getting to where I needed to be, or finding the resources to be successful.
UNH was a fantastic place to study; however, I found that I needed smaller classes in order to motivate myself to get to class on time and consistently. Once I was in my major classes, as opposed to general education classes, there were fewer students per class and my grades improved. So, if you're self-motivated and ready to learn, it's a great school. If you feel like you need more structure, perhaps consider community college for the first two years, or a smaller college in general.
My perspective off the University of New Hampshire is unique. I was not originally accepted to the institution and had to spend time at a comparable university for a semester to receive admission in the following spring. I feel that this has allowed me to not take my education for granted and look at it in a very honest light. I enrolled at the University studying Music Performance and found that I was able to study with some of the most exceptional music faculty in New England. The program, however, did not favor transfer students well. As many UNH students have experienced, I was unable to pass one of my required semesters of ear training, and as a result of my transfer status was removed from the program as I would no longer be able to matriculate on-time. I instead choice to study history with an emphasis on music history. The history department at UNH is filled with some of the most impressive scholars in their respective fields. I feel as though I received one of the premier history educations in the nation while being pushed to pursue my goals of studying Musicology and Ethnomusicology on the graduate level. I was also able to keep in close contact with the exceptional musicology faculty who have guided me through my graduate application process. Though I have had issue with the structure of the music major at UNH I understand that it conforms to a national standard. Overall my time at UNH has been exceptional and I feel uniquely prepared to take on rigorous course work in Graduate School.
I transferred to the University of New Hampshire (UNH) during my Sophomore year from the University of Southern Maine (USM), which was a smaller state school and I had to pay out of state tuition. USM was more expensive and had less opportunity to network, attain career advise, get involved in internships and volunteer opportunities, whereas the History Dept. at UNH helped me network with students and faculty, had required faculty advisors meeting and a range of open hours as well as strong encouragement, support and outreach for internships which helped me start my career.
UNH is a beautiful campus in a sweet, supportive small town. The classes are fantastic and the faculty are typically passionate about their work. I found it easy to get into the classes I wanted, and even to create schedules that worked for me. There's always something fun going on around campus. UNH is also a socially responsible, eco-friendly environment. I learned a lot in my time there and would happily recommend the school to others.
UNH has treated me very well and their business program is the best in New England. The professors are knowledgeable and have real world experience, so they can relate the things we're learning with actual real life situations and applications. The dining halls are superb.
The University of New Hampshire was a supportive college with solid professors and administrative staff who cared about my education and success. Through my major I had opportunities to work in a lab closely with a professor which was a very valuable experience. I did not find my major very challenging. However, this allowed me to participate as a student leader on campus which was very rewarding.
I would NOT recommend this school. Internships were a huge part of this program, and I paid thousands of dollars for absolutely horrible internships. The school really had no other options for me, and I did not gain the skills or experience I should have from 2 internships. The school was not timely in addressing problems with internships. They say they offer many different classes, but in reality, you only have a couple of choices because they rotate the courses something like every 7 years- not helpful when a program is 2 years. They also go out of their way to cater to part-time students, so many full-time students experienced frustration with scheduling issues (ex: having only one class a day, not offering electives, only offering certain classes at the Manchester campus). I cannot in good conscience recommend this school or program, based on my experience.
It was a great school! The campus is beautiful, close enough to the beach and other shopping. The food is FANTASTIC! I had good experiences with most of my teachers and there were many choices for classes! It was overall an amazing experience that I would recommend to all! It is expensive for out of staters, however.
I was provided with many tools to help me succeed in both the History and Geography programs. But the most important was the faculty, who were very helpful. The tuition was pretty high for a state school, though. But you got a lot for it. The course selection that I had made me think in ways I had not done before and created a more open mind for myself.