02 Admission

Within the limits of its resources, the University shall be open to all quali­fied students. If the number of students to be admitted must be restricted for lack of adequate staff or facilities, admission shall be based as far as possible on individual merit and, in the case of special programs, on other relevant criteria. The only departure from a completely nondiscriminatory admis­sion policy that is consistent with the University’s educational mission is one that is imposed by its public, tax-supported character. Consequently, duly qualified New Hampshire residents are to be given preference as state law now requires. Students from other states and foreign countries are approved for admission every year in accordance with the University’s long-standing interest in maintaining a diverse student body.1

02.1 Entrance Conditions

02.11(fs) Entrance classifications. Students may qualify for participation in University coursework under any one of three different classifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree candidacy
  2. Associate’s degree candidacy
  3. Special student status

The specific criteria for acceptance to the above student classifications are set forth in the University catalog. The director of admissions may approve the admission of a student who does not fully meet these criteria, provided there is adequate evidence that the student is capable of pursuing his or her proposed curriculum satisfactorily.

02.12(fs) Transfer admission. Candidates who have earned college-level course credit at the University or at other accredited colleges prior to admis­sion but following completion of high school will be considered as transfer candidates for admission. Their credit and class standing at the University of New Hampshire will be determined by the quantity and quality of work completed at the previous institution. 1 (See 06.231(fs).)

02.13 Entrance health requirements. Undergraduate students who have been formally accepted for bachelor’s or associate degree candidacy and who register for 12 or more semester credit hours must have a complete medical record on file with University Health Services. This record consists of a confidential computerized medical history questionnaire to be com­pleted prior to admission.

Students wishing exemption from this requirement on religious grounds must make a written request to the executive director of University Health Services.

02.14 Immunizations. All undergraduate and graduate students must provide acceptable evidence of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). For most students this documentation will be a copy of a profes­sional, healthcare provider-signed document of receipt of two doses of the vaccine, with dates administered. Other acceptable evidence of immunity is a birth date before 1/1/57 or documented evidence of having had all three of the diseases. Students failing to meet one of these criteria upon arrival on campus will be denied registration.


Note: Sections 01 - 07 apply only to undergraduates unless otherwise specified. Graduate students should refer to the Graduate Catalog for information concering academic policies for graduate students. Sections 08 and 09 apply equally to undergraduate and graduate students.

1. Transfer candidates may also be considered for a second degree. (See 06.232(fs).)

2. Course refers to a unit of work, such as English 401, Mathematics 425, while "curriculum"refers to a group of courses, such as the forest resources curriculum, chemistry curriculum, general liberal arts curriculum, etc.