UNH Media Relations: About UNH

About UNH

UNH at a Glance


Location: Durham, New Hampshire

Founded: 1866
Land Grant, Sea Grant, and Space Grant charter

Colleges And Schools

Number Of Fulltime Faculty: 976

Number Of Living Alumni: More than 120,000

Number Of Students
Undergraduate 12,200 | Graduate 2,300

Total: 14,500

Maps & Directions

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Did You Know?

  • UNH was the first university in the nation to earn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR rating for residence halls -- Congreve, Lord, and McLaughlin halls. It ranks in the top 5 percent for energy efficiency among similar colleges and universities around the country, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • The technology for hands-free communication in police cruisers—the first in the nation-- was developed at UNH.
  • UNH was the first land-grant university in the country to have an organic dairy research farm. The dairy provides much needed research to organic dairy farmers and educates the next generation of farmers interested in sustainable agriculture.
  • In May 2009, UNH became the first university in the nation to use landfill gas as its primary fuel source with EcoLine™, an innovative project that uses purified methane gas from a nearby landfill to provide up to 85 percent of campus energy needs.
  • The Space Science Center (SSC) at the University of New Hampshire's Institute for the Study or Earth, Oceans, and Space is one of the top three space plasma physics centers in the country. It has supplied instruments to 23 space missions. Two UNH alumni are in the ranks of NASA astronauts.
  • The Recycled Materials Resource Center, which studies and tests the reuse of materials in roads and highways, was the first in the country.
  • UNH has the longest-standing endowed sustainability program at an institution of higher education in the United States.
  • UNH boasts New Hampshire’s largest public transit system, with most buses and shuttles running on alternative fuels.
  • UNH ranks number 15 on the Peace Corps annual list of top volunteers among colleges and universities of similar size.
  • The university’s International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) was the first of its kind. It serves as a model for others nationwide.
  • Each year, more than 900 undergraduates participate in UNH’s weeklong Undergraduate Research Conference, making it one of the largest such conferences in the country.
  • The Carsey Institute at UNH, founded in 2002, conducts policy research on vulnerable children, youth and families, giving policy makers and practitioners with valuable resources to effect change.
  • The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center is a national leader in research, training and creation of state-of-the-art ocean mapping technologies.

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