Top 7 Outdoors

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7 reasons why Money Magazine ranked UNH the #7 college in the U.S. for people who love the great outdoors.





#7. White Mountains

The UNH campus is 1 hour away from the breathtaking White Mountain range. Climb up and/or ski down the tallest, Mt. Washington, or one of the other 48 4,000-footers in New Hampshire.





#6. Isle of Shoals

We have our very own marine laboratory (Shoals Marine Laboratory) in partnership with Cornell University on an island 6 miles into the ocean. Students conduct research on marine life and even spend summers on the island for internships.





#5. Top 10 for Studying Natural Resources & Conservation - USA Today

The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment offers six different undergraduate majors, including environmental conservation and sustainability, environmental and resource economics, and community and environmental planning. The department also works with the EcoQuest Education Foundation to allow students to participate in unique field studies programs.





#4. Atlantic Ocean

Located just 20 minutes from campus is the Atlantic Ocean. Make all 18 miles of New Hampshire shoreline your playground all year long. Seriously, have you tried surfing in the winter?





#3. Rock Climbing

There are several resources located on and off campus where students can train in bouldering or climbing. The indoor climbing wall is among the most popular and is free to students.




#2. College Woods

College Woods is 250 acres of woods, streams and fields for students to explore right on campus. Whether you are looking for the ultimate nature selfie, in need of taking a hike, or wanting to conduct research for a project, these protected woods are available to all students to enjoy throughout the entire year.




#1. NH Outing Club

The New Hampshire Outing Club is the oldest and one of the most popular student-run organizations on campus. Up to five epic adventures are planned for students each weekend throughout the year. Among the most popular are overnights under the stars and dog sled rides through the White Mountains.