Mission & Strategic Plan


The University of New Hampshire is the state’s public research university, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. Its primary purpose is learning: students collaborating with faculty in teaching, research, creative expression and service. UNH has a national and international agenda and holds land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant charters. From its main campus in Durham, its college in Manchester and the UNH School of Law in Concord, the university serves New Hampshire and the region through continuing education, cooperative extension, cultural outreach, economic development activities and applied research.

UNH is distinguished by its commitment to high quality undergraduate instruction, select excellence in graduate education, relatively small size, a location in a beautiful and culturally rich part of the seacoast of New England and a strong sense of responsibility for this special place, a commitment to serving the public good, and our emergence over the past decade as a significant research institution. The dedication of our faculty to the highest academic standards infuses all we do with the excitement of discovery.

2015 Strategic Plan

“The University of New Hampshire in 2020,” UNH's strategic plan, was created by hundreds of faculty, staff, students and community members in 2010 as a blueprint for the university’s success.
The plan has been renewed in 2015 to guide the university's response to the rapidly-growing challenges facing higher education.


Accomplishments inspired by the Strategic Plan:


  • The opening of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics
  • The creation of the UNH School of Law
  • The launch of the UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering
  • The launch of the Carsey School of Public Policy
  • The expansion of UNH Manchester into the Pandora Mill building
  • The creation of UNHInnovation for research commercialization resources
  • Expanded global reach through foreign student enrollments, study-abroad programs, faculty exchanges, visiting scholars, and arts and cultural programs