02 Admission (2017)

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 health record on file with University Health & Wellness. 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 Health & Wellness.

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.


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