Top 18 for 2018

The year in review by top stories

Monday, January 7, 2019
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As the sun set on 2018, the numbers came in: Check out the past year's top 18 UNH Today stories as measured by readers' views. Photo: Scott Ripley

With 2018 now in the books and the calendars all switched to a new year, we’re taking a look back at the top stories of the year that was. These are the stories you, our readers, read most between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018.

An infographic showing the top 18 stories

18. Highlights from Commencement 2018

May 19, 2018 was a great day to be Wildcat.

17. Fighting Suicide with Science

UNH graduate student Michael Staley didn’t plan to be the nation’s first psychological autopsy examiner, but his life experiences helped prepare him for exactly that.

16. Meet the 2018 Gilman Scholars

Five UNH students received these prestigious awards to study in Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and New Zealand.

15. James W. Dean Jr. Named 20th President

Even before UNH’s new president took office in July, he was making headlines.

14. Strength After Chemo

Vicky Bandera ’19 researched how leg strength in women over 50 who have undergone chemotherapy compares with that of women in the same age group who have not.

13. Former President George H.W. Bush Remembered

This memorial honors the 41st president, who also happened to be UNH’s commencement speaker in 2007.

12. Full Slate of Fulbrights

In 2018, UNH saw a record number of students and alumni named Fulbright Scholars.

11. Making the Grade

Paul College received its highest national ranking yet among Poets&Quants 2018 Best Undergraduate Business Schools, moving up 11 spots.

10. A Population at Risk

One of New Hampshire’s great icons is at risk, and UNH research is showing why.

9. The Class of 2022: By the Numbers

UNH’s newest class of Wildcats arrived on campus in August, coming to Durham from 37 states and 13 countries.

8. Recommencement

When a medical emergency got in the way of one student’s commencement, UNH faculty stepped up to make sure she had her day in the sun.

7. Above the Bar

A UNH sophomore set out to break three world records — all for a cause near to his heart and to his studies at UNH.

6. Meet UNH’s New Faculty

With the start of the 2018-2019 academic year, UNH welcomed new experts topics as varied as national policy and aquatic ecosystems.

5. Top for Your Dollar

Money magazine named UNH among its Best Colleges for Your Money in 2018.

4. UNH Second Coolest School in the Country

Sustainability is a key value at UNH, and it’s something the Sierra Club recognized, lauding UNH’s commitment to encouraging environmental responsibility.

3. Required Reading

This list of titles for summer reading highlights seven books by UNH faculty and alumni.

2. High Marks

UNH once again made the grade as one of the nation’s best public universities with a nod from U.S. News & World Report as one of its 2018 Top Public Schools.

1. Going for Gold

The story that received the most reads in 2018, perhaps not surprisingly, focuses on UNH’s connections to the 2018 Winter Olympics: one then-freshman and four alumni.

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Valerie Lester | Communications and Public Affairs | valerie.lester@unh.edu | (603) 862-2632