University of New Hampshire

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The University of New Hampshire, is a public university part of the University System of New Hampshire. The University is is located in Durham, New Hampshire (USA), and in 2004 had more than 10,000 undergraduate students and 2,000 graduate students, in more than 100 majors.



In 1866, the University was incorporated as the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts in Hanover, New Hampshire in association with Dartmouth College. Durham resident Benjamin Thompson left his farm and assests to the State for the establishment of an agricultural college. On January 30, 1890, Benjamin Thompson died and his will became public. On March 5, 1891, Governor Tuttle signed an act accepting the conditions of Thompson's will. On April 10 1891, Governor Tuttle signed a bill authorizing move of the college to Durham, New Hampshire.

The Class of 1892, reportedly excited about the move to Durham, held commencement exercises in the unfinished barn on the Durham campus. On April 18, 1892, the Board of Trustees voted to "authorize the faculty to make all the arrangements for the packing and removal of college property at Hanover to Durham." In Fall 1893, classes began in Durham with fifty-one freshmen and thirteen upperclassmen and Graduate study was established. In 1923, Governor Fred H. Brown signed a bill changing the name of the college to the University of New Hampshire, dispite being previously defeated in 1911 under pressure by agriculture interests.


The University is composed of six colleges and the Graduate School, offering a variety of study for students. These are the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS), College of Liberal Arts (COLA), College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA), School of Health and Human Services (SHHS), Whittemore School of Business and Economics (WSBE), and UNH Manchester. The Thompson School of Applied Science, first established in 1895 and now a division of COLSA, provides seven different associate degrees in applied science.

The coastal proximity of the university affords excellent programs in areas such as Marine biology and Oceanography.

The University also organizes an annual summer abroad program at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge at Cambridge University, which is restricted to American students with exceptional academic qualifications.


The school's athletic teams are known as the Wildcats, and they compete in the NCAA Division I level. They are members of the America East Conference for most sports; the Division I-AA Atlantic Ten Conference for football; and Hockey East, also Division I. The athletic teams' colors are blue & white.



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