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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The athletic center is too small, although they are in the process of building a larger one. I wish there were more seats in the library.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Most of it is good, but could use renovations in some places

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The campus puts forth extra effort to make sure we are a very friendly and welcoming campus. Every single season is so beautiful there.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: The campus facilities are beautiful and historical.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: UNH is beautiful! The scenery is great, there is always tons of stuff to do, and it is amazingly green! UNH puts in a lot of effort into keeping our school green, which is great. There are also a few different libraries, all of which are very nice, and each has a specific group of majors it is typically associated with, so if you are an engineer, there is a library that is usually full of engineer's who can help, tools that assist with homework, and availability and options that meet your specific needs.


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Campus offers a lot to UNH students. The University has renovated the athletic centers, library, and numerous dorms. Several years ago, the campus opened Holloway Commons, a $26 million dining hall, and Mills Hall, a suite dorm that has five- to eight-person rooms with deluxe bathrooms and a living room in each.

UNH has many fields and two main athletic centers to accommodate the Division I sports teams on campus. Mostly due to the strength of the UNH hockey team, there's a prime ice-skating rink open to all students on campus. The rink can get a bit crowded, especially on the weekends. In fact, all the athletic facilities can be a bit crowded due to increasing student enrollment each year. But there are ways around this. Going to the gym early in the morning or late at night will greatly increase your chances of getting on the exercise machines that you want to use. Also, UNH has plans for more renovations in all its dorms. A multi-story parking garage may also be on the agenda of the campus administration in the near future. However, until more space is available, most students work around the crowded times at the gym or the pool. Overall, the students at UNH seem generally happy with the facilities provided for them.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
2,600 acres
Student Centers
The Memorial Union Building (MUB)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Dimond Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Breaking New Grounds
  • Main Street
  • Outside of Murphy's Tin Palace
  • Thompson Hall lawn
Bar on Campus
  • Libby's Bar and Restaurant
  • Murphy's Tin Palace on Main Street
  • Scorpions
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
With Panache in the Memorial Union Building
Movie Theater on Campus
There are two movie theater auditoriums in the Memorial Union Building.
School Slang
  • 24: Store 24, a 24-hour convenience store.
  • Boulder Field: A field on campus property that has a giant boulder in the middle of it. This is also the unofficial campus Frisbee field.
  • College Woods: The area of woods behind the athletic fields, and Boulder Field.
  • The DUMP: The local grocery store also known as the Durham Market Place.
  • Fireplace room: A room in the MUB where students mainly sleep on couches.
  • Frat Row: Also known as Madbury Road, it is where all the fraternity and sorority houses are found.
  • The Ghetto: A group of apartments notorious for being very cheap and very dirty-to say the least.
  • The Greens: A group of apartments on Madbury Street, where weekend parties are very frequent.
  • HoCo: Holloway Commons. The dining hall attached to the MUB.
  • Kurt's Lunch Box: The guy who sells late-night snacks and sandwiches out of a trailer which can be found behind Mills Hall.
  • The MUB: The Memorial Union Building. This is the main student center on campus.
  • PCAC: Paul Creative Arts Center. This is home to the art majors.
  • Philly: Phillbrook Dining Hall. The building also houses the Phillbrook CafĂ©, one of the campus convenience stores.
  • T-Hall lawn: The lawn in front of Thompson Hall that is home to numerous lounging students in the spring.
  • Webcat: The school's online network for registering for classes, checking grades, and other personal information.
  • The Whitt: The Whittemore Center, which houses the hockey rink and the student athletic center.
  • Zylas: The PK Zylas store where you can find just about anything you will ever need in college life.
  • Boulderfest: Boulderfest is the UNH version of Woodstock. Activities include all-day Frisbee, music, food, and a huge bonfire. This event happens every year as an end-of-the-year celebration.
  • Dead Fish on the Ice: There are many traditions at the men's hockey games. The most popular is throwing a dead fish onto the ice after the first goal of every home game.
  • Solarfest: Outdoor spring concert run completely on solar energy. Put on by the Student Environment Action Coalition, it usually has a lot of local bands and vendors.
  • Stoke Wreath Lighting: The Stoke Wreath Lighting is a tradition where the Stoke Hall staff constructs a giant wreath out of pine boughs and Christmas lights and hangs it from the building with a crane. There is a ceremony to officially light up the wreath, where warm food and music kick off the holiday spirit.
  • White-Out Whitt: White-out the Whitt is a hockey tradition where fans wear white to one of the men's hockey home games.
Urban Legends
  • Congreve Hall is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a student from early 1900s.
  • It is said that if you do the deed with a special someone in the old wagon on top of Wagon Hill before you graduate, you will have good luck for the rest of your life. You also have to stay there overnight.
  • Stoke Hall, a dorm, was supposedly constructed to be easily demolished with dynamite.
Favorite Things To Do
The campus offers many activities, including billiards, swimming classes and activities, working out at the gym, dining from 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., or attending scheduled entertainment in the Memorial Union Building (MUB). If you're looking to kill a few minutes between classes, you can find plenty do in the Memorial Union Building, such as studying with a fresh coffee or milkshake. There is a large billiards room on the ground floor, where you can always find a table. If you have more time on your hands, the MUB has events scheduled every day, including a lecture series, musical performances, comedians, and club meetings.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
This is a sample list of some of the student organizations available at UNH. For a complete listing check out the Student Organization Services Web site.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 83 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 19 responses

  • 23% White-Out Whitt
  • 19% Getting on top of the wildcat statue
  • 17% Movies on the Lawn
  • 15% Dead Fish on the Ice
  • 12% May Day
  • 6% Open skating
  • 4% Boulderfest
  • 2% Cinco De Mayo
  • 2% Solarfest
  • 0% Stoke Wreath Lighting

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 17 responses

  • 30% Thompson Hall lawn
  • 23% Main Street
  • 17% Dorm room and hall
  • 13% Breaking New Grounds
  • 7% Fish Bowl
  • 3% The Freedom Cafe
  • 3% Game Room
  • 3% Frat Row
  • 0% Outside of Murphy's Tin Palace

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 42% I like going downtown and hanging out with friends
  • 31% Going to the MUB for movies or the game room
  • 15% BINGO!!
  • 8% Hanging out on the lawn of SAE playing games
  • 4% Portsmouth

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 18 responses

  • 72% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 22% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 6% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 88 responses

  • 44% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 44% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 11% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 85 responses

  • 34% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 59% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 4% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 11 responses

  • 64% Dining
  • 18% Phone-a-thon
  • 18% Anything outside

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 94% Petting the wildcats nose will get you good grades
  • 6% General Doctor Dick Hooker is a legend. RUSH SAE

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 12 responses

  • 92% Work Study jobs
  • 8% Lifeguarding



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