College Snap Shots

In an effort to provide Burlington High School students and their families with relevant and up-to-date college information, the Guidance Staff will be visiting various colleges and universities and providing you with information. The colleges visited do not represent a preference on the part of the BHS Guidance Department towards any particular school.

In the college search process, many things are taken into consideration. Things that are considered, but not limited to are: campus size, location, number of students on campus, majors, tuition, distance from home, athletic programs, clubs and other activities. When considering a college, students must also make realistic decisions based on personal interest, grades, test scores, etc.

The department feels that the college visit is an integral part of the process, and we strongly encourage students to visit any and all schools that interest them, especially if these schools are fairly close by. The information we provide is only a small snapshot into each respective college. We hope to add information about other schools in the future, and as always we appreciate any feedback that you have that would help us provide our students and their families useful information in the sometimes overwhelming college search process.

Furthermore we ask that students also research colleges by using their Naviance accounts and scheduling meetings with their counselor on a consistent basis. Please feel free to contact your son or daughter's individual counselor if you have any further questions.

Monday, December 7, 2015

The University of New Hampshire

Visited by Ms. Diozzi on Dec. 3, 2015

Location: Durham, NH, about 1.5 hours from Burlington.
Population of School: 15,000 students, 12,500 of whom are undergraduates

Campus Type: Suburban/Rural

Number of BHS students who applied:
2015: 34
2014: 36
2013: 32

Located about 20 minutes from the New Hampshire tolls, UNH is a charming and scenic “New England College” with lots of green space and historic buildings. One of its selling points is that it is close to the mountains, the ocean, lakes, and lots of land. Despite having a mid- to large-sized student population, the campus has an intimate, inclusive feel and is very walkable, with an extensive bus system and an Amtrak train station on campus to take students to Boston and beyond. The most popular major for admitted first year students is “undeclared.”  Our tour guides were majoring in Engineering, Marine Biology and Theater.  Athletics, particularly hockey, are very big on campus and all three guides appreciated that at different levels. The students and staff on campus were very friendly and students appeared to be very engaged in learning. The campus did not appear to be too ethnically diverse but I did observe that it was impressively accessible to a few students in wheelchairs. UNH does offer merit aid, so students should not feel its price tag as an out-of-state school necessarily puts it out of reach. Admissions seemed to strongly emphasize applying Early Action. See the Naviance notes for more details.

UNH Original Building
UNH Wildcat

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