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The UNH Advantage

Distinctive Strengths of the University of New Haven

Leader in Experiential Education – The University prepares students to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives in a global society by providing the highest-quality education through experiential, collaborative and discovery-based education.  Many of our undergraduate and graduate programs offer students the valuable opportunity to learn outside of the classroom, whether it be in a lab, in a corporate setting, in the community or abroad.  All UNH undergraduates complete one of the “four pillars” of our experiential education program: academic service-learning, study abroad, internship or faculty-mentored research. Recently, the National Society for Experiential Education awarded UNH President Steven H. Kaplan the organization’s top award in recognition of the University’s commitment to excellence in this field.

Rising National Reputation – Not only is UNH nationally recognized as a leader in experiential education, but it also has received growing recognition for its outstanding academic quality. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University among the top tier of regional comprehensive universities in the North and our Tagliatela College of Engineering among the top tier of undergraduate engineering programs nationwide. In addition, the University has been named a “College of Distinction” by a national online higher education guide that recognizes select colleges for their demonstrated excellence in four key areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful graduate outcomes. The Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences is world-renowned and attracts students, scholars and practitioners from around the globe to our campus. And the UNH master’s program in sport management is ranked fourth in the United States and No. 13 in the world by SportBusiness International.

Growing Student Enrollment and Quality – Since 2005, full-time undergraduate enrollment has grown by 80%, and last fall we welcomed the largest and most academically gifted first-year class in the University’s history.  As UNH has grown, it also has become more selective. We are attracting higher caliber students in ever-increasing numbers. Over the last two years alone, SAT scores of our incoming first-year students have increased by more than 40 points.  Due to its rising national recognition, UNH now competes for students with the likes of Boston College, Northeastern and Boston University.

Gateway to New England – Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960.  Strategically located midway between Boston and New York, the University is perfectly situated in an area described as “The Gateway to New England.”  The Greater New Haven region is a full spectrum economy anchored by world-class corporations, hospitals and academic institutions.  The New Haven/Hartford metro regions were recently listed as No.1 on the “best bet” for college grads by The region has been revitalized over the past several years and New Haven itself, host to five colleges and universities, has become a rapidly growing center for computer and biotechnology firms as well as for the arts. 

Given this proximity to three major urban centers, many faculty have close ties with industries and government in the region, and the University’s internship and co-op programs are among the best in southern New England—with especially strong ties to Pitney-Bowes, Sikorsky and United Illuminating. The region is home to a number of Fortune 500 headquarters such as IBM, PepsiCo, Bic, Starwood, UBS, ESPN, RBS, Duracell,, GE and Subway. 

Local and Global Expansion – The University’s 82-acre suburban main campus is located in West Haven, just minutes from the beaches of Long Island Sound and the cultural vibrancy of downtown New Haven. UNH has invested more than $110 million in recent years to build new, state-of-the-art facilities, including the Henry C. Lee Institute for Forensic Science in Gehring Hall, Celentano Residence Hall (the University’s first Gold LEED-certified building), Bartels Student Activity Center, and the Beckerman Recreation Center.  The University also offers programs at our campuses in Orange and New London, Conn. In addition, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences offers programs in Livermore, Calif., in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, the country’s premier science and engineering laboratory for national security and technology innovation. UNH students can study at our satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, as well as take advantage of our numerous study abroad partnerships across Europe, Asia and South America.