The University of New Hampshire enrolls 12,000 undergraduate students and 2,400 graduate students in Durham and has a full-time faculty of more than 600. A comprehensive research university, it retains the look and feel of a New England liberal arts college with a faculty dedicated to teaching. The University is ideally located within easy driving distance to the White Mountains, the Seacoast area of New Hampshire, and Boston.
UNH is a land-, sea-, and space-grant research university. It comprises the following academic units: the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences; College of Liberal Arts; College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, which includes the Thompson School of Applied Science; College of Health and Human Services; Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics; University of New Hampshire at Manchester; University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord; and the Graduate School.
The University System of New Hampshire, of which UNH is a member, also includes Keene State College, Plymouth State University, and Granite State College.
The University awarded its first Ph.D. in 1896, placing it among the earliest American universities to award that degree. Doctoral programs in their present form began in the 1950s.