Plymouth State University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Public

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: New Hampshire


Plymouth State University is a comprehensive public university located on a 170-acre campus in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Founded in 1871 as a school for training teachers, the university now offers 48 undergraduate majors, 65 minors, and six master's degree programs. Business, education, and criminal justice are most popular at the bachelor's degree level. Academics are supported by a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Lovers of outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, and kayaking will appreciate the school's location on the southern edge of the White Mountain National Forest. Concord is less than 45 minutes to the south, and Boston is less than two hours away when traffic permits. In athletics, the Plymouth State Panthers compete in the NCAA Division III Little East Conference for most sports. The university fields 10 women's and 8 men's intercollegiate sports.

Most Popular Majors

Business Administration, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, English, Marketing, Physical Education

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 6540
Total Grad Students: 2194
Undergraduate Students: 4346
Faculty: 189

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 35:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 23:1

Percent Male: 53%
Percent Female: 47%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 34%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 57%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

17 High Street
Plymouth New Hampshire 3264


Main Email:

Main Phone: 603-535-5000

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
David McBride
Associate Director, Admissions
(800) 842-6900

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:
Dick Hage
Coordinator of International Recruitment, Admissions
(800) 842-6900

Athletics Contact:
John Clark
Director, Athletics
(603) 535-2770

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
The minimum GPA requirement is 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
For a course to be transferred, it must have a grade of 'C' or better. A course must include subject matter that is at least equal to the content level of course work offered at PSU and be appropriate for your degree program.

Credits (Min/Max):
The max credits accepted from a 2-year school are 65, and 90 from a 4-year. You must earn 30 credits at Plymouth State to earn a bachelor's degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
Plymouth State does not publish a requirement for the submission of standardized test scores.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Plymouth State does not publish a requirement for letters of recommendation.

Essay(s) required:
A well-written essay on one of the subjects listed on the application is required.

Application Fee:
There is a $50 nonrefundable application fee.

Other Requirements:
PSU requires a completed Common Application Supplement be submitted.

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Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 18 21
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 440 530
Math 440 530

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied:

Transfers Accepted:

Transfer Percentage Accepted: %

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 74%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -74%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1202

Other Expenses: 1960

Room and Board: 9030

Tuition and Fees: 18978

Total Cost: 31170

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 11518

Total Cost – In-State: 23710

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Financial aid is awarded to students based on need or through merit scholarships. The types of aid available are scholarships and grants, loans and work opportunities.

CSS/Profile Used?

Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6196

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 88%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 55%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 80%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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