Plymouth State University

17 High Street, Plymouth, NH 03264-1595

School Details

Plymouth State University was founded in 1871 and is a regional comprehensive university located in Plymouth, New Hampshire, operating as part of the University System of New Hampshire. Originally founded as Plymouth Normal School in 1871, the school has undergone a number of changes, evolving into a teachers college, a state college and finally into a state university in 2003. The school began offering graduate degrees in 1948 and today offers certificates, bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees.

Plymouth State University retains a mission to serve the state of New Hampshire and all of New England by providing well-educated graduates through ongoing opportunities for graduate education and professional development and by extending partnership opportunities for cultural enrichment and economic development to communities. Plymouth State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition to the university's overall accreditation, the Teacher Education program at Plymouth State University has also received specialized accreditation.

Plymouth State University’s campus is located in Plymouth, New Hampshire on a 170-acre campus that houses 47 buildings.

When applying to Plymouth State University, potential students are required to pay a $50 application fee and submit official transcripts, SAT or ACT scores and recommendations. Plymouth State University has an acceptance rate of 76 percent. Students who are granted acceptance ultimately decide to attend Plymouth State University at a rate of about 25 percent. Of the students who decided to attend Plymouth State University, the return rate for the following year of classes is 74 percent.

Students at Plymouth State University graduate within the four years it is expected to earn a bachelor’s degree at a rate of 40 percent and within six years at a rate of 59 percent.

There are 5,686 students currently enrolled at Plymouth State University, and of these students, 4,453 are undergraduate students and 1,233 are graduate level students. Most undergraduate students at Plymouth State University are full-time enrollments, with 93 percent of students taking at least 12 credits per semester. Unlike undergraduate students, graduate students are split with only 24 percent full-time students and 76 percent part-time.

The gender ratio of the student body is 47 percent female students and 53 percent male students. The largest represented race is white students, making up 78 percent of the student population. Other groups include African American, Hispanic and Asian, representing one percent, two percent and one percent of the student body, respectively. There are 1,500 adult learners who are over the age of 24. Students come to Plymouth State University from New Hampshire and declare in-state residency at a rate of 50 percent.

Students have a variety of academic options at Plymouth State University and there are 25 academic departments. The academic departments range from fields in business, education, and nursing to programs such as Health and Human Performance, Psychology, and Criminal Justice. There are a total of 323 faculty members and these faculty members typically hold their highest degree in their specific field and place a heavy importance on student’s interaction and personalized attention. Classes are typically of smaller than average size with a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

For students wanting to complete a degree, but who have a hectic schedule, Plymouth State University offers programs that can be completed through the distance learning program. The distance learning program offers different options to meet the varying needs of a diverse group of students. Students can also complete an entire degree through online classes. Available online degrees include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Masters of Business Administration in General Management
  • Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters of Education in Library Media.

Students can find many ways to stay active outside of class. One way for a student to spend free time while gaining valuable leadership and personal growth skills is through participating in extracurricular activities. There are over 120 official student organizations recognized at Plymouth State University. Organizations at Plymouth State University include event programming, service, multicultural, religious, political, departmental, and special interest clubs, and others.

Plymouth State University offers a tuition payment plan and the assistance and guidance of its financial aid office to help students with the cost of higher education. Plymouth State University awards grants, scholarships and loans for eligible students. Currently, 48 percent of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. 


New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education    


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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