The Morrill Act of 1862 called for the federal government to provide each state with a grant of land that could be sold "for the endowment, support, and maintenance of at least one college" to teach agriculture and the mechanic arts. In 1866 Gov. Frederick Smyth signed an Act establishing the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts to be located in Hanover in connection with Dartmouth College. Its stated mission is to "provide comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. Our primary purpose is learning—students collaborating with faculty in teaching, research, creative expression and service."
UNH offers programs leading to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees from the following colleges and schools:
- Carsey School of Public Policy
- College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
- College of Health and Human Services
- College of Liberal Arts
- College of Life Sciences and Agriculture
- Cooperative Extension
- Graduate School
- School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering
- Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics
- Thompson School of Applied Science
- UNH School of Law
UNH Online offers several graduate level degrees and certificates completely online. Online students receive the same high quality education and University of New Hampshire diploma as students studying on campus. Online programs & courses offer flexibility, intimate class sizes, and high quality technology solutions to enhance the learning experience.