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At the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, we seek to make a difference — from identifying the molecular pathway that leads to a new treatment for disease, to understanding the complex forces that impact our ecosystems and natural landscapes, to finding solutions for a global food system tasked with feeding billions.

Here, you will deepen your understanding of the world and learn to find sustainable responses to the planet’s biggest challenges. Leading edge research and hands-on experiences, combined with practical skill building in the lab and in the field, will create a firm foundation for your future.

When you graduate, you will join thousands of Wildcats who are forging their own paths to success, from here in New Hampshire to every corner of the world. 

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Owen Kanter '20 conducts moose research in New Hampshire.

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Unique, hands-on research projects lead to challenges and achievements that extend far beyond the classroom.

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UNH Diversity Statement

The University of New Hampshire is committed to building and nurturing an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty and staff can thrive. We also are committed to providing open and inclusive access for all alumni, volunteers, learners, employees and visitors seeking to participate in our programs and activities. We venture to sustain a campus environment that fosters mutual respect and understanding. We believe diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion are foundational values inextricably linked to achieving our core educational mission and embrace the many characteristics of our community members that make them uniquely themselves. Here, you belong and all are welcome.

UNH Land, Water and Life Acknowledgement

As we all journey on the trail of life, we wish to acknowledge the spiritual and physical connection the Pennacook, Abenaki and Wabanaki Peoples have maintained to N’dakinna (homeland) and the aki (land), nebi (water), olakwika (flora) and awaasak (fauna) that the University of New Hampshire community is honored to steward today. We also acknowledge the hardships they continue to endure after the loss of unceded homelands and champion the university’s responsibility to foster relationships and opportunities that strengthen the well-being of the Indigenous People who carry forward the traditions of their ancestors.

Listen to the acknowledgement read by Denise Pouliot, the Sag8moskwa (Head Female Speaker) of the Cowasuk Band of Pennacook Abenaki People from Alton, New Hampshire and a member of the Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective (INHCC), which includes her husband Paul Pouliot, several UNH faculty members and students, local grassroots organizers and community members and several members of other New England tribes.

  • UNH student Ella Lukacz on a farm
    Evaluating Hydrangea Cultivars for Regional Growers
    Ella Lukacz is a sustainable agriculture and food systems major and history minor from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. COLSA:…
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  • UNH student Eleora McCay in the woods
    Monitoring Furbearing Species in New Hampshire
    Eleora McCay is a wildlife and conservation biology major from Bedford, New Hampshire.
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  • UNH student Maggie Krein in the lab
    Understanding Impacts of Microplastic Pollution on Soil
    Maggie Krein is an environmental sciences: ecosystems major and double minor in wildlife and conservation biology and sustainable energy. She is from Chester, New Hampshire.
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  • UNH student Madigan Jennison-Henderson in the lab
    Purifying DNA and Renewing Her Love of Science
    Madigan Jennison-Henderson ’25 is a biomedical sciences: medical microbiology major and chemistry minor from Dover, New Hampshire.
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  • UNH student Bryce Hannon
    Discovering new ways to treat Merkel Cell Carcinoma
    Bryce Hannon is a genetics major from Winchester, Massachusetts.
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in ecology research
Journal of Ecology
Top 10%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
College Factual
Top 10%
General Biology
College Factual
in Natural Resources and Conservation
in Dairy Science
of COLSA alumni are employed
or in graduate school
First Destination Survey
of students participate
in internships and/or research
First Destination Survey
Average acceptance rate of
current students and recent grads
who applied to veterinary school
— well above the national average


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