Putnam Hall at night in winter


The Thompson School offers two-year associates degrees in Veterinary Technology, Forest Technology, and Applied Animal Science.

UNH's Thompson School welcomes applications from both high school and adult students. High school students who plan to enter the Thompson School after graduation will be considered on the basis of high school course selection, academic achievement, class rank, and high school recommendations. Emphasis is placed on the applicant’s personal motivation, demonstrated interest in a career field, and preparation for Thompson School programs.

All students may submit the results of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I).

For an adult student who graduated from high school several years ago, the Office of Admissions will consider not only his or her academic record but also accomplishments since high school. Important factors will include professional work and advancement and motivation to succeed in Thompson School courses. In addition, applicants will be considered on the basis of any available test scores such as General Education Development (GED), Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP); letters of reference; previous college study; and military record (if applicable).

A number of Thompson School specializations require satisfactory work in specific high school preparatory courses.

2 + 2 Program

After obtaining an associate degree in one of the Thompson School’s two-year programs, qualified students may then transfer to the corresponding four-year major and obtain a bachelor’s degree in two additional years with a full-time course of study.

How to Apply

Prospective students may apply to the Thompson School online through the UNH Common Application through June 30th. If you do not have online access you may request an application from the UNH Office of Admissions.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the calendar year (we have rolling admissions).  Notice of admission to the Thompson School will normally be sent within 30 days following receipt of all required information.

All applications and supplemental materials (including materials from Guidance Counselors and High Schools) must be sent to the UNH Admissions Office.

Checklist of Items to Complete for Admission:

  • Complete the UNH Common Application (Essay is included in the online submission).  Online submission to UNH is available until June 30.
  • Complete the UNH Supplement (Included in the Common App when you apply online and can also be downloaded)
  • Pay Online (or send a check) for the Application Fee
  • Request High School and/or College Transcripts to be sent to UNH Admissions
  • Enclose Letter of Recommendation
  • All materials must be submitted to the UNH Office of Admissions.

Please note:  Priority application deadlines for those students requesting UNH residential housing is February 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.  Housing assignments will be handled on a space available basis after February 1.  The UNH financial aid deadline is March 1 for the academic year.


Contact Information

The Thompson School invites you to schedule a tour and interview through the Admissions Office through Deborah Pack.  Students and parents may contact her though email and or phone.

Deborah Pack, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
Phone: (603) 862-2874



UNH Office of Admissions
Smith Hall
3 Garrison Avenue
Durham, NH 03824-3562
(603) 862-1360
Fax: (603) 862-0077