The University of New Hampshire and the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture recently announced changes that will transform the Thompson School of Applied Science in response to the realities of higher education within our state and region and better serve New Hampshire’s workforce needs.

The Thompson School will continue to offer two-year associates degrees in Veterinary Technology, Forest Technology, and in an Applied Animal Science program emphasizing livestock animals. As a part of the transformation, these programs will more closely align with the university’s four-year programs.

Beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year, the Thompson School will no longer offer degrees in Civil Technology, Culinary Arts and Nutrition, Horticultural Technology, and Integrated Agriculture Management, and we are not accepting applications for these programs. The Companion Animal Science and Equine Management concentrations within the Applied Animal Science program will also be discontinued. Current Thompson School students in these programs will continue to have access to the same high-quality education and resources until they graduate in 2019.

You can learn more about the university’s plan and find answers to frequently asked questions at The Future of the Thompson School.

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 traditional-age students must submit the results of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I). Adult students who have been out of high school for a number of years may request that the Office of Admissions waive the SAT-I requirement.

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.

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 or the Thompson School Main Office.

UNH Office of Admissions

Thompson School Main Office

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 office of our Assistant Director of Admissions, 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
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