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.

The Culinary Arts and Nutrition program is being discontinued and is not accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Currently enrolled students will have access to courses and resources until they graduate in May 2019.

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


Students studying in the Culinary Arts and Nutrition (CAN) Program are enrolled in a two year applied program utilizing facilities, venues and job opportunities offered at a mid-sized University. Numerous opportunities for practical experience await you at UNH.

  • The Thompson School CAN Program offers a variety of catered events that fine tune student skills, including seasonal/holiday events and conferences
  • UNH Dining Halls: Students have the unique opportunity to learn through doing with hands-on experience in our state-of-the art dining center with a variety of food preparation stations.
  • Independent Studies: Students can focus on a particular area of interest by creating a self designed independent study. Many students utilize Holloway Commons as teaching assistants or do independent studies at local restaurants in and around the seacoast area.
  • Job Opportunities: UNH students have many opportunities for jobs while on campus including the Whittemore Center Arena Concessions and other food venues serving both students and the public.
  • The Thompson School also has its own in-house commercial kitchen where students learn many of the skills necessary for a career in the food service industry.