Executive Director's Welcome

Executive Director,  Dr. Regina Smick-Attisano

The Thompson School of Applied Science was founded in 1895 by the legislators of New Hampshire to provide a broader opportunity to the citizens of the state to study the agricultural sciences in a two year timeframe instead of only four years. The Thompson School continues to uphold this legacy providing quality associate degree programs with an educational belief that the best way to learn is by doing. Our programs are designed to bring the ideas of the classroom to life, inspiring students to learn and achieve with their minds and hands engaged.

The Thompson School offers seven, associate in applied science degree programs: Applied Animal Science, Civil Technology, Culinary Arts & Nutrition, Forest Technology, Horticultural Technology, Integrated Agriculture Management and Veterinary Technology. Most programs additionally offer the opportunity for students to specialize within their fields of study. To guide students in these pursuits are faculty who not only excel as teachers, but as professionals who practice what they teach.

The Thompson School is located on the Durham campus of the University of New Hampshire. As members of the UNH community, students enjoy the best of both worlds — the personalized attention and support of a small school, along with the resources of a major research university.

Tucked alongside Durham’s pastoral gateway, the Thompson School is surrounded by acres of fields and forests and supported by first-rate academic buildings and facilities, including greenhouses, equine and dairy centers, laboratories, a grooming shop, and access to the NH SPCA’s animal hospital in nearby Stratham.

The Thompson School is an academic unit of UNH’s College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. It is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and a lead partner of AgrowKnowledge, a national initiative to strengthen the curriculum of agriculture and technology.