By Jason Moran
Plymouth State University has all of the program options and opportunities of a university plus a friendly, small-town vibe. Far from the sameness of many colleges and universities, Plymouth State is an innovator where you can get the skills to become a leader in the field. It’s different up here, because at PSU you have the freedom to see how much further you can go.
Be a “Tomorrow Changer”
Plymouth State’s Integrated Clusters learning model breaks the mold when it comes to active participation. While earning your degree you will engage in real-world integrated experiences, learning to solve problems like an innovative entrepreneur. Most innovation doesn’t happen in isolation, so you’ll share insights and discoveries as you tackle real-world projects in our open laboratories.
Teaming up with other disciplines and fellow students, faculty, and community/industry partners creates a powerful, multidimensional learning experience. You’ll get inspired to discover solutions to societal and industry challenges, then build upon these ideas in your courses. We welcome tomorrow changers who want to own their education.
#1 in Improving Critical Thinking
Plymouth State University dates to 1871. Today you can choose from 53 undergraduate majors, 60 minors, and 68 graduate degree and certification programs, with studies in the arts, business, education, humanities, and the natural and social sciences. A cutting-edge bachelor’s program in Robotics launches in 2018–2019.
In 2017, the Wall Street Journal reported that we ranked first among public colleges and universities across the country for our ability to improve students’ critical thinking abilities. You’ll begin right away with our First-Year Seminars, quickly becoming comfortable working in teams spanning different majors and interests, developing skills that employers prize.
A Superior Learning Environment
Plymouth, New Hampshire, is cozy, lively, and centrally located, with easy access to Concord, the state capital. Concert venues, shopping, and great restaurants are nearby, and the University is two hours from Boston.
With an enrollment of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students, our classic 170-acre campus boasts many impressive facilities, including ALLWell North, our academic and athletic complex; the Lamson Library and Learning Commons; and the Silver Center for the Arts, home to theatre, dance, music, and literary events and programs.
We See Faces, Not Crowds
We welcome students from 45 states and 25 foreign countries, and a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures that professors know your name. Faculty don’t disappear after class; they collaborate with you on projects, discuss career options, and arrange practical internships.
We look closely at each applicant’s character, leadership qualities, initiative, and special talents, and see you as a unique individual. It believes that your academic record is your most valuable asset in applying and SAT/ACT test scores are not required.
At Plymouth everyone wants to help you succeed. Academic Advising, Career Services, the Math Activities Center, Plymouth Academic Support Services (PASS), and the Writing Center are among the many services designed for you.
Work Hard, Play Hard
Plymouth is bordered by the White Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire’s scenic Lakes Region — perfect for hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, or just relaxing. Think of our campus as a laboratory, a classroom, and a playground.
We field 24 NCAA Division III varsity athletic teams, all with proud traditions. Our full-size NHL hockey arena, 200-meter indoor track, and strength and conditioning center are open for both team and recreational use.
PSU is within 30 minutes of four major ski areas with some of New England’s best. Club and intramural sports encourage everyone to play, and our Outdoor Center offers free use of recreational equipment and sponsors trips, so you can learn or practice skills like rock climbing, paddling, surfing, and skiing.
The World Awaits You
Our school motto, Ut prosim, is Latin for “That I may serve,” and we connect you with opportunities that apply what you’re learning: art students help teach after-school classes; biology students test water quality; and business students partner with local firms.
Internships encourage you to test-drive a career, develop marketable skills, and network with professionals. Some recent internships include the Boston Bruins, the Discovery Channel, Hasbro, and the US Marshals Office.