Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is the Thompson School part of UNH or a separate entity?
The Thompson School of Applied Science (TSAS) is an academic unit of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture and offers the Associate Degree program at the University of New Hampshire. UNH also offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees. UNH is one of 11 land-grant institutions that offers an associate degree program on a University campus.
2. Where are the Thompson School buildings on campus? Where will I spend most of my time?
The Thompson School is located at the western entrance of the UNH Campus. Our buildings are Cole, Putnam and Barton Halls as well as the TSAS Greenhouse Facility which is housed in the UNH Greenhouse Complex. Most of the courses a student will take while at Thompson School will be held in these three buildings; however some programs give students the opportunity to include baccalaureate classes in their coursework which may be taken elsewhere on campus.
3. What high school grades is the Thompson School looking for when I apply?
In general the Thompson School is looking for a C/C+ average or better. UNH also requires SAT/ACT scores with all applications.
4. How and when do I apply to the Thompson School?
Students interested in applying to the Thompson School must submit the UNH Common Application. The Common App can be completed online until Feb 1. After Feb 1, students must download the forms from the UNH website and submit them in paper to the UNH Office of Admissions. The Thompson School has rolling admissions and will accept applications for the fall until July 1. For more information about Admission to the Thompson School visit our Admissions page.
5. How much does it cost to attend Thompson School?
Tuition, fees, room and board are determined by the University of New Hampshire's Board of Trustees. Visit the UNH website for more information. The Thompson School also has its own one-time only curriculum specific fees. Information about these fees can be found in the UNH Undergraduate Catalog.
6. Where do Thompson School students live at UNH?
Thompson School students are UNH students and therefore live with all other UNH students. There is no specific dorm where TSAS students live, they can be found all over campus. UNH guarantees housing for the first two years for all matriculated students.
7. Can a student in a Thompson School degree program play sports at UNH?
Thompson School students can do everything at UNH, except play NCAA Division 1 and 1AA Sports. It is a NCAA rule that a student must be enrolled in a four-year degree program in order to play Division 1 or 1AA sports. All other sports groups/teams are available to Thompson School students.
8. Can I take a Thompson School course or courses without applying to a degree program?
Yes, interested students may take courses through UNH’s Continuing Education without being a matriculated student. Courses are paid for by the credit.
9. Does the Thompson School offer classes at night or online?
Currently the Thompson School offers very few courses in the evening. Typically one or two are offered each semester. Most courses are scheduled during the day time. The Thompson School has only a few select online courses at this time, most courses are held in the classroom or various lab settings. Our online course selection may expand in the future.
10. Can I continue my studies at UNH in a four year degree program?
Many Thompson School students do transfer into a four year degree program after they complete their associate degree. Students who wish to transfer to a UNH baccalaureate degree program must complete a simple Associate to Bachelor Degree Transfer Form and Transfer Exit Questionnaire (they do not re-do the Common Application) and are considered on their academic work. Special attention is paid to a student’s cumulative GPA in courses numbered 400 or higher. There is no application fee.
All credits from the Thompson School transfer (with the exception of TSAS Math Courses) to a UNH baccalaureate program, but may not necessarily fulfill the student’s new major requirements or Discovery requirements (except for COM 209 which will fulfill the ENGL 401 requirement). Completion of a bachelor’s degree after graduating with an associate degree may take longer than 2 years. In general the majority of students who set out to earn a bachelor’s degree take longer than 4 years to complete degree requirements.
Students may also seek to transfer to a four-year program before completing their associate degree; however if students were not admissible to a four-year program at UNH directly out of high school they will need a minimum of 2 semesters of solid college level work before the UNH Admissions Office will consider their transfer form. The Thompson School also offers a Transfer Meeting every semester for students interested in learning more about transfer opportunities.