College Profile: Plymouth State University
Coordinates: 43°45′32″N 71°41′21″W / 43.75889, -71.68917 Plymouth State University, formerly Plymouth State College, is a regional comprehensive university located in Plymouth, New Hampshire and part of the University System of New Hampshire. Plymouth State University is a coeducational, residential university with an enrollment of approximately 4,192 undergraduate students and 1,072 graduate students. The school was founded as Plymouth Normal School in 1871. Since that time it has evolved to a Teachers College, a State College, and finally to a State University in 2003. It was founded as a teacher's college, and it still retains a distinguished teaching program/major to this day. Since that time however, it has diversified its academic profile, adding many new majors and fields of study. The school has become known in recent years for its meteorology program (Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute), which is considered one of the best in the eastern United States, and is also strong in business, visual and performing arts, interdisciplinary studies, and psychology. Also, new majors such as Criminal Justice have been added and other programs have increased their stature, especially the natural sciences with the creation of The Center for the Environment.The university now has a total of nineteen academic departments, with nearly forty different options within the major programs. The campus has also grown substantially in recent years with the addition of the Hartman Union Building (HUB) and Boyd Science Center and renovations/expansions to the Silver Center for the Arts, Lamson Library, Prospect Dining Hall, and the Physical Education Center. To accommodate the increased enrollment figures, a new residence hall, Langdon Woods, was built, opening for residents in Fall 2006. Langdon Woods is one of the first collegiate residence halls in the U.S. to gain “Gold” certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, which is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. There are also plans to expand certain key or "heavy use" buildings on campus, such as the P.E. Center, to accommodate new programs and athletic activities. Robert Frost, America's Poet Laureate, lived and taught at Plymouth from 1911–1912. The college has a campus newspaper distributed every Friday called The Clock, the first college newspaper in the nation to have a Sudoku puzzle.
603-535-2338 (financial aid)
||Plymouth, Plymouth State, PSU, Plymout, Plimout, Plymoth, Plimoth, Plymot, Plimot|
||Public, 4-year or above|
||5,000 - 9,999|
|Title IV Eligibility
||Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs|
College Student Services Offered
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||Employment services for students||Yes
||Placement services for completers|
||On-campus day care for students' children||
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||ROTC: Air Force||
Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Plymouth State University Website
Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
|Open admission policy
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College Levels Offered
||Less than one year certificate||No
||One but less than two years certificate|
||Two but less than 4 years certificate|
All Academic Programs
- Secondary Education and Teaching.
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
- Art Teacher Education.
- Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
- Mathematics Teacher Education.
- Information Technology.
- Mathematics, General.
- Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services.
- Teacher Education, Multiple Levels.
- Social Work.
- Social Science Teacher Education.
- English Language and Literature, General.
- Health and Physical Education, General.
- Reading Teacher Education.
- Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General.
- Public Administration.
- Computer Science.
- History, General.
- Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric.
- Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies.
- Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other.
- Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
- Humanities/Humanistic Studies.
- Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
- Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
- Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other.
- Health Teacher Education.
- Psychology, General.
- Art/Art Studies, General.
- Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
- Athletic Training/Trainer.
- Elementary Education and Teaching.
- City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning.
- Social Studies Teacher Education.
- General Studies.
- Spanish Language and Literature.
- Political Science and Government, General.
- French Language and Literature.
- English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
- Fine/Studio Arts, General.
- Social Sciences, Other.
- Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.
- Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision.
- Applied Economics.
- Social Sciences, General.
- Music Teacher Education.
- Public Health Education and Promotion.
- Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other.
- Business Administration and Management, General.
- Chemistry, General.
- Environmental Biology.
- Business/Commerce, General.
- Music, General.
- Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
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