Plymouth State University

Plymouth State University

Plymouth State University is a regional, comprehensive university located in Plymouth, New Hampshire. It is a part of the University System of New Hampshire. It was established as Plymouth Normal School in 1871 and now enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students every semester. The university comprises of more than 15 academic departments. It offers a wide variety of degrees and programs.

Plymouth State's athletic teams are nicknamed the Panthers and compete in the NCAA Division III's Little East Conference. The men's Rugby team won the Division III national championship in 2008. PSU's campus is home to several student clubs and organizations.

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Plymouth State University
17 High Street
Plymouth , NH 03264-1595
General Phone: (603) 535-5000

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Plymouth State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching439educational administration, educational supervision, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, early childhood education, teacher education, art education, ...
Business and Management235business, business management, accounting, finance, marketing
Liberal Arts118French language, Spanish language, English, general studies, humanities, medieval and renaissance studies, interdisciplinary studies, social services, applied economics, ...
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy73parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, recreation and leisure studies, athletic trainer
Security and Law Enforcement60criminal justice and safety
Media42communication studies
Therapy and Counseling35psychology
Science34biology, biotechnology, environmental biology, atmospheric sciences, chemistry
Art Studies23art studies
Drama and Performing Arts19drama
Family and Social Work14public administration, social work
Fine Arts14fine arts
Computer Science and Engineering13information technology, computer science
Architecture and Planning11urban planning
Medical Administration6public health education
Religion and Philosophy4philosophy

Number of programs and degrees for Plymouth State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree80648
Master's degree27818
Post-master's certificate322
Postbaccalaureate certificate421
Associate's degree11

Plymouth State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Plymouth State had a total enrollment of 6,501 students (2,938 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 54%
Women 46%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 61%
Graduate 39%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 84%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 12%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 26%
20-21 25%
22-24 12%
25-29 7%
30-34 5%
35-39 5%
40-49 10%
50-64 9%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Hampshire50%
Rhode Island3%
New York2%
New Jersey1%
(International Students)1%

Plymouth State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 78 %
Part-Time 100 %

Plymouth State Room and Board (2007)

Plymouth State offers campus housing for 2,510 of its 2,938 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Plymouth, New Hampshire for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New Hampshire Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Plymouth State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430530
SAT Math440530
ACT Composite1419

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT96%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT5%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Plymouth State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,424
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,274
Room and board $ 8,350
Room charge $ 5,850
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,500
Books and supplies $ 1,150
Other expenses $ 1,976

Financial Aid:
Plymouth State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 259100)

Plymouth State Faculty

Plymouth State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2124
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1015

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Lecturercalendar year0*1*
No academic rankcalendar year3$95,1960*
All faculty totalcalendar year3$95,1961*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year55$85,36719$82,960
Associate professoracademic year26$69,58922$65,646
Assistant professoracademic year18$60,21518$56,980
Instructoracademic year0*3$54,387
Lectureracademic year9$49,80914$48,520
All faculty totalacademic year108$74,41476$64,323

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Plymouth State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Other
Basketball Little East Conference
Baseball Little East Conference

Plymouth State Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Technology

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Applied Economics
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Public Health Education and Promotion

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other

Religion And Philosophy

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Environmental Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Plymouth State Apart:

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Top 14%Plymouth State Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 16%Plymouth State % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 17%Plymouth State % of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 18%Plymouth State Salaries of full-time faculty

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checked Career counseling
checked Option to study abroad
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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
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