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So.What are you doing next year?
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PSU Experience 2 Financial Support 6 Academics 8 Academic Degree Programs 18 Real-World Experience 20 Student Life 22 Athletics 30 Health & Safety 34 Community Service 35 From College to Career! 36 Just the Facts 37 Where Is Plymouth Anyway? 38
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psu e x perie n ce
a ly s s a m i r a meteorology
The reason I started looking at PSU was the fact that my major was offered. Once I came to visit, I liked PSU for so many other reasons. I love the size; how I can walk across campus and see at least one person I know but still meet someone new every day. The sense of community was a big pull for me.
get the experience and the degree! Why do more than a
“PSU has my major.”
thousand students like you
With 55 majors and 60+ minors,
In addition to living in one of
choose PSU every year?
plus a program for students still
America's great small towns,
deciding on a major, your options
you’ll be minutes from ski resorts,
“It’s just my size.”
are wide open. (See page 18 for
rivers, and theatre and concert
• 4,300 undergraduates
the complete list.)
venues, and just a couple hours
(almost half from out of state) • 47 states and 28 foreign countries represented • Average class size: 18
from Boston and Portland. “I can afford it.”
Think of PSU’s 170-acre central
91% of first-year students receive
New Hampshire campus as a
some kind of financial aid, so
laboratory, a classroom, and a
don’t let cost get in the way of
psu e x perie n ce
“Everyone gets involved.”
Community service is the culture
admissions or call
and the norm here. The PSU
(800) 842-6900 for more
motto—Ut prosim, or “That I may
information and to schedule
serve”—really means something
a campus tour.
to students and faculty. See for yourself Whether you’re into the environment, health and fitness, business, or music performance, a visit is the best way to find out if
Plymouth State University is the right fit for you.
f i n d i n g a way
! Average annual cost of tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board: • NH resident: $21,868 • Non-resident: $29,288 • NH commuter: $12,610 Need- and meritbased financial assistance available.
Is college worth it?
Once you’ve fallen in love with
A college graduate’s annual
PSU and been accepted, the
income will be about $22,000
Financial Aid Team will walk you
more than that of a high school
through every option; tell you
graduate. And the unemploy-
about scholarships, grants, loans,
ment rate for college graduates
and work-study; and help you fill
is 2.6 times lower than for recent
out forms. And they will stick with
high school graduates. Especially
you through all your years at PSU,
in rough economic times, a
as long as you need them.
degree from PSU can bring more opportunities throughout your
Are you eligible for financial
support? Apply for it and find out! Remember: college degree = more
Okay, I want to go … but
money + more job opportunities.
how will I pay?
Don’t let cost get in the way of
your education. We may be able to find a way together. 91% of PSU first-year students receive some kind of need- or meritbased financial aid.
In accordance with NCAA Division III rules, PSU does not offer athletic scholarships.
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fi n a n cial support
abigale sprackland interdisciplinary studies ( da n c e a n d b u s i n e s s )
I know I'm not the only student who has concerns about how to afford college. Financial aid has given me the opportunity to further my education without a huge weight on my shoulders. Plymouth State understands that these are hard times for most people and are sensitive about that.
academics w h at d o e s c o l l e g e l o o k l i k e to yo u ?
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Picture this You’re among a small group of students, discussing, arguing, and analyzing your subject together. Your professor calls on you by name. He expects you to get out and apply your learning in the real world through research, university-community partnerships, internships with local businesses, study abroad, volunteer work, or national student exchanges. Years later, he’ll still know your name. This is your life at Plymouth State.
plymouth.edu/academics Will I get in? While your academic record is your most valuable asset in applying, PSU also looks closely at your character, leadership, initiative, and special talents. No minimum SAT score is required for admission, but most admitted students will have: • SAT combined critical reading and math score: 900–1100 (or ACT
composite: 19–24); • High school GPA: 2.5–3.5.
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penina wallace criminal justice with minors in pre-law and a n t h r o p o l o g y/ s o c i o l o g y
My advisor, Mark Fischler, has played a large role in the success that I have had both in the classroom and out. He has helped me along a path of self-exploration that I cannot see having had if I had not come to PSU.
What will a PSU degree
tantly, you will be well prepared to
program designed to help you
enter the working world.
explore academic options and choose an appropriate major.
A solid liberal arts foundation: by the time you graduate, you will
So, what’s your major?
Dedicated faculty and staff will
think critically and have a deep
Get used to this question—you’ll
welcome you to university life, get
and practical understanding of
be hearing it a lot over the next
to know you, and serve as aca-
your chosen field. Most impor-
few years. Whether you declare a
demic advisors and mentors until
major before you enroll or need
you choose a major and move on
some more time to decide, PSU
to a home department. With their
can help you get to where you
help, you will be better prepared
want to go. And you have plenty
to graduate within four years and
of majors to choose from (see
put your education to good use.
No major yet? No problem. Some students enter college with
Design your own major
a major in mind. Others—about
PSU’s Interdisciplinary Studies
a third of entering first-year
degree program allows you to
students—are still deciding.
create your own major with the
The Department of University
assistance of faculty from two or
Studies is a personalized advising
more departments. Interested in
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the global economy? Mix business courses with foreign language. Want to go pre-med? Combine courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. Is web design your thing? Combine graphic arts and computer science.
• Academic Advising • Career Services
• Department of University Studies
• Math Activities Center
• PASS (Plymouth Academic Support Services), includ-
ing peer tutoring, academic Being an innovative thinker with
counseling, and services for
a range of interrelated skills can
students with disabilities
give you the edge you need to get into a profession you love.
• Writing Center
academic-support Academic support: we’ve got your back When you arrive at PSU you’ll find that everyone wants to help you succeed. You’ll have full access to all these services and more during your years here:
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PSU has the only meteorology degree program in NH
Get your degree sooner
And while the idea of graduate
… or go on for a higher degree.
school may seem as far off as
If you’re hoping to get out into
the moon, here’s something that
the workforce as soon as pos-
might bring that moon within
sible, the Division of Online and
reach: the College of Graduate
Continuing Studies (DOCS)
Studies has options that allow you
gives you a chance to speed up
to finish your bachelor’s and
your degree progress by taking
master’s degrees in only five
Winterim and summer session
courses, as well as weekend,
evening, online, and blended courses.
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joakim martinsson business with A minor in sports management
I am so thankful for the amazing support PSU offers. During my first two years when my English was not as good as it is now I really took advantage of the PASS Office and the Writing Center. I hope the learning experience I have had in the classroom, in the community, and as an athlete will set me apart from the competition when I go home and apply for jobs back in Sweden.
We don’t like to brag, but maybe you didn’t know … PSU offers: • New Hampshire’s only degree in meteorology
• A nursing degree and RN–to– BSN completion program
• A state-of-the-art science facility
• One of New England’s best education programs
• A planetarium with Starlab Sky Projector
• A lively music, theatre, and dance program, with courses open to all majors and facilities that include the 665-seat Hanaway Theatre • Extensive athletic training and sport physiology lab
• Campus-wide focus on environmental issues and initiatives
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ta i z a n c a r t e r english with t e ac h e r c e r t i f i c at i o n option
I know my experience at PSU will help me in my life after college. Academically, I feel prepared. If you want to get into a career that you are going to actually enjoy, going to college is how you can help make that dream come true.
Academic Degree Programs COMMUNICATION & MEDIA
HEALTH & HUMAN
BA Art: Ceramics BA Art: Drawing BA Art: Graphic Design BA Art: Painting BA Art: Printmaking BA Art: Sculpture BA Art History BFA Graphic Design BFA 2D Studio Art BFA 3D Studio Art BS Art Education (K–12)
BA Criminal Justice
BS Chemistry: Biochemistry BS Chemistry: Chemistry Education (7–12) BS Chemistry: Environmental Chemistry BS Chemistry: General BS Meteorology
EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES
BS Adventure Education BS Athletic Training BS Exercise & Sport Physiology BS Health Education BS Health Education: Health Promotion BS Health Education: School Health (K–12) BS Physical Education: Contract BS Physical Education: Physical Education & Health Education Teacher Certification (K–12) BS Physical Education: Teacher Certification (K–12) BS Sports Management
BA Music: Commercial Voice Performance BA Music: Contract BA Music: Music Technology BA Music: Piano Performance & Pedagogy BA Music: Voice Performance & Pedagogy BS Music Education (K–12) BA Theatre Arts: Acting BA Theatre Arts: Contract BA Theatre Arts: Dramatic Writing BA Theatre Arts: Music Theatre Performance BA Theatre Arts: Theatrical Design/Tech
HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY
BA Biology BS Biology BS Biological Science Education (7–12) BS Biotechnology BS Environmental Biology
BS Accounting BS Business Administration BS Management: General Management BS Management: Human Resource Management BS Management: International Business BS Management: Small Business/ Entrepreneurship BS Marketing: Integrated Marketing Communications BS Marketing: Professional Sales BS Marketing: Public Relations BS Finance BS Sports Management
BA Communication Studies: Media Studies BA Communication Studies: Professional Communication COMPUTER SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
BS Computer Science BS Information Technology CRIMINAL JUSTICE
BS Early Childhood Studies: Contract BS Early Childhood Studies: Early Care & Education BS Early Childhood Studies: Teacher Certification (PreK–3) BS Early Childhood Studies: Early Intervention
BA History BA Philosophy BS Social Studies Education (5–12)
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION & CHILDHOOD STUDIES
BS Childhood Studies BS Elementary Education (K–8)
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES COUNCIL
BA Interdisciplinary Studies BS Interdisciplinary Studies
BA English BA English: Literature & Film BA English: Teacher Certification (5–12) BA English: Writing
LANGUAGES & LINGUISTICS
BA French BA Spanish BA Modern Languages MATHEMATICS
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY
BS Environmental Science & Policy: Community & Environment BS Environmental Science & Policy: Environmental Science
BS Mathematics BS Mathematics: Middle School Teacher Certification (5–8) BS Mathematics: Secondary Teacher Certification (7–12)
For the most current list of majors and minors, go to plymouth.edu/academics.
MUSIC, THEATRE & DANCE
BS Nursing: RN Completion (must have RN license) BS Nursing: Pre–Licensure Nursing
BA Psychology BS Psychology: Developmental BS Psychology: Mental Health BS Psychology: Psychology & Law SOCIAL SCIENCE
BA Anthropology/Sociology: Anthropology BA Anthropology/Sociology: Sociology BA Political Science BA Tourism Management & Policy BS Geography BS Environmental Planning BS Public Management BS Social Science SOCIAL WORK
BS Social Work BS Social Work: Aging Services BS Social Work: Child & Family Services BS Social Work: Health Services BS Social Work: Mental Health Services BS Social Work: Social Services for Hispanic Communities
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ashley clarke e n v i r o n m e n ta l s c i e n c e a n d p o l i c y, w i t h a c o n c e n t r at i o n i n c o m m u n i t y, a n d w i t h minors in anthropolgy and sociology
I've made connections with many amazing professors, as well as other students and local people of Plymouth. PSU is a giant community of all people and all majors. I'm always finding links between two completely different things.
environmental biology student jesse wampler works on a fall migration raptor banding program in Cape may, nj.
Whether you’re looking to put
locally or around the world that
weeks as part of a course, for an
your skills to work in an internship,
match your skills and interests.
entire semester, or even an entire
or experience another culture by
Students have interned at pub-
year, the team at the Global
studying abroad, PSU can give
lishing houses, hotels, zoos, the
Education Office will help you
you the opportunity of a lifetime.
Kennedy Space Center, and
every step of the way, and they’ll
other cool places.
be there for you throughout your
Test-drive a career, develop
skills, and network with profes-
Experience new cultures through
You can study abroad as early
sionals while applying what
study abroad programs in more
as the first semester of your first
you’ve learned in class to the real
than 100 countries, including
year through PSU’s Freshman
world. The staff at PSU’s Global
China, the Netherlands, Spain,
Abroad Program at the
Education Office will help you
Italy, and Jamaica. Whether you
University of Limerick in Ireland.
find internship opportunities
choose to study abroad for a few
Want to study closer to home?
you’ll take a combination of PSU
Check out the National Student
and Limerick courses and live
Exchange Program, which allows
on campus with Irish students
you to study for a semester or
and other international students.
for a year at any of nearly 200
You’ll also have a chance to bond
colleges throughout the US and
with a PSU faculty member, who
will accompany you and your
real - world lear n i n g
During your semester in Ireland,
classmates to Ireland and teach two of your courses. WATCH Experiential Learning at Acadia National Park VIDEO go.plymouth.edu/acadia
! Study abroad is affordable! PSU and many of its study abroad partners offer scholarships, and any financial aid you’ve been awarded travels with you.
stude n t life
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t h e r e ' s m o r e to l i f e at p s u t h a n s t u dy i n g What you’ll eat
Where you’ll live PSU's 170-acre campus is home
mate: beds, dressers, desks,
You’ll never go hungry here.
to seven residence halls and two
chairs, and closets. The fun part
From Prospect Dining Hall to
student apartment complexes.
is decorating your space and
numerous cafés, the PSU cam-
All rooms are furnished with the
making it your own!
pus has a huge variety of snack-
basics for you and your room-
ing and dining options. Prospect Dining Hall offers home-cooked favorites, a fully-loaded salad bar, vegetarian options, pizza, desserts—there’s even a walk-up window for to-go orders. At the HUB, you can grab a quick bite at the Union Grille or a bagel and coffee at the Sidewalk Café. While you’re at Lamson Library, you can stop by the Commons Café for a latte and a muffin. Along the edge of campus you'll find all that Main Street Plymouth has to offer: Thai, pizza, Chinese, deli, burgers, Mexican, and more.
stude n t life
A Day i n t h e l i f e of a Res Hall whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, both the campus and the town of plymouth have plenty to offer.
What you can do Do what you love or try somemovie, ice skate at Hanaway Rink, victory at a game, build a house
with Habitat for Humanity, chal-
Nothing like a little pre-breakfast yoga to get the blood flowing to your brain. 1:15 pm
lenge yourself on a high ropes
Cue up between classes.
course, shop on Main Street— whatever you’re into, there’s
always something to do on and around campus.
Rise and shine! Time to roll out of bed and pack up for the day. 8 am
thing new! See a concert or a cheer the PSU Panthers on to
And don’t forget the lakes and
A detour on the way to Prospect Hall for dinner. 10:30 pm
mountains that surround PSU
Close the books for tonight ... it’s pizza time!
are perfect for hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, or simply relaxing. 10:30 pm WATCH 2013 Ski & Snowboard Day VIDEO go.plymouth.edu/skiday2013
The Outdoor Center
Get out of town!
Get your gear on at the Outdoor
PSU is in the heart of north-
Center, which offers students
ern New England—grab some
free use of a wide variety of
friends and explore!
recreational equipment including
• 90 minutes to Hampton
skis, snowshoes, and paddling and camping gear. The center also sponsors day and overnight
trips throughout New England
• Two hours to Fenway Park
so you can learn or practice skills
• Four hours to Montreal.
like rock climbing, paddling, surfing, and skiing.
Beach or downtown
or New England Aquarium.
30 minutes to the closest ski area
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Silver Center for the Arts is the major cultural arts center in central NH
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100+ clubs and organizations Fun and games From sports teams to social clubs, there are endless opportunities to meet people, make friends, and have fun: • 20 NCAA Division III varsity sports • 7 intramural sports (including softball and broomball) • 7 sports clubs (including rugby and snowboarding) • Group exercise classes (including yoga, cardio bootcamp, and Zumba) • 100+ clubs and organizations (including student government, academic clubs, and special interest clubs)
The menâ€™s ice hockey team defeated Salem State to capture the 2012 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championship and earn a berth in the NCAA Division III Championships.
pa n t h e r p r i d e ! Whether you’re a dedicated
• Women’s field hockey
PSU also offers sports clubs and
student-athlete or a die-hard
captured the 2012 ECAC
intramural sports in baseball,
sports fan, you can’t beat the
softball, rugby, snowboarding,
excitement of Panther Athletics!
• Women’s lacrosse won the
and much more.
Little East Conference regular PSU fields 9 men’s and 11 wom-
season titles in 2012 and 2013.
PSU also offers affiliated club sports such as competitive cheer-
en’s NCAA Division III varsity athletic teams, all with a proud
leading and men's and women's
tradition of success. Recent hon-
ice hockey, and intramural sports
in baseball. rugby, snowboarding,
• Men’s ice hockey won the 2012
and much more.
and advanced to the NCAA
Fields and Facilities
PSU’s campus includes 50 acres
of playing and practice fields,
plus nine outdoor tennis courts,
and an 850-seat indoor ice arena.
Wrestling Inside our Physical Education Center, you’ll find an OlympicWomen's
sized swimming pool, athletic
training center, a three-court
gymnasium with seating for
2,000, and more.
Ice Hockey Field Hockey After breaking or equaling five school records, shortstop Bekah Jackson was named All-New England and Little East Conference Rookie of 2012.
Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming and Diving Tennis Volleyball
health & safety
health &safety Itâ€™s all about you
The SAGE (Sexuality, Anti-
All residence halls are smoke-free
Here are just some of the ways
Violence, Gender, and Equality)
and locked 24 hours a day. Each
PSU helps make you feel more at
Center provides services that
residence hall has a residence
address violence prevention,
director and community advisors
diversity, and gender-based
who live onsite to help create a
Health Services is an on-campus
issues to promote a safe, inclusive
safe and secure living environment
acute care clinic that offers the
for all students.
own doctor. Speare Memorial
The Reflection and Spiritual
The Plymouth State University
Hospital, a critical access hospi-
Care Center provides spiritual
Police Department offers safety
tal, is just across the street from
support for people of all faiths.
services and workshops, enforces
kind of care youâ€™d get from your
campus parking rules, and edu-
campus. The Wellness Center offers
cates the community about best
The Counseling and Human
programs that support the health
practices in personal and commu-
Relations Center offers free,
and well-being of students, includ-
nity safety. Officers are on duty 24
confidential services to help stu-
ing massage, life coaching, health
hours a day.
dents with issues including anxiety,
education, and wellness fairs.
stress, depression, and more.
health-safety Students and their families can use myPlymouth, PSU's online student portal, to register to receive campus alerts, class cancellations, and emergency communications.
co m m u n ity service
PSU has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since the honor roll was created in 2006.
Community Service Orientation allows students to move in aweek early to do community service projects, get acquainted with the campus, and make new friends.
Give back to the community,
the real world: Art students
help people, and learn more
Make a difference globally
help teach after-school art
about yourself in the process
through Alternative Spring
classes to area schoolchildren;
at PSU, where our motto is Ut
Break and international ser-
business students partner
Prosim, Latin for “That I May
vice trips that will give you the
with local businesses to help
chance to travel, learn, and
improve revenue; computer
serve beyond campus. PSU
science students help orga-
The Community Service
students have helped rebuild
nizations with IT solutions …
Center will connect you with
homes in New Orleans, worked
you get the idea. However you
service opportunities that fit
with young children in the
serve, you’ll gain some great
your schedule and interests,
real-world experience for life
from food and clothing drives
awareness about important
Earn credits while you
Learn more about com-
munity service at PSU:
Many of the courses you’ll
take will give you a chance to
to mentoring kids and raising
apply what you’re learning to
fro m college to career !
Your degree can take you wher-
Career Services will help you
ever you want to go. PSU alumni
strategize your search, work with
are in every state in the US, every
you on creating a killer cover
province in Canada, and in more
letter and resume, and help you
than 53 other countries. They
perfect your interviewing skills.
from college to career! act on Broadway, teach in China,
They even arrange recruiting
shape healthcare policy in the
programs on campus.
White House, manage investments in Dubai, take their educa-
And even after you’ve entered the
tion to the next level in graduate
working world, Career Services
school, and more.
can help you advance your career or change professions.
When you’re ready to start your
job search, the staff at PSU’s
ann widger ’99 Current position: Director of External Affairs, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services “Where I am now has a lot to do with where I started.”
just the facts
just the facts 40% 2.5â€“3.5 91% 100+
undergraduate students enrolled
30 18 minutes to the closest ski area
professional sales program
in new hampshire
acres on campus
students from out-of-state
Number of years of guaranteed on-campus housing
average class size
NCAA Division III
clubs and organizations
PSU offers the only
students receiving financial assistance
states represented by PSU students
Plymouth State University, in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, or disability, in admission or access to, treatment of, or employment in its programs or activities.
ski areas within ninety minutes of campus
GPA range for majority of students
first-generation college students
one of the most energy-efficient in the nation
20 athletic teams
Panther University mascot
hours students volunteer each year
undergraduate population participating in service-learning or volunteer work The Plymouth State University Viewbook was produced by the Office of Public Relations and the Admission Office. Photography: John McKeith, Peter Finger, Jon Gilbert Fox, Kindra Clineff, Jeremy Gasowski, Thea Dodd, except where noted writing : Emilie Coulter, Barbra Alan design : Sandy Coe printing: Springfield Printing Printed on Finch uncoated paper which is made with 100% certified fiber, 66% renewable energy, post consumer recycled fiber and elementable chlorine-free pulps. 10% postconsumer recycled fiber, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and Sustainable Forestry InitiativeÂŽ (SFI) responsible forestry certifications
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