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Plymouth State University Overview

Located in Plymouth, New Hampshire, Plymouth State University is a public institution. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Plymouth draws many to the area.

What Is Plymouth State University Known For?

1,007 Undergraduate Awards
$29,650 Avg Cost After Aid
79% Acceptance Rate
  • The 5% student loan default rate at Plymouth State is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at Plymouth State is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 49% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Plymouth State makes roughly $41,700 a year. This is 2% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from Plymouth State to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Plymouth State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Plymouth State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Outdoor Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Movement & Mind-Body Therapies Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Arts & Media Management Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Movement & Mind-Body Therapies Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Value Visual & Performing Arts Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Value Natural Resources Conservation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Plymouth State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#51 Highest Paid Criminal Justice & Corrections Graduates College Factual
#63 Highest Paid Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Graduates College Factual

Where Is Plymouth State University?

Location of Plymouth State University

Contact details for Plymouth State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 17 High Street, Plymouth, NH 03264-1595
Phone: 603-535-5000
Website: www.plymouth.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlymouthState
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/PlymouthState

How Do I Get Into Plymouth State?

You can apply to Plymouth State online at: www.plymouth.edu/apply-to-psu/

Admission Requirements for Plymouth State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Plymouth State?

79% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
Plymouth State has an acceptance rate of 79%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 76%, and the acceptance rate for women is 82%.

Can I Afford Plymouth State University?

$29,650 Net Price
79% Take Out Loans
4.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Plymouth State is $29,650. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Plymouth State, approximately 79% of students took out student loans averaging $9,135 a year. That adds up to $36,540 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Plymouth State is 4.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Plymouth State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,659 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,802 undergraduate students at Plymouth State, with 3,659 being full-time and 143 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Plymouth State

There are also 846 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,659 full-time undergraduates at Plymouth State, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Plymouth State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Plymouth State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Plymouth State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 58
Black or African American 96
Hispanic or Latino 134
White 2,969
International Students 57
Other Races/Ethnicities 345

Geographic Diversity

New Hampshire students aren't the only ones who study at Plymouth State University. At this time, 20 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 27 countries are represented at Plymouth State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nepal, Sweden, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Plymouth State University

360 Took All Classes Online
1,636 Took At Least One Class Online
-7.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,636 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Plymouth State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 8th most popular in New Hampshire for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Plymouth State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Plymouth State University was -7.5%. This is the #2,539 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Plymouth State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Plymouth State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 3%
Business Administration & Management 11%
Business, Management & Marketing 19%
Instructional Media Design 50%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Plymouth State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Plymouth State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Instructional Media Design #136
Curriculum & Instruction #152
Teacher Education Subject Specific #227
Educational Administration #283
Accounting #347

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Plymouth State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 83 26 7 0 116
General Business/Commerce 0 92 0 0 0 92
Health & Physical Education 0 69 0 18 0 87
Marketing 0 80 1 0 0 81
Business Administration & Management 0 34 0 38 0 72
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 62 0 3 0 65
Educational Administration 0 0 42 7 14 63
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 19 0 39 0 58
General Psychology 0 50 0 0 0 50
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 42 0 0 0 42
Social Work 0 42 0 0 0 42
Communication & Media Studies 0 38 0 0 0 38
Natural Resources Conservation 0 32 0 4 0 36
Accounting 0 18 6 10 0 34
Finance & Financial Management 0 32 0 0 0 32
General Sales & Marketing 29 0 0 0 0 29
General English Literature 0 26 0 0 0 26
Geography & Cartography 24 2 0 0 0 26
Public Health 0 24 0 0 0 24
Fine & Studio Arts 0 24 0 0 0 24
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 1 22 0 23
General Biology 0 19 0 2 0 21
Student Counseling 0 0 0 20 0 20
Nursing 0 20 0 0 0 20
Drama & Theater Arts 0 20 0 0 0 20
Special Education 0 0 1 14 0 15
Allied Health Professions 0 11 0 4 0 15
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 10 0 4 0 14
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 3 10 0 13
Computer Science 0 11 0 0 0 11
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 1 9 0 10
Hospitality Management 7 2 0 0 0 9
History 0 9 0 0 0 9
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 8 0 0 0 8
Outdoor Education 0 0 0 8 0 8
Other Social Sciences 0 8 0 0 0 8
Political Science & Government 0 8 0 0 0 8
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 0 0 7 0 0 7
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 6 0 0 0 6
Computer Information Systems 0 6 0 0 0 6
Other Education 6 0 0 0 0 6
General Social Sciences 0 6 0 0 0 6
Music 0 6 0 0 0 6
Romance Languages 0 5 0 0 0 5
Health Sciences & Services 0 1 0 4 0 5
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 4 0 0 4
Chemistry 0 4 0 0 0 4
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 3 0 0 0 3
Writing Studies 0 0 3 0 0 3
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 3 0 3
Alternative Medicine & Systems 0 0 3 0 0 3
Mathematics 0 3 0 0 0 3
Historic Preservation 0 0 3 0 0 3
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 2 0 2
Philosophy 0 2 0 0 0 2
Public Administration 0 2 0 0 0 2
Urban & Regional Planning 0 1 0 0 0 1
Biotechnology 0 1 0 0 0 1
International Business 0 0 1 0 0 1
Arts & Media Management 0 0 1 0 0 1
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medieval Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Science Technologies/Technicians 0 0 0 0 0 0
Economics 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 66 941 103 228 14 1,352

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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