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Welcome to Plymouth State University, a vibrant regional comprehensive University that combines a heritage of teaching excellence with innovation in research and in community engagement.

At Plymouth State University, you will find a wide array of fine undergraduate and graduate programs and a faculty and staff committed to student success. With nearly 50 undergraduate majors and 70 minors in programs that include business, education, the arts, the humanities, and the natural and social sciences, PSU appeals to a large range of interests.

Our faculty members are well-known in their fields and regularly honored. Thad Guldbrandsen, director of the Center for Rural Partnerships and research assistant professor of environmental science and policy, was included in the New Hampshire Union Leader‘s 2008 “40 Under 40″ list, recognizing the state’s bright young leaders.  His co-authored book, Local Democracy Under Siege, has been awarded the Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Prize by the Society for the Anthropology of North America for the Best Critical Study.  Jonathan Santore, chair of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance and a composer whose works have been performed and broadcast internationally, has recently had his work recognized as “Best of NH” for his creative blending of history, music, and art.  At PSU, students work side-by-side with such faculty mentors, who guide undergraduate and graduate student research.

And our reach is both regional and global. Brian Eisenhauer, associate director of the Center for the Environment and assistant professor of sociology, is leading an important outreach project across New England to protect surface and groundwater quality. PSU conducted its sixth Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute in July, 2009, led by Blake Hazzard Allen and funded by the U.S. State Department, to offer seminars in contemporary education for teachers from across Pakistan, a wonderful cultural exchange.

These are only samples of the extraordinary work being done at Plymouth State University in every field. As you browse our Web pages, please take time to read the news stories about our student, faculty, staff, and alumni accomplishments.

Located in a beautiful New England setting at the gateway to the Lakes Region and the White Mountains, an outstanding natural laboratory for learning, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review – for good reason.

Sara Jayne Steen
President

In Plymouth Magazine

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Another Way to Serve

“It was like moving to a foreign country with a completely different culture,” says PSU student Patrick O’Sullivan. The 26-year-old veteran isn’t referring to his time in Iraq as a motor transport operator in the Army Reserve. He’s talking about coming home. O’Sullivan joined the Army Reserve right out of high school, at an age […]

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Teaming Up for Service

There’s more to PSU’s student-athletes than excellent grades and athletic prowess. There’s a desire to make a difference in the world. Plymouth State men’s hockey coach Craig Russell ’09 encourages his team to serve as often as possible. Through the nonprofit organization Team IMPACT, which pairs children with life-threatening or chronic illness with local college […]

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Faculty Forum: Irene Cucina

Professor Irene Cucina has been teaching in the Department of Health and Human Performance since 1998. Prior to coming to Plymouth State, she had a rewarding career as a high school health and physical education teacher and coach in Newton, MA. Her commitment to students and learning has been recognized by her peers through a […]