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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 over 50 undergraduate majors and over 60 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.  Associate Professor of Meteorology Lourdes Avilés received the Atmospheric Science Librarians International award for her book Taken by Storm 1938: A Social and Meteorological History of the Great New England Hurricane, as the best book of 2013 relating to historical meteorology/ climatology/ or atmospheric sciences.  Professor of Music Theory and Composition Jonathan Santore,in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, won the 2013 American Prize in Composition in the category of professional composers of choral music. His submission included recordings of his work performed by the New Hampshire Master Chorale, for which Santore serves as composer in residence.  At PSU, students work side-by-side with such faculty mentors, who guide undergraduate and graduate student research and creativity.

And our reach is both regional and global. The Enterprise Center at Plymouth, a partnership between PSU and the Grafton County Economic Development Council, is a new business incubator and accelerator, where faculty provide expert counsel and students gain valuable experience in internships, assisting new and emerging companies with real world issues. The Museum of the White Mountains is designed to preserve and promote the history, culture, and environmental legacy of the White Mountains, and students are engaged in all aspects, from doing research to creating curriculum guides and planning permaculture landscaping.  PSU students serve and learn globally, through service trips, short and long term study abroad, internships, and research opportunities, often guided by faculty with a national reputation, like Fulbright scholar Mark Green, assistant professor of hydrology at the Center for the Environment, doing notable forest research here in the U.S. and abroad in Japan.

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 received high marks for the undergraduate experience in a national review by Educate to Career – for good reason.

Sara Jayne Steen
President

In Plymouth Magazine

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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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Launching a Rewarding Career at NASA: Patrick Selmer ’12G

Dream big, work hard: this captures Patrick Selmer’s approach to both his education and his career…

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Beyond Granite: The Museum of the White Mountains Takes on STEM

As American students and workers fall behind their counterparts around the world in the science and technology fields, educators and policy makers have stressed the importance of strengthening our attention to STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Exhibition curator Sarah Garlick writes about the connections between earth science, adventure, and the process of learning STEM in […]