Information for School Counselors

School Counselors welcome to your place for all things Plymouth State!

Undoubtedly, these are challenging times, and COVID-19 leaves a lot of uncertainty for your students. PSU wants to be perfectly clear: We will not penalize students for any challenges associated with COVID-19 and nothing COVID-19 related will prevent a student from enrolling at PSU. See our comprehensive COVID-19 FAQ here!

Fun Facts
  • Plymouth State is test-blind, meaning we will never use an SAT or ACT score for admission or scholarship consideration.
  • Students are automatically awarded merit-based scholarships at the time of admission if they meet GPA requirements.
  • 95% of our students receive some form of financial aid.
  • 99% of our students are employed full time or in graduate school within one year of graduation.
  • Powder Magazine ranks PSU in the top 5 colleges in the Northeast for Skiing and Snowboarding.
  • #1 college nationwide for Critical Thinking Improvement – Wall Street Journal
  • PSU is one of only 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation Carnegie Community Engagement Classification designation that honors institutional commitment to community engagement.
  • The average GPA of the Class of 2024 is 3.01.
  • Our undergraduate class size is 4,000.
  • PSU has an 18:1 student to faculty ratio and an average class size of 21.
  • 96% of our students live within one mile of campus.
  • We have 25 NCAA Division III sports teams.
Admissions Contact Information

Every student that applies to PSU receives a dedicated admissions counselor to help them through the college search process. To find out the admissions counselor for your area visit this page! They are a great resource for your student—and for you!

Phone: 603-535-2237 or 800-842-6900
Fax: 603-535-2714

Mail: Admission Office MSC 52
Plymouth State University
17 High Street
Plymouth, New Hampshire 03264-1595

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

PSU Expands College Access with the Ascent Program

Plymouth State is excited to offer a program designed to increase access and provide an opportunity for students who may not be given a chance at a four-year college or university by traditional standards. We call this program Ascent. From our application pool, the Admissions team selects students who would normally be referred to a community college but show strong promise. If admitted to Plymouth State through the Ascent program, they will be provided expanded academic support. Our belief is that access to higher education in an environment that is structured and provides the reinforcements that these students need fits our mission as a university. We are aware of the value of a bachelor’s degree when it comes to future job opportunities and lifetime earning potential, and this is our way of opening those doors for more students.

Ascent is a transition program that begins with a summer experience and helps students to earn extra college credits during their first year. Ascent students come to campus in August (a few days before the rest of the freshman class) where they’ll:

  • have an opportunity to make friends and get to know the campus and the supports it offers
  • form bonds with our Ascent mentors (we call them “Ascentors”) who can help navigate the transition from high school to college life
  • take a one-credit class designed to help them practice the skills successful college students must master early.

But Ascent doesn’t end with the summer. Throughout the fall and spring of their first year, they’ll continue to take our series of one-credit Ascent courses (for a total of four credits) developing their speaking, writing, and communication technology skills with some of the best faculty on campus.

They’ll also work with staff and peer mentors in a weekly program to build their own toolkit of academic, social, career, and personal wellness resources. And they will be part of an exciting new advising model that places them in the middle of a team of supportive faculty and staff.

We understand succeeding in college can be a long climb. Our goal is to support them in their Ascent.

Ascent Courses: Our Ascent courses focus on skill-building and (in the final course) collaboration. The classes are arranged into groups that allow students to remain with the same classmates from August to May and to ensure that they have an opportunity to practice all three (writing, presenting/performing, and communication technology) skills in their first year.

Ascentors: The Ascent mentors are Ascent students who have already had success at Plymouth State. They can help new students make connections with student organizations, give them inside tips on the best places to study or meet with friends, and they can be the good listener when new students need to work through a problem or just vent.

As a condition of admission, students who are admitted to PSU via the Ascent Program will be required to participate in a week-long program in August and all academic and advising opportunities throughout the first year.

As School Counselors, you know the incoming students best, if you feel you have a student that would benefit from this program, please let the Admissions Counselor you work closely with know!

Campus Visit Opportunities

Plymouth State offers a variety of visit offerings, click here to see our upcoming visits. As a School Counselor, you are invited to participate in all events that PSU hosts.

Fall Open House’s are offered on Monday, October 12; Saturday, October 24; and Monday, November 9
Athletic Open House is offered on Saturday, December 5
February Open House is offered on Saturday, February 27
Accepted Student Day’s are offered on Monday, April 15, Saturday, April 10; Monday, April 19; Friday, April 23; and Monday, April 26

Plymouth State also offers Panther for a Day, a shadow visit experience, in February and March. Official dates are released for Panther for a Day just after the first of the year.

Accelerated High School Student Program

Plymouth State University (PSU) offers an opportunity for high school students to expand their coursework by challenging themselves at the collegiate level. This opportunity is not meant to replace a high school curriculum or program but allows students to deepen their educational experience.

Student Eligibility:

  • Current juniors and seniors enrolled full time in high school.
  • Students must be enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum.
  • Students must possess a “B” average minimum/cumulative GPA.

Required Documentation: (to be submitted to Associate Director of Admissions, Ryan Patten at


  • Plymouth State University course prerequisites must be met, if applicable.
  • The PSU Admissions Office makes the final decision on course enrollment approval and denial.
  • Course enrollment is offered on a space available basis.
    • PSU reserves the right to cancel low enrolled sections if necessary.
    • PSU policy regarding dropping courses applies to students enrolled in the Accelerated High School Student Program. Students are responsible for understanding the policy on dropping courses and following it.
    • Students will be responsible for any expenses incurred due to a dropped course, and for all tuition and associated costs resulting from a failed course.
  • Students may take one course per semester, as follows:
    • In the fall semester
    • And/or in the spring semester
    • And/or in the summer session
      • Students should be aware of the intensive nature of courses offered during the summer session, which are often shorter than courses offered in the fall or spring semesters
  • Courses may be taken during a student’s junior and/or senior year of high school. Graduating seniors are eligible to take courses during the summer session of the year in which they intend to graduate, providing they are enrolled in the program prior to high school graduation.
  • Students in the Accelerated High School Student Program may not approach a PSU instructor for admittance to a course before he or she has been approved by the PSU Admissions Office.
  • Plymouth State University tuition and fees per semester include:
    • 50% of tuition (in-state & out-of-state rates apply).
    • 100% of mandatory student fees.
    • Late fees, if applicable.
  • Students pay the full cost for non-credit courses.

Registration Process:

Students must submit a completed application for the Accelerated High School Student Program and an official high school transcript. Once the application is reviewed, the Admissions Office will notify the student of his or her status.

Submit materials via:

Admission Office MSC 52
Plymouth State University
17 High Street
Plymouth, New Hampshire 03264-1595

Ryan Patten at

Home-schooled Students:
Home-schooled students who wish to participate in the Accelerated High School Student Program may submit the following:

  • Completed application.
  • Plan of studies and/or record of work completed (as agreed upon with his/her home school district), in lieu of a high school transcript.
Financing Plymouth State

At the time of admissions, most students are awarded a merit-based scholarship. In addition, PSU offers many other internal scholarships and we always encourage students to explore outside scholarship opportunities that are available to them!

For residents of New England states, other than New Hampshire, PSU proudly participates in a regional cooperative program administered by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE). The Regional Student Program enables residents of New England to attend an out-of-state public college or university within New England at reduced tuition for certain degree programs that are not available within their own state’s institutions. If a student changes into an eligible program after initially not being eligible, they will be assessed the NEBHE rate that is currently in effect for the term in which they become eligible.

Student Support Services

Plymouth State is dedicated to the success of every student we have. That’s why all students entering as a first-year student are assigned a Student Success Coach, whose sole job is to do everything in their power to ensure success at PSU. If you want to talk with someone in the Student Success Office we encourage you to call them at (603) 535-3065. They would love to hear from you!

Additionally, some students need extra help in a specific area and PSU is committed to providing those services through a variety of services offered for free to PSU students.

Campus Accessibility Service – Works with students who have any sort of educational or physical accommodations.

PASS Office  – Offers an array of academic support services including peer-to-peer tutoring and hosting PSU’s TRIO program.

Writing Center – Here to help with all things writing.

Math Activities Center – You guessed it! Here to help with all things math.

Career Development – Dedicated to serving our students and graduates by teaching skills that build bridges to successful careers.

Special Admissions Requirements

A few of our programs have special requirement for admission.


Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on SAT and TEAS examinations, Plymouth State will be waiving the requirement on the SAT or TEAS exam for New First Time Nursing students entering in the fall 2021 term. This is done in response to the added costs extra testing could place on families and as an acknowledgment that these interruptions should not hinder students’ ability to pursue their educational goals. All other requirements still remain in place.

Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Students must be admitted to the university and to the nursing program. Each cohort of nursing majors is limited to 40 students. First-year applicants may complete either a Common Application or a Panther Application.

The following criteria must be met in order to be considered for admissions into the Pre-licensure Nursing Program:

  • Submit either an ATI TEAS score at the “Proficient” level or above (to learn more about preparing for the test please go here), or a revised SAT (taken as of March 2016) with a minimum score of 1080, with a minimum score of 500 in the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing component and the Math component. (This requirement is waived for New First Time student entering Fall 2021.)
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or greater in High School science courses (Biology and Chemistry required)
  • Demonstration of math proficiency: courses in Algebra I, II and Geometry
  • Average to strong writing skills, demonstrated in the application essay

Music & Theatre Arts

  • Those planning to enroll in any degree program (major, interdisciplinary major, or minor) in music, theatre, or dance are required to arrange for an audition/interview.


  • Overall 3.0 GPA
  • 2.7 Minimum Math GPA
  • Four years of Math including Algebra 1 & 2 – Pre-Calc preferred but not required
  • Three years of Science
How To Submit Application Documents

Plymouth State gladly accepts the Common Application and a fee waiver can be given when requested. PSU also offers our own free application, the Panther App. As an institution, we do not have a preference as to which one a student uses.

If your student applied using the Common Application please submit all materials through the Common Application or Naviance.

If your student applied via our Panther, Transfer, or International application please submit the documents via Naviance (non-Common App), directly through email at, or through the USPS.

Plymouth State University
Admissions Office, MSC #52
17 High Street
Plymouth, NH 03264


PSU has 25 NCAA Division III sports teams.

We suggest that prospective student-athletes complete all of the following steps!

Complete the recruit me form. This will send the students information to the coach of the respective sport.

After filling out the form, send an email directly to the head coach. This will get the student more on their radar and facilitate easier conversations. Their information can be found on their team’s page here.

Attend the Atheltic Open House offered on Saturday, December 5. Sign up can be found here.

AP & IB Information

To see our policies regarding AP & IB courses please see page 10 of our academic catalog.

If students want to receive college credit for these classes, they must submit official scores to the admissions office for review. They can be submitted via email at or by USPS.

Plymouth State University
Admissions Office, MSC #52
17 High Street
Plymouth, NH 03264

International Students and Experiences

If you are looking for study abroad information please click here.

For the most comprehensive information about international admissions click here.