Mission, Vision & Values


The mission of the University System of New Hampshire is to serve the higher educational needs of the people of New Hampshire. The University System strives to assure the availability of appropriate higher educational opportunities to all New Hampshire people; seeks to enroll a diverse student population to enhance educational experiences; and provides programs and activities based on a commitment to excellence. Through its institutions, the University System engages in research which contributes to the welfare of humanity and provides educational resources and professional expertise which benefit the state and its people, the region and the nation.  


The University System of New Hampshire is one of the smallest public university systems in the United States, but our vision is to be the very best small university system in the country. We seek to achieve this vision by:

  1. being truly student oriented.
  2. being truly committed to excellence in selected programs and services.
  3. being efficient and effective in the use of our resources through partnerships, both internal and external.
  4. being widely recognized as a valued partner to the people and communities of our state.


The University System of New Hampshire is a community of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to values that support a culture of respect, trust, mutual understanding, and healthy relationships.  Our values are the constant and immutable guide to all our decisions and actions and are reflected in the policies, practices, and cultures across the university system.  Our values are:

  • Respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others
  • Honesty, integrity, openness, and transparency in all dealings
  • Freedom of inquiry, deliberation, and expression
  • Conscientious service to the citizens, communities, and state of New Hampshire
  • Accountability for actions, performance, and conduct
  • Collective responsibility for the health, safety, and well-being of all

Through those values we accomplish our mission, realize our vision, and create a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, and visitors.