Innovative partnership between NHIA, UNH Manchester for student housing

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Collaboration offers students new housing and academic options

NHIA “green” dorms at the corner of Lowell and Chestnut streets.
NHIA “green” dorms at the corner of Lowell and Chestnut streets.

MANCHESTER, NH – Responding to both local and national academic trends, New Hampshire Institute of Art  announces a new partnership with the University of New Hampshire’s Manchester campus that will broaden opportunities for students on both campuses. The collaboration aligns the 117-year old, private, non-profit creative arts college with the Manchester branch of the state’s public liberal arts and sciences university.

“This innovative partnership allows two great Manchester-based educational institutions to complement each others’ academic offerings and realize the promise of integrating the creative arts with science and technology,” said NHIA president Kent Devereaux. “The partnership also enhances our opportunity to attract more out-of-state students­, which is the fastest growing segment of our student body.”

NHIA and UNH Manchester have already signed a memorandum of understanding that identifies a wide array of shared interests and potential areas for collaboration stretching from the classroom to residence life.

The first phase of this partnership will see UNH Manchester students residing in NHIA residence halls starting this fall. UNH Manchester expects 50 students will opt to live in NHIA’s residence halls located only a few blocks from UNH Manchester’s campus in an increasingly vibrant downtown Manchester. The first phase of the partnership will also see UNH Manchester students enrolling in a series of graphic design courses offered at NHIA that complement UNH Manchester’s Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts curriculum.

“Students from both institutions will benefit greatly from this partnership. UNH Manchester and NHIA are highly regarded for their quality instruction and student-faculty ratios that heighten teaching and learning success. Expanding program options for our students remains a priority,” said UNH Manchester interim dean J. Michael Hickey.

In today’s increasingly cost-constrained higher education landscape, this innovative collaborative solution allows both colleges to provide more robust educational opportunities without incurring additional cost. Classes taken through this co-op arrangement won’t cost students at either institution a penny more than they’re already paying for tuition.

The second phase of the partnership will allow NHIA students to enrich their creative skills with the strong business, science, technology, engineering and math offerings of UNH Manchester. It also allows students from both institutions to avail themselves of myriad resources on either campus including gallery exhibitions, screenings, and visiting artist events at NHIA and events at UNH Manchester.

For more information on this exciting partnership, please contact Rick Strawbridge at 603-836-2548 or

About New Hampshire Institute of Art

Established in 1898 as the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences, the New Hampshire Institute of Art offers Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Art Education and Master of Fine Arts degrees as well as Certificate and Community Education programs in Manchester, Sharon, and Peterborough, NH.

About University of New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state’s flagship public institution, enrolling 12,300 undergraduate and 2,200 graduate students. The University has campuses in Durham, Manchester, and Concord, NH.

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