Plymouth State University (PSU), is located in New Hampshire has roots back to 1871 when it was founded as Plymouth Normal School. Since then, it has evolved to a teachers college, a state college, and finally to an accredited university in 2003.
The school has become renowned in recent years for its meteorology programme and it is considered one of the best in the eastern United States. Other prominent subjects at the university are business, visual and performing arts, interdisciplinary studies, and psychology.
The university continues to evolve and some of the most recent degrees added have been criminal justice, nursing and natural sciences. Moreover, as it evolves, the campus has grown physically.
In recent years, there have been numerous new buildings, which include the PSU Ice Arena and Welcome Centre, the Museum of the White Mountains, Enterprise Centre at Plymouth, and ALLWell North – a 107,600 square foot academic and athletics facility that includes a 200-metre indoor track.
A new library – the Lamson Library opened in 2006. It is considered to be the largest publicly accessible library in central/northern New Hampshire. It is a state-of-the art, integrated research and technology centre that provide PSU students, faculty and staff with wide-ranging facilities.
The university's campus newspaper is called The Clock and it is entirely student written and produced. Interestingly, it was the first college newspaper in the nation to have a Sudoku puzzle within its pages.
Athletic teams at Plymouth State University are nicknamed the Panthers and they compete in NCAA Division III Little East Conference. Sports on offer include: skiing, football, basketball, soccer, field hockey, swimming, diving, and volleyball.
Notable alumni include Joe Dudek, an American former football player who received national attention when he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1985, Ethan Paquin, a renowned American poet, and Dan Craig, an American basketball coach who currently serves as the head coach of the NBA Development League's Sioux Falls Skyforce.