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The University of Bridgeport, also referred to as UB, is a private, independent, co-ed university located on Long Island Sound in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The institute was founded in 1927 as the Junior College of Connecticut, the first junior college chartered by any legislature in northeastern states. After a few name and status changes, it was finally renamed the University of Bridgeport in 1947. The University received the license to offer a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) in January 1979. Still today, the University of Bridgeport maintains its primary commitments and holds on to its values.


The University of Bridgeport is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). It is also accredited by the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Department of Higher Education. UB offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs such as Accounting (B.S.), Biology (B.A., B.S.), Business Administration (B.S.), Business Administration (A.A.), Management & Industrial Relations (B.S.), World Religions (B.A.), Computer Science and Engineering (Ph.D.), Educational Leadership (Ed.D.), and Technology Management (M.S.).

The School of Continuing & Professional Studies (SCPS) at UB offers continuing education programs to adult and part-time students. These programs boosts student’s career through flexible programs of study which includes undergraduate accelerated degree course; graduate and specialized degree programs, and professional development non-credit certifications. Students can choose from the day, evening, weekend, or online courses. Whether courses are taken for personal or professional enhancement, the academic division serves to help students achieve their educational goals.

Schools and Colleges:

The academic programs at the University of Bridgeport are offered through twelve schools, colleges, and institutes. The academic schools include School of Arts & Sciences; International College; School of Business; School of Engineering; Shintaro Akatsu School of Design; Fones School of Dental Hygiene; and School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

UB Online:

The University of Bridgeport has been offering online degree programs and courses in various disciplines, since 1997. You just need a computer, access to the Internet, to be able to complete your degree from the comfort of your home or office. Students can access the online classes anytime and anywhere. Some of the undergraduate and graduate online programs offered by UB are B.S. Dental Hygiene, B.S. General Studies, M.S. Dental Hygiene, M.S. Human Nutrition, M.S. Computer Science, and M.S. Technology Management.

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The University of Bridgeport is known for its diverse student population from all over United States and across the world. Currently, the university is home to more than 3,000 graduate and undergraduate students among which over 800 are international students. These students represent over 90 countries and comprise 25% of the total student population.

Undergraduate and graduate students must send their official transcripts, completed forms, SAT or ACT scores and two letters of recommendations to the University. International students must submit application for admission up to twelve months in advance of the semester in which they wish to begin their studies. Some of the standardized entrance tests that the students may take include the following: TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT.

Financial Aid

UB offers diverse forms of financial aid to relieve the financial burden of the students. Nearly 98% of the first time, full-time undergraduates receive financial aid and approx. 96% of all UB students are provided financial assistance. The University participates in an assortment of federal, state, and private programs that offer grants, scholarships, loans, and other awards to the students. All students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Scholarships offered at UB include The Dollar Times Scholarship, B. Davis Scholarship, Degree Directory Scholarships, Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants, and Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. The student loans offered at the University include Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan, Private Alternative Loan, and Federal Perkins Loan.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2004th for the average student loan amount.
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Student life at the University is vibrant, exciting, and fun. There are more than 50 active student clubs and organizations on the campus. There is something for everyone. You can either join an existing club or start a new one. The Student Government Association acts like the voice of the student body and helps to solve issues faced by students. The campus is home to the Knight’s End café, which is a common meeting place of students for a cup of coffee in between classes.

The Magnus Wahlstrom Library is situated in the center of the University campus, overlooking the Long Island Sound. The library offers extensive resources and services for students enrolled in various academic programs. It features facilities like skilled library staff, rich collections of print and digital journals, books, and an attractive learning commons.

The University offers an array of housing options where the students have the choice of a single, double, double-as-single, triple, or triple as a double room accommodation. The residence halls are equipped with all the modern amenities to make residence life a pleasure for the students. The five UB residence halls are Barnum Hall, Bodine Hall, Cooper Hall, Seeley Hall, and North & South Hall.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The University of Bridgeport sponsors various men’s and women’s teams in sports like baseball, basketball, softball, swimming, cross country, soccer, and volleyball. The athletic teams are nicknamed as the Purple Knights. The colors are Purple and White. UB athletes participate in the NCAA Division II, and are members of the East Coast Conference. The sports facilities at the University of Bridgeport include the Harvey Hubbell Gymnasium, Ballpark at Harbor Yard, Knights Field, Seaside Park Softball Field, and Wheeler Recreation Center.

Intramural Sports:

The recreational and sports programs at the University aim at promoting wellness among the students, faculty, staff, and the community. Various recreation and leisure activities offered at the University focus on the positive traditional and non-traditional activities. Students as well as faculty members can participate in the various intramural sports such as co-ed soccer, flag football, cricket, co-ed volleyball, spring sports, spring tournament, racquetball, and wiffleball.


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Additional School Information

The University offers IDEAL Academic Degree Programs and Certificates which are designed to help students develop and demonstrate abilities in special areas such as communications, problem solving, interpersonal relations, and critical thinking skills.

The Journal Club at UB is designed to provide the students with an easy access to concepts and resources required for bibliographic research using the eBooks and full text journals offered through the digital library. Students can access these materials anytime and anywhere through Internet.


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Ranks 23rd in Connecticut and 1704th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.04
Robbery 4 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.08
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 701 0.49
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 20 0.01
Forcible Rape 116 0.08
Robbery 610 0.42
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,540 1.07
Larceny 3,025 2.09
Vehicle theft 1,042 0.72

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Bridgeport, CT 06604-5620
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population30,715 (30,715 urban / N/A rural)
Households10,901 (2.61 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,344
Families6,536 (3.35 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentMajority graduate/professional
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District904

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 259th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $27,150 $27,150 $27,150
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,940 $1,940 $1,940
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $905 $905 $905
FT Graduate Tuition $13,590 $13,590 $13,590
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,160 $2,160 $2,160
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $755 $755 $755
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $50,043 $50,043 $50,043
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $49,335 $49,335 $49,335
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $38,661 $38,661 $38,661

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Chiropractic Medicine Degree — Tuition $24,750 $24,750
Chiropractic Medicine Degree — Required Fees $1,920 $1,920

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $27,330 $28,140 $27,330 $28,140 $27,330 $28,140
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,700 $12,050
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,043 $6,848
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,900 $8,272
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,943 $9,928
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,943 $7,836

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,248 (1,951 male / 3,297 female)
Admitted 3,351 (1,151 male / 2,200 female)
Admission rate 64%
First-time Enrollment 542 (212 male / 330 female)
FT Enrollment 538 (208 male / 330 female)
PT Enrollment 4 (4 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment4,842

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference New York Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference New York Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference New York Collegiate Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1141st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 9%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 21
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 22
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 22

SAT Test Admission

1171st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 91%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 500
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 510
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 830 / 1010

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,436
Meals per Week19
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1231st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $71,595 ($75,016 male / $63,122 female)
Number of FT Faculty 121 (74 male / 47 female)
Number of PT Faculty 478
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $3,758,000

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