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University of Connecticut (UConn) is ranked among the top twenty public universities of the country by the U.S. News & World Report. The University of Connecticut is a Carnegie Foundation Research University. The history of the university dates back to the year 1880 when two brothers Charles and Augustus Storrs gifted the state of Connecticut an orphanage, 170 acres of farmland, and some barns to establish an agricultural school. In 1881, the General Assembly of Connecticut voted for the establishment of the Storrs Agricultural School. The Storrs Agricultural School started offering four-year degrees and was renamed as Connecticut Agricultural College. The Connecticut Agricultural College eventually became the University of Connecticut in 1939.

Since its establishment, the University of Connecticut has grown considerably and comprises 14 schools and colleges and has a total enrollment of more than 30,000 students. The University of Connecticut has a main campus in Storrs and five regional campuses at: Avery Point, Greater Hartford, Stamford, Torrington, and Waterbury.

The University of Connecticut is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.


University of Connecticut offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs.

Undergraduate Degrees

The undergraduate degree programs offered at University of Connecticut are: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), and Associate of Applied Science degree programs.

The Bachelor of Arts degree program is available in different areas of study such as Biology, Chemistry, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Geography, Marine Sciences, Applied Mathematical Sciences, and Psychology. The students opting for the Bachelor of Science degree program can specialize in areas such as Allied Health Sciences, Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, Dietetics, Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Athletic Training, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.

Graduate and Doctoral Degree Programs

The graduate and doctoral degree programs offered at the University of Connecticut are: Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Dental Science, Master of Engineering, Master of Music (M.M.), and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

Most Popular Fields of Study


To seek admission in University of Connecticut, students are required to submit the admission application form, official high school transcripts, ACT/SAT test scores, and personal essay. Admissions are primarily granted on the basis of high school (grades 9-11) performance, educational preparation, standardized test scores, and high school coursework. Prospective freshman applicants are recommended to complete three units of mathematics, two units of social sciences, four units of English, two units of lab science, two units of social science, and two units of a foreign language.

International Applicants

International students are required to submit the international application form, original secondary school transcripts/national exam score report, and certificates/provisional diplomas. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores. Students are supposed to provide a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance the education and living expenses for a year.

Financial Aid

University of Connecticut provides financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The basic objective of providing financial aid is to bridge the gap between family resources and annual educational expenses of the students enrolled for various programs at University of Connecticut. Different financial aid programs available for the students are: grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and student loans.

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

The need-based grant options include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant, National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant, Tuition Remission Grant, and University Grant. Students can avail various loan options such as Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Student Loan (subsidized or unsubsidized), and Federal Parent PLUS loan. Students can also apply for work-study programs wherein they can seek in-campus and off-campus work-study positions. The merit-based awards include Nutmeg Scholarship, Day of Pride Scholarship, Academic Excellence Scholarship, and Leadership Scholarship.


To apply for financial aid from University of Connecticut, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens. University of Connecticut recommends a priority deadline of March 1 to apply for the financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2721st for the average student loan amount.
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University of Connecticut encourages students to get involved in out-of-classroom activities for the development of a well-rounded personality. The university provides a number of services to the students to make their educational experience meaningful. The university provides Academic Advising services to the students to help them solve any problems related to their career goals. They can also clarify any doubts related to specific degree requirements. The Career Services Center provides guidance to the students and helps them in identifying their interests and establishing their career goals. The Quantitative Learning Center provides peer tutoring facility for the students for subjects such as lower level mathematics, statistics, physics, and chemistry. The Student Activities office provides opportunities for the students to become active members of the campus and the wider community. There are numerous student organizations on campus which provide countless opportunities for students to interact with people having similar interests.

University of Connecticut: Housing and Dining

All freshmen students of University of Connecticut admitted (with housing) are guaranteed four semesters of housing. The university offers numerous housing options for the students. These include Busby Suites, Charter Oak Apartments, Hilltop Apartments, Husky Village, Mansfield Apartments, and Northwood Apartments.

Food services are available for the students at various retail outlets such as Café Co-op, Union Street Market, Chuck & Augie’s, The Blue Cow, and Off The Eaten Path. The resident dining locations include Whitney, Buckley, McMahon and Putnam.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


University of Connecticut is a member of the NCAA Division I and the athletic teams compete in the Big East Conference. The men’s athletic teams compete in baseball, football, basketball, cross country, ice hockey, soccer, golf, indoor and outdoor track, tennis, and swimming and diving. The women’s teams compete in softball, basketball, field hockey, ice hockey, cross country, lacrosse, rowing, indoor track, soccer, tennis, swimming and diving, volleyball, and outdoor track. The intercollegiate athletic teams are known as the Huskies.

Athletic facilities are available for the students of University of Connecticut at Rentschler Field, Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, XL Center, Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, and George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex.


  • University of Connecticut. Academics. Web. 20 December 2011.
  • University of Connecticut. Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012. Web. 20 December 2011.
  • University of Connecticut. UConn Fact Sheet 2011. 2011. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 4th in Connecticut and 59th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 8 0.03
Robbery 3 0.01
Arson 3 0.01
Burglary 54 0.21
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 180 0.70

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Storrs, CT 06269
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population7,533 (7,533 urban / N/A rural)
Households72 (2.42 people per house)
Median Household Income$87,945
Families44 (2.89 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, highly 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 District902

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 382nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $9,256 $9,256 $28,204
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,766 $2,766 $2,766
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $386 $386 $1,175
FT Graduate Tuition $11,456 $11,456 $29,740
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,206 $2,206 $2,206
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $636 $636 $1,652
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $27,244 $27,244 $46,192
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $27,244 $27,244 $46,192
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,472 $15,472 $34,420

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $24,832 $52,312
Medical Degree — Required Fees $8,099 $8,099
Dentistry Degree — Tuition $23,363 $53,804
Dentistry Degree — Required Fees $7,186 $7,186
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $20,540 $44,332
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $2,766 $2,766
Law Degree — Tuition $23,818 $50,134
Law Degree — Required Fees $706 $706

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,670 $11,242 $10,670 $11,242 $27,566 $29,074
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $850(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,050 $11,380
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,650(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,050 $11,380
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,650(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,600(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$70
Graduate Application Fee$75
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 27,479 (12,937 male / 14,542 female)
Admitted 14,745 (6,902 male / 7,843 female)
Admission rate 54%
First-time Enrollment 3,755 (1,866 male / 1,889 female)
FT Enrollment 3,741 (1,856 male / 1,885 female)
PT Enrollment 14 (10 male / 4 female)
Total Enrollment25,911

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 Football Conference Big East Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Big East Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Big East Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big East Conference

ACT Test Admission

120th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 27%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 30

SAT Test Admission

153rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 91%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 550 / 650
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 580 / 680
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1130 / 1330

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 Capacity12,668
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,278
Board Fee$5,444

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 124th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $108,730 ($116,280 male / $89,385 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,484 (915 male / 569 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,028
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $94,600,050
352 Mansfield Road
Storrs, CT 06269
p. 860-486-2000
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