University of Connecticut

Introduction

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.

Academics

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.).

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Admissions

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.

FAFSA

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.

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Students

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

Athletics

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.

Bibliography

  • 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.

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