Location: New London, Connecticut
Size: Approx 1,900
Percentage of Women: 60%
Most Popular Majors: Biology, Economics, Psychology, Government, International Relations
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 35%
Why Choose Conn?
“I liked the idea of a small liberal arts school, so I narrowed my choices down to NESCAC schools. Conn won me over when I found out about the honor code and the self-scheduled exams: features that are unique to Conn and confirm the integrity of Conn's student body.”
“I chose Connecticut College because of its size, location, prestige, and beautiful campus!”
“My English teacher attended Connecticut College and I really admired him and his remarks about this school, also the small class sizes were ideal coming from a very small school. Also I really like how many people at Conn are student athletes and I think it adds to the dynamic of this school.”
“I loved the small class sizes, it was very similar to my high school experience, it is really nice to develop close personal and academic relationships with your teachers.”
“It wasn’t until my second interview that I knew Conn was the right choice for me. It was a beautiful September day and most of South Campus was sitting in big groups on Temple green talking and playing games. I really reminded me of my small high school. Also the CELs program here helps students find internships and is designed to assist with locating us with career in our major or minor selection, which is very encouraging.”
"There are 9 million dollars in library renovations currently taking place. We can't wait to see over 100 new study spaces and a 24-hour Blue Camel Cafe. Watching the renovation take place online is really cool!"
“The camel waffle maker makes the most delicious and coolest waffles you’ve ever seen.”
“There are tons of options for clubs/activities which give you the ability to explore many different interests.”
“Classes are pretty small which makes it easy to get personal attention from professors.”
“Because of the grant given to Conn by Henry Zachs, we now have a beautiful new Hillel House. With the comfy couches, pool and ping pong tables, and flat screen t.v.s, it’s a great place to study or just hang out.”
“The CELS (Career Enhancing Life Services) office is amazing! All of the counselors there are super friendly and can help you with basically anything you could think of; from planning your course load, to building a resume, to finding jobs and internships. It’s also really cool that if you complete a few workshops with them you become eligible for a $3,000 internship stipend after your junior year!”
“Sledding in the arboretum! The hill makes for a perfect sledding run-just watch out for the bushes!”
“It’s amazing how encouraging the College is of students to pursue their interests and passions. For example, it’s easy to make your own club or even your own major! I love how I can really tailor my college experience to be exactly what I want it to be.”
“During first semester exams, Harris (the main dining hall) puts out a Moonlight Breakfast from 10pm-12am with all of your favorite breakfast foods-french toast sticks, eggs, bacon, pancakes, and a full cupcake decorating station!! All of that late night sugar is the best way to rally after long hours of studying.”
“Festivus-the festival for the rest of us! Every year before winter break Conn puts together this super fun night of games, enjoying hot chocolate and other baked goodies, and a dance to celebrate the holidays before we all leave at the end of the semester.”
“The best event of spring semester, by far, is Floralia. It’s basically a full day music festival with different performances taking place outside throughout the day. It really doesn’t get better than getting to spend the day enjoying music and the beautiful weather out on Tempel Green with your friends.”
“I think the most amazing thing here is our Honor Code. Running on the Honor Code allows for shared governance between students and faculty, fosters honesty and respect, and allows us to self-schedule exams! Besides that I love that because everyone on campus is so respectful of other people and their things, I can leave my phone, keys, and laptop unattended in the dining hall or library without having to worry about them being stolen.”
“I loved Camelympics at the beginning of first semester!! It was such a fun way to bond with the other people in your house and really build up your camel pride!”
"Shain Library is going to be partially closed next year because of renovations, so it's going to be hard finding new quiet study places since a lot of the other students are going to be looking for them too."
"The Camel Van is so unreliable, a half hour trip to Target took me two hours because I was waiting for the van to pick me up. The taxis are expensive and can be really slow too!"
"There are way too many girls compared to the number of guys. It's definitely hard for relationships to happen at Conn, but there are a few."
"Harris dining hall closes at 8 pm. Going to dinner at 6 pm is fine but a lot of people work late and I'm always starving again later. Having to buy late night snacks at the snack shop gets expensive if you're doing it almost every night. I keep some food in my room but not everyone has a fridge."
"It snows a lot and sometimes I wish I would have gone to school somewhere in the south. Then again, classes do get canceled a lot, and there's nothing better than spending time inside or outside with friends on those days off."
"I kind of wish there were more housing options offered after freshman year. It's mostly single for sophomores, so there isn't that experience of living with your four closest friends. Upperclassmen have the choice of more apartment style housing and off-campus housing, but not everyone can have that and it can be competitive. But, most people love their singles."
New Collegiette on Campus
“Starting college is definitely a nerve-wracking experience! Luckily freshman orientation makes the transition as smooth as possible. The week before school starts, and before all of the upperclassmen are back on campus, you have time to meet new friends, explore campus and New London, and learn more about Conn itself and its traditions. I loved having all that time to just settle into my new environment before starting classes.”
“One of the cool things about dorms here is that all years are mixed! Some of my closest friends are upperclassmen I’ve met in the dorm. They’re super nice and always willing to give out advice whether it be about what classes to take, where to find different buildings, or what to wear to the next theme dance!”
“It’s really cool how here no one looks down on the underclassmen. In one of the classes I took first semester, I was super nervous because it was mixed with students from all years (freshman-senior) and I thought they would think of me as some dumb underclassman. It turned out that they were always respectful of my thoughts and ideas which made me feel so much more comfortable speaking up in class. I also loved being in class with upperclassmen because they had so many different experiences to draw from that always made the conversation interesting.”
“The best thing about being a freshman is getting to explore different subjects before committing to a major. One of the reasons I decided to come to Conn was because of the emphasis put on interdisciplinary studies. This semester it was actually mind blowing to see how a bacteria I was learning about in biology overlapped with schizophrenia, which I was learning about in psychology, and how history I was learning about in my psych class overlapped with history I was learning in my international politics class!”
“What I really liked about being a freshman was the freshman seminar I took first semester. It’s almost like an upper level class, but only with freshman. It’s a writing oriented class that prepares you to write at a college level. What’s really cool about them though is that even though the class has a writing focus, you don’t have to take it specifically as an English class! I had one friend take a seminar that had a focus in psychology and another friend who took a freshman seminar from the art department that was on drawing!”
All About Academics
“I appreciate the small class sizes that Conn offers, it allows students to engage in discussions and get individualized attention that students often miss at bigger universities. The professors really care about their students here, they genuinely want students to succeed. My favorite part of the academics is the professors’ availability to meet with students. Although it isn’t a requirement, many professors encourage students to meet with them and always find time to do so”
“I have noticed that a lot of professors really try to extend learning beyond the classroom. Most of my classes have had required lectures, field trips or outside meetings. When I first heard about this I thought it would be annoying but I have come to like the outside learning. It not only puts learning in context but also creates connection among the students. I have met some of my best friends in my classes, from all different grades because of the common experiences.”
“I chose Conn because of the research possibilities. It is rare that undergrad students are able to work closely alongside faculty on their research. The research I did with a professor has opened up many doors for me for the future. It is an experienced that I am so thankful for.”
“The five interdisciplinary centers that the college offers allow for learning beyond the class room. They offer certificate programs that are combined with your major. Each has their own focus but really allow for students to get a varied liberal arts experience.”
"One of the things I that love about Conn is that we have so many options for studying abroad. There are programs approved (so our credits will transfer!) in over 40 countries. Also, students can remain connected to Conn when studying abroad by participating in our Study Away Teach Away program. A SATA program is still an abroad program but with a group of 15-20 Conn students and Conn professor. In addition, there are options to study away in the United States."
“My favorite spot to study is in Coffee Grounds, one of the student run coffee shops on campus. It’s located in my dorm, so I don’t even have to go outside to get a really cozy and quiet place to do work. A lot of people study in the library so it can get really crowded at times, but the college is currently renovating the library so hopefully there will be plenty more study space!”
“There are seven general education requirements. I came in freshman year with not major, and really no idea for a major. The area requirements gave me a structure to be able to discover what I want to study. The areas are broad and have many different choices within them, making it easy for people to tailor them to their own interests. Before Conn I had really negative experiences with foreign language classes, but after taking my Spanish class for one of my general education requirements I decided to add Hispanic Studies as a minor!”
Learn from the Best
“Professor Schroeder teaches all of the neuroscience courses and he is an incredible teacher and has published really impressive research that makes him really knowledgeable. He’ll stop the lesson for anyone’s questions and makes sure everyone is on the same page.”
“Steve Loomis in the biology department really makes sure you know all the information, but makes learning biology a lot of fun!”
"Ginny Anderson is super involved with the LGBTQ Center on campus. Not only is her freshman seminar one of my favorite classes, but also she has inspired me to explore the topics we talk about in the classroom through extracurriculars."
“Class with Professor Graesh is great and is really passionate about Anthropology. He keeps his students interested and engaged with interactive activities, such as organized debates in class and field trips.”
“Professor Boyd is a great professor for Creative Writing. She creates a really open and nonjudgmental atmosphere. She is critical but encouraging. Everyone leaves her class a better writer and with a broader perspective.”
“Professor Gezari is a really great English professor. She makes great use of class time and invites her students to develop their thoughts.”
“Professor Downs is an American Studies professor. He will challenge you to be a critical thinker and his assignments made me a much better writer. He comes across as very intimidating but he is really just hilarious and witty. He is a standup comedian.”
“Professor Peppard is such a knowledgeable economics professor. He can engage you in seemingly boring topics such as taxes and he has incredible personal experiences with developing economies, such as Vietnam. Every few years he leads a study abroad program to Vietnam, which I had the privilege of going on. It was the best experience of my life.”
Interests & Involvement
“We have an involvement fair in September where representatives from each club set up tables to promote their club. It is a great opportunity to find out about new and upcoming clubs, or old ones that you might have overlooked. It is also a fun time to hang out with friends and get to know what your fellow classmates are up to!”
“We have a range of activities at our school with various commitment levels. Some sports teams require 2-hour practices or so each day, and some club sports require practices twice a week. I’m involved in club soccer and I go to practice, but last semester I had a conflict with the Thursday practice and the captains were lenient and encouraged me to still come to Tuesday practices and participate in the 5 or so games we had that semester at nearby schools.
“It is hard to nail down Conn’s main extracurricular activities. We have everything from many a cappella groups to Energy Conservation Organization, to the Vagina Monologues, to Cadenza (our literary magazine). Conn students as a whole are really involved and if a student is not involved in an organization, chances are, a close friend is.”
“I really have enjoyed my time with Habitat for Humanity. I first learned about Habitat when I participated in COOP, the outdoor program for freshman right before freshman orientation. My student leader for Coop was a junior at Connecticut College who was president of Habitat for Humanity. She told me about her experience with Habitat and I knew then that I wanted to join. Habitat is a great group of giving and motivated students. We have weekly meetings, do weekend builds, go on alternative spring break trips, and reach out to our community in other ways, such as volunteer at the New London Homeless Hospitality Center.”
“Creating a new club is very encouraged and completely doable at Conn. In fact, my sophomore year, Bettina brought Her Campus to Conn with only 7 members! Her Campus was welcomed by our student body and now, in just a year, Her Campus is made up of 30 members and more students read our magazine than any other magazine, newspaper, or journal on campus.”
“Our mascot is a camel, and we love it! Students take pride in our friendly and fierce mascot.”
“Camelympics is a campus wide event between all the dorms on campus. It’s one of the highlights of the fall semester! All the dorms compete to win games and spirit points. Students play games like kickball and Jenga to represent their dorms. The night starts with dorm dinners where students wear their custom shirts. Then, students go to dorm cheers, and after, the Camelympics begin!”
“Conn is not sports crazed. We don’t have huge stadium tailgates or kids waiting to get into the student section at 7 am. Still, we have a great community, and many of our sports are super competitive in the the ‘CAC (NESCAC D3 League). Sports events, especially on the weekends, are highly attended by the student body. Because Conn is such a tight-knit community, everyone has pretty much one friend who plays a sport. As a result, lots of fans show up to support their peers. Lacrosse, basketball, and hockey games are pretty well attended. The Coast Guard hockey game is one of the biggest, rowdiest events of the year. Soccer games are fun to watch on Temple Green in the fall. The volleyball team was really good this year.”
“A large portion of students here are athletes. You make a lot of friends who you can cheer on at their games and workout with! Not a lot of athletes have a superiority complex.”
“There are many clubs and intramural sports teams to get involved with. Club teams include: basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, volleyball, soccer, dance, lacrosse, and Ultimate Frisbee. These teams are either co-ed teams or separate men’s and women’s teams.
“The ‘You Can Play Video’ made by the Conn athletes this year was really inspiring and shows how much students support each other whether they are involved in athletics or not. ‘You Can Play’ speaks to Conn’s tolerance of every individual. Any person no matter if he or she is gay, straight, transgender, or questioning can be an athlete.”
"I'm so impressed by the initiative our student body has taken to promote feminism on campus. In previous years, the Vagina Monologues had been performed, but this year students are writing their own monologues to better reflect the views of all Conn students. The production is now called As Told By Vaginas which has all original monologues written by students."
“Our campus definitely has a very confident cohort of women. We women take pride in ourselves and what we do - whether it be through research, musical ability, sports or activism. It’s a very supportive environment for women.”
“Conn has so many wonderful programs that support women - the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program, the THINK S.A.F.E Project (Sexual Assault Free Environment), the Women’s Center, As Told By Vaginas. The campus leaders that head these programs are incredible role models for all of our campus community.”
“We have some phenomenal female faculty members here who are so passionate about their fields of study, and they are doing amazing things!”
“I never knew about how important feminism is until I came to Connecticut College. Now I can’t imagine my life without it. We are so lucky to live and learn in a community that believes in gender equality and women’s rights.”
“Performing in As Told By Vaginas here was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my college career. Where else can you meet a bunch of talented, intelligent, passionate and beautiful women that will become lifelong friends?”
“In terms of students, there are more women than men…but whenever there is an activism event of some sort, you’ll see male attendees in the audience, too. We may have a 60:40 female to male ratio, but we have many male advocates allying with us.
Food & Drink
“The food is pretty good. There are a wide variety of options. Harris is the main dining hall complete with a salad bar, pasta bar, sandwich and grill station, a hot entrée line, and a dessert section. Other dining halls on campus include Jane Adams, Knowlton, Freeman (vegetarian only) and Smith. They might be smaller than Harris, but you can still always find a good meal. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available at all areas and abundant in Harris. Harris is the only dining hall open on the weekends. It really encourages community, and you always see a lot of friendly faces.”
“Four words: TOLL HOUSE COOKIE PIE!”
“The meal plan is usually included in your tuition. #UNLIMITEDMEALSWIPES!”
“Eating here is definitely different from eating at home. However, you make the most of your meals here. I love being creative! I use the Panini press as my go-to when I’m not feeling the main selections of the day. I can give anyone the recipe for a perfect grilled cheese, quesadilla, burrito, or sandwich! Also, I, like a lot of other students, take advantage of the grill station. At the grill station, you can get french fries, hamburgers, vegetable or turkey burgers, hotdogs, grilled chicken, and fish every night as well as ready-to-order omelets with toppings chosen by you from the salad and sandwich bar!”
“My favorite food is the Mac n Cheese pizza. The pizza is delicious. I also love the Mac n Cheese, Soup, french fry, and baked potato bars. It’s like getting Froyo, but it’s your main course.”
“Every time I go into Harris and there are M&M cookies, I take ten home with me!”
“The staff in the JA dining hall are some of the nicest people on campus. They are super friendly and end up getting to know you by the end of the year.”
“Soup and Bread in Freeman on Tuesdays and Thursdays is where it’s at. You can get freshly made soups and salad along with a HUGE bread bar. Everything is vegetarian too!”
“Knowlton is the best dining hall. This dining hall is located in the Knowlton Language House which is an international residence hall where students can learn about different cultures and languages. While eating in Knowlton, you can sit with native speakers of several languages such as Spanish, French, Arabic, and Japanese. The first time you eat there it is definitely scary, but it is exhilarating! Knowlton offers a great way to immerse yourself in language and learn it fully. I eat there at least once a week.”
“Smith is a great dining hall to go and make yourself a quick sandwich between classes. There’s usually always guac!”
“The numerous coffee shops on campus have a fabulous selection of goods. Jazzman’s Café is attached to the Harkness residence hall, the Blue Camel Café is located in the bottom of the library, the Cummings Art building houses The Coffee Closet, Coffee Grounds is found in the center of campus attached to the Larabee dorm, and the Oasis Snack Shop is located in Cro. I love getting my java fix from any one of these places, and I especially love the homemade goodies at Coffee Grounds. On a Saturday night, Oasis is packed with students enjoying pizza and mozzarella sticks – Mmmm delish!!!”
“I am a student who does not enjoy drinking alcohol on the weekends. I was worried about going to college because I know that drinking is often a big part of college life. I was so excited to learn that Connecticut College does a great job of providing other alternatives for students who are looking for something else to do. For instance, I attended a dance show last Friday and on Saturday I went to a comedy show.”
“I love the social scene at Connecticut College. While people do go out on the weekends and have a good time, Connecticut is not a heavy party school. People have a good sense of balance here. They like to have fun, but don’t let partying interfere with their school work.”
“I have had the opportunity to visit a lot of my friends at other schools so I really appreciate Conn’s social scene. Most weekends we have dances in the student center. Although this sounds a lot like high school, it is one of my favorite parts of Connecticut College. The whole school comes together to have a good time. Often these dances have themes such as the 80’s.”
“Attending a school without fraternities and sororities offers benefits that people often overlook. A campus without Greek life gives Connecticut College an inclusive and community feel. Everyone is welcome at parties on campus. I love how I can show up to a party on a Saturday night and not be turned away because I don’t belong to a certain group. People think that because Conn does not have Greek life there is a lack of parties, however, I think not having fraternities and sororities makes Conn even more fun.”
“Connecticut College’s social scene is unique in that there is something for everyone. Off campus houses host parties, small group of friends can have get-togethers in their room, or the whole school gathers at dances. The seniors also have the option of the on campus bar.”
“Dorm life as a freshman is fantastic! I love how there are no freshman-specific dorms. It’s really great being able to make friends with hall-mates of all ages! When you are a freshman, you get paired up with a roommate(s) based on a compatibility survey that students fill out before they come to campus. They did a really great job with the pairing thing because my roommate is so much more to me than a best friend, she is like a sister!” My student adviser told me that most sophomores, juniors, and seniors live in singles in dorms or in Conn’s off-campus housing. Nobody just goes and rents some random apartment in New London because a) the dorms here are so safe that people barely ever lock their doors, and b) because the students here are so awesome that why would you ever want to isolate yourself from them!?”
“I absolutely love the specialty housing! I am a Pre-Med student, and living in the Substance-Free dorm is very important to me. My boyfriend who is also Pre-Med lives in the Quiet dorm that has assigned study hours, and he is able to get so much studying done!”
“Living in off-campus housing is really a great experience. I am international and I live with three of my best friends, all of whom are also international. We have a kitchen in our house where every Friday night we cook traditional food from our home, and dance to our favorite music afterwards. Often times, we invite our friends from other countries and America to come celebrate the culture and joy with us! It is nice to be at such an accepting and welcoming school. We may not be from this country, but Conn makes it our second home.”
“I am a Floor Governor of one of the dorms in Central Campus. I ensure that everything is going smoothly on the floor that I govern, and I plan fun activities for the whole dorm along with the other Floor Governors and Housefellow. Some of these include pizza and interesting discussions with faculty members, parties in the common room for television programs such as major award ceremonies or sporting events, make-your-own s’mores night, and much more!”
“This is my last year at Connecticut College, and I lived in a different area of campus each year (freshman: North, sophomore: South, junior: southern Central, senior: northern Central). Personally, I loved living in South because of the vibrant social scene and the vegetarian dining hall, but I literally thought living in all of the regions had something really great to offer. Although I never lived in Conn’s off-campus housing, most people live in the on-campus dorms, anyway, so I wasn’t too worried about it. Conn is such a special place, and the dorms have always felt like home to me. Two of the dorms actually have a coffee place built into them – awesome, right!?”
Exploring New London
“New London offers Conn students the best of both worlds - located in a small city and being on the water! In the spring, students often spend their Saturdays at the beach or taking the New London ferry over to Block Island!”
“New London has awesome restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops! You can often find Conn students in downtown New London on Sunday mornings chowing down on a homemade bacon, egg, and cheese at Muddy Waters Café.”
"Local businesses give student discounts! I love using my Camel Card to get 10% off meals at Sweetie's Bakery & Cafe!"
“Downtown New London has a vibrant and blossoming music and arts scene. In the fall, New Lo hosts a music festival showcasing different varieties of local music bands. Conn students even get discounts to the event!”
“I love how Conn works closely with New London businesses and organizations. The local food co-op, Fiddleheads, now comes on campus every Friday with organic food options! I simply can’t resist when I see ripe avocados and fresh mozzarella.”
“New London is a convenient three minute drive from the Connecticut College campus. Conn bus services and New London taxis make it easy and cheap to get into the city!"
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