Location: Storrs, CT
Funding: Public University
Size: 22,301 undergrads and 7,955 graduate students
Percent Women: 49 %
Tuition: $25,348 (in-state)
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing, Social Sciences, Health related programs, Biological Sciences, and Engineering
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 44.7 %
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit University of Connecticut's website at: www.admissions.uconn.edu
Why Choose U Conn?
"I love the look and feel of an Ivy League school and you get that at UConn. UConn's spirit was also something I was interested in. I love how passionate we are about basketball. So I remember as a prospective student coming to UConn and knowing that it was where I wanted to spend my college career. The atmosphere is unlike any school I visited”
"I chose UConn because I knew I would be challenged here. This is a school with high standards and expectations."
"I knew I'd be happy coming to a school that had tons of school spirit, friendly faces, and a great atmosphere."
"As a prospective student, I visited my friends who went here and that is what solidified my choice to come here the most. I was able to see their experiences and communities that they formed which made a large school seem less intimidating."
"I fell in love the first time I stepped foot on campus and now can't see myself anywhere but here.”
"UConn was my first choice because it was the perfect distance from home and it has been my dream since I was a little girl"
“My favorite part about being a student at UConn is definitely the school pride. The first college I went to was small, and no one wore sweatshirts or shirts with the name on it. But here, it's like a sea of Huskies and I love it! Plus, there's so much to do here that there's no way you can be bored. Everyone I've met has been nice and I've never had a professor that I absolutely could not stand. It's just a great atmosphere here, and that's something you need if you're going to spend four years here.”
“The 'work hard, play hard' attitude that most students have is my favorite thing about UConn! Also, the number of cafes and meeting places on campus seems unmatchable because I can go almost anywhere to study or hang between classes and I feel comfortable – I’m not sure if I would find this on a smaller campus.”
“The best part about UConn is its size and diversity. There is always someone who wants to do what you want to do and so many events and things to go to. I have friends who are involved in so many different things.”
"Everyone on campus, whether in the Physics Club or on the Basketball Team, are all proud and happy to be a Husky. I couldn't have asked for a better school, where school spirit is vibrant and everyone is enthusiastic about campus.”
"I love that if you are lost on campus you can ask a stranger and they are willing to help you, it is just one big family here.”
"As a student at UConn there are so many opportunities to go to social events and places to hang out with friends on campus, it makes the workload seem a little more bearable."
“Taking a picture with Jonathan. Going to First Night.”
“Sledding down Horse Barn Hill”
“Rubbing Jonathon’s nose for good luck before finals”
“Walking the Celeron path”
“Jingling your keys at football games”
“Singing the fight song at sporting events”
“I think that since I am from a small town coming to a school this large was a bit tricky for me and the first semester I struggled to find a place but going into school with an attitude that you are willing to try anything it will help being able to try new things like body wise or other clubs.”
"We need a new gym, there is always a long wait and that overly crowded feeling. I love UConn but the gym just doesn't fit in with the campus, it is simply outdated."
"The bus system is unreliable, which can be stressful because it may end up making you late for class!"
“Honestly, there's nothing I don't like about being a UConn student. I guess the big campus can be a hassle, especially when you've got classes 15 minutes apart on opposite ends, but I still love it here.”
“I do not like the disparity between athletes and students.”
"The Student Union at lunch time is crazy! You really have to time it well."
New Collegiette on Campus
First Year Traditions
“Horse Barn Hill outings”
“Getting Dairy Bar with your parents”
“Discovering Wings Over Storrs”
“Trying to get into a party at Carriage House”
“WOW” (Week of Welcome!)
"Taking a picture with the Jonathon statue outside of Gampel."
“My orientation as a transfer student in the middle of the year was very basic. However, I did make friends and we were given the opportunity to form social connections. I did also get my schedule and met with my advisor, which was helpful.”
“I think it's easy to get to know upperclassman. I have classes with students in all grade levels, plus if you join clubs there's a huge chance you'll have students from freshman to seniors, so it's not difficult to befriend upperclassman.”
"Orientation was so much fun, you meet so many new people and everyone is so excited and ready to become huskies!"
"As an incoming freshmen I was so nervous but orientation made me excited! I kept thinking wow I am finally here. And it gave me the chance to meet other huskies!"
“Orientation was very informative and informal. The groups were like 10-15 students which was nice because it offered a chance to meet some other people who were just starting too. I was a transfer in the spring, so my orientation was a little different than the one in the fall (much smaller).”
"I think getting to know upperclassmen is a lot easier if you are affiliated with a fraternity of sorority but even if you aren’t there really isn’t a line between upperclassmen and underclassmen.”
All About Academics
“My favorite professor is Burcin Calafiore. She is a management professor and is so passionate about what she teaches. Her classes are always fun, and you still learn so much from it!”
“My Gender and Sexuality in Every Day Life professor was my favorite teacher at UConn because she always encouraged us to speak our minds in class. We would have friendly debates about controversial topics, which is something I think professors tend to avoid. It's important to speak your mind and listen to others do the same, so I really liked the way she handled the class. This semester, my Philosophy professor is really cool (he kind of reminds me of Mr. Rogers), and I like my English professor so far too (he seems like the kind of guy who rides a lot of bikes and reads books in coffee shops listening to indie bands).”
"My favorite professor was Amy Howell for Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 2443). She taught me how to work hard and how to appreciate complexity in my studies, which is something I’ll carry with me throughout my professional studies.”
“Rory McGloin is one of the best professors! I'm sure a lot of communication majors would agree.”
"Definitely Dr. Darre, he teaches a few animal science classes including Intro to Animal Science. He’s hilarious and definitely knows how to make a lab exciting!"
“My favorite class so far is accounting, because it challenges me and makes me think, which is something I never felt from the classes at my last school. It is very work load intense, I do approximately 5-6 hours of work a week outside of class for it, but I hope to do really well in the class.”
“Management of Human Capital was my favorite class! It was all about Human Resources and how to be a great HR person. The workload was mostly reading based, but not difficult at all.”
“My favorite class is math, because I love the subject. The professor isn't that great though, and she assigns a ton of homework but never gives exact due dates. I also really like my English class because even though he assigns us 100-200 pages to read for homework each class, he's a great professor and he encourages us to speak up during class.”
“Psychology 1100 with David Miller was the absolute best. He is an amazing professor, I have never been in a class where the professor is able to make content so relevant. He utilized technology in a fun and effective way.”
“Whenever I go into the library I always see so many people there studying or reading. I’ve also seen many people study around campus. I personally enjoy studying in the lounge of my building since it is always quiet and I don’t have to trek into the cold.”
“I believe people do study in the library, but there are also places like the Chem Cafe or Business Cafe where students can study at tables.”
“People are ALWAYS in the library, especially during finals week. Most of the time people are studying anywhere they can find an empty chair. The student union is a popular place for people to go and study and hang out with friends. I prefer to study in my dorm room because it's usually pretty quiet, but when I want to rid myself of distractions, I go to the library. I like to sit on the history floor because it's always been pretty empty whenever I go.”
“People are usually in the library, especially during finals time. There’s a lot of other places to study around campus like dining halls, chairs in Wilbur Cross, study lounges in dorm buildings, and on weekends people go into empty classrooms to work.”
"Especially during finals, there are always people in the library. Sometimes you can’t find a spot when it’s really busy. But there are little places that not a lot of people go to that you can usually find for some quiet study. If there aren’t classes going on, you can usually go in some of the classroom buildings to study. Each residence building has study spaces too."
Learn from the Best
“David Miller is a very well-known professor at UConn, he is a really passionate man and you learn a lot from him.”
“Professors at UConn have very high expectations but they are very accessible and they want to help you.”
“Classes are difficult and require a lot of hard work, grabbing that A has never felt better!”
“My favorite class was Women Studies- Gender and Globalization.”
“Introduction to Sociology was the best course I have ever taken at UConn.”
“A lot of people utilize office hours, I in particular take advantage of office hours whenever I feel lost in any of my classes.”
“The faculty here is very unique and you can tell how passionate they are about their area of study.”
Interests & Involvement
"Clubs are huge at UConn! Everyone wants to be invovled and share something in common. There is definitely a club here for everyone."
"The clubs that are affiliated with academics are probably the most popular because it is a way to do things hands on with your area of study and to network."
“I've never tried to start my own club, but from what I've heard, it's not very difficult. Just get a group together and go to the student activities office to get started.”
“If you can get the student support, the Student Activities Center will be very helpful in getting your new club started!”
“There are fliers everywhere that introduce people to clubs. Plus, friends usually introduce friends to the clubs they're in. And you can always go to an involvement fair in the spring or in the fall, that way you get to learn about each club from people in them.”
“People find out about clubs through the Involvement Fair! Every semester all different clubs set up a table, hand out flyers and you can sign up for them.”
"The involvement fair is great for finding out about clubs. Mostly every club is there and you can meet current members and find out all you need to know about all types of clubs."
Below is a poster that our Social Media Director, Jackie Hlywa, designed for the club "SHAPE" - Students Helping to Achieve Positive Esteem. They work on promoting healthier body image on campus and they hung up that poster at Fresh Check Day!
"Part of the reason I chose UConn was because there is such a sense of excitment at sporting events. Being a part of something so big and special is an incredible feeling, I love being a husky!"
"My roommates and I have season tickets for 3 sports! There is nothing better than being a student at a UConn game."
"Bleed blue is not just a phrase. The pride that you have in your school and every sports team is just so strong and truly creates an exciting enviorment."
"Even if you are not division 1 material, there are so many options for students to play sports here! UConn offers several different club sports and over 1,200 students participate in club sports on campus."
"Sporting events is what brings us all together and reminds us that we are all huskies, rooting for the same team."
"Nothing beats Husky Pride. Bleed blue."
"Between the tailgating and student traditions, nothing will give you more husky pride than attending a sporting event at UConn."
"There is nothing more exciting than being a husky on the day we win a national champion."
"There is absolutely an athlete culture here but not in a negative way. I think people respect their hard work. They are definitely recognizable by their full husky gear and blue atheltic coats."
"Sports unify the University of Connecticut"
“I previously attended an all-women’s college, so being a woman on a campus with boys is a huge culture shock. I have found that boys here are either very aggressive mainly at parties trying to hit on you, almost like it’s your responsibility to talk to them, or super sweet. I feel like women here though have a stronger bond than the women at my other college since everyone sticks up for each other and helps out. “
“It's great being a woman of UConn! There are so many opportunities to get involved and participate. I've never been stopped from doing what I love and I feel that we truly are treated as equals across all parts of campus involvement.”
“As a woman on campus with big dreams and a big career path towards law school and criminal prosecution, I feel so supported. There is undeniably still injustices in the work force when it comes to gender, but at uconn you are surrounded and mentored by other accomplished women as well as professors and students who want to see you succeed just as much. I have also found the Greek system on campus to be a great support system of strong women. My sorority has done nothing but push me to be the best person and woman I can be. I was skeptical about joining based on the rumors that are circulated about Greek life in general, but at uconn the Greek Panhellenic system really does produce women to be proud of. To any woman thinking of coming to uconn I highly suggest finding a group of women (or men) whether it be a sorority or something else that will support you in all your endeavors, as well as catch you should you fall.”
"At UConn, I haven't had any instances in my time here where I thought it would be different if I wasn't a girl.”
“Being a woman on campus is a wonderful experience. UConn has the Women's Center which mission is to "advocate, educate, and provide support services for the achievement of gender equity at the University and within the community at large." I think that as a woman that is especially important to me. I also love the support I get from the women on my floor. There is a bond that happens when a bunch of girls live together and I think that is often rare."
"Clubs and organizations make me feel especially special as a woman on campus. Her Campus for example is run by the women of UConn. We have so many opportunites to be leaders and there are a lot of things that we have for our own here, another example is the Women's Center. This is important because it makes me feel like I matter and I am contributing to the University in a postitive way!"
Food & Drink
"UConn makes it easy to eat healthy. I recommend using MyFitness Pal app to keep track of what you are actually eating and how healthy it is."
"As someone with Celiacs, I've found that the dining hall food is spectacular. There is always a ton of options for what I can eat, and they properly label what I cant. Also, they have a whole section dedicated to gluten-free food, which I certainly love!"
“The food in the dining halls is really good. Sometimes they'll serve things that my dad makes at home, which makes me happy because even though it's only 45 minutes away I still get homesick sometimes. ”
"The dining halls are great, especially because they cater to several lifestyles such as veganism, gluten free diets, and vegetarianism, as well as locally grown vegetables. Since there are many dining halls and a central eating place called the Student Union, there are always options."
"There are so many different places to eat on campus and off campus (especially on dog lane) so there is you usually have a lot to choose from.”
“The food on campus is delicious. Better than at home! They make omelets every morning and once a week you can have the tomato alfredo pasta sauce which is so good. They have a great selection which is wonderful for me because I am vegetarian."
"The food at UConn is really good if you know where to go and what to get"
“McMahon is my favorite place to eat on campus since they always have cultural food that just seems healthier and more exquisite than regular dining hall food. They have sushi which is something I never expected to see at a college dining hall. “
"South is the best dinning hall! They always have a variety of options, allowing anyone who goes there to find something they like. Plus they have very friendly staff!"
“For breakfast I always go to North because they have french dipped waffles which have become my favorite thing in the entire world. For all other meals, I go to South because it's really close to my dorm.”
“My favorite dining hall is Putnam! Most people would say South or Towers, but I’ve grown accustomed to Putnam dining hall because of its extensive salad bar and it almost always has iced coffee. The dining hall also has a Grab and Go, which has make-your-own sandwiches and pre-made pizzas; plus, it stays open later than the dining hall!”
“The best dining halls would have to be South and Towers because the food they prepare is always top notch”
“McMahon is my favorite dining hall- it’s very hit-or-miss but when the stuff is good it’s SO GOOD. And it’s also open until 10.”
"Northwest or South are my favorite dinning halls!"
“There are a lot of activities to do every weekend. They have late night every Friday night, there are always parties to attend and we have three bars right next door!”
“Mostly freshmen and sophomores go to frat parties and then juniors and seniors go to the bars on the weekends.”
“If you are looking to meet new people there are so many on-campus that want to make new friends as well, it is just a matter of being open to it.”
“It is easy to meet people here, it’s a huge campus but there is still that small world vibe where everyone knows each other from somewhere or someone else.”
“The social scene here is really inclusive, everyone is really welcoming.”
“The buses run at night for the most part (with some discrepancies), but the late night buses aren't always the most reliable, so you're better off walking which is no big deal because the campus is always really well-lit."
“A lot of things off campus are somewhat within walking distance, which is ok during the warmer months. Otherwise there are several sober driving services you can call for a small fee, and frats usually have sober drivers to their parties too.”
“Campus is very well-lit and there are always students around so I always feel really safe at night.”
"The dorms at UConn are small, but homey! You just have to add your flare to it.”
“The Freshmen are usually located in North Campus but there really isn't freshmen specific housing.”
“All of the dorms have tons of programs to get involved with. Last semester they had a smoothie night and everyone came and hung out during the first week back!”
"I was placed in Ellsworth with a random roommate my first year here. It was the best thing that could have happened to me. My roommate was the sweetest, most motherly girl I have ever me! She even brought me breakfast in bed on a few dreadful Saturday mornings. Although I moved in to an apartment for my senior year, I am so thankful for getting placed with an awesome roommate to help me get situated at UConn."
"We are able to pick our roommates here which is a really great part about UConn housing. Rooming with who you feel comfotable with is great, I live with my best friends and I can't imagine living without them. But I also know a lot of people that prefer to have random roommates."
"Having a random roommate freshmen year is a good thing! I gives you the opportunity to become friends with someone in a similar situation as you, freshmen have to stick together!"
"A lot of people live off-campus. There are so many options here, you can live anywhere from a traditonal dorm with two people to a house with 5 rommmates."
"I picked my roomie from orientation and we both wanted to live in the Living and Learning Community so it worked out nicely!"
"I would say that while the random room assignment can be stressful, I think you do learn a lot about how to live with someone that may have a different living style than you and I think that is an important skill to have."
“The new Storrs Center is a great place to hang out, stay outside, and enjoy good food. There is a wide selection of places to eat and you can just walk around the different shops!”
“Storrs is a rural place, and I think most people have to take that into consideration when coming here. Cities aren’t easily accessible but our campus is not far from Boston, Providence, and NYC. With the recent opening of Storrs Center and the many opportunities on campus to have fun, you’ll probably not want to leave for more than a weekend. Being a season ticket holder to both football and basketball games is always a good idea, too!”
“For fun in Storrs, I go to the Ice Skating Rink (which is free for students!) and I also love going to Peachwave Frozen Yogurt. The East Brook Mall is great when I'm in the mood for movies. However, my new favorite place in Storrs is the UConn Co-op Bookstore At Storrs Center. For the booklover in me, that place is amazing.”
"Everything you want is in Storrs Center! I find myself sneaking down to Froyo World or Starbucks way too often!"
"I know a lot of people dream of going to a school in a city somewhere but UConn is a city! And if you can't find anything to do on campus there are so many places to go within walking distance. Also, we are really close to Boston and NYC and UConn even does bus trips there, you will never be bored at UConn."
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