Location: Main campus in Hartford, West Hartford, and Bloomfield, Conn.
Percent Women: 49.5% undergraduate, 61% graduate
Most Popular Majors: Communications, Education, Business
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 62%
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Why Choose Hartford?
“The financial aid package I received was really good, plus the school was only a few hours from home.”
“It’s a small school, it had my major, and the campus is beautiful.”
"I chose it due to the availability of my program and the aid I was able to receive as a female engineer."
"There are a lot of great opportunities here."
"The professors and faculty are, for the most part, absolutely wonderful."
"My favorite parts of UHart are the professors and the clubs."
"The two really big things we do are Midnight Mania and Spring Fling - Midnight Mania kicks off the basketball season and it's pretty much a big pep rally, and Spring Fling is a whole weekend-long party with concerts and events."
"Different groups get to paint the anchor in the front of the school to promote themselves and their events, which is cool."
"The food here is not that great. I really don't like Commons."
"Public Safety is hit or miss for helping with situations."
"I feel like the stores here on campus overcharge you for stuff. If you can get off-campus to shop, you should."
New Collegiette On Campus
"Freshmen go to orientation where they get to know each other and they spend a night in a dorm with another freshman, they tour campus and meet their advisor and get to know people."
"I went to Early Adventure, which is a 3-day camping trip right before orientation, and some of my best friends are from that trip."
(Photo courtesy of Camp Woodstock)
"I made friends in my year, but I made a lot of friends in clubs of different years. One of my best friends was a junior when we met, and actually graduated last year."
"I have friends in every year - once you get involved and go to meet people, you make friends pretty quickly."
"Freshmen live in either the complexes or Hawk Hall. You get more housing options as an upperclassman."
All About Academics
UHartford has several separate schools - the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture, the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, the Hartford Art School, the Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theatre, Hillyer College, University Studies, the School of Communication and the Barney School of Business.
"You're allowed to pick up a major and minor from two different schools - like, I know someone who is majoring in Biology and minoring in Dance."
"Usually the biggest issue I have with registration is making them fit together. Usually if it's a class you need, you can go talk to a professor and they're pretty understanding. I've gotten overrides into classes I needed a couple of times."
"The online registration can be kinda confusing, but I haven't had too much of a problem."
"You get paired with an advisor in your major, and mine is fantastic, but I've heard of people whose advisors don't help them."
Learn From The Best
"I love all of my classes."
"I haven't met a professor here I didn't like."
"My absolute favorite professors are Prof. Schwanbeck from the School of Communication, Prof. Skelly from Philosophy and Prof. Grossberg from English."
"Professors are really clear about their office hours, and students really do use them."
Interests & Involvement
"I love the clubs and organizations I'm a part of."
"I do a LOT of stuff on campus, and that's just the way I like it."
"There are actually a lot of things going on any given day on campus."
"I love the friends I've made in clubs and the resume experience I get from some of the clubs I'm in."
"I changed my major because of a club, so that should tell you a lot right there."
"Basketball is our main sport and we've had the women go to the NCAA tournament multiple times, yet the stands stay pretty empty most of the season."
"There's a significant lack of school spirit."
"There is a separate athlete culture here."
"We totally have intramural sports."
"A lot of people are really surprised to find out that we don't have a football team. We have a club team, but they're not fantastic and they're just starting out."
"Our soccer and basketball teams are really good, and it's kinda weird to me that more people don't go watch the games."
"The gender ratio is pretty even."
"There aren't any women's studies programs, but they do have gender studies."
"There's a club called Women For Change and they're all about female empowerment."
"Every year, UHart puts on a performance of The Vagina Monologues, and donates the profits to charities, which is very cool."
"Girls here dress however they want, there's not really a 'campus style' to speak of."
Food & Drink
"They just renovated the Commons dining hall and I have to say, it looks pretty good."
"The worst part about it is that you can only use meal swipes at Commons now and EVERYTHING you can get at any of the other cafeterias is crazy expensive."
"Meal plans really aren't explained very well and there's not a whole lot of value in them, but you're forced to buy one."
"There are 6 places on campus where you can get food - Commons, The Hawk's Nest, The Market Deli/ZOCA Mexican, Gengras Cafe, Einstein Brothers' Bagels and the Dorothy Goodwin Cafe. The Backstage Cafe is off-campus at the Handel Performing Arts Center."
"The food is, honestly, subpar. Most options are pretty greasy, and even those that aren't aren't exactly healthy either."
"Next year, they're putting in a Subway and a full Starbucks cafe, so there's that."
"I don't exactly hate the food...but I was really glad to move into Park River where I had my own kitchen and could cook for myself."
"In the freshman complexes, you don't have a lot of options - either dining halls or microwave. Once you get to upperclassman housing like Park River or the Village Apartments, you get a full kitchen."
"A lot of my friends and I go to Hillel and Chabad for Shabbos, (Friday at sundown to Saturday at Sundown). And then after Shabbat is over, we generally just hang out."
"I used to go to parties with the "nerd" crowd as a student. We were a safe environment where no one was pressured to do anything and if someone saw anything out of line they spoke up about it."
"There are a lot of people on this campus that drink and smoke and do drugs, but there are just as many that don't. I personally have never been pressured to do anything I didn't want to do."
"My friends and I always watch out for each other and make sure that we'll all make it home in one piece."
"Most of the parties happen in the Village - especially the fives and the sixes."
"Hawk Hall was really nice, but you have to go through an extra application process to live there and I was just NOT into that. I didn't mind living in the complexes."
"The freshman complexes are close to the academic side and to Commons dining hall and even to the Sports Center, so that's pretty cool."
"I like living in the apartments much more than I liked the complexes, the only issue is that it's quite a hike to the academic buildings. That's not a fun trip in the winter."
"Downtown Hartford is pretty close, that's actually where my internship is. You just have to ride down Albany Avenue to get there, and Albany Avenue is the rough part of the city."
"Blue Back Square has some cool shops and restaurants."
"Blue Back Square, Bishop's Corner and Westfarms Mall are all pretty close, and even if you don't have a car, you can take the University Shopping Shuttle."
"UHart actually just got Zipcar this year and that makes getting off campus a million times easier."
"The city buses have a stop right on campus if you're going downtown."
"Union Station in downtown Hartford is a short cab ride away, and you can catch a bus or train there to go all over the place."
"There are a lot of bars and clubs downtown, some are great, some are not-so-good, but that's what you get in the city I suppose."
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