University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut Admissions and School Information

The University of Connecticut's main campus is in Storrs, Connecticut, but five regional campuses are located in Greater Hartford, Stamford, Avery Point, Torrington and Waterbury. Undergraduate and graduate degrees can be earned in business, engineering, fine arts, nursing and pharmacy.

General Information About The University of Connecticut

Founded in 1881, the University of Connecticut's primary campus is located on over 4,000 acres in Storrs, Connecticut. The University of Connecticut was the first public institution of higher learning in the state and continues to rebuild, making it one of the most modern and state-of-the-art campuses in the nation. In 2008, nearly 30,000 students were enrolled, including over 8,000 graduate students. In 2009, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Connecticut as New England 's number one public university and among the top twenty-six in the U.S.

Seven options are available for bachelor degree programs with over 100 different majors, as well as 17 graduate degree programs and five professional degree programs. The Graduate Business Learning Center is based in Hartford and the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry in Farmington.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

Applications for enrollment to the University of Connecticut can be completed online or by mail, but online applications will generally be processed more quickly and efficiently. The admissions process at the University of Connecticut is quite competitive and high regard will be given to students' class rank, high school records, grade point average and standardized test scores. An essay will be required, and letters of recommendation and details of extracurricular activities are encouraged. Special programs, such as medicine or law, are very selective and may include a more detailed admissions process. Generally only about one dozen students are accepted into each of these special programs every year.

The University of Connecticut Schools & Colleges

Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES)

One third of all students entering into the University of Connecticut are enrolled in the Academic Center for Exploratory Students program. These students may be pre-professional majors or may be planning to apply to a specific school or college in the future. Others may simply be exploring their options. Academic advisors are assigned to help students in ACES decide on a course of study.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources offers a bachelor degree program in 16 different areas of study, including allied health sciences, dietetics, environmental science and medical technology. The average class size is 26 students. Graduates with a bachelor of science degree have gone on to pursue a diverse range of careers, including landscape design, genetics research and environmental policy analysis.

Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture

Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture offers associate degree programs in animal science, ornamental horticulture and turfgrass management as well as 2-year certifications in a wide variety of other plant and animal studies. Established in 1941, this school prepares students for careers in floristry, landscaping, animal health, and breeding and genetics. Those students looking to continue their education may apply for transfer to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to receive a bachelor's degree.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the University of Connecticut's largest school, with over 23 individual academic departments and almost 50 different areas of study. Over 50% of students at the University of Connecticut are enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, requiring more than 600 faculty members. Areas of study include humanities, social sciences and physical and life sciences and available majors run the gamut from biophysics to environmental science to women's studies.

Neag School of Education

The Neag School of Education has been ranked as the East Coast's number one public school of education, with four of their programs ranked in the top 20 in the U.S., including special education, elementary education, secondary education and curriculum and instruction. This college also offers a doctoral program in kinesiology, which has been ranked number one in the country as well. The Integrated Bachelor's/Master's Teacher Education Program prepares students for careers in elementary or secondary education within five years.

School of Business

Established in 1941, over 3,000 students are enrolled in the School of Business at the University of Connecticut, with over 27,000 alumni nationwide. Areas of study include accounting, finance, management, marketing and operations and information management. Courses focus on merging the classroom with real world experience and take place in a new $27 million facility located on the flagship Storrs campus.

School of Engineering

The School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut prepares students for careers in growing technology areas through 12 different majors, including civil engineering, engineering physics, computer science and mechanical engineering. Undergraduate students are encouraged to spend at least one semester gaining valuable experience working for a related company. Graduate degree programs are also available, including a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering.

School of Fine Arts

With over 650 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled, the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut offers several areas of study, including art, art history, dramatic arts and music. Graduates go on to pursue careers as performers, teachers, artists and scholars. A unique degree in puppetry prepares students to perform and design for theaters around the globe. Art history majors are provided the opportunity to study abroad and intern in area museums. Master's degree programs in fine arts and art history are also available.

School of Nursing

Over 500 students are enrolled in the University of Connecticut's School of Nursing. Students can earn a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in nursing. A Master's Entry into Nursing degree, an R.N. to Master's and several Post-Master's Certificates are also offered. Students learn the skills that will help them land a career in nursing through a simulated laboratory environment.

School of Pharmacy

Approximately 100 students graduate from the School of Pharmacy each year. With 42 full-time faculty members, this makes for an impressively small student-to-faculty ratio. Students can earn a bachelor's degree in pharmacy studies, a master's degree in pharmaceutical science and a doctoral degree in pharmacy. This training will prepare graduates for careers at pharmacy chains and hospitals as well as within the pharmaceutical industry or academic world.

Contact Information

  • Address: University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269
  • Phone Number: (860) 486-2000