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Reviews 538 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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5 College Junior

Academics: The professors care about you. The older you get, the more work you will have but it is all progressive. The CELS program provides an amazing opportunity for internships, offering $3,000 dollars for the summer after junior year for students to intern at a company of their choice. It is also easy to acquire campus jobs and internships in New London, it just requires putting in the effort.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Connecticut college is amazing. The faculty and staff make time and truly care about you. There is a lot of a leeway in the curriculum to allow students to do what interest them. Registration can be extremely frustrating, particularly if one is registering for introductory courses or general education requirements but it definitely gets easier as one moves up academically. The workload is pretty demanding depending on the course but as long as one knows how to time manage they will be fine. There are several academic centers which allow students to further concentrate their studies whether it be CISLA which internationalizes their majors or PICA which focuses on public policy (to name but two). Studying abroad is very popular amongst juniors and the school really helps with the process.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Connecticut College is one of the most beautiful school's in the country, and this is not solely referring to the campus. The student body is overwhelming attractive. Everyone is generally well dressed and groomed.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: They give students the opportunity to purchase health insurance in school or keep their own (although they do not encourage the latter). It is really easy to make an appointment and they make themselves available to you to answer any question you might have. They are very knowledgable and friendly.

1 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities at this place are terrible. Dorms are old, athletic center is tiny, and student buildings are basically old school classrooms

1 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls here aren't anything to write home about. Very homogenous, white prep school girls. Most of them think they are much hotter than they are.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The buffet food gets old pretty quick, and there is only one dining hall open on the weekends. You also cannot elect not to be on the schools dining plan.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is expensive are the space is very limited. Officers love to ticket and harass students

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug scene is fairly minimal other than weed and some cocaine. Weed is very accessible and accepted on campus,\

2 College Sophomore

Academics: Very little selection for majors outside the basic liberal arts. No connection with local internships, job placement resources are highly overrated.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics here are alright, but the school's funding is pretty miserable, and they have a problem offering enough courses for everybody to take the classes they want. The t4eachers are generally ok, but I've had a few who were completely unbearable.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus strictness is the only thing I like about this school. They don't really care much about smoking in the dorms, unless someone calls campus police. They are also fairly lenient about drinking, but they still bust all of the big parties.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dinging here consists mostly of Mcdonalds, subway, and a few other random restaurants in New London that are ok. After midnight, there is nowhere to get food, and none of the restaurants provide any student discount or anything like that.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Lots of rain, very windy campus because of the Long Island sound. If you really like wet, cold, and windy environments, this is the place for you!

1 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health center at this place is miserable. They treat you as if it is a chore for them to do their job. I had one incident where the health center misdiagnosed me and prescribed me a medicine that ended up giving me a red splotchy rash on my entire body for weeks! When I consulted the health center about it, no one would take any responsibility for anything. One of the worst parts about Conn College.

1 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus provided transportation consists of one van that goes to Wal-mart and a few other places. Taxis are available, but they are really expensive. To be honest, you don't really need transportation here because there is no where to go. I like having a car just to get off of campus when I start feeling claustrophobic, but there really aren't many places to go other than a few decent restaurants.

1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have been generally unhappy with most aspects of this school. Because the school is in such financial disarray, there are many instances of the administration taking directly away from student life and facilities. I have also had numerous problems dealing with the Deans here, who are extremely difficult to deal with and usually bounce you around until you get tired of speaking to people about whatever problem you have. My horrible experience here has lead me to transfer for next fall. DO NOT COME HERE.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I can't speak for need-based financial aid, but the schools offers no merit-based aid or scholarships or anything of the like. To be honest, paying 60,000 a year for this place is a rip off.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is very little diversity on this campus, and this is an issue they have been struggling with for a while. I have spoken with international students, and many of them worry that they were only brought here to provide diversity for the white students. The dining hall looks almost segregated, with all the athletes towards one and and all the international/ethnic students at the other end.

1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The party scene at Connecticut is frankly miserable. The parties consist of going to the same 2 locations almost every weekend with the same exact people, and it gets extremely tiring. Because very few people live off campus, there is very little variety for partying, and even the parties on campus are generally boring and get broken up before midnight most of the time.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are very few schools in the area, other than a few community colleges and the Coast Guard Academy. The city of New London is pretty boring, and there aren't many options in terms of having fun in the town. Almost all activity occurs on campus, and the schools generally promotes students staying on campus.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing selection is literally nonexistent, beginning next year. Students will not be allowed to live in their own housing, and have to either live in a dormitory or campus provided housing. This is largely a factor of so many students transferring out, and so many students trying to go abroad. The schools has had trouble filling rooms, so is now restricting any students from living in off campus housing.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: The sports scene at Connecticut was arguably one of the worst parts of the experience for me. As a varsity athlete, I was disappointed to discover that almost all of the teams are gravely underfunded. The administration does not care very much about sports, and neither does the student body. With the exception of one club hockey game, no one attends any sporting events, and there is very little athletic pride. We are near the bottom of our league in nearly every sport.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The campus housing is extremely limited, unless you are a fan of living in a single for four years. You have to apply for any hosing that is not in the dormitories, and it is very competitive. Also, beginning next year, student will not be able to live off campus at all. The school has had a problem with way too many people trying to transfer/ go abroad, and is struggling to keep enough students on campus for the year. The dormitories are very outdated, but they have a good location on campus.

2 College Sophomore

Computers: There are a decent amount of computers in the library, but at any time during or near finals, every single computer will be taken guaranteed. As a Computer Science major, I would also say that the program is rather underfunded in terms of utilities, despite having some great teachers.


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Andrew Patton
Montclair, N.J.
Government and American Studies
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Overall, students enjoy their experience at Conn. Some of the most often reasons cited include the amazing professors, strong academic programs, the small size of the school, and the beautiful campus. This is a great school for students who don't know what they want to major in; Conn's General Education requirements make it mandatory to take a variety of courses, and faculty are always available to advise students. Because of this, many come to Conn a tabula rasa, unsure of what to study, and leave as knowledgeable practitioners in a field they genuinely enjoy. The most common complaint among students who don't like Conn is its small size. Because of this, it's important to visit overnight or at least take a tour to try the campus on for size.

Despite the restricted social scene, most students find a core group of friends and have an unforgettable four years. Besides, with a willingness to try new things, students should never be bored on campus. There are so many opportunities to get involved in athletics, music, academics, and student organizations that everyone should be able to find something that he or she enjoys. The Conn experience can be as much or as little as you make of it. It's all up to you.

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