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4 College Junior

Facilities: The campus is extremely beautiful, everyone is very friendly, and the athletic facilities are for everyone.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The gym is very nice. There are a few cool traditions/events. But, usually there isn't too much happening.

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

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Some great new buildings including New London Hall with great classrooms and technology. Next year renovations will start on the main library which will take away some study areas next year.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: A small community with friendly, open minded individuals, that encourages students to find their passion and pursue it.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 265th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 341st
    Best Performance Venues
  • 382nd
    Greenest Campuses
  • 701st
    Best Student Centers
  • 1230th
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Andrew Patton
Montclair, N.J.
Government and American Studies
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The student center at Conn, diminutively known as Cro, is the heart of campus activity and the best place to look for students or professors between classes. Cro is versatile and includes a bar, snack shop, mailroom, convenience store, dance studios, and meeting space among its facilities. Fortunately, the building is fairly new and everything is well kept. On party nights (typically Thursday and Saturday), it seems like half the school passes through Cro at one point or another. The school usually sponsors dances and concerts in Cro that are well attended by the student body. The athletic center is set to open a new two-story fitness center for the 2009-2010 school year. The fitness center will have new equipment and overlook the track and have views of the river. The Christoffers Rowing/Training Center is nicely equipped and gives Conn’s rowing team an edge over its competition. In addition, there are miles of cross-country track in the arboretum.

Conn’s students are blessed with a visually pleasing campus, which is beautiful in fall and winter. The granite and limestone buildings tie the school together aesthetically without making the architecture boring. Green space is plentiful, and it opens up the small campus. To see Connecticut College at its finest, one only needs to head towards South Campus. Sandwiched in between the South Campus dorms and several academic buildings is the College Green. From soccer matches and Harvestfest booths in the fall to heated pickup games of Ultimate Frisbee in the spring, College Green always hums with activity.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
750 acres
Student Centers
Crozier-Williams Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Popular Places to Chill
  • Common Grounds
  • ITS Center
Bar on Campus
Cro-bar located in the Crosier Williams Student Center
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Coffee Grounds on the first floor of the Katharine Blunt House
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but while there is no devoted space solely for showing films, there is a student-run film society that uses a large projection screen in a lecture hall. Its members show second-run movies as well as classics on a projection screen in a lecture hall.
School Slang
  • AC: Short for Athletic Center-can refer to the whole complex or just part of it.
  • Arbo: The Arboretum. Rarely used.
  • The Bar: The practice space for campus bands.
  • Coasties: Coast Guard Academy cadets. Can be slightly derogatory.
  • Conn: Connecticut College. A less preferred variant is "Conn Coll."
  • COOP: Conn's Outdoor Orientation Program, an optional orientation, which costs extra money and dovetails into the official Freshman Orientation.
  • Cro: Crosier Williams Student Center, the hub of social activity on campus.
  • Cro Pit: Field outside of the student center where barbeques and kegs are held.
  • Cro's Nest: Multipurpose room in the second floor of Crosier Williams Student Center.
  • Crush Party: Themed parties where students get tickets and are supposed to anonymously invite their crushes to a dance. Student apathy for crush parties prevents them from ever being a success.
  • Dorm Damage: A fee that students are collectively assessed to pay for damages to their dorm during the year. These vary wildly from dorm to dorm.
  • Fishbowl: Annual senior streak from across campus.
  • Ghetto Plex: A sometimes derogatory, sometimes affectionate name for Hamilton and Marshall Houses.
  • Inconvenience Store: The convenience store in the student center, which is never open when you want it.
  • JA: Jane Addams House.
  • J-Board: Judiciary Board. Students who review alleged violations of the Honor Code.
  • KB: Short for Katharine Blunt House.
  • NESCAC: New England Small College Athletic Conference, the conference in which most of Conn's varsity sports compete.
  • Quad: Three dorms in Central Campus (Blackstone, Branford, and Plant) and the green in between. That's right, three.
  • Sexiled: The unfortunate experience of being forced to sleep outside your room because your roommate is hooking up with someone.
  • SGA: Student Government Association.
  • Skank tank: The standard uniform for girls at parties-a skimpy tank top, usually worn with a pair of black pants.
  • TNE: Thursday Night Event. Events-usually dances, but sometimes more novel events-that dorms orchestrate and put on for the rest of the campus.
  • Alternative Highs Month: In an effort to curb drug use and underage drinking, the Student Activities Committee created Alternative Highs Month, a series of nearly daily events in April. At each substance-free event, students collect raffle tickets for a drawing at the end of the month. Past prizes have included a skydiving lesson and a whitewater rafting trip.
  • Batch Blast: Batch Blast was established in 1988 as part of Freshman Orientation in honor of Esther Batchelder `19, the founder of the Connecticut College Alumni Association. The incoming class enjoys a program of comedy acts, bands, and other festivities, culminating in the presentation of the class banner that will hang in Cro for four years.
  • Camel Cabaret: Camel Cabaret is Conn's spring talent show. Each dorm sends one act and is allowed to include their adopted faculty and staff. A panel of faculty, student, and staff judges award cash prizes and bragging rights to the top competitors.
  • Camel Connection: On the first Sunday in December, faculty, staff, students, and their families gather together to meet each other and have fun at Camel Connection. There are events for children of all ages, including arts and crafts and hay rides around campus. Jazz acts throughout the day provide a great place to hang out with your family and watch your professors cut a rug.
  • Camelympics: Every fall, over 1,000 students compete in a two-day dorm competition, Olympics style. The events, which include everything from a footrace to a Scrabble tournament, strike a good balance between athletic and intellectual. Each dorm makes team T-shirts and bands together for a weekend of dorm unity and school spirit. On second night, there is a dance where the winners of the coveted gold, silver, and bronze medals are announced.
  • Eclipse Weekend: Begun in 1975 and traditionally held in the first weekend of April, Eclipse Weekend provides an opportunity for alums of color to return to the college. Students, staff, and faculty join together to welcome the alums back and participate in the weekend's festivities.
  • Festivus: Like its assumed Seinfeld namesake, Festivus is a nondenominational holiday in December for "the rest of us" (although sadly there is no Festivus Pole). Students start the night by exchanging gifts with their "Secret Snowflakes" at a dorm party then dress up and head over to Cro, which is quite possibly the largest venue ever to celebrate Festivus. Typical events there include a dance and live music. Each year, students get to take home personalized souvenirs, like snow globes or ornaments with their pictures in them.
  • Fishbowl: Toward the end of the year, seniors are ushered into Cro for an all-night, wild party. After consuming copious amounts of alcohol, body image is thrown out the window as they streak across the campus in various states of undress to the amusement of gawking underclassmen. The ultimate destination is Castle Court where (amid furtive glances at each other) seniors ring the giant gong to celebrate their soon-to-be alumni status.
  • Floralia: Floralia is the mother of all Conn parties, and without a doubt the most anticipated event of the year. The night before the festivities, students reserve spots on Library Green with blankets, chairs, couches, and tents. Drinking starts with the traditional beer in the shower and doesn't stop until early next morning. The campus closes itself off to the outside world except for students' guests, and for one glorious spring day, the minimum drinking age, applicable everywhere else in the country, becomes null and void at Connecticut College. Campus bands and regional acts take the stage all day in front of the library and rock until the sun goes down.
  • Harvestfest: Part of Fall Weekend (when parents and some alumni come to visit), Harvestfest is an outdoor sales bazaar on College Green. Each dorm gets its own booth to peddle its wares and services. Although there is some healthy competition in vying for customers' dollars, few dorms make a killing. The real focus is on the campus guests and the weekend's events, which include guest speakers, art shows, meet-and-greets, banquets, sporting events, musical performances, religious services, and the arboretum plant sale (a parent favorite).
  • Senior Week: Senior Week marks the culmination of four challenging and (hopefully) successful years at Connecticut College. Themed parties, some on campus and some off, are thrown every night, and there are various trips and functions during the day. A one-time payment ($100 for past Senior Weeks) is necessary to take part in the festivities, but the memories are well worth it.
Urban Legends
  • A ghost haunts Palmer Auditorium.
  • The statue of Nike between Harkness and JA will fly away if a virgin ever graduates Conn.
Favorite Things To Do
Conn students de-stress between classes by hanging out in Harris or heading down to the fitness center. In the afternoon, varsity, club, and intramural sports take the stage and most student's attention away from other activities. At night, there is usually a plethora of meetings and the ubiquitousDessert and Dialogue, which is an invitation for students to get together in a dorm or common room for a dialogue with a special guest moderator. Past subjects of these talks have ranged from ruminations on body image to dissections of Super Bowl commercials. In between classes, you can work out at the gym, talk a walk in the arboretum, or attend Common Ground, Common hour which is a series of dialogues with experts from the public life and the academy.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 14 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 14 responses

  • 29% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 43% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 7% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 21% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 14 responses

  • 21% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 14% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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