Academics

Location
Storrs, CT
Undergrads
16,736
Tuition (in-state)
$29,074 ($11,242)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Academics: Challenging workload in the sciences. Advisers are very helpful.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Work load is heavy but the array of classes to choose from are endless.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The intro classes are massive, therefore there;s barely any individualized attention given to you. Discussions try and solve this problem. but there also seems to be a disconnect from one's TA.

4 College Freshman

Academics: My professors seem dedicated to the subjects they teach and competent at their jobs, which is great. They are usually willing to help any students who require it.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am currently an engineering physics/electrical engineering major, and so far I haven't had too much trouble with the workload or curriculum. The infamously hard classes start later. Engineering physics itself is sort of a dual degree between physics and another kind of engineering; there are three options - materials science and engineering, Mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering (I am the latter). In this sense I take courses from both the college of liberal arts and sciences and the school of engineering. The facilities I have had the ability to see and use around campus are great, most being state of the art or young enough to still be in common use. Internship/Job opportunities are everywhere, with multiple career/internship fairs every semester and a huge network of companies to contact, its hard not to find opportunity.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 91st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 92nd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 93rd
    Best Course Variety
  • 247th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 588th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jordan Acker
Hometown
Harwinton, CT
Major
Journalism & Sociology
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UConn is New England’s number one public university and has been for more than a decade. Students are bound to find what interests them among the 14 schools and colleges, and more than 90 majors offered. One wouldn’t think of diversity when thinking of Storrs, Conn., but UConn can only be described as a melting pot, with people from all over the country and even the world. Professors are diverse, as well, with varied experiences and interests. As a research university, professors are not only teachers, but they are also lifelong students themselves, constantly studying and gaining knowledge in their field.

The average class size is 30 students, but as a freshman fulfilling general education requirements, expect class sizes to be closer to 100 students. As years progress and your courses become more focused on your major, class sizes will shrink, and professors may even learn your name. Luckily, for future students, construction is well underway to replace outdated buildings and improve the learning experience for students, allowing for more high-tech classrooms. Whatever school you’re a part of or whatever major you choose, UConn prepares you for the “real world” that you’ve been hearing about since freshman year of high school. About 94 percent of recent graduates from all UConn schools are either employed or in graduate or professional school, and you could be one of them. But remember: “Students today. Huskies forever.”

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
17:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,336
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
56
Total FT Faculty
1,847
Faculty with Terminal Degree
95%
Average Faculty Salary
$102,499
Full-Time Retention Rate
93%
Part-Time Retention Rate
80%
Transfer-Out Rate
12%
Graduation Rate
82%
Programs/Majors Offered
166
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 44%
  • 20 to 49 students: 39%
  • 50 or more students: 17%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Center for Continuing Studies
  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)
  • Neag School of Education
  • Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture
  • School of Business
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Fine Arts
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • English Language Studies: 2%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
  • Summer session
  • Urban semester
  • Winter inter-session
Online Courses
Online courses are the perfect solution for busy schedules. Do you have a lot of extracurriculars or a jam-packed class schedule? Online classes allow you to work from your dorm or wherever your busy life takes you. While not every UConn course is offered online, there is a wide selection offered every semester (including summer and winter sessions, too). If you're behind on credits and need to take a course over the summer but can't make the trip to Storrs, taking an online course is very convenient. Since there isn't a physical classroom meeting, it could get easy to fall behind, so make sure you have the discipline and self-motivation to stay on top of your online work.
Best Places to Study
  • Babbidge Library
  • Dorm building study rooms
  • Outside (when the weather is warm, of course)
Tips to Succeed
  • Go to class. In giant lectures, it's very easy to get lost, and the professors aren't motivated to help you if you haven't attended.
  • In the bigger classes, grading will be formulaic. Figure out what they want, and give it to them to the best of your ability.
  • Leaving your dorm room door open when you're hanging out will help you meet people.
  • Research your professors at either www.professorperformance.com or www.ratemyprofessor.com.
  • Take advantage of teachers' office hours if you need help. That's what they're there for.
  • Utilize the library.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
Did You Know?
UConn is considered a "Public Ivy."

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 87 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 88 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 56% Rebecca Lobo - ESPN analyst and former WNBA player
  • 22% Ray Allen
  • 11% Bobby Moynihan - comedian
  • 11% Diana Tirasi
  • 0% Jeremy Leven - screenwriter
  • 0% Ron Palillo - actor

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