Academics

Location
West Hartford, CT
Undergrads
4,541
Tuition
$31,804
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Academics: There are a lot of major choices and classes to choose from. I've really enjoyed 95% of my professors and have learned a lot from each. Freshman year the registration process was a nightmare but once I got a hang of it, it's just second nature now and pretty simple. The workload for all majors seems pretty consistent but of course it all varies in the types of things. For example my major includes a lot of lab reports and high demand of endless amounts of studying, memorization, and hands on practice, and long days in hospitals. Other majors may not require a lot of studying or exams at all for that matter, but they have a lot of papers to right and maybe student teaching to do. It all varies, but everyone has to work hard if they want to do well. I really love our library. It's old and kind of a maze but I don't know why, I just enjoy it. Honestly, if I'm ever lucky enough to get those little side rooms or quiet areas I really enjoy it, and find it kind of relaxing. The only thing that would be helpful, is to have more plugs. I have to do A LOT of my work on my laptop and my laptop no longer stays on unless it's plugged in so sometimes it's a battle in the library to find a spot with an outlet.

5 College Senior

Academics: I love my major. The work is insane, and incredibly difficult but it's all very necessary. I'm so excited to start clinical in the fall and have hands on practice in the hospitals.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I love being a psych major. We have a great team of advisors and even though we are one of the biggest majors on campus we have a good sense of community.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics always comes first. Social life is important but in the end people really care about the learning experiance.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Its college. The workload is going to be more intense than high school. Theres study areas all across campus not just in the library which is nice so this way you dont have to walk there if you dont want to. The professors are medicore, most are only here two days a week or part time. Which makes it diffcult to ask questiosn or get a hold of them. If you search you'll find some that you like and click with which helps to balance out the others.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 156th
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 182nd
    Best Course Variety
  • 265th
    Most Available Classes
  • 290th
    Best Registration Process
  • 290th
    Most Manageable Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The University prides itself on its academics. The instructors are very well educated and very knowledgeable about the material they teach, so students get the best they can get while in class. The instructors also offer office hours outside of the classroom where students can go to get extra help. The professors are always readily available, and many give out their private phone numbers in order to assist the students better. The classes are relatively small, so the professors are able to give more attention to each student and develop relationships with them. Many of the instructors are resident employees of the University, but there are also adjunct professors that only teach part time. The University offers nearly 90 undergraduate degree programs, in addition to more than 30 graduate degrees. Many students here have double majors, in addition to minors, which tends to make for a heavy workload. Some students like to have a lot on their plate and take the maximum amount of credits a semester (18 for full-time students), while others like to take it easy and take the minimum (12 credits).

The University is divided into seven colleges: Barney School of Business; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions; College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture; Hartford Art School; The Hartt School; and Hillyer College. Admission into each college is based on grades, while art school applicants must submit a portfolio and admission into the Hartt School, the beloved performing arts school, is based on an audition. Once admitted into these schools, the students must take required courses, including general courses like English and history, in addition to courses for their major. The best programs at the University include physical therapy and all degree options from the Hartt School, which breeds many talented performing arts students.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
14:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
350
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
448
Total FT Faculty
350
Faculty with Terminal Degree
86%
Average Faculty Salary
$71,794
Full-Time Retention Rate
65%
Part-Time Retention Rate
82%
Graduation Rate
51%
Programs/Majors Offered
91
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 63%
  • 20 to 49 students: 36%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
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
  • Barney School of Business
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education, Nursing, and Health Professions
  • College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
  • Hartford Art School
  • The Hartt School
  • Hillyer College
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 3%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Online Courses
The University has a number of online and hybrid courses (combination of online/in-class learning). Many are for nontraditional students who can only attend evening or weekend classes.
Best Places to Study
  • Library
  • Lounge in Gengras Student Union
Tips to Succeed
  • Challenge yourself.
  • Developing bonds with your professors can really help you succeed in your classes.
  • Don't procrastinate!
  • Take advantage of the help offered here.
Did You Know?
The University has its own exclusive curriculum called the All-University Curriculum (AUC). Every student must complete courses in four of five categories that include Arts, Western Heritage, Other Cultures, Social Context, and Science and Technology. Students can choose from at least four different courses in each category.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 47 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 10 responses

  • 14% Jeff Bagwell - baseball player
  • 14% Javier Colon
  • 14% Mark Twain's Wife
  • 14% David Bosso- CT 2012 Teacher of the Year
  • 7% Jack Hardy - singer-songwriter
  • 7% Dionne Warwick - singer
  • 7% Abraham Burton
  • 7% Steve Davis
  • 7% Mike DiRubbo
  • 7% Vin Baker- NBA Player

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 47 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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