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Reviews 603 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: It's not bad in comparison to what is out there and there are options. Can get repetitive but the salad bar is pretty good and always available. Have to be creative, but at the end of the day it could be worse.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Pretty big rooms, social scene is fun if you seek opportunities... The college offers a wide variety of evening programs as well as academic and non-academic lectures and meetings.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: I've had a blast these last few years. I've made very good friends through the clubs, groups, and organizations I'm in and we always have a blast together. We just hosted a party last weekend for 50-70 people. Conn night life is definitely better as an upperclassmen, when all your friends live in the off campus houses and you don't have to play the "Who do you know" game.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: I've been able to create some pretty spectacular dishes using the various ingredients we have access to. You can make some fantastic sandwich/wraps in Smith. My go to: Black beans and rice, spinach, bean sprout, red onion, sun-dried tomato hummus, chipotle sauce, chicken, and bacon wrap. Soup and bread days and stir fry night in Freeman are wonderful. On most day's Freeman is a vegetarian dining and prepares damn good food. The pre-prepared dishes in at Harris are hit or miss. Sometimes they're pretty good, but there have been times where the dining hall prepared dishes are all unappealing.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Despite the fact that many of the dorms are old, my rooms over the years have been fantastic. I currently have a queen sized bed in my room and have had fully liberty to deck it out with tapestries and rugs. I applied for group housing last year and was able to live with 7 of my friends on the same floor. Needless to say this year has been a blast.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The social life can feel like high school, the classes weren't that engaging (but they also didn't have the major I wanted, not the college's fault), and the General Education requirements are pretty intensive. However, the school has a nice, tight-knit community, some of the programs are stellar, and the views are incredible (there's no sunset like a Conn sunset). It's really dependent on what you want; if you're preppy, interested in sports and the arts, and are interested in the quintessential liberal arts experience, Conn is a great place.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I personally can't say because I'm transferring. I know a lot about the school (both its good and bad points), but I can't say much about what happens after the degree.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Most classes are rather easy. The only classes that I've taken that were hard were math courses. Most classes have some work, but not enough that you'll spend all your free time working. The science classes are also difficult, but you can take the 100 level Psych course to skip that all together.

Registration isn't very efficient. It's hard to get the courses you want on the first try, especially your freshman and sophomore year. Most classes fill up by the time sophomores and freshman get a chance to register. Teachers are normally somewhat accommodating, but for popular courses, you may have to wait awhile to get in.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Dance Department is amazing. The professors are great mentors, the classes are engaging and interesting, and the performances I've done have ranged from intriguing and thoughtful to exciting and silly. Every moment has been wonderful. You can't get this kind of training except from a conservatory. If you're at all serious about dance, Conn should be one of the top schools on your list.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Students here divide into two categories: Preppy or Hipster/Artsy. Most people are into the hook-up culture, and very few people seem to be in committed relationships. Those that are in long-distance relationships or date the Coast Guard students.

Most students here are interested in some form of the arts (especially singing in A Cappella, aka the real fraternities/sororities of Conn Coll). Even the preppy kids join band or do plays.

Most students here wear an array of stuff, but most kids here wear typical preppy gear: boat shoes, polo shirts, salmon shorts, etc. It's not hard to find a niche for yourself, but expect to experiment with your friend group for awhile before finding people you really want to spend time with.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have Greek Life at Connecticut College. If you live in a Ridge House with fellow athletes, it can feel that way. The Ridge and Winchester houses are the closest thing we have, and they are rather open in terms of party invites. Not incredibly exclusive (some more so than others, but most are open). Definitely not as wild as Frat parties, but definitely better than on-campus partying.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The staff are very open to working with students to make sure they are healthy and happy. The Green Dot program has been effective at keeping sexual assault down at Connecticut College. Everybody makes a conscious effort to help anyone who seems vulnerable. I've never had a problem with sexual assault myself. Any form of sexual assault in public is quickly shut down by fellow students.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus Housing is really the luck of the draw. It also depends on what you want, and what kind of person you are. If you prefer that your housing is quiet, try North Campus (specifically Morrison and Wright), Blackstone, Smith, and Burdick. Smith and Burdick are quiet housing, and Blackstone is substance-free. If you want a balance between partying and quiet, Central is probably best. Try Plant, Branford, or Windham. Larrabee, KB, and Lazrus are more like South in terms of loudness, so those are comparable to South Dorms, which I will mention now. All of the South campus dorms are infamous for being ruckus almost every night of the week. If you're interested in living in a place where there's always a party, South is definitely for you.

The better housing options come your junior and senior year, when you can opt to live in "Off-Campus Housing" (Ridge and Winchester, 191, Earth House, etc). It's more comfortable, but pretty far from the main campus. It's a good walk to get from there to your classes.

It's really dependent on what you want. Also, quick side note: if you have bad allergies, Don't live in North (the Plex). I had horrendous allergies my whole freshman year that got much better when I switched to Central this year.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The best majors here are Psychology and Dance. If you're interested in either, definitely consider applying to Connecticut College. The Psychology program contains great professors who are continuing to work in their respective fields, and are well-known in their fields. The Dance program is stellar if you're interested in modern dance; David Dorfman (the head of the department) is famous for his work. Every professor in the Dance department currently has a company that is producing work. The level is training is only paralleled by conservatory. Make sure to audition before you come in; the students here are very good, and the audition is a good way to see if you'll fit in to the department.

The Theater department is undergoing some pretty major renovation for the next couple of years. If you want a strong theater department, I wouldn't suggest Conn.

Other good departments: Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology. Mathematics has some good teachers. The Language Department is pretty awful; I hear few good things about the professors in the Language departments. I don't know much else.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I've heard from friends that there can be some issues concerning financial aid. I'm not sure of the details, but a friend of mine said that he wasn't given the amount of money he was promised. However, there are a lot of very smart students that get full rides in exchange for working at the college. A lot of my friends do that and seem to be happy with whatever job they've been given.

I personally am not on financial aid, so I'm not the expert, but I don't think there are a lot of issues (except for the person above, who I believe is an exception, not the rule).

1 College Sophomore

Local Area: New London is a very shady area. I don't go out often, especially at night, because I personally wouldn't feel safe. Mystic is probably the only place to go, and the area is more family-friendly than college-friendly. There are a few good coffee places, and the view of the Sound is nice, but I don't think any Conn Coll students spend an exorbitant amount of time in NewLo.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The school is decently lenient about drug use and underage drinking. They don't write up your incidents unless you've had trouble with either more than twice. However, campus safety is not as lenient, and tends to break up parties almost as quickly as they started. The floor governors and house fellows (RA's, for those of you who don't know) tend to do the same in dorms if the parties are loud.

The Honor Code here is taken very seriously. There's a reason the administration has trusted its students with self-scheduled exams. Follow the rules and take them seriously. They are in place for a reason. Otherwise, you could face a lot of problems.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are a Division III school, so Athletics aren't very important to the student body. You won't see tailgates happening much at this school. If you care about sports, you can go see games, but I can guarantee you most people here would rather go to an A Cappella concert or a play than go to a sports game. If you are into sports, or want a school with a lot of spirit around sports teams, go to another school.

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2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The party scene at this school revolves around partying in cramped singles, heading off to "Ridge" or "Winchester" housing (which either gets broken up or shut down by people blacking out and going to the hospital), or going to "Cro Dances", which feel like a quintessential middle school class on drugs. There are some off-campus options, but they are restricted until you're 21.

The one place off campus that didn't card was recently busted, so you have to rely on older friends for alcohol. Otherwise, alcohol isn't really accessible to you if you're underage.

Your typical weekend will probably look like this: Pregame in yours or a friend's room, go to a couple of friends' parties in various other rooms, hit up a Cro Dance/ go to a Ridge party, go to Cro for late night food, be back in your room asleep by 2 AM. If you want an exciting party scene, Conn Coll is NOT the school for you.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Connecticut College recently eliminated the option to live off campus unless you live at home. The dorms aren't great here, so that cutback has not gone over well with the students here. It creates a better sense of community (sort of), but I think in the long run it's a pretty bad choice on the administration's part.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are normally places open until at least 11 PM on weeknights that will deliver. If you're going out to party, expect to either go to Cro for Mozz sticks or order Domino's. The options are pretty limited (Chinese, Japanese and Thai, Pizza), but if you go father out into Mystic, you might find some higher-scale, nice places. I personally like S&P Oyster Company; a little pricey but a nice place for a date.

It can be hard to get to better quality places, but if you make the effort, you can find a decent variety of food outside of Harris Dining Hall.

4 College Junior

Majors: psych department is very supportive.

1 College Junior

Administration: They have really crippled the social life over the last couple of years. They are very strict about drinking and may suspend you from the school for multiple drinking violations. They will also force you out of your housing for 2 drinking violations if you are living in an apartment with friends and move you into a single. They have implemented a rule recently where you must pay a 200 dollar fine for having more then 10 people in any room at any time in any private room on campus, preventing parties from happening. There is also a ban on kegs.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Unless you are on a sports team you cannot really party. The sports teams here take the place of fraternities and sororities. They are very exclusive and hold mixers with one another. People who are not on sports teams will be somewhat excluded from the social life.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not many places besides mcdonalds


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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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