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Reviews 628 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Not much political, religious, racial, socioeconomic, or ethnic diversity. Lots of boring WASPs from a suburb of an East Coast city who are apolitical.

College Freshman

Academics: There simply aren't enough major options, mainly because we're following the liberal arts model. I have to transfer because I can't get the major I've figured out that I want to do.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Most classes are a good size, and professors are very open and helpful.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Campus is beautiful. Most buildings are old gray stone, and very majestic. The outdoors spaces are to die for. The new library is pretty cool. The student center is pretty meh, as is a lot of the interiors of the dorms. We have a lot of new computer labs and some really great classrooms, but we also have some old crappy classrooms, and our art studios are generally poorly furnished. The greenhouse is great, and Olin and New London Hall are beautifully built and have solid technology.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: Students rarely venture into New London because it's a bit rough around the edges. There are tons of great opportunities to be outside in the surrounding area though, the beach is not far away, and there are many parks and hiking trails to take advantage of.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is a standard Connecticut College student, and most people who go here is a limited deviation of that archetype. I would not choose to go here again partly because it is absurdly expensive, but also because there is a weird elitism and preppiness that I was not expecting.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Most professors are willing to give you one on one attention. Huge lecture classes aren't really a problem here, and there are a number of resources that you can take advantage of to get help in a class. Course options really aren't that diverse. Especially second semester, I had a really difficult time finding classes that didn't sound boring as hell.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Connecticut College has a whole office called the Career Enhancing Life Skills program which is devoted to helping students prepare for the workforce. It funds a 3,000$ internship the summer after your junior year, and helps you get any other job too. They offer a variety of seminars with topics ranging from grant writing, resume building, interview techniques, they do mock interviews, teach you how to tie a tie, anything you need. They send out a list of potential internships and jobs each week to the entire student body.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Never before have I seen so many attractive people with such poor fashion sense. I didn't know that "prep" was still considered an acceptable style until I came here. Lots of Sperry's, Vineyard Vines, pastel-colored shorts, and pretty much everyone has the same haircut. Maybe it's because so many of us came from high schools with uniforms. If you can get past that, most kids here are pretty damn good looking. We spend a lot of time at the gym, and are very image conscious. There is a small underswell of hipster-artsy kids who are also attractive, in a less clean-cut, boring way.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sexual assault is not a huge issue on campus. There is a very comprehensive program that works both preventatively and takes action when students have been victimized. The student health center generally offers low quality services, I was misdiagnosed twice and prescribed antibiotics for a virus. Still, it's pretty easy to make an appointment.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: They dont let us live off-campus anymore. Administration got rid of some of the best nights from Conn.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Ive never seen a problem with it. Always options to choose from.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: Not good administration. Never talk to the students, dont understand the students. Only care about themselves and their own success

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Not enough parties for the social types. Parties are small and get broken up extremely quickly. End up bored in room

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I get alright financial aid and the process to get it is not too difficult. The real problem is just the price of tuition.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Lots of options at dining halls. Unlimited meal plan. Pretty good food. I dont comlain.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Not many options for housing. Not enough apartments or independent living spaces for upperclassman. Have to apply for the few apartments we doe have. Not allowed to live off campus

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Between a third and a fourth of the student body is involved in a varsity sport. Our best team is our Sailing team.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school pretty much does not allow off-campus housing. The few students who live off-campus live with their families. There are very few places near campus that are available for rent anyway.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Most places are too far from campus to get to without a car. There are limited options after 11pm. Some very good restaurants in Mystic, Groton, and even New London, but not easily accessible and very few deliver.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The thing that keeps us most in line is the Honor Code, which almost everyone on campus agrees with (at least in theory), and something we all try to comply with. Our Dean of Students is too strict and intent on busting parties, but our President really listens to students. A few weeks ago when some students were protesting on her front lawn, she invited them into her house personally and had a two hour conversation with them.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's a small school with small parties. Off campus isn't a big scene, Winchester and Ridge apartments are often busted and put on probation, and there are no fraternities or sororities. People of age or with fakes go out to bars on Thursday, nothing happens Friday night, and Saturdays you'll usually be out until two in a night that will culminate in a Winch party or a Cro dance, and end with you stuffing your face at Oasis.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Though I qualified for federal financial aid, Connecticut College had different standards and I didn't even get work study. It is absurdly high tuition and if you come from a middle class family, there are no guarantees that the college will help you afford it, or so has been my experience anyway.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: People who don't like the food are usually whiny rich-kids who are used to Mommy and Daddy providing fine cuisine. It's cafeteria food, but by cafeteria food standards, it's damn good. The numerous dining halls offer a variety, and Harris is open almost all the time. If you don't like the main course you can make yourself a salad, or a waffle, or have a slice of pizza. You have options.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The buildings are beautiful from the outside, generally have spacious rooms, nice bathrooms, and good public spaces. There are too many rooms in basements though, and those rooms generally are the worst. Co-ed bathrooms are not a problem, some dorms have AC, some have dining halls in the dorm.

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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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