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Campus Quality

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The school just built two new buildings for classrooms. The gym is not the nicest and isn't big enough for the student population.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are lots of things to do and see

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The campus is huge, and has everything you need right on it. You can go almost anywhere for a study session.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Student life on campus is very enjoyable and accommodating. There are many construction works taking place on campus. The university takes pride in the aesthetics of the campus. The student centers are well-kept and beautiful. There are many renovations. The library is also very nice. Campus events and cultural programs on campus are my personal favorites.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The dining halls, academic buildings, and the center of campus is very well landscaped and aesthetically beautiful.

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UConn has a mixture of new and old buildings. Some courses require a high-tech classroom with projectors and TV screens, and others are still taught in rooms with blackboards. While old, these buildings do not hinder academics or the learning experience.

UConn is constantly updating its facilities to keep the school ahead of other New England public universities. The chemistry and business buildings are state-of-the-art, and the library and the Student Union promote a great learning environment. All facilities are kept very clean, as well. UConn is constructing two classroom buildings to replace some of the old, outdated ones. These will be completed shortly, giving students access to greater facilities and professors new tools for efficient teaching.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
689
Campus Size
4,108 acres
Student Centers
The Student Union (The U)
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Homer D. Babbidge Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The dorms
  • The lawns
  • The Student Union
  • Study lounges
Bar on Campus
There are three bars on campus that always offer drink specials and hold various events.
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
There are multiple cafés around campus in class buildings.
Movie Theater on Campus
In the Student Union
"Green" Initiatives
UConn's Office of Environmental Policy ("EcoHusky") spreads awareness of "going green" on campus. There is "Stop the Drop" to conserve water, and there are recycling bins everywhere. The EcoHusky website offers tips and information about helping the planet and how to get involved.
School Slang
  • Carriage and Celeron : The most popular off-campus apartments where parties are located
  • The Co-op: The University store right next to Gampel in the center of campus
  • Dairy Barn: Dairy Barn is UConn's homemade ice cream location. If you follow North Eagleville Road to its end when it meets Route 195, you'll see signs for it around the agriculture buildings.
  • The DC: The Daily Campus, UConn's school newspaper
  • FYE: First-Year Experience courses are customarily one-credit classes designed for first- or even second-year students looking to briefly delve in to topics they have interest in.
  • Gampel: Gampel Pavilion, the giant dome that hosts men's and women's basketball
  • Grab & Go: This refers to the dining service offered from lunchtime to late evening where you can purchase sandwiches and sides on the run to take to class and use your meal blocks to purchase them.
  • HuskyMail: UConn's email service
  • The Jungle: North Campus, and applicably named (fun, but a little bit rough around the edges)
  • MSB: The Math Science Building located across from the North Quad
  • PeopleSoft: UConn's online system used for registration, financial aid, etc.
  • The Rape Trail: Don't be afraid of the name, but always walk with a buddy at night because it gets dark. It is a trail in the woods that goes from campus to off-campus apartments. It is often used to get to parties, as opposed to walking on the street.
  • Sgt. Peps: Sgt. Pepperoni, a local pizzeria
  • SUBOG: Student Union Board of Governors; they plan on-campus activities from movie nights to concerts.
  • The U: The Student Union
Traditions
  • Convocation: It's a ceremony conducted at the beginning of freshman year and later at graduation in Gampel Pavilion. The ceremony is attended by upstanding faculty members to welcome students' arrival and hail their departure.
  • Greek Week: UConn's fraternities and sororities engage in a week of athletic competition.
  • Lip Sync: Cultural centers, fraternities, and sororities put on performances according to the Homecoming theme each year.
  • Midnight Madness: A pep rally is held in Gampel Pavilion to kick off the first official practice of the men's basketball team.
  • One Ton Sundae: When there are 2,000 pounds of free ice cream in the middle of a college campus, the students will come. You're given a bucket and a scoop-pick your favorite flavors and scoop away!
  • OOzeball: This refers to volleyball played in mud during the Senior Week festivities.
  • Rubbing Jonathan's Nose: Rubbing the nose of the Husky mascot Jonathan, whose statue resides in front of Gampel Pavilion, is considered good luck for exams.
  • Spring Weekend: Thousands upon thousands of students from UConn and the surrounding schools come out each night of Spring Weekend for concerts and widespread inebriation. Each night of the weekend holds an official or unofficial campus event in either one of the giant parking lots on campus or at the off-campus apartments.
  • Winter Weekend: SUBOG sponsors a full weekend of entertaining events, which usually include a dance, a big-name concert, and other events.
Urban Legends
  • Eddy 501 in Alumni Quadrangle is haunted. Supposedly, there is a breeze when no window is open, tapping, and door rattling sounds.
  • It is rumored that an approximate 60 percent of UConn's student body has the sexually transmitted disease HPV.
  • The students are almost positive this one's true-supposedly, the special ingredient in all of the dining hall food is a laxative. This is done to keep students...regular. Or because the food is so bad it shouldn't be in your system for longer than a day.
  • There have been many real Jonathan dogs that represent the school's mascot. Legend says that a few of the past ones are buried in a flower garden that welcomes students to the school.
Favorite Things To Do
When the weather gets warm, students love to be outside. People are everywhere relaxing, studying, or playing on the lawns. There are also events on campus like concerts, art shows, and activities thrown by SUBOG (Student Union Board of Governors).
Student Organizations Web Site
www.getinvolved.uconn.edu
Student Newspaper
The Daily Campus
www.dailycampus.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are about 400 student clubs and organizations at UConn. But if you don't find any groups that are right for you, start your own!
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
Storrs Hall opened in 1906 and was the first brick dormitory on campus. Classes are still held there today, and it is the oldest brick building on the Storrs campus.

Student Polls

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 29% Hang out with friends
  • 23% Late night/hanging out with friends in the union
  • 18% Going to club activites
  • 12% Going to sporting events
  • 9% Basketball and Soccer Games
  • 2% Frisbee
  • 2% Work on music
  • 1% Participating in Dramatic PAWS
  • 1% Drink
  • 1% Sitting out on horsebarn hill!
  • 1% WHUS dj and intern
  • 1% Visit the farm animals on Horsebarn Hill
  • 1% Rock climb (free at the gym)
  • 1% Print things in the maker spaces
  • 1% I am a weekly morning host on WHUS and love it
  • 1% Reading the plaques of New Deal-era buildings.
  • 1% Doing improv games at Scared Scriptless

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 61 responses

  • 14% Late Night
  • 13% First Night (Basketball)
  • 10% Rubbing Jonathan's Nose
  • 10% Spring Weekend
  • 9% OOzeball
  • 8% Midnight Breakfast
  • 7% Midnight Madness
  • 7% Lip Sync
  • 6% Greek Week
  • 6% One Ton Sundae
  • 5% Winter Weekend
  • 2% Convocation
  • 1% Asian Nite
  • 1% Tailgates
  • 1% Basketball Games
  • 1% HuskyThon

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 159 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 76 responses

  • 49% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 47% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 4% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 154 responses

  • 35% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 50% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 11% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

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