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Reviews 1149 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a pretty big role in this school, they handle most of the parties and do participate in a lot of different activities and fundraisers. They usually keep to themselves and have a tight knit circle.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletes work very hard and it is noticeable in their academics and in their teams. They are required to have a set amount of hours put in into studying. The school spirit is very low, there aren't many people who attend the games but they are always interesting and fun to watch whenever it isn't cold outside.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The neighborhood is not great, there are usually lots of criminal activity, the cost can vary, locations are usually an okay distance, parking can be a hassle, and as for the availability and landlords, there are average compared to other cities.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is always great when you are going to a school that is located nonetheless in a city but the capital of a state. There are always food options and the price is average.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Some policies are hard to get along with but the officers are not so bad. The RA's are good as well.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: They are terrible with financial aid. They have stolen money and are increasing the tuition of school by 2.26%.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties here are pretty small unless it is off campus. They don't let too many people in, drinks run low, people are terrible and all the parties end early.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Besides the fact that the food in commons can get repetitive, the food here can be good. Quality is usually okay but there is a nice variety which makes up for it.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus, It makes everything more convenient. Its great to have access to food sources such as Subway on campus and also have different dining halls. The gym is close and so is the academic side of campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Public safety is everywhere on nights when nightlife is active.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I haven't participated in Greek Life, although the people I know that have seem to enjoy it.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The fitness facility is fairly new and is of good quality.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've lived on campus for my entire experience here, but some of my friends live in reasonably-priced housing about two minutes from campus. It's possible to live pretty cheaply off campus, but if you don't want to deal with the expense of owning a car or give up the convenience of being a five to ten-minute walk from campus, then campus living is probably the better option.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is phenomenal, especially in Blue Back Square. There's a lot of variety and something for every price range. You can have a fancy date night at a nice restaurant if you want to, or you can get really cheap food. There's a lot of variety in terms of ethnic cuisines, too.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: As far as I'm concerned, the campus administration is great. It's really easy to have guests over and they're pretty lenient about drinking as long as you're not causing trouble or being really noisy. The only thing they're really strict about is parking.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Hartford is really generous with the amount of money it gives out unless you're applying to the music school. If you're applying to Hartt, it's still possible to get a lot of money, but it isn't as easy because they don't give music students scholarships on the basis of good academics: the only scholarships they give to Hartt students are talent-based.

College Sophomore

Party Scene: I'm not really into the party scene and don't go out too much because I'm really focused on my schoolwork. From what I hear, however, the parties in the village can be really good.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Commons food is pretty decent since they redid it. There aren't very many food options at Gengras, but if you live in a suite with a kitchen, it's really easy to eat well if you have a plan with a lot of dining dollars: you can use your dining dollars at Konover market or Subway, and you can buy stuff to cook with at the market. My only complaint about food on campus is that residential students are forced to have meal plans, even those that live in areas with kitchens. It can be difficult to use up your commons swipes when you cook a lot.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some of the housing is absolutely phenomenal, and some is absolutely atrocious. The Complexes and Regents Park are really dated, but Park River and the Village is nice, and Hawk Hall is brand spankin' new (built in 2009, I believe).

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: If you're a graduate student or live close to campus, you can utilize this. If not, you're out of luck.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you can eat and still make the bus on the weekends, you're in for a decent dining experience. If not, your day is ruined, basically.

3 College Freshman

Administration: You can do anything you practically want to here. No administrative warning process, that I've seen. Easy to get out of trouble, difficult to actually get into it in the first place.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I asked for an updated financial aid package after the university released projected tuition price increases, and they told me to wait for August, when I would have already paid for housing and registered for classes. What is the point of paying those fees if I don't know how much more money I will need over the course of the summer to cover all my expenses? And if they're out of my price range, my debt is only going to rise. No student needs that. They're basically driving away students. It's a surprise anyone would even apply here.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't attend parties. Too busy studying and avoiding the drunk people that come out of those parties.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The places that have the best food require dining dollars, and everyone is forced to purchase a meal plan. This rips off the students, especially if they have more meal swipes than they do dining dollars. They have to eat subpar food the majority of the time, and it isn't even healthy for them. It makes it difficult to eat any type of meal with people, since they all want to go to expensive - and different - places.


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Different students will have different opinions about their experience at the University of Hartford. Some will say they hate, and some will say they love it, but the overall experience is really what you make it. In general, it seems like students who are involved on campus are more likely to have a better overall experience than those who are not. Participating in activities and keeping busy on campus means you will meet more people and share enjoyable times with them. You will likely have the strongest bonds with people you meet in clubs and organizations, but students in the same major are bound to have almost every class together, and friendship will form from that, as well. Suitemates and roommates also become great friends while at the University.

At times, living on campus can become boring and mundane because of the repetitiveness of everything from classes to meals, but with the right group of friends and a good spirit, boring can equal exciting! In fact, after they graduate, many Hartford students stay for the master’s programs offered here, which can only lead to the assumption that students have a generally good experience or else they would not want to stay here any longer. Due to the University’s location, there is not often much to do, especially if you don’t have a car and are "stuck" on campus, but groups of friends usually get together and make the most of their experience. Whether it is hanging out in their dorm rooms playing video games or playing basketball in the gym, they make the best of their time here.

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