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.