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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The student union building needs some updating and the billiards table needs replacing.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It's very small and hang out spots are limited, but when the weather is nice it is very pretty and the people are relatively friendly.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: All the facilities I have seen are awesome. There are so many faculty members who are willing to help no matter what the issue is. The school is very good at getting the students involved with numerous campus events and traditions.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The facilities at the University of Hartford are well maintained and modern. I'm in the art school and we have a wonderful pair of buildings for the study and practice of fine arts. We have Taub Hall entirely for 2-D art including photography, illustration, painting, printmaking, digital arts, and book arts. For 3-D artists we have the Stanley Sculpture center and the Krieble Ceramics Center. Students can take classes in hot glass fabrication including blown glass and glass casting. Hot metal fabrication is available in forms such as welding, as well as bronze and aluminum casting where students learn the processes of mold making. The Krieble Ceramics center is a beautiful space where students can work in semi private studios and learn from professionals in the field.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: University of Hartford hosts National Portfolio Day every year, a wonderful opportunity to show your portfolio to scouts from the best art programs in the nation, all in one place. Scholarships are awarded, sometimes even full tuition can be paid for. It truly is a unique opportunity for students to show their work to critics from other environments.

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The University has put in a lot of time and effort into making the facilities more accommodating and exciting for students, and there have been many recent renovations on campus. The main dining hall, The Commons, was renovated to make things more accessible and provide more space, and new doors were added to the outside to improve its appearance. In 2009, Gengras Student Union, where many students spend time between classes, underwent a huge transformation. New food places and larger spaces were added, the cafeteria got new tables and funky bar-style chairs in neon colors, and a game room was put on the lower level and features pool, ping-pong, air hockey, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and a Dance Dance Revolution game, which is very popular among the students. The University also works hard to maintain the aesthetics of campus. Grass and trees are planted in the spring to make the campus look presentable. Due to the weather, these efforts often go unnoticed by the student body, but the facilities staff does its best to make the campus look great.

Some of the most used facilities on campus are the Sports Center and the library. The Sports Center is open every day and is free to use by all undergraduate students. It has a pool, locker rooms with saunas, and boxing equipment on the first floor, and fully equipped fitness rooms with everything from free weights to elliptical machines on the second floor. The center is also home to Chase Arena, where basketball games and special events are held, and an intramural gym for IM basketball and volleyball games. Outside of the center, there is an outdoor pool, baseball and softball field, tennis courts, and several recreational fields. All of the facilities in and around the Sports Center are in good condition. The library does a good job accommodating the students and their needs. Complete with computers, printers, a vast amount of books, and private study areas on all three floors, the library is perfect. There is also a cafeteria conveniently located in front of the library. In general, while many of the buildings on campus are not new (with the exception of the freshman dorm, Hawk Hall), the facilities staff does its best to make sure that they all look good and are in working order.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
126
Campus Size
350 acres
Student Centers
  • Gengras Student Union
  • Konover Campus Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Allen Library
  • Mortensen Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Commons
  • Gengras Student Union
  • The Hawk's Nest
  • Konover Campus Center
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
Gengras Student Union, The Commons, the Dorothy Goodwin Café in the library, and Konover Campus Center are all places on campus where students can enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee.
Movie Theater on Campus
Movies are shown in Konover Campus Center.
"Green" Initiatives
The campus has made tremendous efforts to go green. All information for students and parents is now sent electronically instead of on paper, and payments are made online. Portions of campus are powered by solar power, and solar panels can be seen on top of several buildings. Solar compactors are being installed around campus, and there is a slow progression to get recycling bins in every part of campus. There is also an organization on campus called Cleaning Up Public Spaces (CUPS) that is dedicated to helping the University become more green.
School Slang
  • Commons: The University Commons, the main dining center on campus
  • The Nest: The Hawk's Nest, a dining area on campus
  • PS: Public Safety
Traditions
  • BSU Fashion Show : Brothers and Sisters United, a multicultural organization on campus, hosts an annual fashion show and after party.
  • Holiday Meals: Holiday-themed meals are served in The Commons, the main dining hall, on or around holidays, including Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Black History Month.
  • Spring Fling: This weekend-long celebration is held before spring finals. There is a concert and various activities on campus.
Favorite Things To Do
Many students utilize the game room in the student union, but students also make their own fun. They like to hang out in front of their residence halls, especially on nice days.
Student Organizations Web Site
www.hartford.edu/campus_life/clubs.asp
Student Newspaper
The Informer
hartfordinformer.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are numerous clubs on campus. From the Clay Club to the Math Club, students have many opportunities to be a part of campus life. Students have the chance to sign up for clubs at the beginning of the school year during Club Fair. And if you have an interest that is not covered by a club on campus, start your own! It is a simple process.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • Many of the residential halls are only a little more than 20 years old.
  • Students can create their own club or organization if it is not already offered by the University.
  • The University is an open campus, so it is not unusual to see non-students utilizing campus facilities

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 45 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)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 12 responses

  • 18% Gengras Student Union
  • 14% Off campus
  • 14% The Hawk's Nest
  • 14% The Commons
  • 11% Hartt School practice rooms
  • 11% Village Apartments
  • 11% My dorm
  • 7% Village Lawn
  • 0% Konover Campus Center

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 10 responses

  • 32% The Sport Center
  • 21% Admissions
  • 16% Work Study
  • 11% Hartt School
  • 11% Konover Campus Center
  • 5% TV Studio
  • 5% Commons

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 29% Walking around the campus
  • 19% Hang out with my friends and attend programs
  • 14% Go to Hartt
  • 14% Going to the game room
  • 10% Going to Konover
  • 10% Go to the library
  • 5% Studying, I have no time for anything else!

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 46% If you walk over the H in Alumni Plaza you'll fail
  • 23% The anchor
  • 23% The 8's
  • 8% Freshman dorms are haunted

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 13 responses

  • 31% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 38% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 31% 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.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 53 responses

  • 28% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 36% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 30% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 6% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 53 responses

  • 23% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 43% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 21% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 13% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 10 responses

  • 82% Spring Fling
  • 18% Holiday Meals
  • 0% BSU Fashion Show

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 9 responses

  • 56% None, really-the jobs here are pretty reasonable.
  • 44% Working at commons

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