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  • Writer's pictureAlison Merzel

School Spotlight: UCONN

Updated: Sep 9, 2020

University of Connecticut is considered a top 25 public university in the nation. With 14 schools and colleges, 117 majors, 700+ student clubs and organizations and 20 NCAA Division 1 teams, the Huskies have something to offer everyone.

Five Fun Facts about UConn:

1) Not sure what you want to study yet? 25% of first year students enter the university through ACES, the Academic Center for Exploratory Studies. Every student is assigned an advisor who helps you select courses and a major. All professors hold office hours for 6-8 hours per week at UConn and given the size of the institution, the 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio is pretty impressive.

If you are a student with a learning disability, you should seriously take a look at UConn. The Center for Students with Disabilities is celebrating 50 years of service and is considered a national model for support of students who seek resources to ensure equal access to college programs, activities and opportunities.

2) UConn has a competitive sky diving club! Another unique activity? The cardboard boat race. UConn has over 40 club sports and 16 intramural sports in addition to their Division 1 teams. Did you know that UConn is the only school to win both men and women's NCAA basketball championships in the same year - twice!

3) Exceptional first year students with an interest in law, medicine, or dental medicine may be eligible for one of UConn's special programs. The Special Program in Law offers admission to the UConn Honors Program as an undergraduate student and admission to the law school, provided that you meet requirements and contingencies. The Special Program in Dental Medicine and Medicine also offer students dual degree programs - BS/BA and DMD or BS/BA and MD.

4) The HuskyTHON is an 18 hour dance marathon that has raised money for Connecticut Children's Hospital for the past 20 years. In 2019, HuskyTHON raised over $1.3 million dollars for the hospital. This event is the largest student-run philanthropy in the state.

5) UConn has 11 interdisciplinary learning communities and 8 major-based learning communities. 48% of first year students are involved with learning communities, helping them connect with peers, faculty, and staff in a more intimate environment. Learning communities offer academic, experiential and social benefits to students as you begin your college experience.

UConn's location in Storrs, CT is 30 minutes from Hartford and 90 minutes from Boston. Students get a U-Pass which enables you to travel for free on the Connecticut train and bus system. When you do get to visit, make sure you check out the brand new recreation center that was just finished in Fall 2019!

Go Huskies!

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