University of Connecticut (“UConn”), located in Storrs, was originally founded in 1881 as an agricultural school. In 1893, the school changed to a land grant college. During the 1940s, social work, nursing, and graduate programs were added to the curriculum. Today, the rural, 4,000-acre campus is the home to about 19,000 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students. There are many programs for graduate school, including the Neag School of Education. The campus also earns research funds as a sea grant institution. The university belongs to New England’s Knowledge Corridor and the Universitas 21, which works with 24 research universities to promote global citizenship.
UConn students can complete bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees through a variety of schools, including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the School of Business, and the School of Law. For undergraduates, there are more than 110 majors and 90 minors to choose from. The most popular majors are business/marketing; engineering; social sciences; health professions and related programs; and mathematics and statistics. The student to faculty ratio is about 16 to 1, and 52% of classes have less than 20 students.
Although there aren’t many opportunities for social activities off campus, there are many things to do on the UConn campus. Because roughly 65% of students live on campus, there is a lively social atmosphere. With more than 700 student-run organizations, there are always groups to join. There is an active Greek presence, with over 40 chapters. About 10% of the male population is affiliated with a fraternity and 14% of women with a sorority. There is even specially-designated Greek housing in the ‘Husky Village.’ The campus is run by the Student Union Board of Governors and the Undergraduate Student Government. Students can also get involved with the daily student newspaper, The Daily Campus, or the Huskyvision TV channel.
Sports are also significant part of the university’s environment. The Huskies compete in the NCAA American Athletic Conference. Students who are interested in athletics and prefer a rural setting for their college experience will enjoy the many academic opportunities UConn offers.