University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Storrs, Connecticut, The University of Connecticut is a 4-year public institution that offers bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degree programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is UConn the School for You?

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is located in northeastern Connecticut, 27 miles east of Hartford. In addition to offering 102 bachelor's, 17 master's, and five doctoral degree programs at the main campus in Storrs, the school has five regional campuses throughout Connecticut that provide a handful of degrees. Read the information below to find out is UConn is the right school for you.

Pros

  • Graduation rate is 28 percentage points higher than the national average
  • High number of academic programs
  • Student debt following graduation is $2,838 lower than the national average
  • Accepts AP and dual credits
  • Offers academic and career counseling
  • Diverse student body

Cons

  • Total cost is $8,262 higher for in-state and $13,043 higher for out-of-state residents than the national average for a 4-year public university (includes tuition, room and board, and living expenses)
  • Acceptance rate is 18.5 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is 18:1, which is higher than the national average
  • Very high number of TAs teaching classes

About UConn

Founded in 1881 as the Storrs Agricultural School, the university became UConn in 1939. UConn has 14 academic schools and colleges that offer a wide range of degree options. It collaborates with Yale University, local hospitals, and health care providers on Bioscience Connecticut, a research project designed to improve Connecticut's bioscience industry. The biomedical and pharmaceutical research and development center, UConn Technology Park, is expected to be completed by 2015. However, being a strong research university with more than 100 research centers comes at a cost; nearly 54% of instructors at UConn are TAs.

Of first-year students beginning at UConn in the fall of 2005, 68% graduated in four years (82% overall graduation rate), as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). NCES mentions that 92% of full-time students who began in the fall of 2010 returned to the university for a second year of studies. UConn reports that 7,770 (5,149 bachelor's) degrees were conferred in 2011-2012.

The yearly cost of attending UConn is relatively high; NCES reports that the total cost was $26,122 for in-state and $43,954 for out-of-state residents in 2012-13. However, the College Board reports that student debt following graduation is $2,838 lower than the national average of $26,660. Additionally, the first year financial aid package is $13,224, as reported by the College Board. UConn employs a semester-based academic calendar.

Getting In & Financial Aid at UConn

To apply to UConn, submit a Common Application as well as a supplemental application. A complete application packet consists of official transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, a personal essay, and two optional letters of recommendation. If you are applying to the School of Engineering or the School of Nursing, you will need to complete high school physics and chemistry before enrolling. Fine arts students must either audition or submit a portfolio along with a complete undergraduate application. NCES reports that 92% of applicants submitted SAT scores in 2012, and the university's website lists competitive applicants as having a 3.3 GPA. UConn enrolled 3,114 incoming freshmen in fall 2012.

Various financial aid options are available, and 86% of students receive some form of financial aid, as reported by UConn. The university participates in the New England Regional Student Program, and if you are a resident of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont, you may be eligible. In 2011, NCES reported that 64% of undergraduates were Caucasian. About 32% were out-of-state residents, and 96% attended the university full-time.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) January 15****
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013-2014) March 1***
Notification of Acceptance (2013-2014) March 1***
Application Fee (2011-2012) $70**
Acceptance Rate (2012-2013) 45%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013) $26,122 in-state; $43,954 non-residents**
Average Need-Based Scholarship or Grant (2012-2013) $7,868****
Percent of Students with All Need Met (2012-2013) 11%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012-2013) $23,822***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 3%**

Student Life at UConn

As part of the UConn student body, you will live on a 4,313-acre campus in the small town of Storrs (population 11,000). U.S. News and World Report states that you are not required to live in campus housing freshman year. However, approximately 70% of undergraduates live on campus. UConn has nineteen residence halls, multiple dining halls, and various meal plans. Additionally, the campus has multiple cultural centers, a natural history museum, art museum and galleries, and a sports museum, as well as a puppetry museum, performing arts center, and an archaeology center.

Or you may wish to join one of the fraternities or sororities; nine percent of undergraduate men and 11% of undergraduate women participate in the Greek system. Likewise, you may wish to participate in one of the more than 500 student clubs and organizations. You can cheer the Huskies varsity sports teams, which participate in the NCAA I Division Big East Athletic Conference.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Town**
Student Population (2011) 17,815 undergraduates and 8,053 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 51% to 49%**
% of Full Time Students (2011) 96%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 64%**
% of International Students (2011) 2%**
Retention Rate (2011) 92% for full-time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 73%****
Number of Libraries 9*
Extracurricular Activities Over 550*
Noteworthy Connecticut State Museum of Natural History is located on campus*

Article Sources: *University of Connecticut, **NCES College Navigator, ***The College Board, ****U.S. News and World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Connecticut, 2131 Hillside Road, Unit 3088, Storrs, CT 06269
  • Phone: (860) 486-3137