University of Hartford

University of Hartford Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in West Hartford, Connecticut, the University of Hartford is a private, non-profit university that offers certificates as well as associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition, and admission information.

Is University of Hartford the School for You?

Located on 350 acres of land, the University of Hartford (UH) offers over a hundred degree and certificate programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The campus is about two hours from downtown Boston and just over two hours from New York City. Read the pros and cons below to find out more about UH.


  • Accepts dual and AP credits
  • Offers remedial, employment, and placement services; academic and career counseling
  • Located 14.1 miles from Bradley International Airport
  • Very low number of TAs teaching classes


  • Total cost is $7,322 higher than the national average for four-year, private, non-profit universities
  • Room and board cost is $1,832 higher than the national average
  • Acceptance rate is 22.8 percentage points lower than average

Rankings & School Analysis

U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) ranked UH #98 on its 2014 list of universities in the northern region. In addition, the American Institute for Economic Research ranked the Greater Hartford area 10th on its list of best mid-size metro locations for college students.

UH offers 82 bachelor's programs, 10 associate's degrees, 28 graduate degrees, and seven certificates or diplomas. Its programs are organized within seven different colleges and schools: the College of Arts and Sciences; the Barney School of Business; the College of Education, Nursing, and Health Professions; Hilyer College; the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture; the Hartford Art School; and the Hartt School.

UH's acceptance rate was 41% in 2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This is lower than the 63.8% national acceptance rate reported in 2011 by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), meaning UH is slightly more selective than average. According to NCES, 40% of UH students who enrolled in 2006 had graduated by 2010, which is exactly the same as the average 4-year national graduation rate of 40% (reported by USNWR).

Tuition, fees, room and board at UH were reported to be $46,840 in the 2012-2013 year, according to the NCES. Nationwide, the average yearly cost to attend a private school in that year was $39,518, according to College Board. This makes UH a bit more expensive than comparable schools.

Getting In & Financial Aid

To apply to UH, you need to submit a transcript, letter of recommendation, and SAT or ACT scores. Some colleges have additional requirements, such as an audition or portfolio submission. In 2011, the middle 50% for SAT scores ranged from 470-570 in reading and 480-590 in math, according to NCES. The College Board (TCB) reported the middle 50% of ACT scores as ranging from 19-25. You can apply and pay the required $35 application fee online or through the mail.

Financial aid is available through federal, state, and university sources in the form of grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) deadline is February 1 for new students and May 1 for returning students, according to UH. According to TCB, the average first-year financial aid package in 2011 was $16,846. TCB also reported that 92% of freshmen with financial need received some financial aid, and 30% of undergraduate students had their full financial need met.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2012) Rolling admission***
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (2013) Feb 1****
Rolling Notifications of Acceptance Begin (2013) Oct 1****
Application Fee (2011-12) $35**
Acceptance Rate (2012) 41%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-13) $46,840 (on-campus)**
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2012) $16,846****
Percent of Students with Need Met (2012) 30%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012) $26,652****
Student Loan Default Rate (2010) 5.3%**

Life at the University of Hartford

As a student at UH, you'd have nearly 100 extracurricular programs and clubs from which to choose, whether your interests are in performing arts or the paranormal. Four housing options are available on campus, all of which have free wireless internet, and some housing is reserved for freshmen. Upperclassmen have a choice of standard residence halls or apartment-style housing. As of 2013, UH's housing rates varied between $5,814 a year (for triple occupation in complexes A-F or in Hawk Hall) to $10,098 per year (the single occupation rate in Park River apartments). Meal costs range from $1,078 a year for a commuter plan to $6,570 for a premium kosher plan.

If you want to travel off-campus for your weekend recreation, a shuttle takes students from campus to West Hartford Center, which features over 100 shops and restaurants as well as year-round cultural activities. The UH campus is 42 miles from downtown New Haven, Connecticut, and only 14.1 miles from Bradley International Airport in Hartford, so it's easy to get home for the holidays if you hail from out of town.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Midsize city**
Student Population (2012) 5,284 undergraduates**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 49% to 51%**
% of Full Time Students (2012) 85%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 35%**
% of International Students (2011) 0%**
Retention Rate (2011-2012) 76% (full-time students)**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 62%****
Number of Libraries 8*
Extracurricular Activities About 100 student organizations*
Noteworthy Only acoustical engineering and music program available in a U.S. university*

Sources: *University of Hartford, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News & World Report, ****The College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of Hartford, Office of Admission, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117
  • Phone: (800) 947-4303