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University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT

Learn about the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Connecticut

Founded in 1881 as Storrs Agricultural School and achieving university status in 1939, the University of Connecticut is the state's principal higher learning institution. It's also known for its athletics; both the men's and women's basketball teams have earned multiple national championships, most recently in 2010-11 for the men and 2009-10 for the women.


The University of Connecticut offers 101 undergraduate majors and 86 graduate degree programs through 14 schools and colleges. It is a Carnegie Foundation Research University that features approximately 100 research centers, and more than 170 faculty members have won Fulbright scholarships since the program's inception in the 1940s. U.S. News & World Report ranked the university's Neag School of Education 32nd on its 2012 list of best education schools and the Doctor of Pharmacy program 26th on its 2012 list of best graduate pharmacy schools.

More than 300 study abroad programs in 65 countries are available, as well as an increasing number of online courses and programs. In 2012, the first U.S. News & World Report review of online programs ranked the university's online master's degree in accounting as seventh in selectivity of admissions and 17th for student engagement and accreditation.


In 2011, 47% of undergraduate applicants were admitted, and 26% of these enrolled, resulting in roughly 3,300 students in the freshman class. Prospective students must complete the Common Application, which includes an essay, and a university supplement. They must also provide transcripts and standardized test scores and may include optional letters of recommendation. The university offers credit for qualifying scores on some Advanced Placement (AP) tests. Graduate students apply to a central location, except for those applying to the professional law, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy programs.

Over 68% of the University of Connecticut's students on the main campus were undergraduates in Fall 2011. Some 66% of undergraduates were from Connecticut, and the ethnic breakdown of the undergraduate student body included 64% white, 8% Asian, 7% Hispanic/Latino, and 6% black or African American students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition and fees in 2012-13 were $11,242 for in-state and $29,074 for out-of-state students. An additional $11,820 covered room and board, and $850 covered books and supplies for the year for all students, both in-state and out-of-state.

An interest-free installment payment plan is available, as are numerous merit scholarship opportunities for undergraduates. Graduate tuition varies by program and by residency status, and graduate students can find a number of assistantship opportunities.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, post-baccalaureate certificates, master's, post-master's certificates, doctorates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Town*
Student Body 17,815 undergraduates; 8,053 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing Entering freshmen guaranteed four semesters of housing**
Schools and Programs 14 schools and colleges; more than 100 undergraduate majors and 86 graduate fields of study**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Associate's: Animal Sciences (22)
Bachelor's: Psychology (337)
Master's: General Business Administration and Management (338)
Doctorate: Pharmacy (103)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who started in 2005:
68% in 4 years
83% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 47% in 2011*
Entering Class Size Roughly 3,330 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 92% for full-time and 100% for part-time students in 2010-11*
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 1,216 in 2011**
Application Due Date January 15 for regular decision**
Decision Notification Date Beginning March 1 for regular decision**
Tuition $8,712 for in-state and $26,544 for out-of-state students in 2012-13**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010-11 for all undergraduates: Grant or scholarship aid (59%), Pell grants (21%), federal student loans (52%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 79% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-11*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Connecticut.

School Contact Information

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