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University of Hartford in Connecticut

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About The University of Hartford

In 1957, the Hartford Art School, the Hartt School of Music and Hillyer College became one institution to form the University of Hartford (UH). Located in West Hartford, Connecticut, the main campus is situated on 350 acres. The University of Hartford is a private institution regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Its student body has 7,025 undergraduate and graduate students. UH has an average class size of 22 students, and no classes are taught by teaching assistants. UH students, known as the Hartford Hawks, can also take advantage of 18 Division-I sports.


The University of Hartford is composed of 7 schools and colleges that offer a combined 84 undergraduate majors and 38 graduate programs. Students can choose from areas of study such as biology, communication, education, history, marketing, music, nursing, pre-law, pre-med and psychology. The university has 347 full-time and 501 part-time faculty members, and 87% of full-time faculty members hold terminal degrees in their field.

UH's College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and offers a large range of traditional and interdisciplinary degree programs mostly at the bachelor's level. Interdepartmental undergraduate programs include Bachelor of Arts programs in gender studies, international studies and political economy. Students can also minor in areas like economics, environmental studies and religious studies.

Hillyer College is where UH students complete their first 2 years of academic study to earn an associate's degree. Students may choose to only earn their associate's degree through the college; however, its objective is to prepare students to go on to earn their bachelor's degrees. Students can choose an area of focus to prepare for further studies in a related field. Academic areas of concentration within this school are: American, business, education, environmental, global and health science studies.

Students desiring to pursue a degree in art, music, dance or theatre may attend Hartford Art School or The Hartt School. Hartford Art School has departments in art foundation, ceramics, illustration, media arts, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture and visual communication design. Undergraduate areas of study within The Hartt School include composition, piano performance, jazz studies, voice performance, actor training and music theatre.

UH also offers continuing education programs, degree completion programs and part-time adult programs. Outside of academics, students may consider participating in intramural sports, clubs, student government and multicultural programs.


Aspiring freshmen may apply using an online application, a paper application or the common application. In addition, they must submit official high school transcripts, official transcripts displaying any college coursework, SAT or ACT test results and a letter of recommendation from either a high school teacher or counselor. In order to obtain credit for advanced placement (AP) coursework, students must score a 3 or higher on the AP examination for that particular course. Some undergraduate and graduate programs have special admission requirements. For undergraduate admission consideration, applicants to The Hartt School need to complete a music evaluation, and Hartford Art School applicants require a portfolio review. Graduate programs like architecture or music may require students to complete an audition or submit a portfolio for program entry.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic school year, base tuition totaled $30,618, books and supplies cost $1,118 and on-campus room and board was $12,104. A payment plan is available for students unable to pay their tuition bills in full, allowing them to make 10 payments without interest. Many scholarships and grants are available to undergraduate students in the following categories: academic scholarships, talent scholarships, merit scholarships and alumni grants, Hartford scholars, family grants, transfer scholarships, UH tuition grant and university grants. Graduate tuition and fees vary depending on the specific program. Graduate assistantships are available, but this is a limited opportunity.

School Type 4-year, private**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctor's degrees and certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Midsize city**
Student Body 5,350 undergraduates, 1,675 graduates**
Student Housing 92% of freshmen live on campus*
Schools and Programs 7 schools and colleges; over 130 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In year 2011:
Bachelor's: Speech Communication and Rhetoric (85)
Master's: General Business Administration and Management (138)
Doctor's: Physical Therapy (27)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 43% in four years
51% in six years
52% in eight years**
Admission Rate 62% in 2011**
Entering Class Size About 7,100 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 72% for full-time and 29% for part-time students**
Average SAT Score of Entering Students 900 (composite SAT) in 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Date Rolling admission beginning in late September*
Tuition $45,164 per year (for 2011-2012; includes all estimated student expenses including room and board)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In year 2011: Federal grants (28%), state and local grants (14%), institutional scholarship (98%), federal loans (78%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 98% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of Hartford; **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

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