Connecticut College campus
Connecticut College campus
Connecticut College campus
Connecticut College campus
Connecticut College campus
Connecticut College campus
Connecticut College campus
Connecticut College campus
Connecticut College campus
Connecticut College campus
Connecticut College campus
Connecticut College campus
Connecticut College campus
Connecticut College campus
Connecticut College campus

From the School

Chartered in 1911, Connecticut College was founded in the spirit of political and social equality, self-determination, and shared governance. The College actively seeks out students who are not only smart and intellectually curious, but who also bring a wide range of life experiences and perspectives that enable this spirit to endure within the College community. The College’s near century-old Honor Code defines campus life. Intellectually and academically, the Honor Code inspires students to challenge themselves and their peers to see the world from diverse perspectives, to remain receptive to new ideas and experiences, and, by instilling a sense of mutual respect, to consider how their actions and education may ultimately better the common good. The College offers 42 majors and participates in the NCAA Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). The College is nationally known for its career program, offering all students the opportunity for a College-funded summer internship. The College has been called a "college with a conscience," for its record of sending students to Teach for America and the Peace Corps. Enrollment at the College is approximately 1,900. In the past three years, 20 Connecticut College students have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships.


From The School

Connecticut College is one of the nation’s most highly selective colleges. In 2014, 37.6 percent of applicants were offered a place in the class of 2018. The College requires the Common Application and Member Page. An interview is recommended but not required. The submission of standardized tests (SAT Reasoning, SAT II, or ACT) is optional, although students whose primary language is not English are required to submit TOEFL scores or an equivalent. The College expects applicants will have taken the most appropriately rigorous courses available.

Application deadlines: Early Decision I, Nov. 15 for all ED1 application materials; Early Decision II and Regular Decision, Jan. 1 for all application materials. Financial Aid application dates: ED I, Nov. 15; ED II, Jan. 15; Regular Decision, Feb. 1.


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 700
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 698
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 31

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

Students benefit from small classes that foster discussion and lead to personalized relationships with professors who serve as teacher-scholars. Professors frequently spark interests that inspire students for a lifetime. The student to faculty ratio is 9 to 1. Average class size is 19. Each first-year student takes a seminar course with a maximum enrollment of 16. Ninety-two percent of full-time faculty members have a PhD or other terminal degree.

More than half of all students study away in a variety of domestic or international programs. Study away complements and informs Connecticut College’s liberal arts curriculum (students who choose to study away do so primarily through the College’s affiliation with institutions in over 40 countries.) The College also maintains domestic affiliations, including those with the Williams-Mystic Seaport Program, the Maritime Biological Laboratory Ecosystems Center at Woods Hole, and the Twelve College Exchange. In addition, students study away through Connecticut College’s Study Away-Teach Away (SATA) program, in which a group of 10 to 15 students and one or two professors travel overseas for a semester and affiliate with a foreign university. SATA programs have been conducted in the Czech Republic, Cuba, China, Peru, Egypt, Ghana, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, and Vietnam.

To ensure that students consider the practical application of their study, the College provides each student with $3,000 to fund an internship or research project between their junior and senior year. About 80 percent of all students attend the series of seminars and complete the work required to become eligible for the funding. One in five students conducts an internship overseas. Recent internships have been conducted with such organizations as The Field Museum of Chicago, Google, J.P. Morgan, Azafady in Madagascar, Vera Wang, New Line Cinema, and, CBS Sports.

The College operates five centers for interdisciplinary scholarship that prepare students to understand and address complex issues across multiple areas of study. The Centers are certificate-granting programs within the College that serve as an intellectual commons to bring together professors, students, and outside experts. There are five Centers, each with their own focus: The Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts; The Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology; The Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy; The Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment; and, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. Students combine their coursework with an integrated project and a paid overseas or domestic internship organized through the Center to receive a certificate.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Connecticut College offers 42 majors and, with faculty approval, students can design their own major. Courses lead toward a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students complete General Education Requirements that ensure broad engagement with a range of disciplines across the liberal arts. Connecticut College students explore interests across subject areas and geographic boundaries and consider the campus and course catalogue open to them in this pursuit. The College offers free music lessons to all students. Students in a variety of majors may pursue certification in elementary, secondary, or private school education or receive a certificate demonstrating experience in museum studies. The most popular majors are economics, psychology, biological sciences, government, international relations, English, history, environmental studies, American studies and art. The College’s dance program is internationally reputed, as is its theater program, which offers students the opportunity to study at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, and the Eugene O’Neill Moscow Art Theater in Russia.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architectural Sciences and Technology, Other

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • East Asian Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Slavic Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Ecology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Human Development and Family Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Islamic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other

Students Say

Located in eastern Connecticut, the picturesque Connecticut College is a classic private New England liberal arts school that shows a “great commitment to being sustainable, to promoting community service, and to learning.” The college provides “great academic, extracurricular, and athletic opportunities to all students,” and the “beloved” honor code makes for “a close-knit, supportive community.” A strong focus on interdisciplinary education, small classes, and self-scheduled exams give students the autonomy to truly tailor their learning around their interests. The academics are “rigorous but continuously relevant, interesting, and enlightening.” Most classes are discussion-based, which “allows students to express their own opinions while hearing from their fellow students and professors.” Though there are a few bad apples, most professors are always accessible (“especially outside of their office hours”) and are “constantly bringing learning outside of the classroom, whether it be within a residence hall, a restaurant, museum, or gallery downtown, or within their own homes.” “All of my professors are incredibly engaging and obviously here to excite students about their studies,” says a student. Other high points include the “approachability of the staff,” excellent career office and internship opportunities, and strong residential programs and academic centers that “help students with a myriad of topics.” Connecticut College assures that no student will go through school with “your typical major/minor pairing”; with certificate programs, tons of research opportunities, independent studies and more, every student “has a completely unique and entirely interdisciplinary experience here.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Sean Fine '96
Sundance- and Academy-Award-winning documentary filmmaker

Ted Chapin '72
President and Executive Director, Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization

Anita DeFrantz '74
Olympic Medalist; Executive Board Member, International Olympic Committee

Peter Som '93
Fashion Designer

Tim Armstrong '93
CEO and Chairman of AOL, Inc.

Sloane Crosley '00

Jeff Idelson '86
President, Baseball Hall of Fame

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

Conn College has a unique career services program that combines one-on-one counseling, workshops, and career advising, and guarantees a stipend of $3,000 to fund a summer internship to all students who participate in the four-year career and professional development program. For seniors, the new “Now Hiring!” program offers intensive training, mock interviews, and practice sessions covering technology, communications, and finances. Outside the career services office, aspiring i-bankers can participate in the Peggotty Investment Club, which provides real-world experience by allowing students to manage a portion of the college endowment. All of these programs drive serious results: According to the school, 96 percent of one-year out grads report being employed or enrolled in graduate school.

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

The comprehensive fee for 2014-15 is $60,895. This covers tuition; room and board; lab fees; studio fees; special programs, such as our funded internship; some course-related travel; study away and even music lessons. Ninety-nine percent of students live on campus.

Financial Aid

Connecticut College offers need-based financial aid and meets 100 percent of a student’s financial aid eligibility. Forty-nine percent of students received some form of institutional aid. The average aid award is $37,300 and 88 percent of all aid awarded is scholarships and grants that do not need to be repaid.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

The price tag for the great education that Conn offers is not cheap. In fact, it is one of the most expensive schools in the country with an annual tuition of $49,030. Students can expect to spend about $13,600 on room and board as well. That said, Conn is very committed to helping students pay for school. Over half of the freshmen class receives financial aid, and in the most recent school year, Conn awarded over $32 million in need-based aid. The average need-based aid package was $35,885, and has been increasing annually in recent years. The vast majority of students also participate in funded internships at some point in their Conn career. Overall, students at Conn accumulate an average of $28,321 dollars of debt.

Bang For Your Buck

Connecticut College is proud to boast about its status as one of the top producers of Peace Corps members, Fulbright Scholars, and Teach for America educators in the country. It provides students with excellent career services and study abroad options. Four certificate-granting centers provide students with opportunities for interdisciplinary study and supplement students’ degrees with certificates in arts and technology, environmental studies, community action and public policy, or international studies. While Conn features a 9:1 student/faculty ratio and the small class sizes in line with a traditional liberal arts education, interested students can also collaborate with faculty on research and are often cited as co-authors in publications. Located in New London, Connecticut, this suburban campus is situated between Boston and New York City, and day trips let students experience all they have to offer.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

As a small, residential liberal arts college, Connecticut College encourages students to pursue many interests outside the classroom, with the Crozier-Williams Student Center serving as the main hub for extracurricular activity as the site of club offices, WCNI-FM radio station, the weekly College Voice newspaper, and forums for live music, debate, dance, and poetry. Galleries, student run cafes, and performance spaces are found throughout campus. The Tansill Theater, a blackbox theater, is frequently home to student written productions. Students participate in dozens of clubs and organizations, including the Pegotty Investment Club, the Connecticut College Asian/Asian-American Student Association, Hillel, and Habitat for Humanity. Students compete in a range of varsity, club, and intramural sports. The campus LGBTQ Center and Women’s Center host events focused on issues of sexuality, equity, and gender, while Unity House is the campus multicultural center and works with the Director of Unity House to host events focused on issues of race.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



62% female
38% male
82% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

Many students at Conn are generally “smart, probably upper-class, welldressed, and white,” though the school “embraces diversity.” The common theme among all Conn students in “their active involvement both on campus and off and their desire to be challenged in all aspects of their educations.” Students fit in by “showing an interest in their studies, but also carrying on an active social life.” It is fairly easy to find one’s niche within the community, and “while it might take a semester to become adjusted, there are many groups, teams, and other resources…that help freshmen find a place here.”


From The School


Connecticut College’s beautiful 750-acre arboretum campus is located in the historic New England seaport community of New London. Just a two-hour drive from Boston and New York, the region is dotted with beaches, concert venues and theaters, shopping districts and great restaurants and there are plenty of opportunities for local internships. At the heart of the campus, Tempel Green sweeps down to offer commanding views of Long Island Sound. The College’s athletic and fitness center is located along the Thames River.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Connecticut College occupies 750 acres (all of which are included in the Connecticut College Arboretum) on a hill overlooking the Thames River and Long Island Sound. The Arboretum’s diverse acreage includes the landscaped grounds of the campus as well as the surrounding plant collections and natural areas. The resources of the Arboretum support the College’s mission of preparing the next generation of citizen leaders to craft a sustainable relationship with the natural world. The symbiosis of the Environmental Studies major and the Goodwin-Niering Center provides an outstanding model of an ethically and environmentally sound community and places the College in a singular environment, which offers a quality of life unique among liberal arts institutions.

The Charles E. Shain Library was completely renovated in 2015. The newly renovated library serves as a center for academic, social and cultural life on campus, with enhanced spaces for collaboration, modern technology services, and a café that serves as a 24-hour study space. Shain offers more than 616,000 books and bound periodicals, 151,000 media and computing materials, and 5,599 subscriptions to periodicals. The collection is augmented through a consortium with Trinity College and Wesleyan University that provides fast access to more than 2.2 million items.

The library is also home to the College’s Academic Resource Center, which helps all students reach their full academic potential through academic and career advising, student support services, peer-to-peer learning, and skill-development training.

Other key buildings, include: the state-of-the art science center at New London Hall; Hale Laboratory; the Frank Loomis Palmer Auditorium; the F.W. Olin Science Center; Dayton Arena; the College Athletic Center; the Lee and Ann Higdon Fitness Center, the Lyn and David Silfen Track and Field; and, Cummings Arts Center, which includes the Greer Music Library.

Off-Campus Opportunities

The College is conveniently located near shopping and the New London transportation center, which features train, bus, and ferry service to points along the eastern seaboard. New London is a diverse community home to numerous restaurants and cafes, galleries, and historic sites. The city also serves as the region’s legal, medical, and social service center. The College operates a shuttle service for students to area locations and provides three ZipCars for students. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are permitted to have cars on campus. The College’s career and volunteer offices work closely with students to arrange for service learning or internship opportunities. Each year, more than 500 students intern, work or volunteer for local businesses and organizations or in local schools or afterschool programs.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

“Life as a student is all about balancing your school work with your extracurricular activities and choosing which events you want to attend,” says one. The residential programs lay a great groundwork for student life, and much of the fun on campus “is through social events through the dorms.” It helps that “everyone knows one another—between offices, custodial staff, campus safety, and students.” There are a wide range of activities to get involved with (everything from athletics, to arts, to activism, to community service, etc.), as well as “numerous faculty-led discussions and speakers every week.” Most activities that take place on campus make it “lively and interesting.” The campus as a whole is “very friendly, and you are always surrounded by familiar faces,” though the relationship with the town of New London is “something that can always be improved upon.” For fun, students “attend each others’ events, attend social functions in the student center, grab some coffee at one of our coffee shops, and generally hang out with each other.” The library is “a very social place during the week,” and though students work very hard, they “know how to have a good time on the weekends”—every Saturday there is a well-attended dance put on by the Student Activities Council. Day trips to Boston and New York are also common.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services (ODS)

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Susan L. Duques, Ph. D.

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
N/A re: admission to college

Documentation Requred for ADHD
N/A re: admission to college

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Camels)
14 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Camels)
16 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups:


Connecticut College has ingrained a sustainability ethic into every aspect of campus life in a variety of ways. Students elect to pay a $25 sustainability fee that can be used to support various sustainability initiatives on campus. Other energy conservation efforts on campus include a 3-kilowatt solar panel installation on the roof of Park Residence Hall that generates 10 percent of the building’s energy needs. Additionally, a determined group of students and staff launched the Composting Program in 2011. This initiative allows the community to easily collect food scraps around campus and transform them into nutrient-rich compost. The college offers an ever-growing environmental studies degree and students can earn an interdisciplinary certificate through the Goodwin- Niering Center for the Environment and the Holleran Center for Public Policy and Community Action. Student organizations leading sustainability initiatives on campus include the Sprout Organic Garden Club, and SpokesPeople bicycle collective. Connecticut College has achieved an outstanding 31 percent waste-diversion rate thanks in part to its student-run composting program, which consists of two Earth Tubs— commercial-sized composting bins—that feature power mixing and aeration. The college recently completed the construction of its “new” cutting edge science center. The science center will combine a complete renovation of New London Hall, the first building constructed for the college in 1914, with an addition that will extend the existing building’s capacity for even more innovative science-related teaching and research. The building has achieved LEED Gold, based on its sustainable attributes, which includes a geothermal heating and cooling system. The college has an endowed grant program through which students can apply for funding to fast-track sustainability initiatives.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Students receive discounts on selected models of IBM, Think Pad, Dell Latitude and Apple Macintosh portable computers through our online computer bookstore.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Office of Admission

Office of Admission
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
College Center (Crozier-Williams)
Connecticut College Arboretum
Blue Camel Cafe (in library)
Athletics Center
New London Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mystic Seaport/Museum of America and the Sea
Mystic Aquarium
Eugene O'Neill Theatre/Harkness Memorial
New London's Ocean Beach Park
Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bradley International Airport near Hartford, CT, and T.F. Green Airport in Providence, RI, are about 1 hour from campus. The Groton/New London commuter airport is only a 15-minute drive from campus. Van and limousine services and rental cars are available for the trip from the airports to campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses operate to New London. Taxis are available at the stations for the 2-mile ride to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From New York and points west, take I-95 North to Exit 83. Turn left at the end of the ramp, then turn right at the light onto Rte. 32 North. The college entrance is 1 mile ahead on the left. From Boston and the east, take I-95 South to Exit 84 North. From there, take Rte. 32 North; the college entrance is 1 mile ahead on the left. From Hartford, take I-91 South to Rte. 2 South. Exit Rte. 2 at I-395 South; from I-395, take Exit 78 to Rte. 32 South. Proceed on Rte. 32 to the college entrance, which will be on the right.

Local Accommodations
Holiday Inn (35 Governor Winthrop Blvd., 860-443-7000), Spring Hill Suites by Marriott (401 North Frontage Road, 860-439-0151)