From The School
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.
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.”