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 cafe 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.
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.
Student Organizations & Activities
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.
“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.