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 and is observed by all students, faculty, and staff. 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 over 41 majors and minors and participates in the NCAA Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). The College is nationally known for career and internship placement and has been called a "college with a conscience," as one of the top schools sending students to Teach for America or the Peace Corps. Enrollment at the College for 2013-14 is 1,922. In the past three years, 20 Connecticut College students have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships.


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
620 - 710
SAT Math
615 - 700
ACT Composite
28 - 31


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


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 the interest that will inspire a student for their lifetime. The student to faculty ratio is 9 to 1. Average class size is 19. First-year students enroll in a seminar course (in which maximum enrollment is 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 in conjunction with professors and career services 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.

To illustrate how several areas of study may be fused to best equip a student to understand and resolve complex issues, the College operates a series of interdisciplinary centers. 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.

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.”

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



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Anita DeFrantz
First African American Woman on Olympic Team

Agnes Gund
Former President, Museum of Modern Art

Steven Gutman
VP, Publisher, The Disney Channel

Tim Armstrong
CE) and Chairman of

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Indie rock band

Patricia Wald
Former chief judge, U.S. Court of Appeals

James Berrien
President and Publisher, Forbes Magazine Group


From The School

The comprehensive fee for 2013-14 is $58,780. 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 Rating
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

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

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
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


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.

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 is 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.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



60% female
40% male
83% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time


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.

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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

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


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.

Green Rating
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

Carpool/Vanpool Matching 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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

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
Coffee Grounds

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

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturday (fall only)
8:30am-4pm and 8:30am-3:30pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

In April; for admitted students only


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
Radisson Hotel (35 Governor Winthrop Blvd., 860-443-7000) Spring Hill Suites by Marriott (North Frontage Road, 860-439-0151) Lighthouse Inn (6 Guthrie Pl., 860-443-8411)
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