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.”

Overview

Applicants
5,394
Acceptance Rate
38%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 700
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 715
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

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

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
254
with Terminal Degree
203

132
Men
122
Women
34
Minority
22
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

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

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
  • Ecology
  • Molecular Biology

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • 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
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

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

  • 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


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Anita DeFrantz
First African American Woman on International Olympic Committee

Bruce Hoffman
Terrorism expert teaching at Georgetown University

Steven Gutman
VP, Publisher, The Disney Channel

Tim Armstrong
CEO and Chairman of AOL.com

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

Academic Rating

Career overview

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.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$45,700

Median Mid-Career Salary
$72,200

Alumni with High Job Meaning
39%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
87

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
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 $45,765. Students can expect to spend about $12,700 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 $35,200, 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 $23,558 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 coauthors 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
$35,877

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,885

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,621

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,321

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
42%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$49,030
Required Fees
$320
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

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.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,893
Out of State
83%

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
74

Demographics

3.75%
Asian
3.47%
African-American
9.12%
Hispanic
75.95%
Caucasian
4.81%
Unknown
5.70%
International

62% female
38% male
83% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

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
99%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services (ODS)

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Susan L. Duques, Ph. D.

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

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
60
Number of Honor Societies
5

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

27% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Camels)
14 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Camels)
16 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services


Sustainability

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
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
8%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

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

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes
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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
7

Average Number of PC's per Lab
10

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
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
No

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Office of Admission

Address
Office of Admission
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320

Phone
860-439-2200

Email
admission@conncoll.edu

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
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
860-439-2200

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
fjshi@conncoll.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
In April; for admitted students only

Transportation

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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Key Stats

5,394
Applicants
1,893
Size
38%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists