UCONN Students

SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut, the main campus located in the small town of Storrs, was founded in 1881. This year, the university ranks among the Top 25 public universities in the nation (U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges.) Student enrollment is over 31,000 and about 23,000 of those students are undergraduates. UCONN has 14 schools and colleges, offering 7 undergraduate degrees: 108 majors, 17 graduate degrees: 79 research and professional practice fields of study and 6 professional degree programs. UCONN is also well known and nationally recognized for their athletics program. Collectively, the UCONN sports teams have won 22 national championships over the past 68 years. Their most recent title is from the 2016 March Madness tournament, where the women’s basketball team beat Syracuse in the final game with a score of 82-51.

While Storrs is a small town, there is always something to do on the UCONN campus. Students can join any of the clubs, intramural sports teams, Greek life, or frequent one of the many theaters, galleries or museums. The university also offers what they call “Late Night.” On Friday and Saturday nights this programs plans activities for students ranging from movie nights to game nights to paint parties to pizza dinners. There is something for every student at the University of Connecticut.

Kurt Davis, UCONN alumni

Name: Kurt Davis

Year: Alumni, 2011

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

Why did you choose to attend University of Connecticut?

I wanted to go to an east coast school that was large, in a rural area, with at least one top tier sports program. I found that at UCONN.

What do you like most about UCONN?

What I liked most were the friends I made.

What did you like most about living in Storrs?

The fact that it was predominately college students was great.

What do you like to do for fun/hobbies?

I partied my face off, went to the gym, and played intramural sports.

Do you have any advice for incoming freshman at UCONN?

Don’t study in your dorm room, either go to the library or the lounge in your building.  Study during the day as much as possible.  Don’t fall behind the first week of classes.  Be sure to have as much fun as possible.

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Callie Pederson

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