The University of Hartford is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational institution of higher education located in West Hartford, Connecticut. Established in 1957, the University’s main campus of 350 acres actually spans portions of Hartford, West Hartford, and Bloomfield, Connecticut. The campus features a stunningly landscaped vista with wooded areas, grassy expanses and a branch of the Park River winding through the grounds. In addition to its main campus, the University of Hartford also operates two additional campuses, the Asylum Avenue Campus, with 10.4 acres, and the Handel Center Campus which sits on 7 acres. Distinguished for its excellence in education, the University of Hartford boasts a number of notable and even famous alumni, including Broadway and film actors, opera standouts, professional all-star athletes, internationally known artists and musicians, award-winning teachers and nurses, successful business entrepreneurs, engineers, and doctors who lead in their fields.
Academic ProgramsThe University of Hartford’s mission is to be “dedicated to learning, personal growth, knowledge creation, and the betterment of society,” and engaged “in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to thrive in and contribute to a pluralistic, complex world.” The University’s vision is to “combine a traditionally strong commitment to shared community values of support and encouragement with academic challenge in a wide variety of programs and disciplines in order to prepare our students for success in the 21st century.”
The University of Hartford is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. More than 100 degree programs are offered by the University in the areas of arts, humanities, business, engineering and technology, education, and health professions through the University’s several colleges and schools. These include: the Barney School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, the Hartford Art School, The Hartt School, and the Hillyer College.
Student LifeThe University of Hartford has a total enrollment figure of nearly 7,000 students, including more than 5,000 undergraduates. International and US students of color make up nearly 30% of the undergraduate population and students hail from nearly every state in the Union as well as from over 60 foreign countries. Freshman students are typically housed in standard suite-style residence halls during their first year and have the option of participating in a theme community where students of similar interests live together. Upperclassmen have the option of living in either one of the University’s traditional residence halls, in the Regents Park suites, or in the Park River or Village Apartments. Graduates are given the option of being housed in the University’s Asylum Avenue Campus.
A number of student clubs and organizations are recognized by the University of Hartford and sponsored by the Student Government Association. Groups include academic, architectural, athletic, business, community service, creative arts, engineering, Greek life, international, media and literary, multicultural, performance, religious, and wellness organizations. An NCAA Division I-AAA school, the University of Hartford’s intercollegiate teams compete in the America East Conference.