University of New Haven /
Undergraduate Study at University of New Haven
The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920, the University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on professional training. UNH's approximately 6,000 students select from more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree offerings in the arts and sciences, business, criminal justice, engineering and forensic sciences. This year, U.S. News and World Report magazine named UNH among the top-tier regional universities in the North in its annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings.
Why Study at UNH ?
Experiential, Collaborative, Discovery-Based Learning
An outstanding faculty — Nearly 90% with PhD or terminal degrees, and more importantly experience in their field!
No classes are taught by teaching assistants
Small class sizes — a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1
Easy access to faculty who know what it takes to succeed in their respective fields as, in most cases, they're successful professionals in their own right
Innovative Living & Learning Communities immerse students in their chosen major
Internship and co-op experiences, facilitated by our close ties to organizations in the New Haven area and beyond
Many classroom assignments revolving around group and team projects, thereby imparting the lessons of teamwork, group discipline, and time management
Valuable exposure to professionals who visit the campus to give lectures and lead workshops on topics relevant to their professions
Early and frequent interactions with the Career Services Center, which offers everything from resume to networking workshops to one-on-one individual office appointments
A study abroad program designed to encourage more students to realize the lifelong lessons learned from experiencing another culture
Opportunities to Lead, Participate and Grow
The latest in high-tech educational innovations designed to fully engage students and faculty in the learning and teaching process.
The Tegrity learning system allows faculty members to record class lectures and post them to our Blackboard Academic Suite so students can download actual audio and video of the class to review.
Numerous computer labs and wireless technology help to ensure students stay connected across campus; enabling students to study on their own time, in their own way.
A new text messaging system that notifies students about news and events on campus.
A rich menu of extracurricular organizations and athletic offerings providing ample opportunities to get involved, learn about leadership, and work toward a goal.
Nearly 60 clubs and organizations for students to join, participate in and lead; including fraternities and sororities, professional networking organizations and social groups.
18 Varsity sports which compete at the NCAA Division II level in the Northeast-10 Conference.
Numerous intramural sports opportunities for students looking to stay fit, have fun and make friends.
UNH is located halfway between just outside downtown New Haven along the Connecticut coastline — there's no better place to be or live for the next four years of your life. As a private, comprehensive university our university boasts numerous benefits because of our location.
Centrally located on the northeast corridor, right between New York City and Boston.
World class museums, theaters, galleries, and music and sports venues all nearby ... including ESPN studios in Bristol, Connecticut and MTV studios in New York City!
Cultural centers in nearby downtown New Haven.
About The University
The University is composed of five colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Tagliatela College of Engineering, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, and University College. Approximately 33 percent of students are enrolled in arts and sciences, 21 percent in business, 12 percent in engineering, and 34 percent in the Lee College. The University awards undergraduate associate and bachelor's degrees in over 80 majors, master's degrees in nearly 30 areas of study, and a doctorate in criminal justice.
Faculty & Staff
The University has 522 faculty members. Among the 200 full-time faculty members, 83 percent hold the highest degree in their field and 52 percent have tenure. The student faculty ratio is approximately 16:1. The University has nearly 500 staff members.
Of the University's 4,203 undergraduate students and 1,746 graduate students, nearly 60 percent come from Connecticut, while 33 percent come from other states, and 8 percent are international students. More than 70 percent of undergraduate students live on campus or in University-sponsored housing. For fall 2010, the incoming first-year students had an average high school GPA of 3.3 and an average SAT score of 1051. Approximately 12 percent of undergraduates and 43 percent of graduate students are enrolled in part-time study.
Undergraduate students participate in more than 100 clubs
and organizations. Graduate students participate on the Graduate Student
Council and several academic clubs and organizations. Student news is provided
in The Charger Bulletin, a weekly student-run newspaper available in hard copy
and online. Students and community members also broadcast on the campus radio
station, WNHU 88.7 FM, which is also available online. UNH students show a
commitment to community service through club outreach, the Alternative Spring
Break program, and the President's Public Service Fellowship program in the
Over 2,000 undergraduate students live in 10 on-campus residence halls, and nearly 600 undergraduate students live in off-campus housing leased by the University. Shuttle service to campus is provided from all off-campus, University-sponsored housing. First-year students have the option to participate in Living/Learning Communities, which help foster a greater connection to UNH by allowing students with a common bond to reside together. The University offered 12 themed Living-Learning Communities for the 2010-2011 academic year.
UNH is a member of the athletically and academically prestigious Northeast-10 NCAA Division II Athletic Conference. The UNH Chargers compete in 17 varsity sports. In 2008-2009, the Chargers had 10 student-athletes earn Academic All-Conference Honors, and three earned Academic-All American honors. Over the same period, UNH athletic teams completed more than 3,000 hours of community service.
- Study Abroad:
- Through UNH faculty-led study abroad experiences and strategic partnerships with Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA) and the Center for International Studies (CIS), UNH students have access to over 50 study abroad placements worldwide for varying durations. The University also offers two semester-abroad experience programs for first-year students in the fall. In fall 2010, first-year abroad placements include Florence and Seville. Seventy-six undergraduates participated in fall 2009 study abroad initiatives.
- Academic Service-Learning, Work Integrated Learning, and Faculty-Mentored Undergraduate Research:
- According to a May 2009 survey of graduating seniors, 78 percent of respondents indicated they had completed an internship while attending UNH. Additionally, 30 percent of respondents had participated in faculty-mentored undergraduate research, and 16 percent had participated in an academic service learning project for credit while at UNH.
Nearly all of the University's classrooms feature multimedia. Students may connect to the campus network via wireless access points in academic buildings, the Bartels Hall campus center, the Marvin K. Peterson Library, and public residence hall areas. Wired high-speed network connections also are provided in all residence hall rooms and major common areas on campus. Students are provided with a permanent UNH e-mail account, and all course registration is completed online.
Costs and Finances
Undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2010-2011 academic year are $30,500; room and board charges are $12,778. The University's current operating budget is approximately $160 million.
Approximately 86 percent of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. For the 2010-2011 academic year, 57 percent of undergraduate students received merit-based aid, and 79 percent received federal, state, or institutional need-based aid. Approximately 216 undergraduate and graduate students participate in the work study program both on campus and in off-campus community service positions. The average family income for a UNH student is $93,274.
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