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University of Hartford

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The University of Hartford (UHart) is a private university in West Hartford, Connecticut, USA. The city of Hartford is located between the great American cities of Boston (two hour drive north) and New York City (two hour drive south). The campus is a beautiful green space, bisected by the Park River, which separates the academic and residential sections, where 85 percent of UHart undergraduate students live on the campus.

Students can select from over 100 different degree programs in business, engineering, health sciences, liberal arts, fine arts, performing arts, and education. At UHart, students work with their professors in small class settings, providing an environment that allows them to engage in their coursework in a very personal way. Students also learn through research and project work with both their classmates and professors.

Facilities at the University include a sports center, state-of-the-art library, and performing arts center. Students will also find on campus a post office, convenience store, café, and many healthy eating options.

Students have access to a comprehensive range of career services and resources to help at all stages of the job hunt. Help is available during one-on-one meetings with a career advisor, as well as through resources available on the University’s website.

University of Hartford alumni have made a name for themselves as leaders, including as president of El Salvador as executives at ESPN, Hartford Steam Boiler, and Stanley Black & Decker as accomplished performers and media personalities such as Orin Wolf (lead producer of a Tony-Award winning musical), Christine Dwyer (Broadway actress), and Liane Hansen (NPR radio host) and as explorers like NASA astronaut Jack Swigert Jr.

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What’s new

What’s new

The University of Hartford understands the challenges that students are facing due to the coronavirus pandemic. The university has developed contingency plans and adjusted aspects of its offering to address student concerns. This includes making accommodations for undergraduate applicants for the September 2020 intake. These include:

  • Students may be considered for admission without final-year results. The results can be submitted once they have been received.
  • Students can submit the Versant Skills Test or the Duolingo English test as proof of English language proficiency. However, they will be re-assessed when arriving on campus.
  • Students will be permitted to apply without SAT or ACT tests results
  • The university will be sending scanned PDF I-20 documents via email as per the permission granted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • Students who are accepted by the university will be able to book online interviews.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Students at the University of Hartford enjoy and benefit from the personal attention of a dedicated faculty. The faculty members can get to know each student, thanks to small class sizes and regularly scheduled office hours.

The university’s faculty members conduct ground-breaking scholarly research, publish in leading professional journals, and present at conferences worldwide. Yet, their home is the classroom, their number one priority is teaching, and their major focus is on the students they teach. Close student-faculty relationships are a hallmark of the university, and students know they can turn to their professors for a deeper understanding of their areas of interest and of life in general. University of Hartford professors prepare students for more than careers, they prepare them for life.

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Schools and Colleges

Schools and Colleges

The university’s seven schools and colleges are:

College of Arts and Sciences

This college offers 23 undergraduate majors, 26 minors, six graduate programs, and multiple interdisciplinary offerings, making it the largest of the seven schools and colleges. Students can study everything from biology and communication to cinema and psychology.

Barney School of Business

Recognized among the top 5 percent of business schools worldwide (AACSB accredited), Barney offers a wide range of degree options for students to choose from.

College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP)

At ENHP, students will earn a career-relevant degree in a collaborative environment and participate in real-world learning and research alongside faculty mentors. ENHP maintains relationships with prominent local, national, and international partners to enrich the student experience.

College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA)

Recognized by Business Insider as one of the nation’s top 14 engineering schools when it comes to mid-career salary earnings, CETA’s professionally accredited programs attract students from around the world.

The Hartt School

The Hartt School is the comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford. The School offers students innovative degree programs in music, dance, and theatre. Famous faculty, who perform and teach around the world, mentor students in their pursuit of excellence.

Hartford Art School

Each of the 310 undergraduate students at the Hartford Art School can count on lots of personal attention from professional artists, designers, and historians who teach the classes in eight diverse studio areas, as well as art history.

Hillyer College

At Hillyer College, supportive professors give students the attention they will need to successfully transition from high school to college. Students are often dually admitted so they can receive strong academic support while following their chosen path.

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Why study here?


The University of Hartford offers a variety of academic programs available at few universities of its size. Yet, it strives to foster individual attention. With approximately 5,000 undergraduates, the campus is large enough to achieve the goals of a university without becoming a massive, impersonal institution.

The university offers many opportunities for career preparation that can be realized within the university’s 97 undergraduate majors. Students are provided with a supportive environment that allows a healthy mix of research, teaching, and community involvement, attracting world-renowned scholars, acclaimed visual and performing artists, and industry leaders who are dedicated to helping students excel.


The University of Hartford received a letter of continued accreditation from the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) on May 8, 2012. The re-accreditation came following a comprehensive evaluation of the university in 2011. The next accreditation study is scheduled for 2021.

NEASC is the regional accreditation agency for colleges and universities in the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. It is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits.

The university seeks and obtains the highest level of professional accreditation for all of its programs. This will allow students to return to their home countries with the confidence that their degree will be recognized.

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Study options

Study options

The University of Hartford enrolls more than 6,700 full and part-time students throughout six schools and colleges across more than 150 undergraduate programs in business, engineering, the fine arts, the performing arts, liberal arts, health sciences, and the humanities.

In addition to traditional programs, students have the chance to pursue degrees in programs that combine different areas of study, including:

Acoustical Engineering and Music (BS Engineering) – a nationally recognized interdisciplinary engineering program offered in cooperation with The Hartt School. This ABET-accredited program focuses on the application of modern engineering design to the field of acoustics in such areas as architectural design, loudspeaker and audio equipment design.

A bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science will prepare students for a variety of exciting careers in sports medicine, personal training, and strength and conditioning coaching. Students will also be prepared for graduate study in areas such as physical therapy, athletic training, clinical exercise physiology, kinesiology, and public health.

The Business Analytics and Managerial Economics major gives students valuable skills in quantitative methods and economic analysis. Students can expect to work with some of the biggest companies in the country.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science gives students a solid foundation in both theoretical and applied computer science. During students’ first year, they receive solid foundation in mathematics and the fundamentals of computing, before building upon that knowledge with more in-depth courses.

The university’s undergraduate engineering programs cover a range of areas within the engineering fields to meet students’ interests and build the necessary skills employers are looking for. Students can work within the university’s fully equipped laboratories and studios and have a hands-on experience inside and outside the classroom as part of an award-winning college.

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Living on campus is an important part of a student’s University of Hartford educational experience.

The university is committed to providing students with rich opportunities to grow both intellectually and socially. This includes making connections with other students, actively participating in the residential community, learning how to appropriately deal with conflict, and living according to the shared values of the university community. First-year students at the university have two housing options:

Hawk Hall

Hawk Hall has double rooms with bathroom facilities and study lounges in the hallway. Rooms have cable TV and high-speed internet connections. It is organized around themed Residential Learning Communities where students will live with their peers who have similar interests or are taking the same courses. Some of the themes include wellness, community service, global engagement, STEM-C, and creative art expressions.

A through D Complexes

A through D Complexes are standard suite-style residence halls for first-year students with double rooms, with a bathroom and study facilities within the suite. Rooms are also equipped with cable TV and high-speed internet connections. Each complex has laundry facilities, study lounges, and air-conditioning.

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West Hartford Connecticut 200 Bloomfield Avenue
Now in its sixth decade, the University of Hartford sits proudly on a 350-acre main campus that includes parts of Hartford, West Hartford, and Bloomfield, Conn. It provides a beautifully landscaped vista with grassy expanses and wooded areas with a branch of the Park River winding through it.

The University of Hartford provides a robust, distinctive educational experience for its more than 5,000 undergraduate and 1,600 graduate students. Distinguished faculty provide rigorous instruction as well as research, performance, and internship opportunities in more than 100 degree programs in the arts, humanities, business, engineering and technology, education, and health professions. With students from 48 states and 63 countries, we are a university for the world.

Close student-faculty relationships are a hallmark of the University, which has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1. Faculty choose to come here because teaching is their priority, and students know they can turn to their professors for a deeper understanding of their areas of interest and of life in general. A supportive environment that allows a healthy mix of research, teaching, and community-involvement, attracts world-renowned scholars, acclaimed visual and performing artists, and industry leaders who are dedicated to helping students excel.

At the University of Hartford, students pursue a wide range of interests and talents. As a member of the University of Hartford family, you become part of a fun and supportive environment. With more than 100 different clubs and organizations, there are many opportunities for you to explore your passions and make new friends. They are Dance Team members who major in accounting, Division I basketball players who study biomedical engineering, and health science majors who teach English in Ecuador and plan to join the Peace Corps.

Alumni include successful business entrepreneurs, award-winning teachers and nurses, engineers who make groundbreaking discoveries, doctors who are leaders in their fields, Broadway and film actors, opera standouts, internationally known artists, musicians, and professional all-star athletes.

The University of Hartford's scenic and suburban campus on Bloomfield Avenue is at the juncture of three municipalities, the City of Hartford, and the towns of Bloomfield and West Hartford. Nothing captures the beauty of the University of Hartford campus like walking it.
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