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The University of Bridgeport is an independent university located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Known as one of the most nationally diverse establishments in the USA, students come from all over the world to study there. The student population represents 80 different countries, and 45 states.

The main campus stretches over 50 acres, overlooks the Long Island Sound and boasts spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Facilities include a state-of-the-art athletics field and a newly-built digital library complete with journals, articles and electronic books. Throughout their time at Bridgeport, students are encouraged to get involved in new activities and leadership opportunities by joining one of the many clubs and organisations on offer at the University.

Students are supported by a range of services throughout their time at the institution. These include a counselling team on hand to help sort out any personal worries or concerns, a health team, a housing advisor and support for students with disabilities.

The University's Centre for Career Development has created a 'Four-Year Career Development Plan' to help students through all the stages of finding work – from figuring out what career path they want to take, to getting through the interview process.

The city of Bridgeport has plenty of things for students to do in their spare time, with cultural attractions including theatres, museums, parks, cinemas and Beardsley Zoo – the only one in the entire state. Bridgeport is also located close to both Boston and New York City, with the two major cities boasting plenty of iconic attractions, as well as access to some of the world's largest companies and organisations – something students can take advantage of when applying for internships and work opportunities after their degree.

What's new

What's new

The University of Bridgeport is one of the first universities in the world to implement Eureka, which is at the centre of the learning experience. Eureka provides students with an advanced one-stop-library that enables them to remotely research a vast amount of resources including, electronic books, online collections, journals, music scores, articles, and digitized manuscripts.

The library offers services and resources to improve learning outcomes for all academic programmes. Continually adapting to changing needs, the library provides strong information literacy programmes and supports student research. It also strengthens teaching and learning, makes current technologies available, and provides comfortable and collaborative learning spaces for students.

Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Bridgeport is known for its competent, committed, and caring faculty who promote academic excellence, personal responsibility and commitment to service. The highly-regarded faculty at the University come from some of the most prestigious academic and professional backgrounds to provide a world-class education.

The faculty includes Fulbright Scholars, National Science Foundation Fellows, Ford Fellows, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows, American Council for Learned Societies Scholars and Phi Beta Kappa Scholars. The distinctive curricula in an international, culturally diverse and supportive learning environment prepares graduates for leadership in an increasingly interconnected world.

According to the U.S. News and World Report, the University of Bridgeport ranks 43rd in the region for smallest class sizes (percentage of classes with fewer than 20 students). With a total faculty of 462, and a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, the University ensures that students get personal attention both in and out of the classroom.

Schools and Colleges

Schools and Colleges

The University of Bridgeport is built on the idea that academic excellence, career-oriented programmes, and a pioneering spirit of innovation best serve the needs of today’s students. Through its schools and colleges, the University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programmes, from associate through to doctoral levels.

The academic programmes are offered within the following schools and colleges of the University, including:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Ernest C. Trefz School of Business
  • College of Public and International Affairs
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Professional Studies
  • Shintaro Akatsu School of Design
  • Fones School of Dental Hygiene
  • College of Chiropractic
  • College of Naturopathic Medicine
  • Acupuncture Institute
  • Nutrition Institute
  • Physician Assistant Institute

For a complete list of all the academic majors the University of Bridgeport offers, visit here…

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

English language requirements

International students, particularly all non-native English language speakers seeking associate’s or bachelors’ degrees must demonstrate English language proficiency by providing a TOEFL score of 75 or an IELTS score of 6.0. Students who wish to pursue masters’ or doctoral degrees require a TOEFL score of 80 or an IELTS score of 6.5.

Students who do not have a TOEFL or IELTS score may apply for Conditional Admission. Also, students who do not provide proof of English language proficiency prior to registration will be given the University English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB) test upon arrival.

There are also other ways to demonstrate English language proficiency to qualify for the programmes students wish to pursue, and they are:

  • A minimum Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) score of 53 for undergraduates and a minimum PTE Academic score of 58 for graduates.
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score of 450 or above or ACT English score of 19 or above.
  • An official “O” level or “A” level Certificate indicating a grade of “C” or better in English.
  • A score of 4 or better on the “English A” Higher Level examination in the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.

Read more on other ways to demonstrate English language requirements…



The University offers a student-centred, supportive learning environment to inculcate academic excellence among undergraduate and graduate students. The University’s graduates are professionally trained and gain broad knowledge to succeed in the global economy. The academic programmes not only provide fundamental knowledge but also adopt an application-oriented approach to research and practice through its many facilities, such as:

Computing facilities

The University regularly upgrades its buildings to ensure the facilities are at the forefront of innovation and technology. Computer laboratories are located in many schools and departments, including Business, Design, Science and Engineering. A range of computer programmes are available on PCs, and Macs. The state-of-the-art systems and facilities containing brand new Mac labs, SMART classrooms, and advanced equipment including CAD and 3D printers allow students to remain at the forefront for new research. Read more

Wahlstrom library

The Wahlstrom Library offers over 60,000 electronic books, access to faculty and workshops, multimedia resources, and online student support. The addition of the digital library at the University enables students to gain access to numerous study materials online.

Other facilities

The University’s newly renovated clinic at the Fones School of Dental Hygiene is among the finest learning facilities of its kind in the nation.

The smart classrooms’ renovated laboratories and restored historic facilities for art and design will put students at the forefront of technology.

And the recently completed multi-sport, state-of-the-art athletic field features an artificial turf playing surface, a new scoreboard, and new stands.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The University of Bridgeport offers a few special opportunities for incoming international undergraduate students to receive academic scholarships to help them pay for their studies, including:

General academic scholarships

Academic scholarships are available to first year applicants seeking an associate or a bachelor’s degree. All incoming undergraduate international students are automatically considered for these scholarship awards which range from USD 11,000 to USD 22,000 per academic year, and are based on academic excellence and English proficiency.

Graduate scholarships

The University of Bridgeport awards four types of international graduate scholarships, the amounts of which vary from USD 3,000 to USD 6,000. Applicants to the MBA Programme, all graduate programmes in the College of Public and International Affairs, and all graduate programmes in the School of Engineering are eligible for this award.

All applicants will automatically be considered for a scholarship when they send in the University of Bridgeport international application and all admissions materials.

The scholarship will be for the international students’ first year of study, split equally between the first two semesters.

Read more on other scholarships here…

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