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University of Hartford

United States


The University of Hartford (UHart) is a private university located in West Hartford, Connecticut, USA, which offers a comprehensive selection of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses. Hartford is one of the oldest cities in the USA, located between New York City, and Boston, around a 2-hour journey from each.

The university sits within a huge 350-acre landscaped site, with open green spaces and wide tree-lined avenues. The Park River runs through the middle of the campus, separating the academic section from the residential area. There are around 6,800 enrolled students at the university, representing 48 states and 46 countries globally.

The university is organized into seven academic faculties, offering over 100 different degree courses spanning a wide range of subject areas, from business, science and engineering to fine art, music and languages. Students benefit from small class sizes, with an average staff to student ratio of 1:9, allowing plenty of contact time with tutors and a more personalized approach towards learning. Individual and group tuition is encouraged across many courses, and students engage in a multitude of working methods, from research to presentation and assignment-based learning.

Facilities include a comprehensive main library, with hundreds of thousands of publications and study resources as well as a state-of-the-art performing arts center, and fully equipped sports facility. The campus also contains cafes with a variety of healthy eating options, a convenience store and even a post office.

The University of Hartford is a progressive and outward looking institution, whose alumni have gone on to achieve great things in the world. Graduates include a president of El Salvador executives at ESPN and Stanley Black & Decker accomplished performers and award winning theatre producers radio hosts and even NASA astronauts.

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What's new

What's new

New Facilities for Engineering Research and Health Professions

The Francis X. and Nancy Hursey Center for Advanced Engineering and Health Professions is a recently opened state-of-the-art facility which provides many new classrooms and laboratories dedicated to healthcare and diagnostics. The building features a fully equipped health simulation suite, with spaces designed for human performance, strength and conditioning, motion analysis, health and physical assessment, and functional and physical rehabilitation.

Technical and Engineering laboratories will prepare students for competitive careers in current and emerging industries, with professional grade equipment and resources in fields such as robotics, cybersecurity and 3D printing. The building contains spaces for design, fabrication, and research, cultivating a busy hub of hands-on teaching and impactful learning.

New Degree Programmes

Accelerated Degree Program (BS Business 3 years + MBA/MSAT 1 year)

Students of the new Bachelor of Science programme may choose from one of seven undergraduate majors and study an accelerated schedule which leads to course completion in just three years. After finishing the Bachelor degree, students may immediately progress into either the full-time MBA or an MS in Accounting and Taxation.

Enrolled students will be assigned a dedicated academic advisor to provide support and guidance throughout the duration of the course, and will also join a diverse and dynamic learning community with other students in the 3+1 Accelerated Business Program.

Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering

This pioneering STEM-designated aerospace engineering course is the only program of its kind in Connecticut, and provides students with a comprehensive education in aerospace engineering and design. The course offers a high degree of technical training, and access to equipment and facilities in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Acoustical Engineering.

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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: 7 undergraduate programs, 9 undergraduate minors, 4 graduate programs, 4 dual-degree graduate programs, and 11 postgraduate certificate programs from accounting to business analytics.

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. It 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?

Why study here?


The University of Hartford offers a wide selection of degree courses in a connected learning community. It delivers a personal learning experience through its excellent staff to student ratio and has a student population of 5,000 undergraduate students.

The university offers many opportunities for career preparation that can be realized within its 97 undergraduate majors. Students enjoy a supportive environment that combines research, teaching, and community involvement, attracting world-renowned scholars, acclaimed visual and performing artists, and industry leaders who are dedicated to helping them excel.


The University of Hartford is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The university seeks and obtains the highest level of professional accreditation for all of its programs. Students will return to their home countries confident that their degree will be recognized.

Enriching Student Life

UHart isn't all fun and games, but there's plenty of this going on too. UHart students works as hard as they play, and there are many opportunities to relax and unwind. The university encourages participation in intramural sports, student government, or any of the 100+ clubs and special interest societies on offer.

Faculty Member Profile: Ken Goldstein

Ken Goldstein is a practitioner and researcher, who works as a Clinical Instructor of Risk Management and Insurance at UHart. After completing a BA in Law and Society from Binghamton University, and receiving his JD from Western New England University School of Law, he has since spent 17 years in the insurance industry working his way up from claims attorney at legacy Chubb to holding positions that included Vice President and Worldwide Cyber Security and Media Liability Manager and Vice President and Media Segment Manager.

Goldstein's current research interests include Cybersecurity, Media and Risk Management, and he is an active member of the Executive Council of CLM Cyber Claims College and Advisory Board of Nassau Re/Imagine.

At UHart, he teaches Principles of Risk Management and Insurance, the innovative InsurTech curriculum, and Cybersecurity Risk Management and Insurance, which is a burning issue currently and represents a massive emerging market.

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Barney School

The Barney School of Business is one of the best business schools around the world with an ever-evolving curriculum, which prepares its student to be the business experts and industry leaders of tomorrow.

Since its founding in 1958, the school has enjoyed widespread recognition for its hands-on approach to education and the high level of student-faculty interaction found across the school and within its innovative Career Ready program. Degree programs are offered in highly sought-after fields, and delivered by top-ranked faculty and facilities, which inspire confidence and success. It's easy to see why the Barney School of Business is among the 5 percent of business schools worldwide to be awarded AACSB accreditation.

Highlights of the Barney School of Business

  • 2 STEM designated undergraduate programs: Business Analytics and Managerial Economics, and Risk Management and Insurance.
  • Newly added state-of-the-art, high-tech learning and collaboration spaces. Implementation of Bloomberg Terminals as integral parts of the David C. Lincoln Trading Room and Analytics Lab is an example of an innovative experiential curriculum in practice. Barney School has been recently named Experiential Learning Partner by Bloomberg.
  • 100 per cent of students complete an internship, working with the school's many corporate partners. Many students secure permanent positions after internships completion.
  • Industry partnered project centers. The Barney School of Business works hard to enhance research and understanding of business theory and practice, and has established several academic centers including the Risk and Disruptive Technology Institute, People's United (R.C. Knox) Center, and Entrepreneurial Center and Women's Business Center.
  • Barney students win 2021 Spencer-RIMS International Risk Management Challenge. Read more.

Whether dreaming of Fortune 500 success, a ground-breaking entrepreneurial venture, supporting a non-profit, or something in between, there's no denying the impact a Barney education makes on the future success of its graduates.

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What do students say?

What do students say?

Bilal Nizami '21, Accounting Major with a Minor in Business Analytics

''My experience at Uhart was very good. UHart provided me with resources early on that students can take advantage of, beginning their freshmen year of college. This included events such as resume boot camps, Barney's emphasis on career readiness, and other events Barney held such as mocktails, corporate visit days, and various courses such as BAR 211.''

Kyra Smolkis '19, Finance Major

''From my first visit to the school, the Dean made it clear that the Barney School was highly interested in the personal success of each of its students. I didn't feel like just another business student, I felt that I wanted to succeed, and my professors and the faculty around me also wanted me to succeed. The trading room is absolutely top notch and I think this really helps with the hands-on learning experience that the Barney School provides to the students.''

Nicole Etta '20, Risk Management and Insurance Major

''All of my business professors helped push me out of my comfort zone. I met so many incredible people while I was at UHart. I made lifelong connections that I am extremely grateful for. Choosing UHart turned out to be the best decision that I could have made.''

Living on Campus

Living on campus is an important part of a student's University of Hartford educational experience, and 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. Around 85 per cent of the undergraduate population lives on campus, and 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, featuring 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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Student support & safety

Student support & safety

The Center for Student Success (CSS) provides students with the resources and support necessary for a successful transition to college. CSS helps students with:

  • Free tutoring
  • Time management
  • Advice on what club to join to be socially involved
  • Exploring the options for a major
  • Personal problems
  • Setting up a weekly meeting to check in and see how things are going

The International Center helps international students with everything from visas and travel plans to connecting them to clubs and organizations.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a free and confidential service, available to full-time undergraduate students. There are various psychological services and short-term counseling options available, including individual, group, and couples counseling. CAPS counselors are dedicated to ensuring the mental health and wellbeing of the UHart community, and can refer students to off-campus specialists and health providers.

All students have access to a range of career services and resources to provide support at all stages of the search of employment. One-on-one sessions with a career advisor are available as well as a huge range of industry-relevant online resources.

Student safety

The Department of Public Safety provides the university community with a secure environment in which students can learn, live, work, and grow. It is in full operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During the academic year, students may supplement the department's staffing.

The Public Safety headquarters are located on the northeast side of campus in a complex shared with the university's facilities department.

The University of Hartford is divided into districts that are patrolled by safety officers on foot, on bicycles and in vehicles. Officers are approachable and highly trained, and able to help with all issues regarding personal safety and property. They are required to be highly visible and identifiable across campus, maintaining a secure and reassuring presence.

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