Connecticut College

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270 Mohegan Avenue

New London, CT 06320-4196

Phone: (860) 447-1911
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#45 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Connecticut College is a private institution that was founded in 1911. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,926, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 750 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Connecticut College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 45. Its tuition and fees are $46,085 (2013-14).

For students at Connecticut College, “If you want to do it, it can be done,” according to the school’s website. There are more than 80 clubs and organizations, and students with a creative idea can start their own group, too. Students can have plenty of fun at the school’s annual events, like Festivus, a campuswide celebration and dance named for the "Seinfeld" - created holiday, and HarvestFest, a day of autumnal activities. Other events throughout the year aim to create a spirited rivalry among the residence halls such as Camelympics, a weekend-long event of athletic competitions and a dance party. These events involve almost everyone at Connecticut College, because all undergraduates are expected to live on campus. There is no Greek life on campus, but students can kick off each weekend early with TNEs, or Thursday Night Events, which are activities sponsored by rotating organizations, classes and residence halls. On Fridays, students can venture into the college’s town of New London for the weekly Friday Nights in the District, during which shops and galleries stay open late.

The school has 28 varsity sports teams and is a member of the Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference. The school mascot is a camel, and student fans can attend any sporting event for free. For entertainment of the creative variety, there are more than a dozen performing arts centers scattered across campus that host student and professional shows throughout the year. Floralia, a day of musical concerts, is held each spring in an on-campus amphitheater. Creative arts are a big focus at Connecticut College, and every student must take at least one creative class before graduation.

The Connecticut College campus, overlooking Long Island Sound, is situated in an ideal part of the state for road trips. It’s a 15-minute drive to the Mystic Seaport, the largest maritime museum in the country. Hartford, and Providence, R.I., are both an hour’s drive away; Boston is two hours away; and New York is a three-hour car trip. Notable alumni of Connecticut College include Tim Armstrong, chair and CEO of AOL; Jay Lauf, publisher of The Atlantic magazine; and Kimberly Williams, chief financial officer of Core Media Group Inc.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Located on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with about 1,900 students from across the country and throughout the world. On the college's 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary certificate programs, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1911
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $211,151,000


When applying to Connecticut College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Connecticut College is $60. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 35.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 35.9%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Connecticut College is 9:1, and the school has 62.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Connecticut College include: Biology, General; Economics; Political Science and Government; Psychology, General; and International Relations and National Security Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 82%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biology, General 11%
Economics 11%
Political Science and Government 9%
Psychology, General 9%
International Relations and National Security Studies 7%

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Student Life

Connecticut College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,926, with a gender distribution of 40.4 percent male students and 59.6 percent female students. At this school, 99 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 1 percent of students live off campus. Connecticut College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,933
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Connecticut College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Connecticut College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Connecticut College, 40 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Connecticut College.

Students who have cars on campus 40%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Connecticut College, 50.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $32,896.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $46,085 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,695 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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